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Zanzibar Islands - Safari Lodges

Zanzibar Archipelago, Indian Ocean, Tanzania

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The Zanzibar Archipelago and its ‘Spice Islands’, first settled by Arab traders in the late 11th century, are bathed in the heady scents and romance of a bygone era. Traditional dhows (coastal Arab sailing vessels) drift across the horizon, and gentle soft-spoken islanders tend to your every need.

The early Arab traders found this scented land of clear blue water, fresh fruit and spices so idyllic that in the late 17th century, the Sultan of Oman decided to move the seat of his empire to these shores that they named Zayn Zal Barr, meaning "fair is the island."  Today the Zanzibar Archipelago is still bathed in the heady scents of cloves and cinnamon and traditional dhows still drift across the horizon.

The Zanzibar archipelago consists of numerous small islands and two large ones, the main island of Zanzibar (officially named Unguja) and Pemba Island. The name Tanzania derives from the combined, but once separate states of the Zanzibar archipelago and Tanganyika. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. The city's old quarter, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.

Zanzibar Island
An island partner state of Tanzania, Zanzibar is also known as ’The Spice Island’ due to the delicious variety of spices grown on the island. Attractions on Zanzibar include the historical town of Stone Town, the exclusive island of Mnemba Island and Zanzibar's prisine and untouched East Coast.

Pemba Island
The northernmost Island of the Zanzibar archipelago off Tanzania, Pemba Island is still the world's major clove producer, but has now slipped into its more traditional role of being an Island holiday destination. The coral reefs off Pemba Island offer spectacular snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving.  Less popular than its larger neighbor to the south (Zanzibar), Pemba is more remote but as a result offers some of the best unexplored coral reefs and marine life in the world. Facilities are less developed on Pemba, but the beautiful beaches, historical attractions and spectacular scuba diving and snorkelling are well worth the trip!

Accommodation in the Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
Eyes on Africa recommends the following accommodations in Tanzania's Zanzibar Archipelago... click the links below for complete information on (and photos of) the specific safari camp or lodge.

Accommodations in Zanzibar Archipelago
    • Breezes Beach Club & Spa
    • Matemwe Beach House
    • Matemwe Lodge
    • Matemwe Retreat
    • Mnemba Island Lodge

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