Zanzibar Travel Guide
Unguja (Zanzibar) Island - this is the biggest island within the archipelago and is rich in history and economic importance as it has Zanzibars capital city on it. Zanzibar town, the capital, is located at the centre of the island. The main attraction is stone town the historic old part of town with its bustling main city market which opened in 1904 and still sells tropical fruit, vegetables, spies and fresh fish. Other attractions include the slave chambers, Sultans Palace, Place museum and the massive Arab Fort which was built in 1700. The streets are wonderful to walk along and the lovely buildings with distinct Arabic architecture and beautiful Zanzibar carved doors are a pleasure to view.
Menai Bay - located in the southwest of Unguja (Zanzibar) island, Menai Bay is surrounded by Miwi and Nianembe islets and the bay as well as the surrounding islets has been declared a conservation area. Menai is a sea turtle breeding area and encompasses several coral reefs, dense mangrove forests and tons of marine ife. The bay is also great for snorkelling and Dhow boat trips are also offered from here.
Jozani Forest - this amazing thickly forested wetland is wonderful for wildlife spotting. Located 35km southeast of Zanzibar Town, the forest can be reached by bus or charter taxi and is home to the rare red colobus monkey distinctive for its spiky tufted head of hair. The forest is also home to rare exotic birds, butterflies, sykes monkey and bushbabies.
Pemba Island - not as popular as its sister island, Pemba is the main centre for the clove industry and during the clove blooming season visitors are welcomed by the romatic scent of cloves and songs of the honey bees searching for nectar. Pemba is always lush and green thanks to the many plantations and high rainfall. The lovely landscape is largely untouched and the island has some stunning white beaches, There are also a few towns on Pemba the most interesting of which is Mtambile with one of the oldest schools in Zanzibar and their unique makeshift buses known as kengaja taxis.
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Kiweni - located on the south west part of Pemba, this uninhabited islet has some very fine sandy beaches on its southern most tip that are wild and uncrowded.
Vumawimbi - located on the Kigomash peninsula's eastern side this is the kind of beach fantasies are made of. Imagine a long arc of white sand fringed by palm trees and the sparkling turquoise waters of the ocean.
Zanzibar Restaurants and Bars
Dolphin Restaurant - located on Kenyatta Road. This is the best value for money place to eat in Tanzania. Sandwiches cost about $1 and fish and vegetable dishes are only a couple of dollars more. The desserts and daily specials are excellent and you can chat to Billy the in house parrot while you wait for your meal.
Dhow Restaurant - located at Stone Town Harbour. This unique floating restaurant onboard a beautifuly restored working Dhow handcrafted in Pemba is anchored opposite the old sultans palace. Dhow serves a delectable buffet of the fines Swahili dishes using the best spices of the island to season the freshest fish and seafood. Try the grilled lobster, succulent prawns and island dishes.
Emerson Green Hotel - located in Stone Town. This restaurant is one of the best on the island serving delicious five course dinners accompanied by live local entertainment. Guests are seated on Arabic style cushions and carpets and must leave their shoes at the door. The restaurant also has panoramic views of Stone Town and the Indian ocean.
Forodhani Gardens - located in front of the Arab Fort, Stone Town. This is the most atmospheric and also the cheapest place to eat on the island. Hundreds of locals and visitors watch the sunset here and then grab a bite to eat at one of the food stalla that are open only at night or at one of the cafes that are open all day. The seafood is fresh and tasty and the ambiance is wonderful.
Zanzibar Bars & Clubs
Bluebay Beach Resort - located in Kiwengwa. The main bar of the hotel is located beside the swimming pool and offers a fantastic selection of drinks. There are local and import beers, spirits, European and South african wines as well as coffee, cuppuccino and espresso.
Africa House Hotel - located on Kaunda Road, Stone Town. This is an incredibly popular place for sundowners and great beer.
Garage Club - located on Shangani Street, Stone Town. This is the place for the party animals to dance and drink. The entrance fee is about $3 and sometimes includes a drink. Open Wednesday to sunday.
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