The Zanzibar Archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean. It stretches on the east African coast and it is 40 km far from Tanzania. Millions of years ago Zanzibar was part of the African continent. It was separated from the mainland as a result of the earth’s crust movement.

The last name is not well known, because almost all Europeans and local people call Ugunja “Zanzibar”. The capital of the entire archipelago is located on this island. 

Many people mistakenly believe that this beautiful island is part of the state of Tanzania. The island of Zanzibar, of course, is part of Tanzania, but it has semi-autonomous status. The capital has its own government and president.

The total area of ​​the island is about 2.5 thousand square kilometers and it is home to more than one million Zanzibari people. After all, the average air temperature on the island varies within twenty-five degrees C above zero. It makes the trip to Zanzibar for Tripety travelers very comfortable. 

Zanzibari people are proud of Stone Town. You may visit this place with the Tripety business travel planner. This Stone Town was founded by the first Arab traders. It attracts Tripety travelers with its fabulous street labyrinth, houses, and squares. Walking around the city you can see the sultan’s luxurious palaces and small shacks of local residents. You may take a lot of photos in Stone Town and upload them to the Tripety travel app.

The most visited building in the city is the House of Wonders. Long ago it was the residence of Sultan Said ibn Bagash, who attracted a Scottish architect to build the palace. The building is three floors high above the city and it has a tall beautiful tower.

Nowadays, the House of Wonders has museums inside where you can learn the culture of Zanzibar.

The slave trade square has a monument that is devoted to slaves. It reminds people of the sad pages of the history of the island. 

Put a note to the Tripety travel app to go to Prison Island. On geographical maps, it is designated as Chang, but everyone calls it “prison”. For a long time, there was a prison where patients with cholera were delivered in order to prevent the development of the disease. 

Nowadays, Prison is a real paradise for divers and beach lovers. The turtle nursery is located on the Prison. You may feed these adorable animals and take some pictures with them. 

It is difficult to leave Zanzibar without visiting the Jozani Nature Reserve. Tripety travelers can walk along the paths and enjoy time with wild animals. Colobus monkeys, which live only on this archipelago, attract tourists most of all. You will be able to see more than a hundred species of exotic birds, and most of them are not at all afraid of people. 

If you have chosen Zanzibar for your vacation with the Tripety app, do not forget to visit its lovely beaches.

Nungwi. Nungwi is the extreme north of the island. But it warm and lovely. It has turquoise water and snow-white sand. The best coral reefs and diving spots in Zanzibar. There are coconuts and bananas. Its plantations surround the beach. The sea at Nungwi beach is deep enough, so the ocean ebb is not noticed very much.

Kendwa. This is also the north of the island of Zanzibar – and also the “Maldives”. There are many hotels for each preference. The beauty of the beach is not inferior to Nungwi. The water can sometimes be unclear for a short period of time because of the specific of the coastline. The ebb and flow can be noticed but they are not strong enough. 

Kiwengwa. Kiwengwa is located in the northeast of Zanzibar. It is noisy, fun, and it is quite difficult to find secluded places. The beaches are very clean, as well as the ocean.

Kizimkazi. Kizimkazi Beach is one of the best beaches in Zanzibar. It is located in the south of the island. Tripety travelers may enjoy the silence, secluded relaxation, and romantic coves. Here you can not only watch but swim with dolphins!

  • Zanzibar is comprised of several islands, but two are the larger ones. Ugunja is the largest one and is erroneously called Zanzibar. The other is called Pemba.
  •  The island is home to the almost extinct Zanzibar Red Columbus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet, and the Zanzibar Leopard.
  • Zanzibar has been home to intelligent humans (Homo sapiens) for more than 20,000 years.
  • The capital of Zanzibar is called Zanzibar City and its most historic feature is the ancient Stone Town.
  • Due to its proximity to Equator, Zanzibar is warm throughout the year and has equal day and nights (12-hours each) like most of the East African Countries.
  • Apart from tourism, the other economic activity in Zanzibar is spice growing. In fact, the island is sometimes fondly referred to as The Spice Island due to its cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper.
  • Some ancient potteries have been discovered in Zanzibar showing that it was a major trading route for the ancient Assyrians.
  • Amazingly, the shortest war ever recorded by man is the Anglo-Zanzibar War where the British bombarded the Beit al Hukum Palace and after 38 minutes, a ceasefire was called.
  • Thanks to Monsoon Winds, by the first century, Arabs, Persians and Indians were sailing to Zanzibar in their fast sailing dhows.
  • Throughout history, the Persians, Portuguese, Omani and British have fought to control the important island. It was seen as a gateway to mainland East Africa. In fact, the Sultanate of Omani was the first to trade slaves, cloves and ivory from East African Mainland.

Tripety travelers come to Zanzibar primarily for an excellent beach holiday, but there are also enough cultural attractions here. You should see the Anglican Cathedral. It is located in Stone Town in the former slave market. The building is a kind of symbol of the liberation of the island from slavery. Next to the cathedral, there is a monument to slaves taken from the island during the years of the slave trade. This is a sculpture depicting seven slaves with chains around their necks. You can find the cathedral at the intersection of New Mkunazini Road and Creek Road.

A fascinating place for Tripety travelers of all ages is the House of Wonders. In the past it was the residence of Sultan Barghash. It is the first building on the island to have electricity and an elevator. More than once the house passed into the hands of one or the other tenant. Today the white colonial-style building is one of the island’s cultural attractions. Here you will find an exposition of the Museum of East African History and Culture and a small market on the open terrace where you can buy products from local craftsmen. The building is located on Mizingani Road.

The whole family can go to Jozani Park. The national park is home to several species of monkeys. Red colobuses are especially popular with visitors – cute animals come close to people, they can be viewed in great detail. The forest is also unusual – it is one of the last mangrove forests on the island. The park is home to various species of birds and small animals. Children are very pleased with the miniature duk-duk antelopes. The national park is located near the capital, only 30 km.

In the north of the island there is a little-visited, but interesting attraction – the ruins of the Mtoni Palace. It was erected by Sultan Said bin Sultan in the first half of the 19th century, after he moved to Zanzibar. The second palace was built for the concubines and wives of Sultan Barghash. This building was the most beautiful on the island at the time of its heyday, but since all the interior decoration was made of wood, the fire of 1889 almost completely destroyed the palace.

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