Because of its fascinating slave trade history, Zanzibar is one of Africa’s top destinations. It’s located within the Indian Ocean (off the coast of Tanzania) and it has been a natural trading centre since history. Well-known for its spices Zanzibar was also a slave trading center.
Celebrated around the world for their beauty, beaches, and history the Romantic islands of Zanzibar are under the influence of Arabs especially some of the attractive in stone town one of the island biggest attractions. Listed under UNESCO world heritage sites stone town, boasts beautiful traditional houses, the sultans palace, narrow alleyways and loads of mosques.
strong>What to see and visit while in Zanzibar.
While in the fabled stone town you get to the house of wonders, the peoples’ palace (Palace museum), the Arab fort and Dr Livingstone’s House. The walk through this city gives you a clear picture of how history was. You also get to see bustling markets, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, the only two cathedrals and loads of mosques. While visiting the islands you should schedule for the fascinating walk through stone town that is rewarding.
Visit the spice plantations of Zanzibar as the history of the place would be incomplete without them. The island is understood to have been at one time the leading producer of spices like cloves, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and many which led to the Sultans of Oman and the beginning of slave trade. Plantations are just outside the towns of Zanzibar and visitors are treated with a detailed description of the spices and there uses.
Situated just off the old stone town, Prison Island is most known for its history as having been a site for misbehaving slaves. The location is ideal for snorkeling with beautiful coral reefs and a lovely white sand beach for sun-bathing. The island is good for a day trip with a number of refreshment. Additionally it is known to be home for a family of large tortoises which were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century.
Located within the central east region is the home of the rare Red colobus monkeys the Jozani Natural forest reserve. It is usually a house to other species just like the small buck, Syke’s monkey’s and bushpigs. Also known to feed on this reserve is the Zanzibar leopard and this explains why the reserve is barely open throughout the day. A walk through this reserve could be very interesting and informative because the guides are well trained.
The un spoilt north coast tours take you up to Ras Nungwi a drowsy fishing village on the northern end of Zanzibar. While in Ras Nungwi you will be ale to see the local methods of dhow construction in action as it is a dhow building capital of Zanzibar. The area too has fascinating beaches with coral reefs ideal for diving and snorkeling. There is also a turtle sanctuary built by the local people to nurse the injured turtles and the marine animals before letting them back into the Indian Ocean.
Kizimkazi Mosque & Dolphin Tour
From the north we move to the southern end of the island the Kizimikazi fishing village. The village is a site to the earliest evidence of Islam is Eats Africa, the Mosque which is worth a visit for both Native and cultural reasons. The village is a habitat to many schools of dolphins and could be sighted following a ship trip from the village. You may as well swim along with the bottle-nosed dolphin an extra ordinary experience you can ever get.