If Zanzibar Town is the archipelago's heart, Stone Town is its soul.
For much of its history, Pemba has been overshadowed by Zanzibar, its larger, more visible and more politically powerful neighbour to the south. Although the islands are separated by only 50km, very few tourists cross the channel.
One Ocean/The Zanzibar Dive Centre
This PADI five-star centre has more than a decade of experience on Zanzibar. In addition to its main office in Stone Town (just down from the tunnel and NBC), it has branches at Matemwe Beach Village (Matemwe) and many other locations along the east and southwestern coasts. It organises dives all around the island, for divers of all levels.
The spice island of Zanzibar is a fascinating and beautiful world of its own. Discover Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while wandering its narrow streets and losing yourself in the buzz of the markets. Delight your senses on a guided spice tour, learning about the island's cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and lemongrass.
Festival of the Dhow Countries and Zanzibar International Film Festival
Film screenings, performing arts groups from around the region, village events and a wonderful, festive atmosphere; check the website or with the Zanzibar Cultural Centre at the Old Fort for details. Yearly in July.
Ngezi Vumawimbi Forest Reserve
The forest is now part of the protected Ngezi Vumawimbi Forest Reserve , with a short nature trail that winds its way beneath the shady forest canopy. If you want to see Scops owls and other nocturnal birds, it’s possible to arrange evening tours in advance with the caretaker.
Sauti Za Busara
A celebration of all things Swahili, which got its start at Forodhani Gardens; well worth timing your visit to catch it in February.
4 Day Zanzibar Retreat
The Spice Island of Zanzibar is the perfect destination to explore and relax after one of our East African adventures
This cool and shady patch of green, now protected as part of Jozani–Chwaka Bay National Park, is the largest area of mature forest left on Zanzibar.
Selous & Zanzibar
This is a trip for those who prefer to get a feel for a few destinations rather than just getting a glimpse of many. As the largest wildlife preserve in Africa and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1982, Selous Game Reserve is certain to exceed even the greatest of expectations.
The long, idyllic beach at Matemwe has some of the finest sand on Zanzibar. It’s also the best base for diving and snorkelling around Mnemba, which lies just offshore.