About Zanzibar

Zanzibar - the name Zanzibar is derived from two words; one is ‘Zang’ which in Arabic means ‘rust’ that is supposed to mean ‘black’ and ‘bar’ that means ‘land’.Zanzibar; contrary to many people’s perception is not an Island but an archipelago made up of two main Islands of Unguja and Pemba Island, as well as many other islets together making the semi autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania. Unguja is the largest of all with its capital at Stonetown and it is informally referred to as Zanzibar. Anytime people say they are going to Zanzibar they actually mean Unguja Island.diving zanzibar

Zanzibar is famous for its finest beaches with the Beach of Bwejuu being rated to be among the best beaches of the world. Apart from the palm fringed beaches Zanzibar Island is famous for the spice plantations that were introduced decades ago by foreigners making Zanzibar and Mafia Islands to be referred sometimes as the Spice Islands.

African Crane Safaris can arrange Zanzibar tours independently but as well incorporate a visit to the islands with a wildlife safari and or Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions. We at the ground know the Zanzibar hotels inside out and we would listen to your wishes but also depending on your description of your desired hotel, we can also recommend the hotels to match your needs and ideas.

Hotels in Zanzibar are classified in two major locations; hotels on the beach and those in stonetown. In both areas we have a range of Luxury hotels to choose from, mid-range and budget hotels. Beach bungalow resorts are not necessarily cheap like many travelers tend to think but they also come in all categories and prices. Luxury, mid-range and budget beach bungalows.

zanzibar water sportsWe also arrange the spice plantation tours, dolphin tours to the Southern beaches at Kizimkazi. Jozani forest is also another place of interest where you can get the chance to see the indigenous Red Colubus Monkeys, known in Swahili as the ‘Kima Punju’

To give the traveler the chance to experience the unique Stone town which has now been declared a world heritage site by the United Nations body; UNESCO we also arrange a stone town tour that takes you through the old alleys of this ancient town leading to the most remarkable sites including the People’s Palace, Arab fort, the Cathedrals, and the House of wonders. For a cultural experience of the Bantu speaking people of ‘Swahili tribe’ we organize visits to the Jambiani in the South East Coast of Zanzibar.

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