Highlights and main attractions of Zanzibar and the coast
The perfect way to unwind after an action-packed safari of the Serengeti, Ngorogoro or Tanzania’s other awe-inspiring wildlife sanctuaries, the tropical and sun-soaked ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar was once East Africa’s commercial epicentre and last remaining vestige of the African slave trade. Today, it offers a fascinating combination of Arabic style, hallmarks of ancient civilisations and Africa’s finest white-sand beaches and vibrant pristine reefs, and its burgeoning popularity has fortunately done little to diminish its authentic and unspoilt nature. So kick off the safari dust and enjoy the pristine Swahili coastline and marine life of East Africa’s idyllic beach destination.
An archipelago comprised of two large islands and numerous smaller ones located between 25 and 50 kilometres from mainland Tanzania, the largest island of Unguja is unofficially known as Zanzibar.
The population of Zanzibar is culturally diverse, with some of the mixed African, Arabic and Indian population dating back to 1st Century AD and today welcomes a growing number of tourists with a sense of laidback hospitality and friendliness.