ZANZIBAR ISLAND

The islands of Zanzibar are a tropical dream. Stunning white beaches, the clearest crystalline waters and palm-fringed shores make for the perfect beach get away. From the depths of luxury to simple fishing villages, Zanzibar will give you what you want.

Zanzibar lies in the north of Tanzania’s Indian Ocean and has a cultural heritage equal in beauty to its beaches. It is a cultural kaleidoscope from Persian to Indian and Portuguese to Arabian.

Paradise & Spice

The Zanzibar archipelago consists of over 50 islands, including the famous Zanzibar and Pemba. Although it is not a national park, we have listed Zanzibar because of its cultural and touristic importance.

Many choose Zanzibar as a post safari destination to relax and ease away the difficulties of previous days bush trekking. Others come for the culture, natural beauty and excellent resorts on offer.

As with most beach resorts, there is a variety of water sports, with scuba diving and snorkelling being perhaps the most popular. Shallow, clear waters and offshore reefs create excellent conditions and what the islands lack in large game, they certainly make up for in marine life.

Zanzibar is part of Tanzania but has its own government and multi-party democracy.

ZANZIBAR CULTURE

  • Zanzibar today is a blend of the various cultures that have influenced the island over the centuries. African, Persian, Arabian, Indian, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese and English are all accounted for.
  • It is said that 75% of the world's cloves are grown in Zanzibar and the spice influence is everywhere. Visit a market or spice farm and you will see the quantity of cloves, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and black pepper.
  • There is a strong slave influence on the islands, especially Changuu Island, where a former slave prison is now inhabited by fantastic tortoises.
  • Worthy of mention are the narrow streets of Stone Town, the intricate carved doors remaining from the Zanzibar Sultanate, the excellent seafood and ornamental balconies of Indian influence.

Aside from relaxing, Zanzibar has great water sports: fishing, snorkelling, diving and swimming.

It is also recommended to visit markets for the fresh fruit and spice farms for a look around.

Zanzibar experiences good weather almost all year round. The hottest months are around February (averaging 29oC), dropping to only 21oC in August. Rainy seasons are March – May and October – November.

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