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Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Zanzibar’s brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing.

The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.

At the northern tip of the island is Nungwi, approached by a road lined by banana palms, mangroves and coconut trees. This is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar island, so it is a good place to see traditional craftsmen at work.

On the west coast of Zanzibar, Mangapwani beach is worth a visit, and to the east are the beaches of Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani, all with stretches of beautiful white sands.

Zanzibar also boasts several small offshore islands which are ideal for a day-trip. Prison (or Changu) island is the most popular with tourists because it is only a short trip from Stone Town. Originally, it was used by Arabs to detain recalcitrant slaves, and then a jail was built by the British, but it was never actually used. Visitors to Zanzibar will notice a large population of ancient Aldabra tortoises. Other islets near to Stone Town are Chapwani, Chumbe and Bawe.

Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches.

Best Choice Holidays aim to reveal more of what's on offer, and contains lots of useful, accurate and up-to-date information for visitors, including accommodation, maps and information on our fine weather.

With Best Choice Holidays, you can learn more about this island paradise, and plan an unforgettable holiday online. Quality hotels and tour operators are represented in the relevant sections, and with Zanzibar still an unspoilt paradise, this is the best place to see what you're missing out on!

This web-site has been created here in Zanzibar - put us on the map in What is Zanzibar and find out about flights in Travel Tips.

Zanzibar's Indian Ocean offers world class watersports including scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing on traditional local dhows.

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Property Location Centrally located in Michamvi, Karafuu Hotel Beach Resort is within the region of Paje Beach and Jozani Forest Reserve.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 119 guestrooms featuring minibars. Bathrooms have bathtubs and hair dryers...
Beautiful modern resort for leiasure as well as incentive groups. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are available at the hotel. This is a modern hotel. Amenities: 1 outdoor pool, 1 outdoor pool, Baby sitting, Baby sitting, Beauty parlour, Beauty parlour,..
Property Location When you stay at Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar in Zanzibar Town, you'll be on the beach and within the vicinity of Anglican Cathedral and Old Fort. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Stonetown Beach and House of Wonders.Rooms..
Property Location With a stay at Ocean Paradise Resort in Kiwengwa East Coast Zanzibar, you'll be minutes from Mapenzi Beach. This 4-star resort is within the region of Kiwengwa Beach and Mnemba Island.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 98 air-conditioned..
The Hotel features luxury rooms overlooking its own private beach on Zanzibar Island's northern tip in Nungwi Beach. Guests can enjoy the sunsets while drinking at the bar surrounding the pool. Spacious rooms feature dark wooden furnishings, high ceilings..
Property Location Centrally located in Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar Palace Hotel is minutes from House of Wonders and Anglican Cathedral. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Forodhani Gardens and Old Fort.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the..
The hotel amenities include a swimming pool, children's pool, restaurant and bar. The rooms feature air conditioning, TV, telephone, mini bar, terrace, safe and Internet access. Address: P.O. Box 2675, Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar is a 5-star all inclusive property located along the Bwejuu - Paje Beach on Zanzibar Island. The resort has only 30 villas designed with a fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian styles. Accommodations feature a terrace with..
Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa is situated on the finest, wide, white sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar. Located in Kiwengwa, on the East Coast, the Resort is 45 minutes drive from Stone Town and the airport.Resort has 4 Bars & Restaurants. Makuti..
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