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Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar), and Pemba.


The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. Its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site and is claimed to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.


Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the islands, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes called the Spice Islands (a term also associated with the Maluku Islands in Indonesia). Zanzibar is the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet, and the (possibly extinct) Zanzibar Leopard.

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The Zanzibar plant is glossy, green and hardy – even the blackest thumb can keep this one alive! The Zanzibar plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia) has a reputation for being hard to kill and we're all for it. Its glossy green leaves live on and continue to look stylish in your living room, bathroom, kitchen or entry hall ...
The Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar lies off the east coast of Africa, comprising two large islands and a series of smaller islets. The bigger of the islands is officially called Unguja, though it's commonly known as Zanzibar. While crystal-clear waters lap its idyllic beaches, the island's bustling trade centre ...

Rehema Mrisho Ame, face alight in a bright, white hijab, sits at a sewing machine in Zanzibar's historic center and patterns out her plans for the future. ... islands' fastest-growing economic sector, tourism, has left 21.3 percent of Zanzibar's 15- to 35-year-olds jobless, according to the government's latest data ...
This island is special to Muslims, who form the vast majority of Zanzibar's population. According to a local Islamic myth, Misali was once visited by a saintly man known as Prophet Hadhara. When he asked fishermen for a prayer mat, they had none to offer, but he said it didn't matter: The teardrop-shaped ...
Foreign investors seeking to buy offshore property can now do so in the idyllic Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar. The East African nation is, for the first time in history, is allowing non-Tanzanian residents to invest in property on the tropical island. This, coupled with strong economic growth, is expected to ...
Kenya — The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has banned the stripping of cargo containers at the port of Mombasa before onward conveyance by dhows to various consignees in Zanzibar. The move is meant to curb sea smuggling where cargo is diverted in the ocean, finding its way into the local EAC ...

Sauti za Busara ('Sounds of Wisdom' in Swahili), widely known unofficially as East Africa's “friendliest music festival,” kicked off its 15th edition on February 8, 2018 on the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar with four full days of live music from Africa and the diaspora. Held yearly in the Old Fort in the ...
(CNN) — Often referred to as the "Spice Islands", the archipelago of Zanzibar is made up of a necklace of islands that bead their way down the shore of East Africa, off the coast of Tanzania. There's the main island, which has a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its capital, sister island Pemba, with its ...
Off the Tanzanian coastline, the archipelago of Zanzibar is eminently affordable. At Breezes Beach Club & Spa on the as-yet undeveloped south-eastern coast of Unguja (the main island, more commonly referred to as Zanzibar), a night's half-board starts at £75 per person, which should leave enough ...
China continues its diplomatic offensive to open up waters to its fishing companies, with a leading Chinese fisheries official recently leading a delegation of Chinese fishing companies to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar with promises of “increased cooperation” in fisheries. Zhang Xian Liang, who runs ...
The former President of Zanzibar, Amani Abeid Karume, is expected to jet into the country tomorrow. ... The former President of Zanzibar is arriving in Uganda tomorrow with a delegation from the Global Peace headquarters in Washington for the launch of the Global Peace activities ahead of the Global ...
Microsoft has unveiled its latest research project today, Project Zanzibar. It's a smart mat that's designed to blend the digital and physical worlds by sensing touch, gestures, and objects. A team of researchers, with a love of toys, created the project at Microsoft's research labs in the UK. The mat folds and ...
ZANZIBAR: Medical volunteers with the Eyal Zayed or 'Zayed's Sons' have successfully treated more than 5,000 children and elderly patients in Zanzibar, ... Currently stationed in Zanzibar, the volunteers under the supervision of medical staff, treated underprivileged patients out of mobile clinics and ...
Last month, The Walking Cat on Twitter (@h0x0d) unearthed a video and some more information about Zanzibar, which Microsoft removed but, as of April 9, made available again. The Cat also found some photos of Zanzibar, one of which I've included above. "Zanzibar is a flexible and portable mat that ...
I've always regretted not getting off the plane in Zanzibar. I'd spent a fantastic week cycling in northern Tanzania with Intrepid Travel, and was scheduled to finish my stay in the country with a night in Dar es Salaam, the town that fun forgot. Our flight to that dusty, dreary city had touched down briefly in sun-kissed Zanzibar, ...
Zanzibar is heaven for those who prefer the timeless sights and sounds and smells of an older, simpler, rougher world, writes John Weekes. Dust-coloured cats scuttle in the gutters, mad eyes glinting in the sun. The smell of fire and spice tempers the stench of open drains, rotten trash and centuries of sweat stuck on the ...
While most sought refuge in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, a series of quick and desperate decisions have brought a small group of Syrians 6,700km from home, to the shores of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago within the United Republic of Tanzania, seeking their slice of paradise in ...

