Zanzibar holds an almost legendary status among travelers as an exotic island paradise blessed with palm-fringed shores, timeless fishing villages and lush spice plantations. Although a mere stone’s throw from the mainland, Zanzibar has an identity all of its own, shaped by a turbulent history which abounds with a colorful cast of characters, from slave traders and sultans to pirates and princesses. Located in the Indian Ocean just 25-50kms from Tanzania mainland, the beaches on the island are said to be the best in Africa, it is indeed the ultimate Indian Ocean experience.
Whether you are an adventurer, thrill seeker or simply keen on relaxation Zanzibar has it all. Jozani forest is great for exploring. You may also enjoy day trips to surrounding sandbanks and islands, cultural tours, spice tour, whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, scuba diving, kayaking, water skiing, deep sea fishing and so much more.
Stone town, the heart of the island, was an important slave port during the infamous slave trade. A number of influences have merged together over the centuries to create a kaleidoscopic culture which you are sure to encounter on the island. To this day Arabic, Indian, German and British influences can be seen all around the island, specifically in stone town. Small narrow streets, Swahili architecture and Arabic style buildings characterize this small island. Zanzibar is rich in historical significance and historical diversity.
A trip to Tanzania would not be complete without at least a few days in Zanzibar. The island offers activities for those adventurous individuals who want to do new things as well as to nature lovers who wish to relax and take in the nature as well as the culture of Zanzibar.
There are flights directly into Zanzibar, however, if you are feeling adventurous you may take a ferry from Dar es Salaam. You may visit Zanzibar any time of the year; the weather is always favorable due to Zanzibar’s proximity to the equator. You are advised to bring clothes for hot weather as well as long trousers and long sleeved shirts for the evenings as it may get slightly chilly. Due to the large majority of Muslims and the Swahili culture in Zanzibar you are requested to dress decently out of respect for the people of Zanzibar.
Come to Zanzibar and you will experience the hospitality of the Swahili people, the beauty of the island, and the lasting mystique of its regal history. Zanzibari’s are known for their Visit Zanzibar, and you will understand why century after century, travelers have come to its shores in search of magic and romance.