|Size||1,500 km2 ( 932 mi2 ) including surrounding islands. It is 85 km long and 30 km wide.|
|Location||About 40 km off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, about 6 degrees south of the Equator.|
|Getting there by Air||From
the Rest of the World
At present, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways offer international scheduled flights to Zanzibar. Several large carriers fly into Dar es Salaam, which is only a short trip by air or sea from Zanzibar. Amongst them are British Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Swiss.
From the Rest of Africa
Kenya Airways, Precision Air and Ethiopian Airlines have regular flights to Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam is also served by them, as well as Air Zimbabwe, Egypt Air, Air Malawi, South African Airways, 1Time, British Airways and others.
Precision Air and Coastal Aviation offer a range of scheduled flights between Zanzibar and Tanzania's main cities.
|Getting there by Sea||There are several sea ferry companies that ply the waters between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. The largest of these is Azam Marine. You can book ferry tickets through a local tour operator. Links to these companies can be found in the Touring Zanzibar section of this website.|
Zanzibar Archipelago Website
Wikipedia Zanzibar Archipelago
Zanzibar Archipelago, known as the Spice Island, is an exotic Indian Ocean retreat steeped in history. It consists of over 50 islands varying from tiny outcrops to the larger, more populated islands of Unguja, Pemba and Mafia. The larger islands are lush and highly fertile and the air is suffused with the aroma of fruit and spices; it's an intoxicating, exotic atmosphere.
Stunning, palm-fringed beaches adorn the coast and centuries of history and culture are immortalised in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sea is shallow, but venture further out into the sparkling, turquoise water and you'll find coral reefs for great snorkelling and diving.
- Stone Town
- National Museum (Peace Memorial Museum)
- Old Fort
- Palace Museum
- Anglican Cathedral and Slave Market
- House of Wonders (Beit el-Ajaib)
- Old Dispensary (Aga Khan Cultural Centre)
- Maruhubi ruins, Mtoni Palace ruins and Kidichi Persian Baths
- Mangapwani Caves
- Spice Plantations
- Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area
- Northern Beaches
- Dolphin Tour
- Nungwi Village
- Dhow Sunset Cruise
- Prison Island
- Chumbe Island
- Mafia Island