A Brief Overview
The Zanzibar archipelago is made up of a series of islands located about 35 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania. The largest and most famous islands are Unguja (the main island, commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island) and Pemba. The name Zanzibar comes from the Arabic word “Zanj el Barr” which translates to “the coast of black people”.
The capital of Zanzibar is known as Zanzibar City and is located on Unguja Island. The old quarter of Zanzibar City is called Stone Town; it is a place of great historical significance. Stone Town is a UNESCO heritage site where you can embark on a number of excursions that will inform you about the events that shaped the history of Zanzibar.