Zanzibar is part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago situated in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 miles) off Tanzania’s mainland coastline. It consists of many small islands and two large ones – namely Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic center is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site.
Zanzibar’s is famously known for its vibrantly colourful history: filled with adventure, ruling Sultans, galleons filled with treasure, legendary explorers such as Dr Livingston (who used Zanzibar as a stepping stone into mainland Africa), the appalling slave trade to the Americas & the Far & Middle East (during late 1890s and early to mid 1900s), as well as its famed trade in tropical spices. The islands are particularly famous for producing cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper and for this reason the islands, (including neighbouring Mafia Island)are also called the ‘Spice Islands’.
Zanzibar is also home of the endemic Red Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet, and the (possibly extinct) Zanzibar Leopard. Legend has it that these beautiful wild cats were captured on mainland Tanzania and brought over to the Sultan’s palace court, during its grander days. However as the leopards grew in size and became unmanageable they were released into Jozani Forest’s dense interior where they survived and bred. Now in modern times Jozani Forest is best remembered for its rare Red Colobus Monkeys.
More than ever it is famed for it’s talcum power white beaches, the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and its magnificent underwater coral gardens and marine life.
The ‘Old Stone Town’ is seeped in history, intrigue and timeworn architecture, which reflects a story of traders from as far as China and ruling Sultans from Oman a British protectorate. Its varying styles of buildings, art, memorabilia and traditions found down its narrow, cobbled streets. Its like a time capsule from a by gone era seeped with Zanzibar cultural heritage.
Zanzibar is also renowned for its quality holiday accommodation and facilities, including excellent tours, water sports, cuisine and services.
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