Stone Town: The main attraction here is without a doubt the old Arabic area. Stroll around the narrow streets with old architecture, which is characteristic for the Swahili towns on the East African coast. Though fascinating and interesting, Stone Town is not worth spending all you time in. After getting the feel of the town and visiting the attractions, the next thing you should do is to head up along the coast, find your own paradise and relax for a while. A range of budget hotels and luxury lodges are set up along the coast, where you can enjoy white sand, gentle waves, fishing villages, swimming with dolphins and coral reefs. Most hotels organize snorkeling, diving and boat trips among others. The best time to visit Zanzibar is between June and mid March, with the hottest months from January. From Dar es Salaam you can take an express boat to Stone Town, the trip takes about 1.5 hours. The flight from Dar es Salaam takes 25 minutes, from Arusha the flight takes 1 hour.
Tours in Zanzibar
Spice tours – Muscat, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and other spices and fruits so exotic that they don’t have an English name, can be explored in the many plantations.
The slave chambers – The underground slave chambers in Mangapwani was the center of the illegal slave trade up until 1909.
Persian baths – On the highest point of the island, Kidichi, the sultan Sayyind Said built Persian baths in 1850, one for him and one for his wife. They are still in a good condition with splendid Persian architecture, so a visit here will be more than worth your time.
Prison Island – In the middle of this island, you will find the remains of an old prison built in 1893. Half an hour by boat, you pay a modest fee to enter the island, which is ideal for snorkeling and watching giant turtles, imported from the Seychelles at the end of the century.
Jozani Forest – The only remaining natural forest on Zanzibar, where the rare red guerexa monkeys habituate. The best time to go to Jozani is in the early morning hours, when the monkeys are active.
Swimming with dolphins – Taking place in the southern part of the island, the boat ride is long, and you are not guaranteed to find dolphins, but when you finally do, and if you get the chance to join them in the water, it will be an extraordinary experience.
Deep sea fishing – Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia are excellent islands for sports fishing. Do as Ernest Hemingway and catch sailfish, mackerel, kingfish and marlin among others.
Diving – Coral reefs, tropical fish and clear water make this area ideal for scuba diving. Take a diving course, get your certificate and jump in the Indian Ocean.
Sailing and water sports – Windsurfing and sailing are popular activities, and can be organized many places.
ZIFF – The Zanzibar International Film Festival was established in 1997 to promote the art and culture of the Dhow region. The Dhow region consists of the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian sub-continent, Asia, Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.