The Spice land - The joys of paradise

The Zanzibar cultural melting pot and barefoot luxury this exquisite island famously known as the ‘‘Spice land of Zanzibar’’ It is a romantic hideaway offering the most beautiful beaches with exotic spices, allot of palm trees, ancient ruins, dhows and veiled women.

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania placed just South of the Equator, about 35km off the Eastern coast of Africa. Because of Zanzibar’s location, it helps boasts the world’s most renowned tropical beaches, spectacularly diverse ocean reefs, and a rich and diverse traditions steeped in the history of slavery, empire and Zanzibar revolution.

The Tanzania safari adventure won’t be at its best without 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”), the focal city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. (The newer percentage of the city is known as Ng’ambo, Swahili for ‘the other side’). Stone Town is placed on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago.

Zanzibar has a wealth of adventures and calm surroundings surrounded by water views to satisfy even the most demanding explorers, from drift dives and kite surfing to dhow sunset cruise and pampering.
From expertise and experience we have compiled a quick list of Zanzibar’s hot points to ensure you get the best from your Zanzibar holiday gateways or honeymoon;

Zanzibar Scuba diving

Zanzibar is predominately known as one of the Top-Class Scuba Diving Destinations in The World.
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 is the East Africa’s best diving spot, rich of marine life due to coral reef structures all around the island.

Zanzibar’s diving reefs are mostly shallow, with clean, transparent and calm water. Dive sites overflow in this magic place, and a wide diversity 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 local guide. Built from coral stone in the 19th and 20th centuries, Stone Town was acknowledged as the UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. You’ll get to know the town as you see heritage sites and architecture, visit a local vibrant marketplace, check out the church and memorial at the old slave market, admire the former home of sultan, and do some shopping with the help of your guide. Tour is limited to 10 people per guide to provide a small and manageable group experience.

Dolphin Watching

Placed on the southern point of the island is famous and vibrant Kizimkazi fishing village, once the foremost settlement on the East Coast of Africa, now best known for being home to most of the of Bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be seeing with a short boat trip from one of the nearby villages.

If you get a chance, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins, which can be a very rewarding experience coming so close to these amazing ocean wonders. The best timing for the trip is in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of tourists in the morning, which in big numbers can seriously disturb the dolphins. You may also come into contacts with other oceanic species like stingrays and turtles.

Nungwi and Kendwa beaches

With the options of staying at Kendwa beach, Nungwi beach or even somewhere along the East coast, exploring Zanzibar’s north beach resorts is certainly worth the effort and will provide you with that calm beach gateways experience.
Nungwi is the third major settlement in Zanzibar, with a population of about 5,500 locals, found at the far north of the island. The smaller neighboring 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.

Spice Tours

Zanzibar is commonly known as the ‘Spice Island’, due to its spice exports 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 the most well-known and celebrated excursions on the island. You can take a walk into the spice farm, touching, smelling and tasting different spices and tropical fruits while getting amazing local stories and history from your guide, learning about their origins, properties and use of spice as medicines, in food and drink. From this particular excursion one will surely know the reason as to why Zanzibar was crowned as the spice island.

Jozani Forest

Zanzibar’s nearest destination to a game reserve is Jozani Forest Once the home of leopards, placed in the south of the island. Presently Jozani is taken into consideration of becoming a World Heritage Site, and is well worth a visit for its stunning scenery and biodiversity.

Top of the list of things to see and experience at Jozani forest is the endemic Red Colobus Monkey. Troops of these monkeys can be found scrambling from branch to branch, in search of food and water or just having fun. The monkeys have become acclimatized to people and allow you to get close to them to take photographs as they eat, play and jump from the treetops.

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