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Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago which consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba Island. The capital is Zanzibar City and is located on Unguja Island. Its historic center is Stone Town, also a World Heritage Site. Zanzibar's main industries are spices and tourism. It used to be the trade focus of the region. The island’s economy now depends on agriculture and fishing. And it presents a great production of several tropical crops, mostly cloves and coconuts.

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Arabs had the deepest influence on Zanzibar because the island’s position made it a perfect base for Arabs for slave expeditions into Africa and for commerce. Arabs from Oman became especially important and established colonies of merchants and landowners in Zanzibar, who eventually became the aristocracy of the island.

Things to do in Zanzibar

Stroll around the colorful alleys of the Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar city on the west coast, where a lot of craft shops, galleries and many hidden treasures are found. Swimming in Nungwi and Kendwa beaches with their exotic waters and fine white sand will definitely be worth your trip. Apart from the stunning marine landscape, Zanzibar is synonymous with spectacular red sunsets and preferred by many to capture the last light of the day. A snorkeling tour in Mnemba Atoll is a must do for the most active types to explore a colorful seabed full of exotic fish. In Prison Island, one will be amazed by the giant turtles and the crystalline waters. Options here are endless and have as their core the miracles of nature.

Popular areas in Zanzibar

Jozani Forest is one of the most popular places in Zanzibar since it is the last sanctuary in the world to host the red colobus monkey, located in the Eastern part of the island. Stone Town is the beating heart of Zanzibar. Cobbled alleys and old Arabic-style buildings compose a magical scenery. A 5 km boat ride will take you from Stone Town to reach the iconic Prison Island tortoise sanctuary. Another buzz area that gets lively from the afternoon onwards is Forodhani market you can find fresh local produce as well as freshly grilled fish, meat and vegetables.

Family fun

Nature here provides a lot of adventures and activities for the whole family. Children will most surely love the Zanzibar Butterfly Center, where they can observe many varieties of butterflies in their natural habitat and get to know about their circle of life. Take a boat trip to Prison Island to see the giant yet friendly Aldabra tortoises. A tour in the spices plantations, which is the main produce of Zanzibar, is a must do. Emerge yourself in a world of scents and odors of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and get to know one more treasure of this paradise.

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