Known to insiders, as Unguja, Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, located in the Indian Ocean. It is located in the Indian Ocean with beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs.
Sixty miles in length and about twenty miles wide, it occupies an area, that is six hundred and fifty square miles.
Pemba is Zanzibar’s sister island. It had many years of isolation from the outside world.
Although Pemba has fewer tourists, there are beautiful beaches, natural forests and Misali Island, off Pemba’s east coast, is best for diving.
The only functioning ancient town in East Africa – the magical Stone Town. Stone Town has been designated one of the world’s few heritage sites by the United Nations.
Stone town is Mji Mkongwe in Swahili.The town was the centre of trade on the East African coast between Asia and Africa before the colonisation.
The main export was spices and particularly cloves. For many years, Stone Town was the central base for slave trade; many were hauled from the mainland and rest of Africa and subsequently traded with the Middle East.
The Anglican Cathedral is built on a former slave market. Some of the holding cells still exist at the site.
Zanzibar has great symbolic importance in the suppressing slavery since it was one of the main slave-trading ports in East Africa and the main base where opponents like David Livingstone operated their campaigns.
It was here that the Shortest War in History was fought in 1896.
Zanzibar’s paradise beaches are filled with coconut palms. Coconut palms are resources that no part is wasted. There is a wide variety of products, materials for creative weavings, building, drinking, and eating. Many homes in Zanzibar use thatch roofs created from palm leaves. The coconut palm is one of the most versatile plants
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