Zanzibar is situated in the Indian Ocean, 36 km off the coastline of mainland Tanzania lies Zanzibar. Zanzibar officially refers to the archipelago that include Unguja and Pemba, surrounded by about 50 smaller ones.
Covering an area of 1464 sq km, Zanzibar is a mainly low lying island, with its highest point at 120 meters.
Zanzibar is an island state within the United Republic of Tanzania, and has its own semi-autonomous government made up of a Revolutionary Council and House of Representatives.
It has been a trading centre of the whole of East Africa and hence, attracted many Sumerians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Arabs, Chinese and Malays. The great portal for slavery and explorers.
It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, warm and clear blue Indian ocean waters, idyllic islands, excellent reefs for snorkeling and diving, wonderful deep sea fishing and beach sports adventures.
The historic Stone Town (also called city of ages) with its narrow winding old streets, vivid markets and colorful bazaars makes for an interesting cultural and holiday visit.
Commonly known as the “Spice Island”; famous for spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, pepper and others. Spice tours are a popular excursion.
Zanzibar & Pemba people and culture are influenced by Arabic culture who are a mix of Shiraz (from Persia), Arabs, Comorians (from the Comoros Islands) and Bantu from the mainland (dominant group)
Asians are a significant minority especially in the towns and cities. Europeans (either by descent or expatriate) are the smallest minority.
The island of origin of the locals pretty much determines what tribe they belong to. The Waunguja would emanate from Unguja Island, with Wapemba tribe from Pemba Island and Watumbatu from Tumbato Island etc.
The Hadimu and Tumbatu tribes were the indigenous people of Zanzibar, most Hadimu live in the southern part the Island while the Tumbatu dominated the North part.
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