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Zanzibar lies in the Indan Ocean, 35 KM off the coast of mainland Tanzania. The archipelago of Zanzibar comprises the islands Unguja and Pemba and a number of smaller isles and coral atolls.

The biggest island of the archipelago is Unguja, also called Zanzibar island. At the island are many lovely beaches, palmtrees, but also the Jozani Forest and spice plantations.

Zanzibar is a lot more than beaches and a tropical paradise. Zanzibar has a very turbulent history. Zanzibari culture is an unique African, Arabian, Indian and European mixture.

Because of this mixture Stone Town on the west coast of Unguja is one of the worlds most interesting cities. The labyrinth of alleyways, the mansions, palaces, markets and bazaars make the city a place for strolling around for days.

We enjoyed our stay in this historically and culturally interesting island with its laid -back atmosphere. We stayed for 5 days in Stone Town in an Arab mansion at one of the alleyways. Using Stone Town as base, iIt's rather easy to visit other places on the island.

  • Last visit to Zanzibar Island: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Interesting page with great tips.

  • Jan 1, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Hi, I'll stay on Zanzibar island from the 17th to 22nd of January - to shor, I see ... but could I get some infos about the cost of flying, car rental? Thanks so much in advance!!!

  • Nov 18, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    how was the flight with precision ,i am flying in the 74 seater in jan09 and i am a real chicken when it comes to flying. please advise thanks sandy

  • cleocat's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2006 at 1:16 PM

    great sunset.

  • beatle74's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2005 at 1:54 PM

    I'm sure all the tourists think that it's a piece of heaven on earth. :) Amazing colors, great pictures and thanks for all that you shared with us.

  • Oct 10, 2004 at 9:53 PM

    Zanzibar looks gorgious!! Take a ngalawa and row a bit and afterwards a spicy dinner...mmm great page ali :-)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2004 at 9:21 AM

    I loved exploring the island through your tips! The tours of the spice groves and the off-shore dolphin viewing both sound great! Yes, I too could handle sitting back with a cold drink enjoying the African breezes!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2004 at 2:06 PM

    Wonderful page! I heard only about postmarks from Zanzibar (my old hobby) till now :-)

  • BarbaraForza's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2004 at 11:29 PM

    Hi Ali, lucky to see dolphins so close...good tips and pics as always!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2004 at 3:48 AM

    Beautiful page Ali! Zanzibar Island looks great! Thanks for the virtual tour, I knew so little about this place! Great to read your page and discover this part of the world.


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