Paradise with an Exotic History

About Zanzibar

The legendary Spice Islands of Zanzibar offers paradise with an exotic history featuring Arabian Princes and Princesses. Sample all the island has to offer at either Zi Villa or Zi Beach Cottage. Exquisite scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and Island Tours to all the renowned sites in Zanzibar.

On the North East Coast of Zanzibar in the district of Matemwe, opposite the famous Mnemba Island you will find Zi Villa – a private luxury villa, protected by a natural coral reef and with the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean on your doorstep, this unspoiled paradise destination is ideal for diving and water sports.


A Brief History

The Island of Zanzibar – also known as Spice Island – consists of two main islands, Pemba and Unguja with some 50 smaller islands surrounding the archipelago. The main island, known by the locals as Unguja, and confusingly, simply as Zanzibar internationally, is the most developed of the two islands.

Zanzibar is located about 40 kilometres (25 miles) off the coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, approximately five degrees south of the Equator. The population of Zanzibar is about 800,000 people of which 150,000 are found on Pemba. The majority of people inhabit the city of Stonetown. Many of the rural people prefer the fertile Northern side of the island, while the East Coast offers the most spectacular beaches and holiday destinations.

The People

The people are diverse and interesting. One of the Island’s most remarkable features it the friendliness and hospitality shown by the locals. The majority of the people are of Bantu origin with some Arab strains. They are not as tribal as in Kenya or South Africa. This is due to a policy introduced by the Tanzanian Government in the late 1060’s whereby tribes were either relocated or broken up. The intention of the government was to prevent tribal warfare. Whilst this policy today is the main contributor of the prevailing peace within the country, it did lead to a disruption and lack of skills on Zanzibar, causing the country poverty.


Religion forms a major part of the Zanzibar culture. If you are stationed in Stonetown you will hear the calls for prayers from the local mosque. The most common religion followed is Muslim. The remaining mix are a combination of Hindu and Christians. A large Hindu population used to exit on the island, but many of them fled the country, or were killed during the revolution in 1963. The Christians came later during the period of Portuguese rule and British Colonialism.


Zanzibar has lured traders, adventurers and explorers to its shores for centuries. The Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English had all been here at one time or another. Some, particularly the Shirazi Persians and Omani Arabs, stayed to settle and rule. The earliest settlers to Zanzibar were the Arab traders who came to trade gold, silks, ivory, spices, animal skins and, most notoriously, slaves. But many stayed intermarrying with the locals to form a culture that’s uniquely diverse and producing a race of people who regard hospitality to strangers as all important.


Things To Do & See

  • Spice Plantations

    Spice Plantations

  • Kisimkazi


  • Jozani Forest

    Jozani Forest

  • Mnemba Atoll

    Mnemba Atoll

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