The largest and most popular island in the Zanzibar Archipelago, Unguja (or ‘Zanzibar’ as it is more commonly known) is a short flight away from Tanzania and easily accessible from other popular tourist destinations such as the Serengeti National Park, Arusha, and Dar es Salaam. A more budget-friendly option is to reach the island via a passenger ferry that leaves the mainland.
The main island is the most developed in the archipelago and promises an endless list of interesting and relaxing diversions. The historical Stone Town (the main port and commercial centre of the archipelago) is teeming with life and an example of the old and new colliding in the shape of the Old Fort and House of Wonders along the waterfront.
Other popular places to visit on the island are: Kendwa, known for its pristine beaches and thumping nightlife; Nungwi, home to a number of turtle aquariums; while true local culture is best observed from villages on the east coast, such as Paje, Jambiani, and Bwejuu. The Jozani Forest offers excellent opportunity to observe the endangered red colobus monkey on any of the well-kept nature trails. Nungwi village is a great place for cultural or spice tours, followed by a traditional Swahili lunch with all the home-grown spices and herbs.
- Unguja is the most well-known and developed island in the Zanzibar Archipelago
- Easily reached by ferry or direct flights from Tanzania and neighbouring countries
- Easily added on to a safari trip with many of the smaller airstrips near the Serengeti and Arusha offering direct flights to Zanzibar
- Guests can choose to relax on the island’s pristine beaches and also take in the exciting sights, sounds, and culture of Unguja