The Zanzibar or Unguja Island 95 kilometers long and 35 kilometers from the Tanzania mainland. Only few countries in the world equal Zanzibar’s long whites sand beaches leading to warm aquamarine water providing the back drop for excellent snorkeling and diving. With a history steeped in the slave trade and as an important trading post for cloves and spices the island is now a popular tourist destination and essentially a nineteenth century phenomenon.
Zanzibar’s old quarter, Stone Town, is a fascinating maze of narrow streets and alley ways which lead past numerous old houses and mosques, ornate palaces, and shops and bazaars. Many buildings in the Stone Town date from the 15 th century slave boom.
Spice Tour – Take a moment to visit the plantations of different spices out of town. A popular and among not to miss tour takes you to the Spice Island. The cinnamon, car-damon, black pepper, ginger and cloves among others are the spices you can see. Commonly the spices are used for food, medicines, cosmetics or flavouring. There are also nice flowers and other plantation like soap and lip stick trees.
Dolphins Tour – Swim with the Dolphins in the depth lure water of the Indian Ocean in Kizimkazi fishing village. The tour is popular during the dry seasons of July through October when the sun is over head and the coral view is wide.
Jozani Forest Reserve – Unlike the main land of Tanzania, Zanzibar does not host wild animals like lion or leopard. About 35 kilometers south – east of Unguja town there exist the largest forest on the Island that accommodates primates such as Bushbabies and Red colobus monkey various species of Butterflies and Birds.
Beaches – Zanzibar’s beaches are equally splendid the perfect place to relax after exploring one or two of the Tanzania mainland National Park or Kilimanjaro trek. Zanzibar has breath-taking beaches to the isolated areas of fishing villages and the Ras Nungwi. With it crystal water the Nungwi has a relative view of coral reefs and ideal diving or snorkeling.
The Palace Museum – A large white building that was formerly the official residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar. Visitors to the museum can see much of the Sultan’s furniture and other possessions that survived the revolution.