Known locally as Ugunja, Zanzibar is a beautiful and historically rich destination at the crossroads of African and Arabic cultures, which lies just about 20 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania. This slumbering paradise where green cloves, bread leaf, rice, cinnamon and coconuts grow is also called the Spice Island, as it has lured travelers to its shores for centuries – some in search of trade, some in search of plunder and others in search of an idyllic home. The Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs and Sultans, Dutch and English have been all here at one time or other.
Zanzibar’s history is fascinating. The mix of influences is evident in the colorful architecture and alleyways of historic Stonetown and the ruins of towns and palaces across the island. Stonetown’s magnificent doors - some over 150 years old - showcase its Persian and Indian heritage. Once the hub of the slave trade, today you will see a mix of cultures here unlike anywhere in Africa.
From the beautiful Mnemba Island at the far north eastern tip of Zanzibar to the southern coast, the magnificent beaches provide extensive reefs, miles of white sand beaches and opportunities to sail the Indian Ocean on a traditional dhow through turquoise waters teeming with marine life.
Whether a spice plantation tour, a snorkeling or diving trip, sipping a cocktail on the terrace of the historic Zanzibar Serena Inn in Stonetown, your first encounter with a Kirk’s red colobus monkey in the Jozani forest, or simply lazing the day away under a palm tree, your Zanzibar experience will provide a wonderful contrast and relaxing end to your African safari.
Just Some of our Beautiful Destinations in Zanzibar
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