Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. The Zanzibar Archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean only around 30 kilometres off the Tanzania mainland. Zanzibar has been a trading hub in the Indian Ocean for centuries and Arabian traders and Sultans played a key role in the history and development of Zanzibar. Stone Town, the historic part of Zanzibar’s capital is from great historical and artistic importance in East Africa. The mostly 19th century buildings show Arab, Persian, Indian and European influence and are listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Most visitors to Zanzibar however will leave the capital as it is and come to Zanzibar to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and coral reefs which are rich in marine biodiversity. The natural beauty and the close proximity to safari resorts in Tanzania and Kenia make Zanzibar an attractive destination for a holiday. Hard to believe that in 1984 fewer than 20,000 tourists a year visited Zanzibar. Our team of travel experts rated and ranked the Top 10 best hotels & resorts in Zanzibar. From secluded private pool villa resorts to a private island, 10 reasons to visit Zanzibar.