Known as the spice Islands, the beautiful Islands of Zanzibar on Africa’s east cost are bursting with culture and history, as well as white-sandy beached and palm trees swaying in the sea breeze, making Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream place to relax and unwind.
Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, and an Archipelago of tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, 16-30 miles (20-50 km) off the Tanzania mainland coast. The two main islands are Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja, its historic center is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site.
Your exploration of Zanzibar (Unguja) Island will take you off the beaches to the narrow streets and bustling markets in the historic city of Stone Town. A peacefully fascinating melting pot of Arabic, Indian and African cultures. Day-long spice tours on working plantations offer visitors the chance to observe the cultivation of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that have made the island famous before they settle into a few days of relaxing beach life.
Pemba Island is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of Unguja. With its hilly landscape, it is smaller in size and a less known destination than Unguja. Pemba has more natural forests, plantations, and grows more cloves than her sister island Unguja. It also has a wealth of natural resources including beaches, mangrove ecosystems and Natural forests. Pemba is not as developed as the larger main island and features only three tourist standard resorts. However, the coral reefs surrounding the island protect a massive amount of marine species creating one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkeling.