The island is one of the two states that make up Tanzania. The other is Tanganyika where the mainland is. Zanzibar is still semi-autonomous.
Zanzibar Attractions include;
Prison Island: this former prison is now an excellent site to go sun bathing & snorkelling. Other attractions include a family of giant tortoises that were imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century.
Spice Plantations: the plantations are obviously one of the main corner stones of Zanzibar which can be seen just outside Zanzibar town. The plantations include nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and many other spices which have been a part of the island’s heritage. You will be given a tour by an experienced tour guide who will be able to answer all your questions.
Jozani Natural Forest Reserve: The reserve is home to the famed & red Colobus Monkey. These monkeys can be see everywhere. The reserve is also home to bush pigs, Syke's monkey's etc and is also a perfect place to go on nature trails.
Stone Town: taking a tour down through the stone town is to experience the rich culture and history that Zanzibar posseses. From the arab fort, dr livingstone’s house, the palace museum to the site of Sultan Barghash's harem at Marahubi. During your tour you will also get an opportunity to interact with the locals on the normal day to day activities such as going to the market and going through the winding alleyways & arab architecture.
Ras Nungwi: This is a quiet fishing village on the northern part of Zanzibar. It is however more famous as being the nerve centre of dhow building. Here you will be able to see how the dhows are actually built and the traditional methods used to do it. Another attraction is the beaches which are more than ideal for water sports
Kizimkazi dolphin tours: on the southern part of the island is the fishing village of Kizimkazi. Here you will be able to see several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins. You may also be able to swim quite close to the dolphins presents an unforgettable experience
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