Pictures of Zanzibar (Tanzania)

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    Beach in Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Beach in Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Beach in Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram

    Zanzibar is popular for its spices, beaches and the historic Stone Town.

    Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. The two main islands most people visit are Zanzibar and Pemba. Zanzibar is popular with tourists because of its wonderful beaches and the interesting, well-preserved, Stone Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The islands have a rich history due to their geographic location, as many cultures and civilizations have plied its shores for spices and slaves. The Arabic influence remains the strongest to date, with Islam being the predominant religion on the islands. Although part of Tanzania, Zanzibar is semi-autonomous and the people elect their own government.

    Steve Outram is a travel photographer and he's responsible for these wonderful images of Zanzibar. Steve offers his own photographic tour of the islands and for more information please see his web site.

    More travel information about Zanzibar ...

    The beaches...MORE of Zanzibar are its biggest tourist draw. With numerous beach hotels and resorts to choose from, you can unwind from that stressful safari ...

    Some of the best beaches include Nungwi beach on the North Coast; Bwejuu beach and Jambiani beach on the South East coast. All of these beaches have accommodations that should suit all budgets. For those looking for more up market fare, Mnemba Island is gorgeous.

    What to Wear
    Since Zanzibar is a fairly conservative Muslim island, many people wonder what's appropriate to wear. On the beach, normal swimwear is perfectly acceptable and you'll be able to buy some nice sarongs while you're there. But when traveling around, visiting Stone Town or any of the Spice plantations, you should wear loose, comfortable clothes. Women should wear a skirt below the knee or loose trousers and a t-shirt (with sleeves, not a tank-top). Men should wear shirts with shorts or long trousers. Since the weather is hot all year round, sunscreen and sunglasses should be part of any outfit.

     

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    Woman with traditional head-covering, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Woman with traditional head-covering, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Woman with traditional head-covering, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram

    The dominant religion in Zanzibar is Islam and many women wear traditional head scarves.

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    Sarongs on display, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Colorful sarongs on display, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Colorful sarongs on display, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram

    You know you're near a good beach when tie-dye sarongs are for sale on every corner.

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    Woman and child looking out of a window in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Woman and child looking out of a window in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Woman and child looking out of a window in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram

    Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist attraction on the main island because of its well-preserved architecture.

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    Typical street in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Typical street in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Typical street in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram

    Narrow alleyways, intricately carved doors and ornate balconies is what makes Stone Town a popular destination in Zanzibar.

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    Spices for Sale, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Spices for Sale, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Spices for Sale, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram

    Zanzibar was once the spice capital of the world and is still a major exporter of cloves. You can tour the spice plantations when you visit the islands.

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    Painter in Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    A painter in Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• A painter in Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram
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    Mosque, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Mosque, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Mosque, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram

    Islam is the predominant religion in Zanzibar, brought to its shores by Arab traders in the 7th Century.

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    Men Shopping, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Men Shopping, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Men Shopping, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram
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    Market Stall, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Market Stall, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Market Stall, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram
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    Fishermen, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Fishermen, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Fishermen, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram
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    Brass details of a door in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

    Image of brass fixings on a traditional door in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    ••• Image of brass fixings on a traditional door in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania). © Steve Outram

    Brass fixings on a traditional door in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania).