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Positioned in the Indian ocean, Zanzibar ( locally known as unguja ) an island 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, approximately 650 square meters, is made up of sandy beaches, coral reefs and the authentic stone town.

Although Islam is the overbearing religion in Zanzibar rehearsed by most Zanzibaris, there are a number of people who follow Christianity and Hinduism.

The local language in Zanzibar is Swahili and as rumors may have it, Zanzibar may also be the birthplace for this language.



Most of the year, Zanzibar is an ideal holiday climate. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round, but summer peaks in December and winter in July.


Major Attractions

The stone town

An ancient city and the heart of Zanzibar, Stone town is expressed by twisting alleys, full of life bazaars, mosques and admirable Arab houses. Most of the houses visible today were constructed in the early 19th century. Stone town in Zanzibar happened to be the foremost trading center.

From a number of places to visit in stone town here is a briefing on a few:

The old dispensary is also known as the stone town cultural center. It is a magnificent 4 storey building with fancy balconies.

The market is a dynamic place where everything from all over the island is sold.

The Livingstone house was indeed built for Sultan Majid in the 1860, but has also been shelter to the missionaries and explorers.

The Arab Fort was constructed between 1698 and 1701. It is a generously portioned building topped with castellated battlements.

The Beaches

Zanzibar beaches are a piece of the seventh heaven diversified with fishing villages that have been consistent over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar.

At the northern edge of Zanzibar we have Nungwi, which is the Dhow capital of Zanzibar. On the West of Zanzibar we have Mapangapwani beach while on the east coast of Zanzibar we have Matemwe, Kinjewa, Pwani Mchangani and many more beautiful, white sandy, beaches.


Things to do

For those who love watersports, Zanzibar is heaven. From parasailing to deep sea diving Zanzibar is well to accomodate it all.


Prison Island is the most popular offshore island ideal for a day trip mainly because it is a short trip from Zanzibar. Prison Island was originally used to keep back slaves.

Other small islands near stone town are Chapwani, Bawe and Chumbe.


Zanzibar is reckoned to have some of the best diving in the world. The coral reef structures surrounding Zanzibar and Pemba guarantee the marine life to be abundant.

Experienced Scuba divers can reap the joy of wall dives, night dives and drift dives however diving in Zanzibar is unbounded to beginners also.

In the deep waters of the Indian Ocean lie the large game fish hunting with the Napoleonic wrasse, Manta Rays and Sharks while in the Shallow you can find the tropical fish.

Zanzibar day tours

Choose from a number of excursions in Zanzibar and spend a day touring across your favourites. This could be islands or historical places.

Eg :

The spice tour: Check out the different types of ingredients the Zanzibar used in their daily cooking such as  the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices Experience the island’s connection to spices and herbs

City tour: Walk through the old city and the heart of Zanzibar, with tour knowledgeable tour guides, and enjoy their stories and experiences to share about life of the old times in Stone town.

Prison island tour: Grab the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises, take a stroll through the forested interior and feast on the magnificent view of a wide variety of birds, colorful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies. If you are lucky enough you may come across some very shy Duikers – an unusual tiny antelope species.


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