Holiday in Zanzibar Archipelago
Most visitors to the Zanzibar archipelago visit Unguja, known as Zanzibar Island.
Zanzibar is in fact, an archipelago, with several other islands and islets. Prison Island – Once the prison for misbehaving slaves, the island lies just off the old stone town. Beaches fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling. It is also home to a family of giant tortoises, imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century.
Chumbe and Chapwani are only few kms from Stone Town. Tumbatu Island, off the north-west coast of Unguja is one of the largest off-shore islands but no facilities for tourists.
Mnemba Island is a private island, surrounded by a rich coral reef, which is great for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Mafia is actually governed by mainland Tanzania but is not far from the Zanzibar archipelago. Pemba Island & Ngezi-Vumawimbi Reserve. This reserve comprises the remaining 5% of a primary forest that used to stretch across the whole of Pemba, and is home to the Critically. Endangered Pemba flying fox, which is found nowhere else in the world, numerous endemic bird species, mammals such as the endangered eastern tree hyrax, and endemic endangered tree and shrub species.
The Reserve has started to attract considerable attention from the international tourism industry. This interest creates a very welcome opportunity when Poverty is a fact of life in this area, with limited access to freshwater, no electricity In this strongly Islamic region, it is crucial that tourism not only ensures that financial benefits are focused locally, but also respects local cultures and traditions.
Stone Town – Was recently and deservedly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
The House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace), Dr Livingstone’s House and the Arab Fort.
Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! A trip to the site of Sultan Barghash’s harem at Marahubi should also be included.
Spice Plantations — The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which brought the Sultans of Oman and the beginnings of the infamous slave trade. They can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town.
Jozani Forest – The Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar island and is home to the rare Red Colobus Monkey, which is endemic to Zanzibar. Jozani is home to other species including Syke’s monkey’s, small buck and bushpigs.
North Coast – Ras Nungwi, a sleepy fishing village on the northern tip of Zanzibar island. It is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar. The north has some fantastic beaches and nearby coral reefs which are ideal for diving and snorkelling. The local villagers have built a turtle sanctuary where injured turtles and other marine animals are nursed back to health before being released back into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Kizimkazi fishing village – Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi is home to several families of bottle-nosed dolphins. It is the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa.
Diving Zanzibar—The coral reef structures that surround Unguja and Pemba ensure that the marine life is abundant. In deeper waters, lush coral gardens often stretch as far as the eye can see, barracuda, kingfish, tuna and wahoo hunt together with large Napoleonic wrasse, graceful manta rays and sharks. Shallower waters are the playground of tropical fish, including a huge variety of Indo-Pacific marine fauna.
Zanzibar Beaches – More than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar: A paradise, with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple
way of life, unchanged over the years