About Zanzibar

Zanzibar consists of two Indian Ocean tropical islands, Pemba and Unguja, surrounded by several islets, near Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on the East African coast. The capital is Stone Town.

The Portuguese Empire was the first European power to gain control of Zanzibar, which it ruled for nearly 200 years, until 1698, when Zanzibar became part of the Sultanate of Oman. Zanzibar became an important trading station for spices, ivory and slaves. Plantations were established to grow spices and Zanzibar became known as the Spice Islands. Ivory and slaves from mainland Africa contributed to the thriving economy of Zanzibar.

Why Zanzibar?

Zanzibar offers a number of outdoor activities and water sports, including cycling, kitesurfing, diving, or just general island hopping. Most hotels are based on the mainland, but if you want to escape the bustle of the main island’s beaches, there are plenty of smaller islands to give you that marooned-on-a-desert-island experience.

 

 Zanzibar’s charm – this unique mixture of population growth, necessary development, at times stressful traffic and sometimes annoying beach boys on the one hand and the idyllic, quiet, relaxing, impressively landscaped, culturally enriching and humanly refreshing moments on the other.

THINGS TO DO IN ZANZIBAR

There are several places to visit and things to do while in Zanzibar. The Islands are an excellent hideout for tourists who desire a serene and quiet place to explore the Indian ocean and all that it has to offer. Zanzibar offers amazing beaches, a great nightlife, restaurants and many other fun activities.

1. Stone Town Walking Tour

Stone Town is the ancient part of Zanzibar City, which is itself capital of Unguja island.Visit and you’ll get a perfect picture of how the old Swahili trading towns of East Africa look, sound, feel, taste and smell.Stone Town is an ancient trading town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is really the heart and soul of Zanzibar Island.

2.Dining at Rock Restaurant

Perched on a rock just offshore, Located in front of Michamvi Pingwe beach on the south-east coast of the island, the Rock sits on a rock. It promises a unique dining experience with all-natural, fresh, and passionately prepared food.About 20 minutes from Paje, this tiny restaurant has become world-famous thanks to its iconic location. The Rock is committed to having a minimal environmental impact, so from having the idea for the restaurant on the rock to serving your exclusive meal they strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible. They are welcoming couples and groups of up to 20, reservations are obligatory.

3.Sandbank Picnic

After a pickup at your hotel, you’ll start this fun day with a visit to sandbank picnic the home of love. Most people prefer calling it Nakupenda beach. Nakupenda is a swahili word which means “I love you”. you will feel loved there – gentle sand spilling over your feet while walking, mellow waves caressing your body and super-friendly personnel tending your needs. Swim, sunbathe and snorkel the crystal clear waters. After a dive, you’ll surely be ready for a sumptuous beach lunch, including grilled shrimps, squid, octopus, lobster, and langoustine – depending on the daily catch.

4.Jozani forest Tour

This park covers an area of about 6,200 acres and is made up of mostly forest. The forest is home to a number of endemic species, including the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Your guide will take you on a nature trail, lined up with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants and tell you about the animals, birds and reptiles that make their home in the various habitats of this tropical rainforest. This monkey is endemic to the island and only 2,500 individuals remain. Conserving them has generally been successful but the fact that they are only found in the island makes them very prone to extinction.

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