A congregation on Tanzania's semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar has been without a place to worship this year after local authorities demolished their church building, the pastor said. Local government officials gave no prior warning to church leaders before a bulldozer arrived on 7th January and razed ...
At a time when music awards in Tanzania have taken a long-term hiatus, hearing of any award that targets musicians is something that's greeted with both joy and a bit of uncertainty. Recently in Zanzibar, a beacon of light was left gleaming as the Sauti za Busara festivities came to a close. At the closing ...
Kenya — The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has banned the stripping of cargo containers at the port of Mombasa before onward conveyance by dhows to various consignees in Zanzibar. The move is meant to curb sea smuggling where cargo is diverted in the ocean, finding its way into the local EAC ...
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has banned the stripping of cargo containers at the port of Mombasa before onward conveyance by dhows to various consignees in Zanzibar. Stripping involves offloading various small consignments from a single container. The move is meant to curb sea smuggling ...
(CNN) — Often referred to as the "Spice Islands", the archipelago of Zanzibar is made up of a necklace of islands that bead their way down the shore of East Africa, off the coast of Tanzania. There's the main island, which has a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its capital, sister island Pemba, with its ...
A spot check revealed 264 containers destined for Zanzibar being held at the port of Mombasa. Traders who did not wish not to be named Thursday because of the sensitive nature of the matter said TRA had given them a window only to clear the containers already in Mombasa, but the ban was still in force ...
Dr Manuel Francisco de Albuquerque, the illustrious son of Anjuna who built the house, was a physician to the sultan of Zanzibar, Sayyid Ali bin Hamud. Born on August 14, 1869, in Anjuna, Albuquerque obtained his licentiate in medicine and surgery from the Bombay University in 1896 and later studied in ...
Dozens of mostly uninhabited islands surround Zanzibar (the “zan” in Tanzania) and fan out to create one of the world's most exotic archipelagos. Zanzibar island itself, or Unguja, as it is more correctly known, is the largest, at about 1.5 times the size of Hong Kong's total land area. Hilly, fertile and laced ...
Renowned for its idyllic white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, Zanzibar is a tropical paradise in the true sense of the word. With its picturesque fishing villages and friendly inhabitants, the island transport travelers back to a time where life just seemed simpler. Travelers can buy the most flavorful fruit ...
This story was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. ZANZIBAR, Tanzania -- It's low tide in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago off Africa's eastern coast, as a group of women in brightly colored clothing gather on the beach, and then walk into the sea. They are seaweed ...
SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Wednesday received the President of Zanzibar, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, and his accompanying delegation. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and ...
Stonetown (627 Prospect Ave.), which opened downtown in 2012, closed its doors for good three weeks ago. The restaurant, originally opened by the Angie's restaurant group, had changed hands and closed before coming back into the parent company portfolio, just in time for the RNC circus downtown, ...
Zanzibar it sounds exotic and far away, yet this tropical nirvana is only three hours flight from OR Tambo International Airport. That's just one hour longer than Joburg to Cape Town, and the best part is that, on a package, you can do this holiday for cheaper than a Cape Town equivalent. We went with ...
9 demands, and receives, devotion. Zanzibar is a kind of greatest hits compilation of Elizabethan plots. There are identical twins separated at birth, a sleeping draught, a love spell, a servant plotting to usurp his master… basically, everything audiences like to see in Shakespeare's comic work: comedy, love, ...
We're anchored in the mirror-still waters off the sheltered west coast of Pemba, the second-largest island in the Zanzibar archipelago, which lies five degrees south of the equator off the east coast of Tanzania. It's around 80km north of the main island, Unguja, the place most tourists are referring to when ...
Some of the loudest applause at our recent international gathering of child rights policy-makers in Zanzibar came after the representative from Indonesia took to the floor to list his key priorities for progress on child rights law: “implementation, implementation and implementation!” he boomed to a receptive ...
“Scientists have known about the Zanzibar red colobus monkey for 150 years, yet this is the first systematic study of this poorly understood species across its entire range,” said biologist Tim Davenport in a statement. Davenport directs the Wildlife Conservation Society in Tanzania and was the lead author of ...
