Created by Margaret Tully.
Do you like a choice of adventures and relaxation on vacation?
Zanzibar, an island group off the coast of Tanzania, is a diverse area of rich culture, architectural wonders, fantastic white sand beaches, and thick forests crammed with wildlife. You can dive in the clear, well populated waters, go on a safari in the Serengeti, view bottle nose dolphins in their natural habitat, or relax your vacation away on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Read on to find out more… The main island in the archipelago is actually named Unguja but it is known as Zanzibar, as it is the largest, but Zanzibar is actually all of the islands collectively.
This is a remarkable city, made entirely of stone buildings, entwined into narrow lanes, that seem like a labyrinth in the centre of a border of main streets. They are full of bazaars selling clothes, carpets, woven decorative items and many spices. The spices in Zanzibar have a long history, seeing that the many spice trails are cut through these islands, and the quality of the spices are second to none. The smells are intoxicating and you cannot help but be swept up in the atmosphere of this town. It has a rich history and has been awarded UNESCO world heritage status, and is preserved in its present state, as a living monument to the spice trade and the 19th century slave trade. Moving out of the narrow streets and down to the busy port we can see this island (Unguja), is a very popular choice for tourists, many flood in from the boats docked here. Down at the sea you will notice the Palace Museum which is an ex sultan´s home, some rooms still decked out with grand furniture. There are many restaurants within the town to enjoy the fragrant cuisine.
Adventure & Wildlife: Serengeti Safari, Jozani Forest, Kizimkazi, Pemba Island
Travel by Jeep through this dry landscape to view herds of animals running free, catch a glimpse of a lion through the dry, long grasses – it’s exhilarating and up-close, and there are many opportunities to take wonderful wildlife photographs.
A wonderful natural forest teaming with wildlife, including the Red Colobus monkey, a true native of Zanzibar. You can get really close to these cheeky little creatures, and they love to pose for photographs. This forest has many trails, that were once the spice routes, they are well walked and make for a great hiking adventure.
Is a little fishing village, where bottle nose dolphins reside, and play around in these waters. You can see them from boats or dive in and go swimming with them. They are very friendly, and it is a lovely natural experience.
This is the second largest of the islands, and is a fantastic location for diving. It has a lovely coral reef and endless amounts of sea-life to view. Organised scuba diving tours are available for the beginner, to the more advanced diver; so it makes for a wonderful location to learn, or to mark off your dive list. The beaches around the Zanzibar islands are gorgeous, covered in white sand, and turquoise waters bordering them. Many natural seaweed is often strewn across the sand. The beaches are natural and filled with pure grains of nature ground down, over many years. Laze around on them, swim out in the sea, let the sand run through your fingers and toes, read a book, plan tomorrows activity – whatever form your vacation will take, Zanzibar has everything you will need.