The Spice land
The Zanzibar archipelago is also is known as the ‘‘Spice land of Zanzibar’’ It is a romantic hideaway offering the most beautiful beaches with countless palm trees, dhows, ancient ruins, exotic spices and veiled women.
The island’s incredible history includes seafarer’s and slave trader’s explorers. It is famous to the rest of the part of the world as being a former major slave trade centre.
The Tanzania safari cannot be fulfilled without the Zanzibar Beach holidays spending five or six nights relaxing or taking a tour to the Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for “old town”), is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. (The newer percentage of the city is known as Ng’ambo, Swahili for ‘the other side’). Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago
Zanzibar has a wealth of activities to satisfy even the most demanding explorers from drift dives and kite surfing to dhow sunset cruise and pampering. We believe that this is one of its key advantages over other Indian Ocean Islands along with its friendly nature and sensible pricing.
Below we have compiled a quick list to ensure you get the best from your Zanzibar holiday or honeymoon;
Zanzibar Scuba diving
For centuries Zanzibar has been a preferred diving destination for only a very select group of people, but now it’s changed and has become clear that it is an excellent place for diving. Zanzibar isEast Africa’s best diving spot, boasting rich marine life due to coral reef structures around the island.
Zanzibar’s diving reefs are generally shallow, with calm, clean water. Dive sites overflow in this magic place, and a wide variety assures there’s something for the beginner as well as for professionals.
Exploring Stone Town
Explore Stone Town, the atmospheric cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar City, on this 3-hour walking tour with a guide. Constructed from coral stone in the 19th and 20th centuries, Stone Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. You'll get to know the town as you see heritage sites and architecture, visit a local marketplace, check out the church and memorial at the old slave market, admire the former home of the sultan, and do some shopping with the help of your guide. Tour is limited to 10 people to provide a small-group experience.
Nungwi and Kendwa beaches
Whether you stay at Nungwi beach, Kendwa beach, or even somewhere along the East coast, exploring Zanzibar's north beach resorts is certainly worth the effort.
Nungwi is the third largest settlement in Zanzibar, with a population of about 5,500, found at the far north of the island. The smaller nearby Kendwa is on the west coast, overlooking the tiny Daloni island and the larger island of Tumbatu. Both are located about an hour's drive from Stone Town.
Situated on the southern point of the island is Kizimkazi fishing village, once the formost settlement on the East Coast of Africa, now best known for being home to several schools of Bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village.
If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins, which can be a very rewarding experience. The trip is best taken in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of tourists in the morning, which in big numbers can seriously disturb the dolphins. Other species that can be viewed include stingrays and turtles.
In days past, Zanzibar was known as the ‘Spice Island’, exporting these across the world, the industry beginning with the Omani Arabs in the early 19th century when they made Zanzibar the capital of their empire.
Nowadays a Spice Tour has become one of the most popular excursions on the island. You can walk through the spice farm with your guide, touching, smelling and tasting different spices and tropical fruits, learning about their properties, origins and use as medicines and in food and drink.
Once the home of leopards, Zanzibar’s nearest destination to a game reserve is Jozani Forest, located in the south of the island. Currently Jozani is under consideration to become a World Heritage Site, and is well worth a visit for its stunning scenery and biodiversity.
Top of the list of things to see here is the endemic Red Colobus Monkey. Troops of these monkeys can be found scrambling from branch to branch, in search of food. The monkeys have become acclimatised to people and allow you to get close to them to take photographs as they eat, play and jump from the treetops.