Located off the eastern coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is a tropical island offering visitors a chance to relax on its pristine beaches or explore its history in ancient trading towns. Referred to by the locals as “Unguja,” the island is the biggest in the Zanzibar archipelago. Zanzibar City, the capital of the region, consists of two main areas: historic Stone Town and the more modern area of Ng’ambo.
Before hitting the beaches, set out to explore Stone Town, a former Swahili trading village. While fishing and agriculture are primary trading posts today, the area used to be known for its clove, coconut and spice exports. Discover Zanzibar’s ancient architecture at popular tourist attractions like the Old Dispensary building. The outside of the structure consists of elaborate balconies while the inside is adorned with painted ceilings.
Considered to be the oldest building in Zanzibar City, Old Fort was built in the late 17th century to protect the natives from the Portuguese. Today, the Old Fort serves as a venue for the Zanzibar International Film Festival, East Africa’s largest film, music and arts festival.
No trip to the island is complete without exploring the outdoors. Check out the white sand beaches throughout the island like Nungwi Beach or Paje Beach. Scuba diving is a popular activity in the area, thanks to reefs off the island’s coast. Get ready for glimpses of trigger fish, eels and even humpback dolphins. If staying on the ground is more your speed, book a tour with Zanzibar Quad Adventure. Race around the island on four wheels as your guide gives you an inside look at local sugarcane farms and villages.
Whether looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an action-packed trip, Zanzibar welcomes you to explore its island lifestyle.