A chain of island paradises

The Zanzibar Archipelago is made up of a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. Centuries ago, the island was an important area for the spice trade, first with the Arab world since the eleventh century, before falling under the rule of Arab sultans who reigned over the islands for a number of years, integrating with the local Swahili. 

Unguja Island is the largest of all islands in the archipelago and more commonly known as Zanzibar. Stone Town, littered with Indo-Arabian architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When not languidly lounging on the islands impeccable beachfront, visitors can wander the narrow labyrinth of streets that make up the town, venture to the Forodhani Gardens’ night market on the waterfront across from the House of Wonders, and taste the local street food. 

While Zanzibar is known for being flat and sand-strewn, its neighbouring island, Pemba, is the land of cloves and mangoes, with terrain composed of hillocks that are fertile and lush with fruit and spice trees. Traditional dhows lie scattered across most of the coastline with fishing being a large part of Pemba’s culture. 

Highlights

  • The Zanzibar Archipelago offers superb beaches, warm, tranquil waters and the ultimate Indian ocean island getaway
  • The different islands that are part of the archipelago offer an array of different attractions unique to each island 
  • Stone Town is recognised as a UNESO World Heritage Site 
  • Get lost in labyrinth streets, night markets, and local food vendors
  • The island is easily reached from the mainland and is a convenient add-on to a safari trip
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