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Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an island located in Tanzania, in East Africa. One of the main industries in Zanzibar is tourism. Other main industries include spices, which led to the island being known as the Spice Island. The island is also known for its many animal species, such as the Zanzibar leopard.  

Zanzibar’s location on the Indian Ocean means that the island enjoys a tropical climate. During the winter months, there are short bursts of rain which occur with the Kaskazi winds. The mwaka, which is the name for long rain, occurs in March and continues until May or June. The best time to visit Zanzibar is between July and October, when the average temperature is 25°C.  

If you love visiting the beach, you will not be disappointed when you visit Zanzibar. The island offers many beautiful beaches where you can relax and enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean. For a perfect beach experience, visit the Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, a short walk away from Nungwi, which can be found at the northern tip of Zanzibar. Other perfect beaches include Mangapwani Beach, Pwani Beach, Jambiani Beach and Kiwengwa Beach.

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Why visit Zanzibar ?


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Spice Island

The island enjoys a tropical climate

There is so much to see and do in Zanzibar that you will be spoilt for choice. For a bit of culture, visit Stone Town, Zanzibar’s largest ancient town located on the west coast of Unguja. The town features balconies and large wooden doors, which are part of the Swahili culture. Here you will find mosques, shops, and other attractions that will make your visit to the town a memorable one.  

If you love nature, the perfect attraction for you is Jozani Forest, a nature reserve that is home to the island’s Red Colobus Monkey. You can choose from one of Jozani’s nature trails and look out for other interesting species. The trails are led by guides, who will provide you with all the information you need about the island’s fascinating wildlife. This is an attraction where you should definitely bring your camera!  

Since one of the island’s main features is the spice industry, it is worth exploring all the different spices that are grown on the island. You can do this by taking the spice tour, which takes you around the island and allows you to see how anise is grown. During the tour you can also try some exotic fruits whilst enjoying the sights.  

If you still need more to do, stop by Prison Island, an historical island that was once used as a prison for slaves. Today, Prison Island is a popular attraction which is home to giant tortoises and offers snorkelling and other water sports. There is also a beach and a fish restaurant there.  

If you are looking for a truly memorable holiday experience, then visit Kizimkazi fishing village, where you can swim alongside the bottle-nosed dolphins. Kizimkazi is also a good cultural attraction, as there is a 12th century mosque that is worth visiting.  

Zanzibar is as generous with its restaurants as it is with its attractions. If you wish to sample some traditional Zanzibari cuisine, then stop by Kidude, which is located near Hurumzi. There is also a restaurant dedicated to the singer Freddie Mercury, who was born in Zanzibar. It is known as the Mercury restaurant and offer good quality meals and beer with excellent views over the harbour. For a cultural eating experience, try the Passing Show restaurant, a Muslim restaurant that serves dishes such as pilau. The Botanic Country Resort is worth visiting, as a variety of Zanzibarian and Swahili cuisine is served and there are giant screens with the latest sport events and an outdoor cinema.  

There are plenty of shops around to satisfy the shopaholics. Stone Town has lots of fascinating souvenirs, so you will definitely be able to take a piece of the island home with you.  

Zanzibar is no doubt a perfect holiday destination. There is so much to see and do that your holiday will certainly be a memorable one.

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