Set like a jewel in tranquil coral waters, and only 20 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam is one of the world’s most beautiful islands and beach vacation destinations. It is known as Zanzibar. Additionally it is referred to because the Spice Island. These names evoke a romantic, enviable past. Zanzibar has been a travel destination for centuries, receiving visitors from many places, far and wide. This beautiful islands still attracts visitors from far and wide even today!
To the shores of Zanzibar came the Sumerians, Assyrians, Hindus, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Arabs, the Chinese, the Malays, and the Portuguese. All the visitors of the early centuries sailed in on Monsoon winds. It also from the shores of this Islands that the good European explores like Richard Burton, John Speke, David Livingstone, Krapf and Rebman, set out on there voyages of discoveries into the East and Central Africa hinterland.
The different races of those that today inhabit Zanzibar are kind of a representation of all of the past visitors that have had contact with the island over the centuries. It’s like an imprint, only presented within the form of the culture, the people and architecture. The “House of Wonders” and the narrow streets of the Old Stone Town are just a number of the vivid reminders of the islands long and colored history.
Zanzibar can also be the birthplace of the fascinating language of Kiswahili – a Bantu/Arabic language that today dominates the complete East African coast and likewise servicing because the national language of the east African countries. Zanzibar also gave birth to the richly artistic Swahili culture with its elegant architecture, manifest in the beautiful designs of the balconies, courtyards, hand-carved doors and mosques. For centuries the historic Spice Islands of Zanzibar has evoked a mystical and magical dream. Fascinating history, exotic spices, sandy beaches and hospitable people…this is the enchantment of Zanzibar that discerning holidays makers can never ignore. The hotels in Zanzibar offer great, if not world class services to all visitors – regardless of your budget.
On a visit Zanzibar, a visitor can see the many faces of the island with the assistance of tour operators. These may include taking visit to spices plantations in the countryside where a wide range of seasonal spices, tropical fruits and medicine herbs are grown. Your guides will give detailed descriptions of the spices and their uses in cooking and cosmetics.
Guest might be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced, and by their incredible value for many ailments. This can also be the most affordable place to purchase spices and oil extracts.
Another popular excursion is the “Zanzibar Stone Town Tour” which is literally a travel into history of this old capital of the Omani Sultans. Other excursions will include the old slave cave, the prison island, ruins of what was the palace of the Sultan Said, the old slave market and many other historical places.