Situated on the Swahili Coast, Zanzibar Stone Town is a cultural wonder to treasure. Also known as “the Spice Island”, it’s a tropical paradise steeped in history and culture, featuring palm-studded beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a romantic atmosphere. With fragrant scents of spices hung in the tropical atmosphere, Zanzibar Stone Town is a sensory experience you can’t find anywhere else.
Zanzibar is the name of the archipelago which includes the primary islands of Unguja,
One of the oldest living Swahili towns in East Africa, Stone Town is known for its unique winding and narrow streets adorned with beautiful buildings. Established in the early 19th century by Arab slave and spice traders, the town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar. Stone Town is right on the Indian Ocean and faces Dar es Salaam, the mainland and commercial capital of Tanzania. A visit to Stone Town is incomplete without seeing the town’s attractions such as Beit-El-Ajaib, the Anglican Cathedral, the Nasur NurMohamed Dispensary and the fascinating bazaar market. Stone Town is certainly the place to be if you want to know the true essence of the island.
Zanzibar is the home of over 50 islands with white sandy beaches, about 40km (25m) off the coast of Tanzania. The Zanzibar Archipelago located in the Indian Ocean is a breath-taking paradise for anyone eager to escape the world and soak up some African sun. There is a great choice of beaches to explore and luxurious resorts to stay.
You’ll enjoy the clear, turquoise-blue water, shallow sandbars perfect for wading and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. The larger island, Unguja is a hilly island that offered a protected and defensible harbor for Persians settlers. The green Pemba Island forms part of the Zanzibar Archipelago. The southern circuit of Tanzania and Zanzibar hosts the Mafia Island, a part of a fascinating array of parks, wildlife reserves and Indian. Enjoy the private nature reserve of the Chumbe Island Coral Park. Popular for its coral reef, Mnemba Island is a renowned scuba diving site with a wide variety of coral life.
The famous Zanzibar International Film Festival also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries is a perfect reason for any film lover to visit Zanzibar. Every July, the event showcases the best of Swahili Coast arts scene as well as Zanzibar’s favorite music.
The Zanzibari cuisine offers great gastronomic experiences that will delight any adventurous tourist. Reflecting the influence of the many-sided faces of Zanzibar and Swahili heritage, the cuisine features a mix of various culinary traditions which include Bantu, Arab, Portuguese, Indian, British and Chinese cuisine. Among these delicacies are pepper shark – the most traditional type of Zanzibari seafood, sorpotel, spice cake, Boku-Boku, pilau meat, pweza wa nazi, date and hazelnut bread.
Zanzibar is a stirring place that will leave you utterly spellbound. You can relax on the beach while you sip mojitos, or dine on Jumbo prawns while you sail across the horizon on Dhow sailboat. About three hours from the mainland, there’s a Prison Island, which features hundreds of giant tortoises. Visit Nungwi town, located in the north-west part of the island for an opportunity to watch the sunset with a bottle of beer in your hand.
Zanzibar is a perfect destination for honeymoon and romantic travel for lovelorn couples. With a range of islands and several luxury accommodation options, it’s a great honeymoon gift for your loved one. A romantic night under wavering palm trees for an intimate candlelit dinner will swoon her. Moreover, you can live your dream on a lonely beach – just two of you under the sky. A stay at any traditional Swahili style home renovated into small intimate hotels will make for an unforgettable cozy and romantic travel.
You can combine your beach vacation with some wildlife safari. A good itinerary would include Tarangire / Serengeti / Ngorongoro with the option of cultural tours and active tours in between.