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Why it's special
Zanzibar island is home to the historic Stone Town with artistically carved front doors and other rich cultural icons.
It also has palm-fringed white-sand tropical beaches, beautiful lagoons and coral reefs, aromatic spice plantations, and unwinding seaside resorts.
It's easy to get to Zanzibar from Arusha. Coastal Airlines has a midday 90-minute non-stop flight from Arusha to Zanzibar. Alternatively, you could fly to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania's largest city) then take a fast, modern ferry to Zanzibar.
When not to come
Wise to avoid the island from late March to late May, the local rainy season.
It's the only town on the island. A walking tour through the narrow winding alleys of its old section is fascinating. A tour of the tropical island is also a must.
Zanzibar lies in the Indian Ocean 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the coast of Africa. The island is approximately 85 kilometers (53 miles) long and 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide.
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