The beautiful island of Zanzibar, also known as Spice Island, with its white-sand beaches and palm trees is brimming with culture and history.
Located in Tanzania, Zanzibar is encompasses the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, many small islads and two large ones – Unguja (this is the main island, often referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital city Zanzibar City is found on the island of Unguja and its historic centre is Stone Town, a World Heritage Site.
Spend some time walking the winding streets – from the sultan’s palace and House of Wonders to the Portuguese fort and gardens – which remain unchanged and rich in history. Day-long spice tours to working plantations will give you the chance to visit and observe the fascinating cultivation of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices that have made the island famous.
The Chole Island Marine Park just off Stone Town – and nearby Prison, Grave, and Snake Islands – make an interesting day-trip and a good break from exploring the winding passageways of the old city.
Although the coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, the sand and surf will vary from one side of the island to the other.