Unguja, also known as Zanzibar Island, is the main island in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar. Stone Town, part of Zanzibar City, is an old trade center, with mosques and winding lanes. The 1883 House of Wonders is a former sultan’s palace with a clock tower. The Old Fort now houses a cultural center and a stone amphitheater. Underground aqueducts fed hot water to the late-19th-century Hamamni Persian Baths
A luxury beachfront resort with traditional Swahili charm, Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is situated on the finest white, sandy beach on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar. Set in 30-acres of tropical gardens with over 1,000 palm trees, the resort is one of Zanzibar’s most prestigious properties offering the ultimate in beach comfort: excellent accommodation; fine wining and dining; a host of sports and leisure facilities; the famous Oasis Spa; and our award-winning service. Free WiFi is also available throughout the Resort.
A genuine experience on the South East coast of Zanzibar. As you step into Indigo Beach Zanzibar, you will immediately feel that your holidays have started. If we have an advice for you, it would be to live barefoot, this is how you will spend your holidays. Forget everything, free your mind and spirit ! The resort shows simplicity through the turquoise of the lagoon and the immaculate white sandy beach, planted with coconut palms close to the small fishing village of Bwejuu.
Sandies Baobab Zanzibar, is located on the famous white beach of Nungwi, on the northern tip of Zanzibar.The structure takes its name from the majestic, century old Baobabs, found dotted around the Resort compound, making it a unique tropical oasis immersed in nature. The rooms of the Resort are surrounded by tropical gardens and trees. The Resort has direct access to the beach with a restaurant, pool and pool bar, all facing the beach and the turquoise blue waters.
Get lost in the tranquillity of Chuini Zanzibar Lodge, on the edge of Unguja island – a home-away-from-home set near a vibrant fishing village, offering absolute privacy. Expect balmy sunsets with picturesque palm trees and views of the treasured Sultan’s Palace – a holiday destination of dreams. Luxury island accommodation set on a historical landmark of an ancient palace on the west coast – Chuini offers a truly authentic Zanzibarian experience.
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Reasons to travel to Zanzibar and experience what this island has to offer!
Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar in 1946. His birth name was Farouk Bulsara.
It’s a group of islands just off the coast of East Africa. There are two large main islands, Pemba and Unguja – the latter is sometimes informally (and incorrectly) referred to as “Zanzibar”.
The Anglo-Zanzibar War between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate took place on 27 August 1896. It lasted between 38 and 45 minutes before a ceasefire was called.
Zanzibar is a year-round destination temperature-wise with average daytime highs between 28C and 32C and night-time lows between 20C and 25C. February is the most humid month, while March to May are the wettest.
Although colour television did not appear on the Tanzanian peninsula until well into the nineties, in Zanzibar they were able to abandon viewing in black and white long before that, in 1973. It was the first place in Africa to have access to this great technological advance.
Zanzibar is popularly called The Spice Islands, due its main economic activity after tourism being spice exports – mainly cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper.
This beautiful wild cat is classed as “possibly extinct”, as none have been spotted in several years. According to local legend, several young Zanzibar Leopards were captured on mainland Tanzania and brought over the island as an exotic addition to the Sultan of Zanzibar’s palace. But as the leopards grew in size and ferocity, they were released into the Jozani Forest, where they bred. Sadly, they were hunted into (possible) extinction and the Jozani Forest is now best know for its rare Red Colobus Monkeys.
With living reefs surrounding the islands, Zanzibar is a prime dive destination. The water temperature is warm, visibility is usually excellent, currents are weak and there’s an abundance of colourful fish, all of which contributes to an ideal location for first time and novice divers. Many of the larger resorts on the North and East coasts have professionally-run dive shops on-site. Qualified divers must produce their certification and a log book.