Zanzibar Hearing this name conjures the imagination. It's interesting to note that many people don't know where to find Tanzania, but the name Zanzibar sounds all too familiar. This pearl of an island situated in the Indian ocean east of the mainland, is famous for its spices. That's why it is called quite often the spice island. Enjoy a one day "spice tour" to the regions where the spices are grown and enjoy the variety of exotic scents.
A walk through Stone Town , the picturesque old town, is a nice experience as well. Including the neighbour islands of Pemba and Mafia , Zanzibar is also a paradise for those that love swimming, diving, deep sea fishing, water sports and much more.
There are many wonderful lodges and hotels offering beautiful beaches to relax on. Zanzibar is the perfect end-point from a safari on the mainland, especially after a strenuous climb of Mount Meru or Mount Kilimanjaro .
The name Zanzibar means "Land of the Blacks" and originates from the Arabic words "Zinj" meaning black and "barr" meaning land.
The Island of Zanzibar consists of two main islands, Pemba and Unguja with some 50 smaller islands surrounding the archipelago. Unguja is the main and most developed island. Many people refer to it as Zanzibar, so please do not get confused when we refer to it as Unguja. The population of Zanzibar is about 800,000 people, of which 150,000 are found on Pemba. The majority of people inhabit Stone Town (which is the "capital" of Zanzibar). Many of the rural people prefer the fertile Northern section of the island, whilst the East Coast has coral rag, and provides the most spectacular beaches and holiday destinations.
These areas are so sparse that at the right time of the year, you may even have a whole stretch of beach to yourself