Why Visit Zanzibar?
Surrounded by the ocean, sheltered by palm fronds and bordered by stretches of white, sandy beaches – islands give travelers a chance to escape.
Zanzibar is no different. The island archipelago is found just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa and is a haven for anybody looking for a unique African island getaway. Zanzibar allows travelers to explore and enjoy a break from everyday life in a secluded, intimate, fun and relatively untamed style.
Zanzibar is made up of a number of islands with the two largest being Pemba and Unguja (commonly called Zanzibar). Zanzibar is more than simply a beach holiday. It is a unique destination in the Indian Ocean that has a little bit of everything sure to pique the interest of many travelers. From spectacular scenery to an exciting fusion of cultures, rich history as well as exciting island activities. It is fantastic for any kind of traveler including families and couples.
Scenic Beach Vistas
The first thing travelers will notice about Zanzibar is just how idyllic it is. 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. A local or two might try to sell some trinkets; ranging from small woven bracelets and colourful sarongs, to locals offering to paint delicate henna patterns onto hands and feet right there on the beach.
The accommodation dotted across the island ranges from small rustic lodges, to boutique hotels and sprawling all-inclusive, luxury resorts. There is a place in Zanzibar for everyone.
Zanzibar is more than just its beautiful beaches. It is made up of spice farms, thick mangrove forests and historic town centers made of winding cobble-stone streets. Travelers could easily spend days exploring every corner of this Indian Ocean gem.
Cultural Melting Pot
Zanzibar’s fascinating history is an eclectic fusion. Thanks to the prime position just off the east coast of Africa, the island became a hub for traders moving between Africa, the Middle East and India; eventually entering the dark historic days of becoming a major slave trading-post in East Africa.
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 a unique reflection of Zanzibar’s varied past.
Stone Town’s Winding Streets
Stone Town is an iconic area of Zanzibar. This section of Zanzibar City itself offers travelers a chance to become wrapped up in its historic, captivating charm. Wonder the twisting alleyways of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and take in the sights and sounds of the local Swahili culture. Admire the Arabic influenced architecture and intricate wooden door designs before stopping to sample some of the delicious local cuisine at the Forodhani Food Market and barter with the locals over a few souvenirs to take home.
Exploring the Island
From exhilarating activities to those that epitomize the Swahili notion of pole pole (slowly, slowly) – there is a little bit of everything available in Zanzibar.
The adrenaline seekers can enjoy snorkeling, diving and deep sea fishing. For those looking to take it slightly easier and embrace another aspect of Zanzibar; embark on a spice tour, explore Stone Town, take a local cooking class or wonder through the Jozani Forest. For those seeking complete relaxation – take it to the beach and lie under the African Sun while listening to the calming sound of the nearby waves.
Why Zanzibar Shouldn't Be Missed
Zanzibar has it all – the natural beauty, the culture, the history and the fun! It is also a perfect destination to pair with a Tanzania safari. After days filled with safari thrills, there is no better way to relax, unwind and rejuvenate than with a Zanzibar Island Getaway.
While other African islands such as the Seychelles and Mauritius may be more popular with travellers, Zanzibar provides a unique and quintessential island experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Take a look at our Zanzibar Tours and start planning your African Island getaway today!