Zanzibar ( known to the locals as Unguja ) and its sister island, Pemba, grow 75% of the world’s cloves. A beautiful island, is only 22 miles ( 35 Km ) from the mainland – a 20- minutes, scheduled of charter flight from Dar Es Salam or 90- minutes hydrofoil ride.
There are also several schedule flights from Arusha taking about 60 minutes. The narrow streets and Arabic architecture of historical Zanzibar city are exceptionally mystical and beautiful on a moonlit night. Main attractions include the Zanzibar Museum, former British Consulate, Arab Old Fort, the Anglican Cathedral built on the site of the former slave market, Sultan’s Palace, town market and Indian bazaar.
Livingstone’s and Burton’s are near the picturesque old Dhow Harbour, where traditional dhows are repaired and built. Antique shop stocked with Arab clocks, kettles, brass trays, Zanzibar beds, carved doors and frames have special atmospheres al, their own.
The spice Tour travels north of stone town and includes a visit to one or more spice gardens and farms. Various spices and plants, including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger and black pepper along with fruits such as tamarind, guava, rose-Apple and several types of mangoes and bananas may be seen, touched, smelled, and purchased.
The Dolphin Experiences offered from the southern end of the island is also worth considering. Good restaurant include Mecury’s, the Zanzibar Serena Inn, and the Archipelago located next to Tembo hotel in Stone town. Just outside of town, Mtoni Marine also has a good restaurant. The tower top restaurant serves a limited seating for dinner each night and is quite popular. The more pristine coral reefs off Zanzibar offer a superb diving or snorkeling experience.
In additional to a mind-boggling diversity of brightly coloured reef fish, dolphins, green turtles and the largest of all fishes– the harmless whale shark- are fairly numerous in the water around Zanzibar.