We were a small group on a walking tour through the mangroves of Jozani Forest in Zanzibar, the island archipelago off the coast of Tanzania in Africa. The forest was quiet, except for the odd call from a yellow-rumped tinkerbird and the faint sound of a lonely cicada. It was my first time in Africa, and the ...
Born in Zanzibar in 1948, he left the island — off the coast of East Africa — in the midst of political turmoil and violence in the late 1960s. He arrived in Canterbury, England, where he pursued engineering, then switched to English literature, and eventually started writing. Abdulrazak Gurnah spoke to ...
Sauti za Busara ('Sounds of Wisdom' in Swahili), widely known unofficially as East Africa's “friendliest music festival,” kicked off its 15th edition on February 8, 2018 on the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar with four full days of live music from Africa and the diaspora. Held yearly in the Old Fort in the ...
As of 8 March 2017, Mango Airlines will be increasing its flights to the island of Zanzibar. Travellers can expect the addition of a Thursday 10am flight to the existing Tuesday and Saturday departures from OR Tambo International Airport - this will enable seamless connections from other South African cities ...
By From Daily News Reporter in Zanzibar. PLANS are underway to transform the now idle historical beach of Mangapwani-Bumbwini into a new oil tank farm, authorities here have said. Historians say slaves used to be hidden at Mangapwani before being transported abroad. Ministry of Land, Water, ...
AFC Leopards is close to sealing the services of Jang'ombe defender Mwinyi Haji on a two year deal. The left back has been influential for his club that takes part in Tanzania's top tier, and was one of the reasons Zanzibar Heroes graced the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup final. A close source from ...
We're anchored in the mirror-still waters off the sheltered west coast of Pemba, the second-largest island in the Zanzibar archipelago, which lies five degrees south of the equator off the east coast of Tanzania. It's around 80km north of the main island, Unguja, the place most tourists are referring to when ...
Some of the loudest applause at our recent international gathering of child rights policy-makers in Zanzibar came after the representative from Indonesia took to the floor to list his key priorities for progress on child rights law: “implementation, implementation and implementation!” he boomed to a receptive ...
The good news: there are more than three times as many Zanzibar red colobus monkeys (more than 5,800 individual animals) than previously thought, and many more monkeys living within protected areas than outside of them. And the bad news: survivorship of young animals is very low, species now ...
Born in Zanzibar in 1948, he left the island — off the coast of East Africa — in the midst of political turmoil and violence in the late 1960s. He arrived in Canterbury, England, where he pursued engineering, then switched to English literature, and eventually started writing. Abdulrazak Gurnah spoke to ...
Islanders Zanzibar produced the first shock of this year's CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, beating Rwanda 3-1 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Tuesday. The result coming in Zanzibar's first match of the tournament takes them to second in the group while Rwanda's hopes of making it to the ...
A dispute alleged to be frustrating the multi-million-euro development of a 160-unit aparthotel on a site on Dublin's north quays known as the Zanzibar complex is to be fast-tracked in the Commercial Court. Targeted Investment Opportunities ICAV, North Wall Quay, Dublin, bought properties at Lower ...
Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania and consists of the two main islands, Unguja and Pemba and several small islets. Administratively, Zanzibar is divided into five regions, three of which are in Unguja (North, South and Urban West) and two regions are in Pemba Island, namely North and ...
The Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme is using drones to survey malaria-infected mosquito habitats on the African archipelago to the east of Tanzania. Unmanned aerial vehicles have become a highly viable tool to combat diseases on continents like Africa and South America, where infrastructure ...
On a typically hot and humid July day in Stonetown, the capital of Zanzibar, a gaggle of children, teenagers and the odd parents watched our small drone take flight. My colleagues Makame Makame, Khamis Haji and I had finally found the perfect launch spot. With a high-pitched humming, the drone took to ...
This follows claims by a government official in Zanzibar that the opposition leader is not in the Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. “If he is here, it is fine. But what I can say is that until now we have no information that he is coming,” Mohamed Aboud, who is Minister for State in the office of the ...


 

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