Zanzibar, located 24 km (15 mi) off the coast of Tanzania, includes the main island, Unguja, and its sister island, Pemba. Zanzibar has for centuries attracted seafarers and adventurers from around the world. Now it welcomes a new generation of explorers – those who have come to marvel at the rich heritage reflected in the architecture and the culture of the people. This is where Arabia meets Africa.
One of the main draws to Zanzibar is its brilliant white beaches on the Indian Ocean. These beaches are the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break. The beaches of Zanzibar offer opportunities for watersports, swimming, and dolphin watching.
Another must see in Zanzibar is Stone Town, where the sultans once ruled. Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose extravagance is reflected in their brass-studded, carved, wooden doors. The National Museum is a great place for finding out more of the history and culture of Zanzibar. There are many sights to see around Zanzibar Town including the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, the Itnaasheri Dispensary and the Persian-styled Hamamni Baths. The ornate and intricate architecture will take your breath away.
Zanzibar is called “The Spice Island” because of its vast spice plantations. Breathe in the fragrant scents of cloves, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg and pepper as you learn about Zanzibar’s history involving spices.