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VISIT ZANZIBAR

Relax by the Beach; walk through the long history of Zanzibar in Stone Town.

The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site. Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometers off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba.

EAST COAST

The East: are the beaches of Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani, all with stretches of beautiful white sands. Also at the east coast, waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore, and low tide reveals small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. A night or two spent on the east coast is well worth the extra hour it takes to drive there.

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WEST COAST

The west coast of Zanzibar, Mangapwani beach: Visit of the salve caves and chambers. The port city of Stone Town dominates the west coast. Serena Mwangapwani Restaurant (fresh sea food!) and watersports Centre (snorkeling, kayaking, catamaran rides and other at the well-equipped center).

NORTHWEST COAST

At the northern tip of the island is Nungwi, approached by a road lined by banana palms, mangroves and coconut trees. This is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar island, so it is a good place to see traditional craftsmen at work. Also up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun.

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SOUTH COAST

On the south coast of Zanzibar lies the Menai Bay Conservation Area, a sea turtle protection area for the endangered species that come to breed on the island. Roads to the southeast coast take visitors through the Jozani Forest, home to Zanzibar’s rare Red Colobus monkeys and a number of other primate and small antelope species.

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STONE TOWN

Rich with History of the old times of Zanzibar. Visit the Anglican Cathedral, Slave Markets, The Palace of the Sultans, Tip Tips House, The Old Arabic Fort, Forodhani Park and see the famous Zanzibar doors in the petite little streets. Enjoy Henna Art and the fruit and vegetable market. Day-long spice tours to working plantations offer visitors the chance to observe the cultivation of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that have made the island famous

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ACCOMMODATION IN ZANZIBAR

There are excellent hotels, both in Stone Town and on the beaches. We recommend visitors to combine a one night, short stay in Stone Town, to explore the history and architecture of the isles’ cultural heart, with a stay on one of the beautiful Indian Ocean beaches. The east coast of Zanzibar Island (Unguja) features several establishments on the beach, ranging from small and intimate properties to larger resorts.

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