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Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Stone Town old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, has changed little in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.

It is also home to many grand Arab houses, which were built in the 19th century when Zanzibar was one of the most important trading centers in the Indian Ocean. Key attractions in Stone Town include the Old Dispensary, Livingstone’s House, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum, the Arab Fort and the House of Wonders (which translates from its local name, Bait el Jaib). Zanzibar itself has many breathtaking beaches and is also famed for the rare Kirk’s Red Colobus monkey, which can be found in the Jozani Forest.

THE OLD FORT (Ngome Kongwe in Swahili)

This is 18 th century fortress, built on the site of Portuguese chapel, by Omani Arabs contains an open air amphitheatre home to our evening film screening and in a separate section the Mambo Club – our main live stage.

House Of WANDER ( Beit- El–Jaib)

Beit el Jaib was built in the 1880s by sultan Barghash and was the first building in Zanzibar with Electricity and a lift. It is now a National Museum of Zanzibar and our venue for the photography and Zanzibari painters exhibitions.

PEACE MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Located at the southern end of Stone Town, with its distinctive dome, arabesque windows and white washed walls, the museum looks like a mosque or a basilica church. The museum’s annex has a small library and natural history sections including a skeleton of a dodo. This is a venue for the Children’s Panorama workshops and exhibition.

As well as Zanzibar, Tanzania boasts many smaller islands which are just a short trip from Stone Town, including Prison (Changu Island), Chapwani, Chumbe and Bawe Islands.

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