Zanzibar Island and Beaches

Zanzibar Island is one of the world‘s most beautiful destinations. It is popularly referred to as the  – Spice Islands.

Zanzibar, which is only 20 minutes flight from Dar es  Salaam, is an archipelago consisting of two main islands. There are Unguja (also  referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba, and several other surrounding small islets.

Zanzibar Island of Pemba

Pemba island is located about 80 km from Zanzibar Island (Unguja). It is about the  same distance directly east of Tanga on the Tanzanian mainland. With its hilly  landscape and altitude not exceeding 100 meters above sea level at its highest  point, Pemba Island is by size smaller and a less known destination than Unguja.  Named “The Green Island” by the early Arab sailors due to its dense and  lush vegetation, Pemba has more natural forests, plantations and grows more  cloves than her sister island of Zanzibar (Unguja) to the south.

The interesting  point about Pemba is its wealth of natural resources ranging from beaches to  mangrove ecosystems to natural forests. The coral reefs surrounding the island  protect a massive amount of marine species. Furthermore, it offers some of the best diving  spots in the world. While much of the coast is lined with mangroves, there are a  few amazing stretches of shoreline. Particularly are interesting attractive offshore islands with  pure, clean beaches and interesting bird-life.

The great  European explorers Burton, Speke, Livingstone, Krapf, Rebman, and Grant set  out on their voyages of discovery. The different races that have settled in Zanzibar over the centuries have left  an imprint on the people and the architecture.

Especially important is that Zanzibar is the birthplace of  the fascinating Swahili culture.  Moreover the Island  has an elegant architecture, full of balconies,  courtyards, hand-carved doors and mosques.

Zanzibar Island – Popular Excursions

Basically, we arrange different excursions for the guests while in Zanzibar.  

Popular excursion is the Zanzibar Stone Town Tour  which is literary a travel into history of this old capital of the Omani Sultans.  Other excursions will include the old slave caves in Mangapwani, the prison  island, ruins of what was the palace of the Sultan Said, the old slave market and  many other historical places.  

Another excursion is spices plantations in the countryside where  a variety of seasonal spices, tropical fruits and medicinal herbs are grown. Specifically detailed description of the spices is given, and their uses in cooking and  cosmetics. Guests will be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced,  and by their incredible value for many ailments. This is also the cheapest place  to purchase spices and oil extracts.

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