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Zanzibar

A view of Zanzibar

A view of Zanzibar

Zanzibar (/ˈzænzɨbɑr/; from Arabic: زنجبار‎ Zanjibār, from Persian: زنگبار‎ Zangibār “Coast of Blacks”; zangi [black-skinned] + bār [coast]) is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar), and Pemba.

The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. Its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site and is claimed to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamored colubusn, and black pepper. For this reason, the islands, together with Tanzania’s Mafia Island, are sometimes called the Spice Islands (a term also associated with the Maluku Islands in Indonesia). Zanzibar is the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet.

Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean. It is in the East Africa Time zone (UTC +3) and does not use daylight saving time.

The northern tip of Unguja island is located at 5.72 degrees south, 39.30 degrees east, with the southernmost point at 6.48 degrees south, 39.51 degrees east. The island is separated from the Tanzanian mainland by a channel, which at its narrowest point is 36.5 kilometres (22.7 mi) across. The island is about 85 kilometres (53 mi) long and 39 kilometres (24 mi) wide,with an area of 1,464 km2 (565 sq mi). Unguja is mainly low lying, with its highest point being 120 metres (390 ft). Unguja is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs.The reefs are rich in marine biodiversity.

The northern tip of Pemba island is located at 4.87 degrees south, 39.68 degrees east, and the southernmost point is located at 5.47 degrees south, 39.72 degrees east.[32] The island is separated from the Tanzanian mainland by a channel some 56 kilometres (35 mi) wide. The island is about 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 23 kilometres (14 mi) wide, with an area of 985 km2 (380 sq mi). Pemba is also mainly low lying, with its highest point being 95 metres (312 ft).

Zanzibar Beach Holidays

Zanzibar has excellent hotels, both in Stone Town and on the beaches. Our Tour Consultants always recommend that visitors combine a short stay in Stone Town so as to explore the history and architecture of the isles’ cultural heart, with a stay on one of the beautiful Indian Ocean beaches. The east coast of Zanzibar Island features several establishments on the beach, ranging from small and intimate properties to larger resort outfits. Further a field, great lodges can be found on Pemba and Mafia islands; and smaller islands such as Chumbe and Mnemba.
Our Tour Consultants can always design Wedding and Honeymoon itineraries to produce rich experiences for new couples to enjoy on the beaches of Zanzibar, Pemba and mafia islands. We put into considerations many unique features including carefully choosing hotels, which provide the best value to make your honeymoon both memorable and affordable and the places to visit.

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7 Days Zanzibar Beach Holiday in the Ocean Paradise Resort

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 Days Zanzibar Beach Holiday in the Ocean Paradise Resort Situated on Zanzibar’s picturesque North East coast, overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean
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7 Days Zanzibar Package Beach Holiday in Ras Nungwi

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 Days Zanzibar Package Beach Holiday in Ras Nungwi You will stay in two different hotels – Zanzibar Serena Inn:Idyllically situated on the sea-front
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7 Days Zanzibar Beach Holidays Package in Blue Bay Beach Resort and Spa

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 Days Zanzibar Beach Holidays Package in Blue Bay Beach Resort and Spa The Resort is situated on the finest wide, white, sandy beach on the island of
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7 Days Pemba Beach Package Holidays at Fundu Lagoon Lodge

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 Days Pemba Beach Package Holidays at Fundu Lagoon Lodge Nestled into the secluded coastline of the Wambaa Peninsular which boasts of about 5 kilomet
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7 Days Pemba Beach Holidays at Manta Reef Lodge

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 Days Pemba Beach Holidays at Manta Reef Lodge 7 Days Pemba Beach Holidays at Manta Reef Lodge The lodge is located on the Ras Kigomasha peninsula, n
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Zanzibar Sunset Dhow Cruise

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
Sunset Dhow Cruise Watching the sunset seaside in Zanzibar is an amazing experience. Watching the sun set in Zanzibar while sailing the sea is one-of-
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Zanzibar Stone Town Tour

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
Stone Town Tour It is a wonderful introduction of Zanzibar that gives you the feeling of the rich cultural heritage. One gets a comprehensive view, hi
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Zanzibar Prison Island Tour

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
Prison Island Tour   This half day excursion is perfect for someone who wants to get off the beach and get a little more action! Join us as we sa
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Zanzibar Dolphin Tour

01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
Dolphin Tour (6 Hours or Full Day Tour)The drive from town to Kizimkazi a small village to the southern point of the island takes one hour. The surfac
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