Zanzibar is an archipelago 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, locally known as Unguja, is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic historic Stone Town said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Zanzibar’s brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing.
Zanzibar is also known as the ‘Spice Island’ due to the delicious variety of spices grown on the islands many plantations. The spices grown here are cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. Stone Town,Central Market, House Of Wonders (Beit El-Ajaib), Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area, Mtoni Palace Ruins, Northern Beaches Of Zanzibar,Palace Museum, Pemba Island and Mafia Island make the island more attractive.
Stone Town (Mji Mkongwe)
Stone town is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar located on the western coast of Unguja. Stone Town is a lively town. It is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. It is a fascinating maze of narrow streets that are a joy to explore. Discover restaurants, churches, markets and gardens. Zanzibar attracts many tourists each year due to its rainbow coral reefs, beautiful beaches, and fabulous food markets.
Northern Beaches Of Zanzibar
Nungwi and Kendwa are the most popular beaches on Zanzibar and that is for a good reason. Unlike the rest of the island, the top island location is blessed. It does not have to deal with high and low tides. Perfect place if you are looking to swim around the clock without having to walk far out to sea to chase the ocean mile away.All beaches have palm trees with white sand and turquoise ocean.
However, Nungwi has two sides: the main busy side dotted with many hotels, very busy beaches and is lively in the day and at night. The quiet side of Nungwi is the opposite. Here you will find an empty beach for yourself without noise, crowds or beach boys. This side is haven for travellers seeking more peace, solitude and privacy. It is a favorites place on the North of Zanzibar.
Kendwa is located just few miles before the Nungwi Village. It is slightly more laid back than Nungwi while still lively enough to enjoy the beach life at its best. You can find all: laid back bars and restaurants along the beach, beach volleyball for some fun in the sand, diving centres and some parties in the evening.
House of Wonders (Beit El-Ajaib)
The House of Wonders (Palace of Wonders) is a landmark building in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It is the largest and tallest building of Stone Town and occupies a prominent place facing the Forodhani Gardens on the old town’s seafront in Mizingani Road. It is located between the Old Fort and the Palace Museum (and former Sultan’s Palace). It is one of six palaces built by Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar.
One cannot go wrong in this tropical paradise. Taking a holiday in Zanzibar is worth your money and time. It definitely must be in your bucket list. Genius Expedition Safaris operates beach holiday tours in this enchanting paradise either directly or after a Kilimanjro climb or game safari. It can be accessed through Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha or Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar es Salaam with a short transfer to Zanzibar.