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The exotic island of Zanzibar has been populated for more than 20,000 years. See the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, with a millennia of blended history of Swahili, Arabian, Indian and European cultures. Relax on beaches with soft white sand and clean blue waters.
Many Stone Town buildings were constructed during the 1700s and 1800s. See architecture made of coralline ragstone and wood from the area’s mangroves. The Old Fort overlooks the Indian Ocean, built on the site where a Portuguese church once stood. Next to it is the House of Wonders, housing the Beit El-Ajaib National Museum. Gaze up at its wide verandas and imagine its days as the mansion of a wealthy sultan. In front of these buildings, stroll along the walkways in Forodhani Gardens, where fishermen and artisans display their products.
Walk to the Anglican Church to learn about the region’s past as a Slave Market. Inside are displays describing this history as well as a memorial to David Livingstone, the missionary, explorer and avid abolitionist. Outside is the artwork Memory for the Slaves, depicting five slaves in chains.
Travel north to Nungwi, which has one of the island’s favorite spots for sun and sand, Nungwi Beach. Visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium, where local residents and conservationists have established a center to rescue and nurture hawksbill and green turtles and release them to the ocean every February. Spend a month or more here as a volunteer or swim with the turtles in a protected lagoon during a daytrip.
Paje Beach on the eastern coast has extreme tides, resulting in long stretches of sand when the tide is out. Rent equipment to try kite surfing. Scuba near Mnemba Island off the northeastern shore.
Ferry to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam in about 2 hours or fly to Zanzibar International Airport, about a 15-minute drive south of Stone Town. Rent a car to travel conveniently around this relatively small island.
Located in Stone Town, this hotel is steps from Shangani Beach, Hamamni Persian Baths, and Marahubi Palace. Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens are also within 5 minutes.
This Pwani Mchangani resort is on the beach, 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Mapenzi Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kiwengwa Beach and Mnemba Island. Kendwa Beach and Mnarani Natural Aquarium are also within 20 mi (32 km).
This Kiwengwa resort is on the beach, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Kiwengwa Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mapenzi Beach and Mnemba Island. Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Beach are also within 25 mi (40 km).
This Zanzibar hotel is located near Nungwi Beach. Another nearby point of interest is Kendwa Beach.
Located in Stone Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Malindi Mosque, House of Wonders, and Forodhani Gardens. Old Fort and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Zanzibar Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Malindi Mosque, Forodhani Gardens, and House of Wonders. Shangani Beach and Old Fort are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Nungwi, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach, and Mnarani Natural Aquarium. Mnemba Island is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) away.
Located in Matemwe, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Mnemba Island, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mapenzi Beach and Kiwengwa Beach. Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).