Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar beach is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar, Unguja, and Pemba. Its historic center is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site. Zanzibar is also known as Spice Island.

 The beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly odd with white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze as the remains of Portuguese, Omani Arabs, and old Turkish city during their ruling time ago. Day-long spice tours to working plantations offer visitors the chance to observe the cultivation of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that have made the island famous.

Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.  Zanzibar Beach island itself is approximately 90km long and 40km wide. The beaches of Mangapwani, where slave caves are visible at low tide and nearby Bubba. Chole Island Marine Park just off Stone Town – and nearby Prison, Grave, and Snake Islands On the south coast of Zanzibar Beach lies the Menai Bay Conservation Area, a sea turtle protection area endangered species that come to breed on the island.

Cities

Stone Town in Zanzibar Island Beach

The inner city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000; it is a unique city, the vibrant and enchanting capital. . Blending Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions and architectures. It is estimated that 85% of the historic building fabric (coral stone) of Stone Town is irredeemably lost. Only very few of the magnificent old buildings shine brightly.

Nungwi

At the northern tip of the island. Very popular with tourists since swimming in the ocean is possible even at low tide. Quite overcrowded with tourists in season.

Kendwa

A few km south of Nungwi, also very popular with tourists.

Matemwe

A small traditional village in the North East.

Paje

The liveliest village on the South East coast known for excellent kiteboarding conditions, Great diving, a stunning beach, and excellent restaurants.

Jambiani – a small fishing village on the southeast coast, 10 km south of Paje, with lots of small guesthouses and hotels – a quieter option than Paje with plenty of restaurants to choose from

Michamvi – the remotest village on the South East coast known for excellent sunset beach and the most fantastic bar on Zanzibar, Kae Beach.

Makunduchi: at the southeast tip of the island. 70 km from Stone Town. It has its hospital, magistrates court, secondary school. The village is famous for the “Mwaka Kogwa” festival, which happens in July. The beaches are some distance away from the town and are quiet, away from it all, for travelers looking for peace.

Kizimkazi: small fishing village famous for the Dolphin tours. The most antic mosque in Africa is to be found in Kizimkazi Dimbani.

You can find the curio market next to the food market. Here you will find all the gifts you may want to take back to friends and loved ones.