Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands - the most famous being Unguja located 25 kms from the mainland coast at Dar es Salaam. The island is famous for its mix of exotic beaches, famous spice plantations, history (Stone Town being the capital) and diverse culture. Unguja (the main island in Zanzibar) is also home to many endangered species including the red colobus monkey and green turtle.
Unguja island, off the East Coast of Tanzania, have always been known to be the perfect place to unwind, Or simply a romantic destination for honeymooners. The island is perfect for families as well as senior citizens as there is plenty do so - from the active watersports, fishing, diving and snorkelling, or taking a leisurely sunset cruise in a traditional sailing dhow.
The water is warm, beaches are beautiful, excursions are numerous and historic Stone Town, the Zanzibar archipelagos capital, is a hub of activity - old stone crumbling buildings with elaborate doors and balconies, and narrow streets teeming with bazaars and bicycles, a wonderful marketplace, old sultans palaces and the site of the infamous slave trade.
The North and East Coast of Unguja have particularly inviting beaches with powder white sand lapped by turquoise blue warm waters of the Indian Ocean and framed by many coconut and wild date palms. This makes for an ideal location to relax.
What makes Unguja different to other tropical island destinations is the eclectic mix of sun, sea, sand and spice. But there is much more - vivid history, culture and a variety of excursions that makes this one of the most popular all-round beach destinations for people of all ages and interests.
Unguja also hosts annual festivals and events drawing people from all over East Africa and the world.