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Travel Guide to Zanzibar

Travel to Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania and experience its amazing beaches, fascinating history and wonderful spices. Not to be missed is Stone Town an old Arab town built by those who got rich from the slave and spice trade. This travel guide to Zanzibar will help you get to the islands, find accommodation and give you some historical and cultural information.

Stone Town (Tanzania)
Stone Town (Tanzania) - Guide to Stone Town, Zanzibar

Pictures of Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Images of Zanzibar (Tanzania), taken by professional travel photographer Steve Outram.

Romantic Mnemba Island, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Mnemba is a private island in the Indian Ocean and part of the Zanzibar Archipelago. The island offers the best snorkeling in Zanzibar (and that's saying something) and you can also watch whales, see dolphins and swim with whale sharks.

Best Beaches in Africa - Africa's Best Beaches
The best beaches in Africa can be found in the Seychelles, Mauritius, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi . This top 10 list of beaches in Africa reflects my personal opinion. I have done my best to include African beaches that are accessible to visitors. There are countries like Eritrea and Somalia that no doubt have...

Best Backpacker Spots in Africa
Backpacking in Africa can be hard work and when you find a spot that's cheap, safe, fun and on a beach -- it's simply heaven. Here's a list of my top 10 places to chill out and rest when you're in Africa. These are not places I'd recommend you spend your entire vacation since that would be an utter waste of traveling all the way to Africa for....

Zanzibar Tour Operators
A comprehensive list of tour operators which offer Zanzibar itineraries and packages. Most companies will offer flight arrangements, hotels, car rental and excursions once in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Festival Tours
Zanzibar is home to several unique festivals every year that highlight its interesting Swahili culture and fascinating history. Zanzibar Festival Tours specializes in organizing your stay during the festivals and ensuring you a front row seat.

Zanzibar Map
Map of Zanzibar showing the major towns and tourist attractions.

Zanzibar Hotels
A list of 3,4 and 5 star hotels in Stone Town and along the beaches of Zanzibar Island.

Zanzibar People and Culture
The people of Zanzibar are a mixture of many cultures including Arab, and Bantu. The predominant language is Swahili. Zanzinet offers a detailed history of the people and culture of Zanzibar.

History of Zanzibar
Zanzibar was once the center of the Arab slave trade, it was also ruled by the Portuguese, the British and now the spice island is part of Tanzania. Here's a good introduction to all these periods that make up the fascinating history of Zanzibar.

Stone Town
Recently named a UNESCO World heritage site, Stone Town is becoming as much of an attraction in Zanzibar as its beaches. It was once the main slave trading port in East Africa. You can enjoy the intricate balconies, the ornate doors and more as you get lost in its many narrow alleyways. This site tells you what to look for and how to get around Stone Town.

Pemba Island
Pemba island is a wonderful place for snorkelers and divers and those who enjoy the beach. It is a beautiful, sparsely inhabited island, north of Zanzibar island. This site provides information about how to get to Pemba island and what hotels are available (there aren't many).

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