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Zanzibar Cultural Festival

Zanzibar Cultural Festival – this event takes place towards the end of July each year, shortly after the international ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries. Drawing cultural troupes from different countries and many from Zanzibar, the festival is marked with strong traditional customs and a rich heritage of culture. It is decorated with “taarab” music, […]

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Spice Plantations

Spice Plantations – thanks to Arab traders who settled in Zanzibar, this island became known for its spices internationally for centuries. Exports of spices such as cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, vanilla, and nutmeg have made this island legendary. Various tour outfits offer visitors the chance to view such items at the source, along […]

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Sea Cliff Resort & Spa

Sea Cliff Resort & Spa (Kama Village, Zanzibar) – this is the first and only course on the island of Zanzibar. This magnificent course, located just north of Zanzibar city and designed by Peter Matkovich, consists of an undercover driving range, practice greens, 9 holes, 18 tees, golf carts and clubs to hire. A qualified […]

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Prison Island

Prison Island – located just 30 minutes (via boat trip) from Zanzibar, Prison Island (a.k.a. Changuu Island) provides a fascinating glimpse into the island’s dark past – this land was once used as a place where slaves were detained. When slavery was abolished, the British converted it into a camp where people with infectious diseases […]

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Pemba

Pemba (island) – this is Zanzibar’s other main island (located 80 km north of Zanzibar island). Unlike Zanzibar (which has an active tourist sector), Pemba is still considered virgin territory to international travelers. Because of this, Pemba is ideal for both eco-tourists, as well as divers in search of unspoiled waters. Much of the island’s […]

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Nungwi

Nungwi (beach) – located on the northern tip of Zanzibar island is this town, which is best-known as its dhow building center (35 km. north of Zanzibar city). In recent years, tourism has grown significantly here, with CNN listing it as one of “100 best beaches of the world” in 2014. In addition, there are […]

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Mangapwani

Mangapwani (beach) – this beach is located a few kilometers west of Mangapwani village (in the island’s northwest coast). The activities that visitors here pursue include swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, diving, and water sports. Aside from that there are also dhow trips and nature trails plus visits to a dhow workshop.

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Kiwengwa

Kiwengwa (beach) – this east coast beach is 40 minutes away from Zanzibar city. A few of the fanciest hotels on the island have claimed spots near Kiwengwa, where pure stretches of white sand seem to go on forever. Kiwengwa is a fantastic beach if you are looking to splurge a little and enjoy the […]

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Kidike Root Site

Kidike Root Site (Pemba) – located just a few kilometers from Chake Chake (in Pemba’s central region) is this natural habitat. Here’s visitors may encounter the endangered Pemba Flying Fox (which is endemic to the island). Other animals are found here, too, such as Vervet Monkeys, Mozambique Cobras, Tortoises, Bush Crabs, Red eyed Doves, Mangrove […]

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Jozani National Forest Reserve

Jozani National Forest Reserve – this forest reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar Island, and is the home of the rare Red Colobus Monkey (which is only endemic to Zanzibar). A red colobus monkey, unlike their more widespread and adapted cousins, the Black and White Colobus, are a rain forest species […]