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Zanzibar City

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Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo. The architectural influences and traditions of Moors, Indians, and Arabs mingle with an African sensibility in the old town, where you can visit numerous museums, monuments, and the last slave market in the world. After sightseeing in Zanzibar City, go to the village beach resorts to take advantage of some of Africa's most visited sands. Zanzibar City is in Zanzibar Island. Customize your holiday with our Tanzania day trip planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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Where to stay in Zanzibar City

The main hotels in Zanzibar City sit by the water, many of them just a short stroll from the ferry terminal. With fantastic views of the sea, excellent access to the town's amenities, and rooftop areas with al fresco dining and swimming pools, these are suitable for couples and families. Head west through Forodhani Gardens to find some of the most luxurious hotels, set in colonial-era buildings. Budget-conscious travelers will be pleased to find a number of guesthouses on side streets just back from the coast.
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