Besides the beautiful beaches, stunning coral reefs, and laid-back tropical atmosphere for which it is justly famous, Zanzibar is home to a rich and unique history and culture. Having seen more than the usual share of invasions and foreign empires, Zanzibar culture provides a delightful and sensuous blend of Middle Eastern, African, Indian, and European influences, all of which are apparent in its architecture, food, feasts, and faces. Zanzibar is also famous for its spice plantations, at one time the world’s only (and still the largest) source of cloves.
As the islands’ cultural and historical heart, Stone Town is the starting place for any trip to Zanzibar. Home to intricately carved wooden doors, a dizzying variety of fresh seafood in the open-air Forodhani Gardens, dozens of museums, and the finest remaining example of Swahili architecture, Stone Town simply cannot be missed. There is much more Zanzibar, however, than Stone Town. You can tour one of the island’s many spice plantations, an unforgettable sensory experience. You can dive or snorkel pristine coral reefs, or visit by private dhow any of the dozens of small islands that make up the Zanzibar Archipelago.
No matter how you choose to spend your time,
Zanzibar will not leave you disappointed.
Except when you have to leave