Life on Zanzibar reflects a fascinating mixture of Arabian, Indian and black African influences.
Archipelago in the Indian Ocean
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous territory of Tanzania. The Zanzibar archipelago lies directly in front of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. The main island is called Unguja but is mostly known as simply Zanzibar. Here the majority of the native population live and where the most visitors spend their holidays. The second largest island of the archipelago is Pemba.
The population of Zanzibar totals more than one million people. Around 95% are Muslims.
A travel report in «Die Welt» (in German) examines the stormy history of the island and describes life on the island today and the development of tourism.