Why Zanzibar Shouldn’t Be Missed
Island holidays are a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From the soothing sounds of the ocean and golden sandy beaches to vibrant markets and rich cultures; an island getaway is something different.
Zanzibar is a unique African island paradise that provides all of the above and more.
The island archipelago of Zanzibar is found just off of mainland Tanzania on Africa’s east coast. It is made up of a number of islands and the two largest are Pemba and Unguja (known commonly as Zanzibar). Whether you are a traveler who is interested in a classic beach holiday, someone who wants to experience a fusion of cultures, explore the unique landscapes of the islands or learn more about Zanzibar’s rich history, there is something to pique the interests of everyone on this idyllic island.
It is also a place that caters for a range of traveler styles from families to honeymooners to people on solo journeys.
Zanzibar is renowned for being a tropical paradise. A trip to the beach is a highlight of a visit to Zanzibar. The breeze lifts the palm leaves which sway along the coastline and a kaleidoscope of blue waves lap the shoreline. Toes sink into soft white sand during leisurely strolls towards the cool Indian Ocean. Locals stroll along the shoreline peddling an array of trinkets and crafts. Jump in and explore the turquoise waters and coral reefs while snorkeling or scuba diving. Other activities include jet-skiing, paragliding and enjoying a sailing trip in a traditional dhow boat. Don’t miss a chance to watch one of the stunning sunsets.
Accommodation across the island ranges from small rustic lodges, to boutique hotels and sprawling all-inclusive, luxury resorts.
Zanzibar is more than just its beautiful beaches. The islands are a mix of spice farms, thick mangrove forests and historic town centers made of winding cobble-stone streets.
Fusion of Culture
The history of this Indian Ocean Island is far reaching and at times turbulent. Zanzibar’s past has led to its present eclectic fusion of African, Asian, Western and Middle-Eastern cultures. Thanks to the prime position, the island became a hub for traders moving between Africa, the Middle East and India; at one point entering the dark historic days of becoming a major slave trading-post.
With cultural ties to Africa, the Arabic world, India, Portugal, and England, the island is a cultural mix reflected in the people, food and architecture which are all a unique reflection of Zanzibar’s diverse past.
See the Streets of Stone Town
Stone Town is a section of Zanzibar City that is full of historic charm. Visit the historic Old Fort, House of Wonders and Palace Museum. Meander along the twisting alleyways of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy the sights and sounds of the local Swahili culture. Admire the Arabic influenced architecture and intricate wooden door designs before sampling delicious local cuisine at the Forodhani Food Market and barter with locals for a few souvenirs to take home.
Explore the Island
There is a little bit of everything to do in Zanzibar. From exciting water sports to those that capture the Swahili notion of pole pole (slowly, slowly).
Zanzibar is well known for being the ‘spice island’. The tranquil coastlines are matched by lush rolling hills on the larger fertile islands. Spend an afternoon exploring one of the island’s spice plantations on a guided tour. Complete your exploration with a visit to the scenic Jozani forest – the last indigenous forest left on the island.
Combine it for the Ultimate African Holiday
Thanks to the close proximity of Zanzibar to East African destinations Tanzania and Kenya, Zanzibar makes a fantastic add on to an African safari trip. After days filled with wildlife adventures, completing a trip with a few days relaxing and exploring Zanizibar is the perfect end off for your African journey.
Zanzibar allows travelers to explore and enjoy a break from everyday life in a secluded, intimate, fun and relatively untamed style. Zanzibar has it all – the natural beauty, the culture, the history and the fun, making it an unmissable African destination.
Looking to escape to an African island paradise? Start planning your Zanzibar holiday today!