Located just off the Tanzanian mainland, the tropical Zanzibar Archipelago is one of Africa’s great trading posts, famed for its spices. Explore beautiful Unguja Island, including the mysterious alleyways and bazaars in the historic city centre of Stone Town. Or travel by boat to one of the other islands where mangroves cloak pristine and private emerald coves.
With the scent of exotic spices in the air, explore the historic islands of Zanzibar
Things to do
Trace the history of this fascinating archipelago in Stone Town, a district of Zanzibar’s capital city. A World Heritage Site, it’s also a bustling trading centre and cultural capital. Explore the whitewashed coral-rag streets and shop at quaint stalls and boutiques. Or discover hidden courtyards and squares.
The archipelago’s islands are fringed by luxurious green waters and fine, white-sand beaches. The fishing village of Nungwi on Unguja Island is home to one of Zanzibar’s best beaches. Pemba, an island to the north, is lush with verdant vegetation and has exclusive and seldom visited coves only accessible by boat. Perfect for those looking to escape the bustle of the capital.
Take a boat trip to the stunning nature reserve on private Chumbe Island where you can snorkel and dive with barracuda in the coral reefs. Zanzibar’s Jozani Forest is the only place on the planet where you can glimpse the charismatic Red Colobus monkeys, high up in the Mchengele trees.
Book a private tour to Sandbar Island. Here you can a picnic on the sand or sample fine dining with fresh lobster caught and grilled right on the beach
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