The Zanzibar Archipelago is as mystic, beautiful and serene today as it has been for centuries. Zanzibar, a happy mix of Africa and Arabia; Noel Coward sang about it in the 1930s, Dr. Livingstone used it as an expedition base and it was the birth place of Freddy Mercury. The turquoise waters and white sands with the sun glinting off tin roofed residences.
Zanzibar is the second largest island on the East African coast and it’s roughly about the size of Hertfordshire in UK, being about 53 miles long by 21 miles broad and having and area of 640 sq miles. It is situated in latitude 6 degrees south, longitude 39 degrees East, and it is separated from the African Continent by a channel 22 ½ miles across at its narrow part. Zanzibar Island is distant 135 miles from Mombasa, 45 miles from Dar es Salaam, 1,607 from Durban ( South Africa) and 6,764 from London.
The winding narrow streets in Stone Town, classified as World Cultural Heritage, with ancient buildings, superb balconies, amazing sculptured doors, mosques, ancient palaces, Livingstone’s house, the House of Wonders (the first building with electricity and an elevator in the whole of East Africa)…
Just off Zanzibar, a superlative land of beach of bush with a view of Stone Town: Prison Island meets the Stone Town; Zanzibar will never be the same again.
Prison Island, once a Quarantine Station, is a heaven for rare bird species and Aldabra Giant tortoises, with 27 stunning sea facing beds, a magnificent restoration project done by the owners of these islands, reclaiming a block of 19th century colonial building and adding other new cottages in the local architecture style.
The white sandy beaches of Prison Island, the dense forest and the splendour of the graceful dhows fishing at night draws foreigners and frequent tourists that come on excursion alike to Zanzibar year after year.
In this Paradise Island, 3 ½ miles away from the mainland Zanzibar, the management often recommends to their guests to arrive wearing a swimming costume or a bikini; once you have landed on the island, the dream has just begun.