When thinking of a tourist destination, you have without a doubt dreamed of picturesque islands with soft sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters, all accompanied by cool crisp air that can only come from relaxing in front of the calming waves of the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar, the name alone evokes images of a calming tropical paradise worth your time.
The Zanzibar Archipelago is one of the best tourist destinations for people who love sand, sun, and swimming. The island offers smells, sights, tastes, and experiences that will relax and feed your soul; while at the same time offer you the much-needed rejuvenation of creativity, and passion. It is the ideal place to get away from busy city life, and it has a lot more to offer than you think.
The Blissful Beaches
Situated on the Swahili Coast, Zanzibar is home to some of the most blissful beaches in the world. The balmy weather, paired with warm tropical waters creates the ultimate tropical paradise. The archipelago is known for clear waters, rich marine diversity, and abundance in thriving coral reefs making it a perfect underwater destination. You expect to enjoy snorkelling, diving, swimming, windsurfing, kite-boarding water-skiing, and even island hopping. The calming sound of gentle waves and cool breeze make the perfect conditions for sunbathing on the beach on a lazy day.
One of the best things about Zanzibar is that you can escape the crowds to do your own thing. The neighbouring islands of Pemba, Mafia, Chumbe, and Mnemba are the perfect places to get away and enjoy stretches of beach to yourself. There are over 50 islands in this archipelago, each with many charming lodging places to choose from. You can rent a scooter to explore the coastline at your own pace or go on tailor-made adventures to the lesser-known corners of the islands.
The Culture, and Architecture
Zanzibar has a colourful history and rich heritage thanks to strong Arabic, Indian, African, Persian, and European influences. The unique history of the town will add a vibrant dimension to the island. One of the most famous historic hubs is Stone Town’s old quarter, where you can explore a captivating mix of diverse architecture represented in mosques, and houses.
It is here that you will also find old mansions and houses such as the old Turkish Baths, and the House of Wonders. Finally, be sure to visit the lively bazaars, market stalls, and shops where you will interact with the locals and experience Taraab music; a blend of classical Swahili poetry, percussion, and rhythm infused with a myriad of influences from the Middle East, Africa, India, and the West.
The Exotic Spices
A trip to Zanzibar is not complete without the unique scents of spice farms and processing plants to fulfil your aroma aesthetic needs. Zanzibar is popularly known as the spice island. It is where most farming and processing of aromatic spices such as cloves, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemongrass, and black pepper takes place. Anticipate visiting plantations to learn about the history of these crops and their medicinal and culinary uses.