Some time spent on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar is often added in a bush and beach safari vacation, added after adventures and wildlife safaris in Tanzania and other East African safari destinations including Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Zanzibar is an archipelago which forms part of Tanzania. Most people know the two main islands, Unguja often called Zanzibar and Pemba Island. Zanzibar is steeped in culture and history. It is a melting pot of people and cultures which gave rise to the Swahili culture.
The island of Zanzibar made its reputation through the growing of spices like cloves and nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. Visitors can enjoy tours of a spice plantation while visiting the island. Spend some time exploring Stone Town.
Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has a long history. The labyrinth of winding alleyways and bustling marketplaces. The town is a fusion of Arabic and African cultures among others which gave rise to Swahili culture. The town is known for its beautiful intricately carved wooden doorways, beautiful mosques and residences. The Island was heavily involved in the slave trade, and visitors can visit the old slave market where a poignant monument can be found.
Most of the sandy white palm-fringed beaches which visitors dream of occur in the north of the island. Another major attraction is the Jozani Forest Reserve, Zanzibar’s only national park which is home to the rare Kirks red colobus monkey and Ader’s duiker.).
Many international flights fly directly into Zanzibar at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. Visitors can also get flights through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya, Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania or from Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. Visitors can also catch the ferry between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar which departs four times a day and takes about 2 hours.
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