Off the coast of Tanzania lies an exotic island that has been a favorite destination among honeymooners over the years. With its unspoiled beaches, pristine white sands, turquoise blue waters filled with lush flora and fauna, Zanzibar Islands is simply paradise on Earth.
More than the romantic sunsets and beautiful coastlines, there is something these islands that would leave anybody wishfully wanting to return again to this dream destination. Perhaps it’s because of the glorious sights, the tastes and smells that feeds the soul, or maybe because of its vibrant culture and fascinating history and architecture.
To give you an idea, here are some reasons why tourists love the Zanzibar Islands:
Amazing Beach Destination
The archipelago is known to be home to pristine white beaches and the glorious, azure waters. It is known to be a diving mecca all over the world because of its beautiful dive sights. Zanzibar is blessed with abundant marine diversity and coral reefs, making it a well-loved destination for adventure lovers.
Outdoor water enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and island hopping. Moreover, they can also enjoy adrenaline-filled activities such as kite-boarding and windsurfing.
A Place that Gives off a Romantic Vibe
Zanzibar can be the perfect backdrop for a wedding or a dream honeymoon getaway. You can take long walks by the beach, drink cocktails with your beloved. You can watch the sunset as the sea turn golden in the vast Indian ocean.
If you want to have a unique experience of living in a private island, islets around Zanzibar like Chapwani, Chumbe and Mnemba offer accommodations for guests who wish to soak in nature while enjoying the seclusion from the outside world.
Mnemba Island offers eco-friendly, beachside bandas where you can get to see miniature suni antelopes roving around. Chumbe Island, on the other hand, is a protected coral reserve where it teaches guests how to live without leaving a footprint in the environment. Here, you would learn ingenious methods of waste disposal and energy coming from solar power. Chapwani Island, on the other hand, is home to fascinating marine creatures such as white herons, coconut crabs, and marine crabs.
Vivid Architecture and Culture
Zanzibar’s colorful history and stupendous architecture is a blend of Persian, Indian, Arabic, African and European influences. You can explore the cobbled-stoned streets of Stone Town’s old quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Be captivated by an eclectic mix of architectural styles seen in homes and mosques. Also, filling the senses with detail and energy are old palaces and mansions such as the old Turkish Baths and the House of Wonders. Somehow, these structures tell a story of the archipelago’s long and tumultuous past.
Market stalls, shops, and lively bazaars sell everything from crafts to pieces of jewelry, from fabric to furniture. For music-lovers, appreciate Zanzibar’s local music and head off to The Dhow Countries Music Academy. Known as Taraab, it’s rhythm and percussion is infused by different influences from Africa, India, Middle East and the West.
Rich in Exotic Spices
Zanzibar is also known as the Spice Island because it produces aromatic spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, black pepper, and lemongrass. If you want to learn more of how these crops are processed as well as their culinary and medical uses, you can visit their spice plantations in the area. You can watch how exotic fruits are being harvested as you enjoy its organic taste. Indulge in your senses in a delicious blend of flavors and aromas as you taste traditionally prepared meals and street food.
Witness how locals use spices as coloring and even as a component of cosmetics. Most locals dye their clothing for special events like weddings extracts these the vibrant colors that from local spices.
Primate Experience at Jozani Forest
Nestled in the heart of Zanzibar, travelers can revel in the natural beauty of Jozani Forest Reserve. It was declared to be a protected area in the 1960’s to save the endangered kirk’s red colobus monkeys from extinction. Its current population grew to about 2500. The Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park also forms a part of the reserve which has many unique species of plants and trees.
One can explore the trails of the forest with the sights of skyes’ monkeys, lizards, chameleons, suni antelope, different species of birds, and more.
Zanzibar is a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago that offers a myriad of historical, cultural, exploratory experiences and adventures in East Africa. No wonder that it is considered one of most people’s dream destinations. If you’re planning an exotic, tropical getaway, here are easy-to-book Zanzibar tours that will take you to the island paradise and let you experience its wonders without the hassle.