Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. In almost all aspects – politics, culture, food and religion – life in Zanzibar is much different than mainland Tanzania. In fact, people from Zanzibar refer to themselves as Zanzibari rather than Tanzanian.
The Island has a rich history in which the Portugese, British and Oman have all ruled and contributed to Zanzibar’s culture (the latter having the largest influence).
After slave-trade was abolished in the late 1800’s, the island’s spice trade began to flourish and remains a vital part of its economy. In the last few decades, Zanzibar’s magnificent beaches and rich history have attracted large numbers of tourists that has introduced a new and vital part to the Island’s economy.
The local population consists of 1.5 million people, of which a large majority live in the capital – Stone Town. The remaining population live in villages such as Makunduchi – the largest village located in the south of the Island. As well as, Nungwi – a tourist haven, known for its clear turquoise waters and beautiful sunsets.