As attractive because the island’s name sounds the turquoise sea, white sands beaches, magnificent local culture combined with the smell of exotic spices surely makes Zanzibar a must-visit destination for beach holidays.
Consisting of a small archipelago of islands, Zanzibar is a part of it with roots to mixed cultural attributes of being a Portuguese colony, a British protectorate, and part of the Sultanate of Oman. The various phases of various kingdoms have allowed this semi-autonomous territory of Tanzania to have its own unique heritage in addition to cultural feel to it.
A protracted relaxing holiday is what allures a lot of the tourists to this picture-perfect island of Africa. Unlike other tourist destinations, all the coastline of Zanzibar offers white-sand beaches, turquoise sea waters (with no rocks!) and aided by some of the most effective accommodations on these shorelines. Paje beach is amongst one of the crucial traveled to beach in the island offering crystal clear waters, complete tranquillity for relaxation and more amenities to spoil oneself.
Diving and Snorkelling
For many of the tourists, this tends to be a serious highlight of the holiday to Zanzibar. Scuba Diving and Snorkelling is an experience of its own. The coral reefs tour after which getting a feel of it is truly a remarkable memory. Fret not; the tours are also guided with the assistance of qualified instructors in case it is your first time adventuring the sport.
Situated in the middle of the island, that is what marks the history of the island. The narrow alleys of the Stone Town are packed with local stores and food stalls, that are amazing to try while you possibly can discover the history of the island. The Slave Trade sadly features in the history of this island in addition to a few of the magnificent mosques as well as local markets. Other highlights include House of Wonders, the Old Customs House, and the Arab Fort.
For those fond of culture and history of the places, this also happens to be another attraction. This is a neighborhood spice plantation area outside Stone Town and customarily aimed to offer a distinct feel to your holiday apart from relaxing at the beaches. You get to smell and taste among the richest & natural spices and aromas like lemongrass, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and plenty of others. You also get a guide, who takes you around the large area of the plantation and explains the importance of every spice and fruit and how they’re cultivated.
The one Natural Park on the island is another interesting and alternative activity. The Red Colobus Monkeys are the important thing attraction of the park and if you are lucky than some might be willing to be playing with you. Beware of the food items you carry, as they are likely to snatch and scratch hands!
There is a small nominal fee for entering the park but it is worth the visit plus it’s nearby Stone Town and you could plan the literary accordingly.
Originally often called Changuu Island after which later renowned for the times of Slavery days when the prisoners were kept at this sublet island of Zanzibar. Just a brief boat ride away from Stone Town, you no longer get to see any prisoners but the large Tortoises, who are also one hundred years old and a key attraction of the island. Also, the nearby shore waters, allow for snorkeling to see the good coral reefs.
Best to be visited at Sunsets when all of the food stalls are set for evening markets. Majorly it is good for seafood and local cuisines. Some items include grilled seafood, local meat items, and Zanzibari cuisines. Also try the Zanzibari Pizza, made with a completely local touch of the seafood ingredients but tastes good for a holiday change!
There’s always space within the baggage for souvenirs, right? No other better place than the local markets, which can provide the wide range of local craft items and textile products worth even gifting your friends back home! It’s clearly said that no trip to Zanzibar is complete if you have not paid a visit to the local markets in Stone Town. Vibrant place with local vendors selling a number of items from spices to local guides and local craft items.
In case you are like me and feel like adventuring every single thing on your holiday, then you should make your local commutes within the local transportation, locally referred to as Daladalas! Rates would rely on the distance, however, the journeys would still cost not more than TShs 2,500 (USD 1.50) – and you might jump on any Daladala headed to your beach accommodation or Stone Town and just give the heads up to Driver to stop when you want him to!