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Zanzibar is an island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Tanzania. It is known for the historic trade center of Stone Town, with its narrow streets, coral stone buildings, elaborate wooden carvings and spice markets. The majority of the population is Muslim, and there are many beautiful mosques on the island. Often referred to as the “Spice Island,” due to the historic farming of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper, it also boasts pristine white sand beaches, lush tropical forest, abundant sunshine, exotic Swahili dishes, hospitable people, ancient ruins, and resorts and accommodations for every travel budget.

Historic Stone Town exists today much as it did in the days when the “Isle of Spices” was a great trading center. Its architecture reflects the diverse influences underlying Swahili culture, giving it a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements.

Highly recommended during your stay is a guided walking tour of Stone Town, to experience its history, colourful markets, bustling streets full of artisans’ shops, and many nice restaurants to suit all travelers’ tastes. An evening spent at Forodhani Gardens, located along the seafront next to the new harbor, is a great experience. A great place to hang out during the day, it’s also the place to be in the evenings when it becomes a bustling open-air market full of food stalls selling local cuisine.

Zanzibar was once one of the world’s leading producers of spices such as clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Still producing many of the world’s favourite spices, a Spice Tour is highly recommended and takes you to an organic farm where you will see how spices, herbs and fruits grow and are cultivated. The tours finish with a stop at a spice stall selling freshly packaged spices.

Spices at a Market stand in Zanzibar

Snorkeling opportunities abound on the island of Zanzibar, and there are certified dive centers available for those who are interested in deep sea diving.
Full day excursion to outlying islands, or an evening sunset sail on a dhow are highly recommended and a wonderful way to experience more of what Zanzibar has to offer.

Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including the rare Zanzibari Red Colobus Monkey. It is a beautiful stretch of swamp forest, evergreen thickets and mangroves. Your visit will be conducted by a nature guide and overall is a nice outing to see some of the wildlife and forest on Zanzibar.

Whether you’re interested in spending most of your time at a beach resort, sightseeing and visiting all that Stone Town has to offer, or a combination of the two, please contact us for help with your planning needs in order to have the Zanzibar experience you desire.

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