The Zanzibar Archipelago is a breathtaking spot in the Indian Ocean, composed of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, also referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The exotic island of Zanzibar is famous for its paradise white sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs and the historical old town of Stone Town. Stone Town used to be the home of Sultans with beautiful Arab houses, palaces, bath houses and mosques and was recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the cultural heart of Zanzibar with fascinating narrow labyrinth streets and bustling bazaars.
The local people are a mixture of various ethnic backgrounds, an incredible melting pot of cultures.
Zanzibar is also known as the ‘spice island’ as fresh spices, in particular cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper are grown and traded on the island for centuries. The different small offshore islands around Zanzibar (like the nearby Prison island) are popular places for a day-trip.
Located near the equator, Zanzibar features a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round.
The stunning white beaches and the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean are the perfect place to relax after an adventurous safari, soak up the sun or for watersports like scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing.