Zanzibar (known to the local as Unguja) and its sisters island, Pemba, grow 75% of the world cloves and Mafia. A beautiful island, Zanzibar is only 22miles (35km) from the mainland- a 20 minutes, schedule flight from Dar es Salaam or 90 minutes hydrofoil ride. Flight from Arusha is 60 minutes.
The narrow streets and Arabic architecture of historical Zanzibar city are exceptionally mystical and beautiful on a moonlit night. The main attractions are the Zanzibar museum, former British consulate, Arab old fort, the Anglican cathedral, Sultan palace, town market and Indian bazaar.
The spice tour travels north of stone town and includes the visit to one or more spice gardens and farms including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger and black pepper along with fruits like tamarind, guava, rose-apple and several types of mangoes and bananas.
Dolphin experience offered from the southern end of the island is also worth considering.
The more pristine coral reefs off Zanzibar offer a superb diving or snorkeling experiences. In addition to a mind-boggling diversity of brightly colored reef fish, dolphins, green turtles and the largest of all fishes-the harmless whale shark, are fairly numerous in the water around Zanzibar.
Jozani Forest is highly recommended for a test of what Zanzibar was like prior arrival of the traders, sultans and farmers.
Roads in Zanzibar are good and it is approximately 1 to 1.5 hour drive to reach your beach resort from Zanzibar airport.