We welcome you to Zanzibar,the majestic spice island of the Indian Ocean.These are two main islands of Unguja and Pemba.
Over centuries different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to become what it is today. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phonecians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguse, Omani Arabs, Dutch and British have settled here at one time or another and influenced the local culture into the present fusion.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town is in fact the old quarter of Zanzibar town, the largest population centre on Unguja island. A walk through the spiralling maze of Stone Town’s narrow streets and alleys quickly introduces the mesmerised visitor to all the ingredients of Zanzibar’s history and cultural mix. Buildings reflect Arab and Indian influence, boasting inner courtyards and ornate balconies respectively. Mosques and bazaars, palaces and shops, all add to the unique atmosphere here.
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town is in fact the old quarter of Zanzibar town
While time spent in Zanzibar town is a must, the other attractions of the island cannot be ignored for long. Perhaps a trip to Jozani Forest to see the Kirk’s red colobus, the beautiful monkey species unique to Zanzibar? Kizimkazi, with its lively population of dolphins and historic mosque (1107 A.D) is another worthwhile excursion, as are daytrips to nearby, smaller islands. And a spice tour is almost obligatory.
But many visitors can’t wait to get onto those stunning beaches, and with at least 25 stretches of sand to choose from and a year-round warm climate, this is a great place to wind down and chill out. As well as ‘doing nothing’, there are great opportunities for diving and snorkelling in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, with coral reefs attracting a huge variety of colourful fish and other fascinating sea creatures.
85 Km long and 30 Km wide.
About 40 Km off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean