Zanzibar (Tanzania)

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Zanzibar cruise port

Africa - Indian Ocean Islands

Local Time
2024-06-25 03:07

min: 71 °F (21 °C) / max: 81 °F (28 °C) 73°F
Wind: 185°/ 4.5 m/s  Gust: 8.7 m/sWind: 185°/ 4.5 m/s  Gust: 8.7 m/sGentle breeze
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Min / Max Temperature81 °F / 28 °C
71 °F / 22 °C
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Port Zanzibar cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Zanzibar, Tanzania. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

21 December, 2024
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Spirit09:0013:00

Zanzibar is a major port city and a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania (East Africa, Indian Ocean). The city is located approx 50 km (30 mi) off the coast of mainland Africa and also includes 2 large islands (Unguja and Pemba) plus many small isles. Zanzibar City is on Unguja Island and is archipelago's capital, with population over 1,3 million.

City's largest industries include raffia palms, spices, tourism. The islands produce nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves. For this reason, Zanzibar Island are sometimes refered to as Spice Islands (the term is also associated with Maluku Islands Indonesia). The archipelago is home of the endemic species Zanzibar servaline genet, Zanzibar red colobus monkey and Zanzibar leopard.

The annual International Film Festival (aka Festival of the Dhow Countries) is held in July. Major architectural sights in Stone Town (dowtown Zanzibar) include Livingstone House, House of Wonders, Guliani Bridge, The Old dispensary and The Old fort. Kidichi town is popular for its Persian Baths.

Port Zanzibar

On the islands Pemba and Unguja are located all 5 seaports - all developed and managed by Zanzibar Ports Corporation/ZPC. The principal / largest port is Malindi - handling around 90% of the country's trade.

The Port (locode TZZNZ) was built in 1925 and reconstructed/upgraded in 1989-92 with financial assistance from EU/European Union. The Italian company Salini Impregilo (industrial group specializing in major construction and infrastructure projects) built the port's new wharves with 60 years guarantee. However, the facilities started to deteriorate just after 11 years as the contractor deviated from the technical specifications. Following the long legal battle, in 2005 the company paid Zanzibar USD 11,6 million in damages.

Between 2004-2009, the Port was rehabilitated again with EUR 31 million grant from the EU. The contract was awarded to the Danish company E. Pihl & Son. The contractor suggested the Port's rehabilitation would last at least 50 years, but it still faces problems, especially with sinking.

Zanzibar is also the cruise port to Serengeti National Park. The fastest way of travel is by flying - there are charter flights from Zanzibar Airport to various airstrips in the park, including Seronera and Fort Ikoma. Follows the drive to the lodge and the safari tours in the park.

Maruhubi (cruise and ferry terminal) project

In February 2024, Zanzibar Ports Corporation finalized a concession agreement with ZF Devco BV (Zanzibar Ferry Development Company/2022-founded, Holland-based international consortium) for building a new passenger and ferry/RoRo ship terminal.

ZF Devco comprises Dutch and Tanzanian firms including Delta Marine Consultants, OrangeGaia, Kengo TZ, Borgh Go, TSCON, Equa-serve, Kimsons, C Concept Design, and DISC.

The 3-year "Maruhubi" terminal project is estimated at USD 350 million and is to be conducted in two phases.

Phase 1 (US$250M) encompasses the construction of essential marine infrastructure and ferry terminals. 

Phase 2 (US$100-150M) entails the establishment of a special economic zone, accommodation facilities, retail venues, logistics hubs, office buildings, and an exhibition hall.

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