Most people think of Zanzibar as an island, but it is an archipelago of four islands. The largest, called Unguja, is generally referred to as Zanzibar. The archipelago is semi-autonomous but falls under Tanzania. The islands have a long, fascinating history as a hideout for pirates, a centre of smuggling, the ivory and slave trades. Today, and historically the island produces spices such as cloves and nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. Visitors can enjoy tours of a spice plantation while visiting the island.
Zanzibar is the perfect add on to a safari in East Africa. Relax in one of the beautiful resorts on the spice island. Guests love exploring the winding alleyways of Stone Town. The city is an intriguing mix of Moorish, Arabic, African and European architecture. The streets are so narrow, there are no cars, only bicycles to get around. One of the main attractions is seeking out the stunning intricately carved doors. Other attractions include the House of Wonders, the Fordhani Gardens and the old slave market.
Another day trip on Zanzibar is visiting the Jozani Forest, one of the only remaining mangrove forests along the east coast of Africa. It is an important habitat between the worlds of land and sea. Jozani is home to the endangered red colobus monkey. The forest is under consideration to become Zanzibar’s second World Heritage Site for its incredible biodiversity. It is home to many endemic species and a guided tour offers a fascinating insight into the many medical uses of the plants found there.