Zanzibar

Exotic Spice Island Steeped in History

Experience the best of Zanzibar island and the unforgettable historical sites of Stone Town. This spice island offers exotic scents and flavours unique in the world that will astonish you.

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous state of Tanzania and part of the wider Zanzibar archipelago, made up of over 50 islands, ranging from tiny outcrops in the middle of the Indian ocean to the larger more populated islands of Pemba and Unguja, the official name for Zanzibar.

The island itself is just six degrees south of the equator. The island of Unguja is separated from mainland Tanzania by a shallow channel 37 km across at its narrowest point.

Zanzibar has about 25 beautiful beaches on the north and east coasts of the island. It is the perfect place to relax after your African safari and mountain trekking.

Ngalawa, Zanzibar
Stone Town from the air

Zanzibar has enjoyed a complex and turbulent history. Ancient pottery demonstrates that traders from Arabia, the Persian gulf and India probably visited Zanzibar as early as the 1st century AD. The island was a strategic stop-off point that gave traders access to Africa's Swahili coast.

From the 1500s, the Portuguese Empire colonised the island until it fell under the control of the sultanate of Oman in 1698. In 1890 Zanzibar became a British protectorate, eventually gaining independence in 1963. By early 1964 the republic of Zanzibar and Pemba became incorporated into mainland Tanganyika to become the united Republic of Tanzania.

Today, the island is rich in Arabian and Indian influences, evident in the varying architectural styles of Stone Town, known for variety of spices and the traditional fishing dhows on the ocean. Stone town is a fascinating maze of narrow streets that lead you to explore.

Activities

At Zanzibar you can do:

  • Discover mosques, churches, the darajani market place and the Sultan's palace, House of wonders etc.
  • Snorkelling and diving
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Spice farm tours and more of cultural and historical activities.

How to Get There

Zanzibar is 73 km from Dar es Salaam by ferry or a short flight.

When to Go

All year round.

Experience Zanzibar

Zanzibar Island is a Tanzanian archipelago located off the East African coast and a former Arab fort. It is the perfect break for those looking for a change of scenery. It boasts an attractive expanse of white sand beaches and luscious tropical forest.

Relax on the world's best beaches with your family or have a romantic African honeymoon. Experience a Stone Town tour which will take you around the historical culturally and architecturally important town of Zanzibar, popularly known as the Spice Island.

Contact our experts on how you can include Zanzibar in your itinerary.

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