About Zanzibar Archipelago

ZANZIBAR ISLAND

About Zanzibar Archipelago

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25-50 km off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba.

These islands lie at the top of Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, which over the centuries have been influenced by numerous cultures which have blended together to create the Zanzibar of today. The confusing mix originates from an African Asian combination created by a touch of Persian, Arabian, Indian and Chinese influences with some Dutch, Portuguese and English thrown in for good measure. Slaves and spices made these islands famous.

The islands conjure up everything one could want from a tropical escape. Spectacular beaches, simple fishing villages, relaxing resorts, silence and solitude if you wish or the hustle and bustle in the narrow streets of an ancient town.

Palm fringed white beaches epitomize a perfect tropical scene. Add to this warm water and an unspoiled marine environment with coral gardens inhabited by brightly coloured fish, and the picture is complete.

Getting there: 
Access is by air or sea from Dar es Salaam.

Highlights

  • ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • STONE TOWN TOUR
  • THE OLD DISPENSARY OF ZANZIBAR
  • THE GULIANI BRIDGE
  • THE OLD FORT OF ZANZIBAR
  • THE HOUSE OF WONDERS

ACTIVITIES

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Deep Sea fishing
  • Deep sea diving
  • Boat riding
  • Kayaking
  • Wind surfing
  • Sailing on Traditional local dhows.

WILDLIFE

Zanzibar consists of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna in the Archipelago of Zanzibar. Its floral vegetation is categorized among the coastal forests of Eastern Africa. Its faunal species are mostly small animals, birds and butterflies.