Also referred to as "Zanzibar Island" or simply "Zanzibar"
Is the largest and most populated island of the Zanzibar archipelago, in Tanzania.Zanzibar is a
semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean,
25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two
large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island. The capital
is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World
Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes referred to locally as the "Spice Islands" (a term borrowed from the Maluku Islands of Indonesia).
The old slave market
Once the main slave-trading port in East Africa, you can learn more about Zanzibar’s haunting past by visiting Stone Town’s former slave market. At its height in the 18th and 19th centuries, some 45,000 slaves were shipped from Zanzibar to Brazil, India and Arab countries.
The ocean offers warm clear blue waters, idyllic islands, excellent reefs for snorkeling/SCUBA,
fantastic deep-sea fishing, water sports and of course delicious fresh seafood. You can also opt to
go for an early morning boat ride to swim with the dolphins.
Brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect places to relax and soak up the busy sightseeing. Just south of Zanzibar town are Fuji Beach and Chuini Beach, which both offer a range of water sports, while to the north there is Mangapwani where the only noise is likely to be the sound of the ocean. On the northern tip of the island is Nungwi, where visitors can watch fishermen’s boats being built or swim in the coral lagoons.
With over 1,200 years of interesting and culturally diverse history, Stone Town is a unique place that is a must-visit for anyone planning a trip to Zanzibar. Walk around and you’ll see shutters hanging off their hinges, paint peeling from the walls and urban decay where there was once extravagant facades. But despite the years and years of deterioration, you can’t help but feel this adds to the town’s magical charm.
Also known as Prison Island is another popular destination. The island was used to contain disobedient slaves where a jail was also built in 1893 but never used. Today the island’s most famous inhabitants are giant tortoise and it is a popular place for a swim, a stroll or a picnic.
35 km southeast from Zanzibar City is Jozani Forest Reserve, an area of 10 sq km whose thick forest, with trees over 100 years old, are one of the last remaining sanctuaries of Red Colobus monkey.
Zanzibar has got its name as the “Spice Island” for a reason, and no trip is complete without exploring some of its famous spice plantations. If you’re a foodie at heart and love to cook, these educational tours offer a great insight into how spices are harvested.
Zanzibar International Film Festival
This was established in 1997 to promote the art and culture of the Dhow region, which consists of the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian sub-continent, Asia, Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU
When yo need ultimate blend of history culture, and relaxation Zanzibar is the perfect destination. We can assist with helping you arrange the perfect Zanzibar holiday. You can also book combine trip, from Tanzania safari or mountain climbing to Zanzibar holiday with an island getaway. After Kilimanjaro or Safari, its good time to enjoy the best weather on Zanzibar beautiful beaches. Whether you need help booking flights, accommodation, or activities, in Zanzibar, we can customize a package that best suits your needs.