- Kick back and relax on the white-sand beaches
- Wander the streets of historic Stone Town
- Search for Red Colobus in Jozani Forest
- Tour the impressive spice farms
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The name Zanzibar evokes images of an exotic place of palm-fringed coastlines framing white sandy beaches where the warm crystal-clear water of the Indian Ocean lap its shores. Known as the ‘Spice Islands’, the farms and plantations were once key producers of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom. Venture through the World Heritage Site of Stone Town and marvel at the unique architecture, Arab forts and enjoy wandering through the bustling local markets and winding streets.
- Located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Archipelago is a semi-autonomous territory politically tied with Tanzania. The main island of Zanzibar, locally known as Unguja, is the largest and the island of Pemba is the second largest. Many of the other neighbouring islands are small and uninhabited.
- Kiswahili and English are the official languages of Zanzibar. Kiswahili is the national language, and virtually all Zanzibaris speak it. Many locals can speak English and Arabic as well as Italian and French in the main tourist areas.
- Being just south of the equator, the islands of Zanzibar are warm all year-round. The rainy seasons are typically from March to May and late-September to November with drier periods outside of these times. Tropical downpours can occur at any time but are generally short outside of the rainy seasons.
The islands of Zanzibar are a unique archipelago where African, Persian, Arab, Indian and European cultures entwine. Extend your safari trip or merely take time out to enjoy a relaxing break to this idyllic paradise. Immerse yourself in the Swahili culture and enjoy the art, food, music, and architecture, which makes Zanzibar such a unique and unforgettable destination.
Our team are always on the lookout for the best experiences Zanzibar has to offer, here are a few our favourites:
- Stone Town
- Zanzibar's Beaches
- Jozani-Chwaka Bay Biosphere Reserve
- Prison Island
- Spice Farms
Wander the historic Swahili coastal trading town of Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, which is a blended fusion of African, Persian, Arab, Indian and European influences.
Famous for white-sand beaches, palm trees and turquoise waters, enjoy activities like kitesurfing and scuba diving or purely relax and soak up the sun.
The Jozani-Chwaka Bay Biosphere Reserve is the only National Park in Zanzibar and home to the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey.
The lesser-known island of Pemba is a lush and hilly paradise with incredible beaches, excellent diving and a perfect place to see migrating humpback whales.
Once a keep for rebel slaves and a quarantine centre for yellow fever, Prison Island is now home to giant tortoises, some of which are over a hundred years old.
Since the 16th century, Zanzibar has been trading in spices. Visit one of the local farms for a guided tour to learn about the many spices and fruit grown on the island.