The archipelago of Zanzibar consists of the large island of Unguja as well as smaller islands surrounding it and neighbouring island Pemba, famous for huge stands of clove plantations. Zanzibar is steeped in history back as far as the 7th century and there were many European Consulates on the island in the 1800’s. Here is where Livingstone’s body rested before being shipped back to Europe.
There is also the shadow of the slave and ivory trade, thankfully both abolished now. Annual art and music festival liven up the scene and the north and east coast beaches are among the finest in the world. Visitors looking for a more active adventure can snorkel, dive, swim with dolphins or sail on a dhow. The climate is what you’d expect on a tropical island situated just south of the equator: hot and humid; but sea breezes manage to cool things off.