Also known as the Spice Island, this pearl of Indian Ocean on Africa’s east coast is full of culture and history, blended with magnificent landscapes of white-sand beaches shaded by palms swaying on a sea breeze. All this together makes Zanzibar excellent place to for full relaxation and discovering its hidden gems.
Thanks to its fantastic climate, magnificent beaches and fascinating attractions, Zanzibar is the essence of tropical Africa and the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar has some of the best beaches anywhere in Africa and arguably the world, the best of which are to be found along the east coast on the northern part of the island. The beaches in this region are protected by off shore coral reefs and have fine white coral sand
It is characterized by beautiful, white, sandy beaches edged with coral reefs, forests, and the magic historic Stone Town – possibly the only ancient town in East Africa that is still functioning. Zanzibar archipelago is approximately 35km off shore from the Tanzania mainland and only six degrees south of the Equator.
It is comprised of two main Islands, Unguja (also called Zanzibar Island), and Pemba, along with many smaller islands and atolls. These provide miles and miles of palm lined beaches and colorful coral reefs perfect for diving or just soaking in the laid back atmosphere.
Stone Town and its port are predominate in the west coast, with the beaches of Mangapwani and the slave caves visible at low tide are less than half an hour drive. You should also spend a night or two on the East or North cost is well rewarding of the extra hour drive to get there. The Chole Island Marine Park next to the Stone Town, and nearby Prison, Grave and Snake Islands, form a refreshing day trips and splendid break from exploring narrow streets of the old city.
South coast of Zanzibar is reserved for Menai Bay Conservation Area, protected area for the endangered marine species that come to breed on the island. On the roads to South coast you should definitely take a break at the famous Jozani Forest, habitat of the rare Red Colobus monkeys and a good number of other primates and small antelope species.