Zanzibar is mysterious, exotic and romantic. It is the evocation of the exotic, an archipelago nestled in the Indian Ocean, 37km offshore from Tanzania. A destination both legendary and mysterious.

From this remote outpost, at the hub of the Monsoon trading routes, history was enacted, journeys of discovery were planned, Sultanate empires were established and the first mediaeval global village was founded. Zanzibar retains the imprint of its historic legacy in the tumbling streets of Stone Town, in the Arabic-inflected Swahili language and the rare antiques of the bazaars and markets.

The historic charms of Stone Town, the picture-book, palm-fringed beaches, colourful reefs and the cultural pride that exudes from every beach hut, every temple and every courtyard continues to lure visitors from around the world.

The total population of Zanzibar is around 1 million. Around two thirds of the people, are living on Unguja (Zanzibar Island), with most settled in the densely populated west.

Besides Zanzibar City, other towns on Unguja include Chaanai, Mbweni, Mangapwani, Chwaka, and Nungwi (Where Divine Diving dive club is situated).

Outside of these towns, most people live in small villages and are engaged in farming or fishing.

The population of Pemba Island is around 400,000. The largest town on the island is Chake-Chake, with a population of 20 thousands. The smaller towns are Wete and Mkoani.

The haloes of idyllic beach that adorn the island’s coast, and the fragrant spice plantations that blossom in the interior make Zanzibar the ultimate Indian Ocean destination, the jewel in East Africa’s crown.

Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania’s Mafia Island, are sometimes called the “Spice Islands”.

The heat of summer (corresponding to the Northern Hemisphere winter) is often cooled by strong sea breezes associated with the northeast monsoon(known as Kaskazi in Kiswahili), particularly on the north and east coasts. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm year round. Rains occur in November but are characterized by brief showers. Longer rains normally occur in March, April, and May in association with the southwest monsoon (known locally as Kusi in Kiswahili).

Zanzibar Attractions

Stone Town
Spend some time wandering about the old palaces, fascinating museums, characterful restaurants and bustling markets of this charming World Heritage Site. History and culture linger as mystically as the muezzin’s call in the narrow streets and coral-stone buildings.

Spice Tour
A visit to the spice plantations will dazzle your senses with fresh spices. A unique opportunity to visit the local farms and talk to farmers who will show you the traditional spices and fruits of Zanzibar. It is fun, educational and wonderfully aromatic.

Jozani Forest
You can see the endangered red Colobus Monkey and a variety of other rare forest-dwelling creatures and birds in this beautiful indigenous forest reserve. A guide will lead you on a nature trail through the gorgeously leafy forest. You can also walk through the lush tidal mangrove swamps on an attractive wooden boardwalk.

Don’t be a stranger, come and visit us soon!