Zanzibar Travel Guide

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Evening food stalls at Forodhani Gardens

Andrew Lamb

Zanzibar is called the "The Island of Sensations" and deserves this name. It has a fascinating history. But don’t expect it to be locked in the past. Stone Town still retains some of the charm it had in the days when it was a flourishing seaport (it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site).The city offers a blend of Portuguese East Indian Persian and Omani Arab architecture. Highlights in Stone Town include the sultan’s palace the old Arab fort and the old slave quarters.

The island has some great beaches. The best are found near Matemwe and Nungwi, there are great snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Other interesting activities include touring the spice and coconut plantations.

On the east coast be sure to visit the Persian Kidichi Baths.

Another excursion can be made to Mangapwani. This is a large underground cave where slaves were kept. Other sights include the ruined fort at Marahubi and the sailboats in the harbor.

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