Zanzibar Beach Holidays

Stone Town

Stone Town is the old part and the main city of Zanzibar, the former capital of Zanzibar Sultanate, a flourishing centre of spice trade. Stonetown is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arb, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. You will marvel with the Stone Town doors, historical artifacts documenting turbulent past of the island nation, tiny yet a key player in the old world trade route.

Nungwi Beach

Nungwi marks the northernmost tip of Zanzibar and is the second- or third-largest settlement on the island. Surrounded on three sides by turquoise-blue ocean, Nungwi has long been a magnet for visitors seeking paradise. Nungwi was traditionally a fishing village and traditional boats dhow-building center, now a popular tourist destination, recognized in CNN’s list of «100 best beaches of the world».

Matemwe Beach

Matemwe is a village on the north-eastern coast of the island, beholding the longest beach in Zanzibar. Its economy is mostly based on seaweed farming and fishing. The village is the seat of an education project aimed at providing computer literacy to the population of the area, as well as the Dada (in Swahili: «sister») cooperative that is intended to create job opportunities for Zanzibari women involving them in the processing and preparation of handmade cosmetics and food products that are sold in Stone Town.

Jambiani Beach

Jambiani is a group of villages on a idyllic beach surrounded by a strong culture of seaweed with many farms scattered along the coast and employing 15,000 inhabitants, mainly women. The island of Zanzibar produces around 11,000 tonnes of seaweed a year, much of it from Jambiani sources. When walking on the beach, you will see many women working, collecting seaweed! A perfect backdrop for many photos.

Pemba Island

Pemba is comparable to Zanzibar in size, but far more traditional in outlook, and visitor numbers here are tiny. Pemba is at a 30-minute flight north-east of Zanzibar Island.

Mnemba Island

Mnemba is offshore, the ultimate island lodge for those who can afford it. Dubbed the «Millionaire’s Island» Mnemba is wrapped by an oval reef (often referred to as the Mnemba Atoll), which has been declared a Marine Conservation Area.

Fumba Peninsula

Fumba in south-west Zanzibar, is a very laid-back and friendly corner of the island, with two good lodges, while offshore is the award-winning eco-resort on Chumbe Island.

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