Zanzibar is made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6 south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterized by beautiful white sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town- said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
It is an island off the east coast of Tanzania. With its pearly white beaches leading to the azure Indian Ocean and temperatures ranging between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius, the island can best be described as a small paradise on earth. The Stone Town is the historical capital. Walk through the meandering alleys and visit the noisy bazaars, the Old Fort and the site of the former slave market for an experience that will leave you in awe and you will never forget. The Spice Tour is a great way of exploring the famous spice plantations on Zanzibar, also known as Spice Island.
The Prison Island boat trip will take you to the island that was formerly used for the detention of slaves and as a quarantine station. Today, Prison Island is home to the giant tortoise and a popular tourist destination for people looking for serenity and peace of mind. Take a Dhow Cruise to sail through the beautiful turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on a traditional wooden dhow. During the trip, you will stop for an opportunity to swim and snorkel in the clear blue sea.
The Dolphin Tour will take you to the Kizimkazi fishing village, home to several schools of dolphins. You can spot these wonderful creatures from the boat or even swim and play with them! Zanzibar is known for its marvelous coral reefs and it’s amazing sea life, and offers unparalleled opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling. Wildmasters can make all of your travel and accommodation arrangements. Many people consider Zanzibar a relaxing destination to end an active holiday. The island can be accessed by ferry service as well as by airplane from Dar es Salaam. The standards of the accommodations vary from simple to extremely lavish. Wildmasters team will help you to make reservations that best suit your needs.
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. On the west coast of Zanzibar, Mangapwani beach is worth a visit, and to the east are the beaches of Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani, all with stretches of beautiful white sands.