The Spice Island


Scents of the Spice Island

Zanzibar Archipelago
There is no doubt that Zanzibar is remembered as the legendary spice trading post of the past.

Nowadays, Zanzibar is better known for its white sandy beaches and dolphins. Tourism has developed a lot, especially in the last 15 years.

  • Discovering Stone Town
  • Snorkelling & Scuba diving
  • Visiting Jozani forest
  • Spice farms
  • Marine safari in Fumba


1 658 km²


North-East of Mainland Tanzania, 40 km from the coast


By plane via Zanzibar International Airport


Many flights all throughout the day

    Main fauna:
  • Red Colobus
  • Dolphins
  • Sea turtles
  • Birds
  • Monkeys
  • Butterflies : 117 species



Born at the heart of adventure, Lilou grew up between the plains of the Serengeti and the dense forests of Marangu. Her mother, Chagga, passed on to her a passion for the country, and her father a desire to discover new horizons. As the second youngest member of the Corto tribe, she feels ready to carry on the family tradition.

The Sultanate of Zanzibar

The Sultanate of Oman took control of Zanzibar in 1698. The wealth of the sultanate on the island of Zanzibar came mainly from the slave trade. For years, this trade supplied the Persian Gulf with slaves captured in East Africa. It was not until 1873 that the trade was banned.

In 1861, the Sultanate of Zanzibar was created and separated from the Sultanate of Oman. This independence was not conducive to the development of Zanzibar, and Livingstone described the poor living conditions on the island at the time, when there were 20,000 slaves. Epidemics killed a sixth of the town's population.

In 1869, the opening of the Suez Canal strengthened trade links with Europe. The sultan developed irrigation and roads, and the economy took off again.

In 1886, the British, Germans and French signed an agreement on the division of land in this part of the world. The future Tanzania went to the Germans and the Kenyan coast to the British. The British transferred their trading centre to Mombasa and Zanzibar's economy declined. A new treaty was signed in 1889 to abolish slavery, stipulating that everyone born on Zanzibar soil was free.

The Sultan of Zanzibar was never deposed but lost his sovereignty. In 1890, the Sultanate of Zanzibar came under British protectorate, which lasted until independence in 1963.

Tanzania was born in 1964 from the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika.

We love:

  • Shopping in Stone Town
  • Watching the seaweed harvest
  • Kite surfing at Paje
  • Jozani Forest
  • Meeting dolphins


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