Unguja is the main island of Zanzibar. Unguja is well-known for historical Stone Town, beautiful beaches and nature, both on-land and the surrounding coral reefs. There is a variety of different beach destinations, where everyone can find their own preferable choice.
Unguja is the home for most of Zanzibar’s population. Nowadays Stone Town is the main port and commercial centre of the whole Zanzibar. It also hosts many cultural events and festivals.
Unguja is very easy to reach. Many international flight companies fly to Zanzibar Airport close to Stone Town. There are also local flights from Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Nairobi and Mombasa. Many travelers coming from mainland Tanzania prefer to take a passenger ferry – it takes less than 2 hours. Please ask for more advice.
UNGUJA (ZANZIBAR) DESTINATIONS
This is the historical city of Zanzibar and an UNESCO world heritage site. It’s beautiful and culturally rich city, straight from the 1001 nights. Palaces, fort, narrow streets, parks – combined with shopping, high quality hotels and international cuisines.
Stone Town is the centre of Zanzibar City, but there are many things to see and enjoy outside Stone Town. Many of sultans palaces are outside the town, and so are some of the most amazing beach resorts.
Kendwa is a very popular beach destination. It offers stunning beaches where you can swim even during low tide. Kendwa is also known for a happening night life, especially during the weekends. It also offers some budget accommodation options.
This is a bigger village close to Kendwa. Nungwi has all the facilities a holiday maker might need – activities, relaxing pools, many restaurants to choose from. The village is lively and has a few natural aquariums used as sanctuaries for turtles trapped in fishing nets.
Matemwe is a small village, and therefore offers a more peaceful option for experiencing Zanzibar. From Matemwe it’s very easy to access diving and snorkeling in Mnemba Island.
These are neighbouring villages in the east coast of Zanzibar. This is a good place to learn about local culture. It’s also the wind surfing hub of Zanzibar! On the way to east from Stone Town there are many interesting stops to make, most importantly at Jozani Forest.