Roughly speaking, the island is a fairly undeveloped affair with only around 5 main roads, all leading back to the main town, Zanzibar, on its western edge. This simplicity makes it the perfect destination for those that are looking to explore a little as, should you reach the beach, you know you have gone wrong!
Geographically, the island is only around 40mks across and 100kms from north to south at its widest points. Featuring outstanding, powder white beaches along its eastern shores, flanked by barrier reefs, and the UNESCO World heritage site of Stone Town on its western edge, the island itself (Unguja in Swahili) is fairly narrow, with a ridge running through its middle from north to south. Along its eastern coastline runs a protective barrier reef and then the Indian Ocean. This is where the best beaches are located, all with coral white sand and gently lapping waters.
Along the western side of the island runs the Zanzibar Channel and is where the main town (Zanzibar Town) and where the famous UNESCO World heritage site of Stone Town are located. While there are a few pockets of good beach along this western edge (namely around Kendwa), this side of the island is not really seen as being the place to go for the beach-bound.
With its location, barrier reef and outstanding beaches Zanzibar can offer all of the attractions that most crave such as scuba diving, glorious beaches, fresh seafood and much more. For those that are a little restless there is a small forest in the interior called Jozani that has indigenous red colobus monkeys, and the spice tours in one of the small farms just outside Zanzibar Town are a fascinating glimpse into why this island has become so famous.
Size:1,020 square miles
Location: Just off east coast of Tanzania
Recommended time : 5 to 7 nights
Time to visit : Year round
Topography : Coral island with tropical forest in the center and western side and coral sand beaches on the eastern
Arrival, meet and greet at the Airport, transfer to Tembo House Hotel (or similar hotel). Check in for two nights in a double room, (sea/pool view room) on Bed & Breakfast basis.
Morning, after breakfast, at 09:00, guided Stone Town tour.
Stone Town was declared as world heritage site by UNESCO. With Tanzania Expeditions guide, you will walk on the footsteps of Arab Sultans of Zanzibar. Discovery of the wonderful labyrinths of Zanzibar, visit of the historical sites, presentation of the Zanzibar doors, their roles and significance. Return to hotel at noon.
Morning, at 09:00hrs, Depart from hotel for spice tour, discovery of spices, fruits, coconut tree climbing, and test some of the Zanzibar fruits. At 12:30hrs ahead to beach hotel (Mapenzi beach resort) over night for one night on all inclusive bases.
Depart from hotel to Airport.