Zanzibar Destinations

Zanzibar is an archipelago of several islands off the coast of Tanzania that are famous for their warm tropical beaches and rich historical and cultural heritage. Since around the 7th Century AD, it has been an important point of trade between the Middle East, Africa and India. The Swahili culture, along with the language was developed in Zanzibar and other East African coastal towns, though Zanzibar played a major role as a seat of power for most of this period. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Zanzibar played a key role in Indian Ocean slave trade, acting as both a market and point from which traders set out to source for slaves. It was also important in the abolishment of slave trade with progressive rulers taking an active role in the enforcement of abolishment agreements. When it finally ended up in the hands of the British Empire, it was as a protectorate, never a colony, maintaining its sovereignty for most of this period.

A lot still remains on the island to mark these different points in time. The historical richness of Zanzibar is awe inspiring and very eye opening. There are several points of interest; Chaguu/Prison Island, Stone Town, Pemba Island, the Kizimkazi coast and several beaches. Other activities here include snorkelling, kite surfing, swimming with dolphins and many beach sports. Zanzibar is perfect for beach holidays given the many other activities and attractions that will fascinate you. It is also a good place for the final stretch of you Tanzania safari or other African safari.

Changuu Island

Changuu Island

Zanzibar Prison Island – also called Chaguu – was originally intended as a prison for recidivist criminals in the areas under British colonial rule in East Africa. It was however never used for this purpose, and the original buildings ended up being used as a quarantine area for yellow fever suspects arriving by ship.  The monsoon winds that dictated sea travel along the Indian Ocean at the time only broght in visitors between January and March ...

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Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

The Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is the only national park in Zanzibar. A tour in Jozani is organized in three parts; forest, monkeys and mangrove. The forest is famous for the Red Colobus Monkey and other different monkey species. A tour of the forest takes about 1.5 hours through scenic forest with a boardwalk in the mangrove section. The other species present here include Syke’s Monkeys, small buck, bushpigs and if you are very lucky, ...

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Kizimkazi Mtendeni

Kizimkazi Mtendeni

Kizimkazi Mtendeni is a fishing village on the southern coast of Zanzibar. It consists of two settlements - Kizimkazi Dimbani to the north and Kizimkazi Mkunguni to the south, and was once a walled city. The village is now a popular destination for watching and swimming with dolphins at the nearby Menai Bay, with boat tours arranged early in the morning before the dolphins venture out further into the open ocean.

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Stone Town

Stone Town

Located in the main island of Zanzibar, Stone Town is the older part of the city and its cultural heart and soul. Most of the houses in Stone Town were built in or about the 19th Century and little has changed in the 200 years since. The main construction material was Zanzibar coral rock which is strong but easily eroded resulting in a beautifully aged, natural looking city that throws you back in time to an ...

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