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Where to go in Zanzibar

Zanzibar Island became famous for its spices and involvement in the 19th-century slave trade, but it should not be viewed as merely a brief stop on a travel itinerary. Rather, it is a destination in and of itself worth visiting. Not only does the island have beautiful beaches along its eastern coast, but it also has interesting activities such as tours of working spice farms and cultural experiences such as exploring Stone Town's Arab-influenced architecture, fortresses, and minarets.

In essence, Zanzibar Island is a simple and relatively undeveloped place, with only five main roads that all lead back to the main town, Zanzibar, on the island's western edge. This uncomplicated nature makes it an ideal destination for travelers looking to explore, as getting lost is not easy, and reaching the beach usually means you have taken a wrong turn.

Geographically, the island is approximately 40 kilometers wide and 100 kilometers long at its widest points, with a central ridge running from north to south. The eastern coastline features stunning, powdery white beaches protected by barrier reefs, while the western edge of the island is bounded by the Zanzibar Channel and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town. While a few good beaches can be found along this side of the island, particularly around Kendwa, it is not typically regarded as the go-to spot for beach lovers.

Zanzibar offers a range of attractions, including excellent scuba diving, beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, and more. For those seeking a bit of adventure, the Jozani forest in the interior is home to indigenous red colobus monkeys, and the spice tours at small farms outside of Zanzibar Town offer an interesting glimpse into the island's famous spice trade.

Zanzibar Beach








Prison island

Jozani forest
Kayaking in mangroves at Uzi Island
Kiwengwa Pongwe forest reserve
Mnemba island
Nungwi zoo
Masingini natural forest reserve
Octopus Fishing
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