Zanzibar lives up to its reputation for a beautiful beach vacation. Enjoy the white crystal sand, wind your way through Stone Town, and observe dolphins at play in one of the world's most fantastic paradises.
Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, with little changing over the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose extravagance is reflected in their brass-studded carved, wooden doors.
The National Museum is a good starting point for learning more of the history and culture of Zanzibar. It contains relics from the time of the sultans and the early explorers, as well as traditional carvings and exhibits of local wildlife, including a good collection of birds and reptiles.
Kizimkazi Town contains the ruins of a shiraz mosque, parts of which date back nearly 900 years. A coral stone inscription provides evidence of its age, making this one of the earliest Islamic buildings in this part of Africa.
Jozani Forest Reserve
An area of 10 sq . km., the Jozani Forest contains trees over 100 years old. The forest is also one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the red colobus monkey.
House of Wonders
The house of wonders is filled with pillars, felted falconry, and intricately carved doors. It was built by sultan Barghash in1883 and was occupied by British in 1911 when the sultan moved to the less pretentious palace, now called the people's palace on the other side of the street.
This is a rare example of a still pristine coral island. A UN protected area, it carries the accolade of one of the most spectacular coral gardens to be found anywhere in the world. Tanzania's first Marine Park and the first privately managed Marine Park in the world, Chumbe offers an opportunity to snorkel through the shallow water reef sanctuary, or explore the forest reserve and historical monuments that include a hundred year old lighthouse and the only ancient mosque with Indian architecture.
Brilliant white Beaches lapped by the warm water of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun, and take a break from busy sightseeing. Modern resorts nestle in the shade of coconut palms, providing cool and comfortable retreats. The beaches are a paradise. Just south of Zanzibar town are Fuji Beach and Chuini Beach, which both offer a range of facilities, while to the north there is Mangapwani where the only noise is likely to be the sound of the ocean. On the northern tip of the island is Nungwi, where visitors can watch fishermen’s boats being built here or swim in the coral lagoons.
On the north east coast are the beaches of the Matemwe, Mapenzi, Kiwenga, and Uroa with their wide stretch of unclouded sands and opportunities to explore the underwater world. Other well-developed resorts are Pingwe, Bwejuu, and Jambiani are found on the south east.