Just as exotic as its name would suggest, the Island of Zanzibar is a wonderful destination for those looking for a tropical beach paradise in the Indian Ocean.
Nestling just a short hop from mainland Tanzania, the archipelago of Zanzibar holds prime position along East Africa’s coastline, and with its eclectic mix of nationalities, cultures and religions, it really does have something to offer everyone.
From the chaotic markets and labyrinth of narrow cobbled side-streets of Stone Town, to the long stretches of pure white sand in Kiwengwa, Zanzibar Island is just about as diverse as the people who live there, which makes it even more enchanting and inviting to those looking for a truly unique holiday experience.
There are several hotels to be found in Stone Town, but as it homes the islands main shipping port, the swimming possibilities are limited. Those looking for picture-postcard perfect beaches need to head to the northern or eastern coastlines of Nungwi and Kiwengwa, where sunshine and powdery white beaches fringed by coconut palms come as standard.
Nungwi is a popular resort with travellers, and is one of the only beach areas in Zanzibar that does not have to deal with changing tides. Kiwengwa is where you will find the islands luxury five-star hotels, and while the tides change throughout the day, the water is never more than a short stroll away.
The food found in Zanzibar is fresh, fragrant and quite simply delicious due to the fresh fish and seafood, exotic fruits, and herbs and spices that grow in abundance on or around the island. Influences from India, Africa, Persia and Arab lands have put a new twist on traditional recipes, and you never have to walk far to find your next mouth-watering meal.
When it comes to excursions and activities, Zanzibar has plenty going on. A divers and snorkelers paradise, it offers beautiful reefs, crystal clear waters, and as it is nearly always sunny, the visibility is excellent. Most day trips dock just off the private island of Mnemba, and if you cannot afford the $1,500 dollars per person per day to stay there, you can at least get some great pictures from the boat!
A trip to one of the Spice Markets is a must, and while you will probably pay more for your herbs and spices here than you would in Stone Town, the tour is informative, fun, and will have you smelling like an explosion in a spice factory before you leave.
With friendly locals, beautiful hotels, and delicious cuisine, we believe Zanzibar is one of the world’s best beach holiday destinations, so why not head on down and taste the Island of Spice yourself!