Zanzibar Island which is also known as Unguja Island is located off Tanzania's coast in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is an Arabic word that means 'the coast of black people'. Zanzibar Town is the Island's capital, while Stone Town is Zanzibar's oldest town and it is regarded as the most historic feature on the island.
Over the years Zanzibar has grown from being a trade centre for spices to a popular holiday destination in the world. Being an archipelago, it is made up of several islands the main ones being Unguja and Pemba. Zanzibar Island offers guests the ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating islands, historical towns and magnificent white sandy beaches.
Zanzibar Archipelago is the almost independent part of Tanzania, Eastern Africa. The similarities between the Zanzibar and the Tanzania Mafia Island are the production of spices like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper, which brings about the Spice Island that both Island is called. The island remains the home to certain species of animals like the rampant Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet, and the possibly extinct Zanzibar Leopard.
- Zanzibar City : The largest town is Zanzibar, which includes the ancient part Stone Town. Among the many islands forming its archipelago, Unguja and Pemba are the most extended and inhabited.
- The Jozani Forest, located at central eastern region of Zanzibar Island and habitat to the rare Red Colobus Monkey but rampant in Zanzibar.
- North Coast of Zanzibar: where to find the magnificent beaches in the city, and a visit to the north coast will open your eyes to different techniques of how the traditional Dhow is constructed.
- South Coast of Zanzibar: Just outside the old stone town fringed with coral reef also accompanied with lovely white beaches.
There's plenty to see and do in Zanzibar. You can laze around on beaches like Kendwa, visit spice farms, tour historical attractions like the Arab Fort, descend into the Kuumbi Caves or get to know Colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest.
July also sees the island hosting an International Film Festival, while Sauti za Busara is one of Africa's most vibrant music festivals.
Zanzibar is rich in tourist activities, there are just too many things to do. Here some of the great places to visit in Zanzibar Cheetah's Rock, Nakupenda Beach, Mtoni Palace Ruins, Paje Beach, Uroa Bay, Zanzibar Butterfly Center, Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, Zanzibar Land Animal Park and Many more. Zanzibar is filled with tons of things to do, just choose your pick.
There are also many islands unvisited by tourist for you to explore. Zanzibar Islands not only offer breathtaking nature and scenery but also numerous activities and excursions.