Zanzibar is famous for its spices and the slave trade of the 19th century, Zanzibar Island apart from being part of the Tanzania mainland it is a destination in itself. What the island offers is a unique combination of outstanding beaches, along its eastern edge, interesting activities, such as visiting a working spice farm, and the cultural delights of Stone Town, with Arabian fortresses and minarets.
General speaking, the island is a fairly undeveloped affair with few main roads, all leading back to the main town, Zanzibar, on its western edge. This simple roads and paths makes it the perfect destination for those that are looking to explore a little more around the island.
Geographically, the island is only around 40mks across and 100kms from north to south at its widest points. Featuring outstanding, powder white beaches along its eastern shores, flanked by barrier reefs, and the UNESCO World heritage site of Stone Town on its western edge, the island itself is fairly narrow, with a ridge running through its middle from north to south. Along its eastern coastline runs a protective barrier reef and then the Indian Ocean. This is where the best beaches are located, all with coral white sand and gently lapping waters.
Besides the western side of the island runs the Zanzibar Channel and is where the main town (Zanzibar Town) and where the famous UNESCO World heritage site of Stone Town are located. While there are a few pockets of good beach along this western edge called Kendwa.
With its location, barrier reef and outstanding beaches Zanzibar can offer all of the attractions that most crave such as glorious beaches, scuba diving, fresh seafood and much more. Day’s tours and those with minimal time in the island, there is a small forest in the interior known as Jozani Forest which is a home for indigenous red colobus monkeys, and the spice tours in one of the small locally owned farms just outside Zanzibar stone town are a fascinating sights that reveal why this island has become so famous in the world.
Get to know the main beaches available in the island. These are:
Kendwa North West
Bwejuu and Dongwe – south East
Matemwe North east
Zanzibar is highly recommended for family safari, Honey moon, single travelers, groups tours, diving and snorkeling
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT ZANZAIBAR?
Best times to visit Zanzibar are: Jan, Feb, March, may , June, July, August, September, October, November and December.