Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania’s Mafia Island, are sometimes referred to locally as the “Spice Islands” (a term borrowed from the Maluku Islands of Indonesia). Zanzibar is the home of the endemic Zanzibar red colobus, the Zanzibar servaline genet, and the (possibly extinct) Zanzibar leopard.
Zanzibar is a small and beautiful island with pristine turquoise waters and white powdered sands. The island offers the best beaches, interesting activities like snorkeling, visiting spice farms and wonderful seafood delicacies for food lovers.
Places to visit in Zanzibar:
1) Stone Town – The place is the cultural hub of Zanzibar. You can explore the ancient streets with lots of jewelry and craft shops. If you are tired shopping then hit the coffee shop for a wonderful and aromatic coffee. Forodhani is a wonderful food market found in Stone Town with the garden itself open every night, so be sure to stop by after dark and spend a charmed evening sampling Swahili and Zanzibari cuisine.
2) Nungwi beach – One of the top beaches in Zanzibar is Nungwi which is found in a small village with very low population with lots of quality restaurants and hotels and different Tourist activities in this region. It’s a place to relax and see the sunset. The sea water is crystal clear and warm which makes this place the finest beach in Zanzibar.
3) Prison Island – If you would like to explore the history of this region where people were used as slaves then you can visit this place. Right now this place is widely known as a nature reserve for giant tortoises reaching ages of over 200 years. It takes a 20 minute boat trip to reach Prison Island from Zanzibar town.
4) The Rock of Zanzibar – Set in the middle of the sea, you can reach there by walk in low tide but during high tide you require a boat to reach the Rock. The same group that owns The Rock also own Kichanga Lodge where you can stay and enjoy the best Zanzibar beach accommodation. Many people visit Zanzibar just to eat at this world renowned restaurant
5) Palace Museum – It’s one of the oldest buildings in Stone Town. The museum was built in the 19th century just overlooking the ocean. It’s widely known as Sultan’s Palace.
6) Spice Tour – The spices are locally grown and sold in streets by local merchants. There are lots of varieties of spices available in this place and you can feel the wonderful aroma when you visit this place. Zanzibar is also known as “Spice Island”. The place is known as the best part of the world for spice lovers
7) The Old Fort – Its located on the seafront, it was built in the 17th century. One of the oldest buildings in Stone Town. You can shop local produce in the courtyard.
8) House of Wonders – The tallest building just opposite the seafront. One of the historical building in Stone Town where exhibitions are held about the Zanzibari and Swahili culture.
9) Jozani Forest – You can reach by bus or hire a taxi. It is famous for the red Colobus monkey. Its spread in an area of 2512 hectares. A wonderful experience for sightseeing and photography. it is renowned as one among the last indigenous forests left in Zanzibar.
10) Mnemba Atoll – Well known the perfect destination for snorkeling enthusiasts which hosts many species of fish like barracuda, eels, snappers etc. Ride on a slow sailing Dhow boat, a trip which you will never forget.