Zanzibar is one of the Indian Ocean islands. It is situated on the Swahili Coast, adjacent to Tanganyika (mainland Tanzania). The northern tip of Unguja island is located at 5.72 degrees south, 39.30 degrees east, with the southernmost point at 6.48 degrees south, 39.51 degrees east. Old historic Stone Town now recognized by UNESCO as one of the world’s historic cities. Zanzibar is now an independent state within the United Republic of Tanzania.
Zanzibar is scenic with Palm fringed white sandy beaches and clear blue warm waters. It is very easy to get to from any of the Game Parks within East Africa. There are about 25 beaches and coves which are are superb romantic spots. Most secluded beaches are very serene and tranquil offering an ideal atmosphere for relaxation after a safari in the game parks.
The history of Zanzibar lies in its connection to slave trade in Africa. It is reknowned for being the commercial centre of East Africa and also the last place to abolish slave trade in Africa. It is the birth place of “Swahili”, a language spoken widely in east Africa. The purest form of Swahili is said to be spoken in Zanzibar.
The economic activity of people in Zanzibar is fishing and growing of spices on the hills. These spices include (nutmeg, cardamon, cloves, cinnamon etc). One can take a tour to the spice farms and taste them and even purchase some. The local markets are places that one can purchase beautiful wooden carvings as souvenirs.
Spice up your life with a visit to Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania consisting of Zanzibar Island (locally, Unguja), Pemba Island and many smaller islands.
Zanzibar island itself is approximately 90km long and 40km wide. In 1896, Zanzibar was the location of the world’s shortest war, surrendering to Britain after 38 minutes of naval bombardment.
For those looking for the very best and most private beach experience with flour soft sand beaches and absolute seclusion, Mnemba Island is undoubtedly the best option for a Tanzania honeymoon, or indeed any Zanzibar holiday. This tiny island is everything you can imagine of a remote windswept paradise, and has been voted one of the most romantic destinations on the planet.
On a much simpler scale, the eco-lodge at the heart of a marine conservation on Chumbe island provides a blissful island hideaway, although the shoreline is sharp coral rock with not much of a beach. However, the marine life around here is outstanding and the snorkelling first rate. Chumbe should always be used in conjunction with another location that offers a good quality beach.
To the west of Stone Town is Prison Island (also known as Chapwani), which is renowned for its lack of prison. The main attraction here are the monstrous tortoises that are well worth a visit. Close to Prison Island is Bawe island, which is lovely.