Tanzania Beach Holiday – Zanzibar Island
The Spice Island Zanzibar, is the jewel of the Indian Ocean offering paradise and everything island dreams are made of.
Pristine sandy white beaches and tranquil turquoise water it’s not wonder this tropical island is a diver’s paradise. A perfect stand alone escape or the relaxing end to your Tanzania Holiday experience after climbing Kilimanjaro or the perfect compliment to Savanah landscapes of your safari.
Stone Town, the heart of the island, is popular for its historical sites, vibrant flavor, beautiful beaches, and friendly faces. Stone Town the main central town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a vibrant and architecturally impressive rich is diverse cultures, color and history.
There are excellent site sighting opportunities throughout the city or just relax at a local cafe to people watch and enjoy the tasty fresh seafood or a bustling night market.
Historical Sites and Landmarks
There are several notable sites to visit throughout Stone Town. The infamous memorial of the former Slave Market at the Anglican Cathedral Courtyard reflects on an important part of a dark history. The Palace Museum was formerly the residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar, which depicts Zanzibar’s rich history influenced by Arabic, Persian, and European cultures.
Other notable sites in Stone Town are The Arab Fort, House of Wonders, Dhow Harbour, National Museum and Livingstone’s house.
Prison Island Tour
While it never actually housed any prisoners and eventually became a quarantine station for yellow fever fever it is now best known as a sanctuary for the lovable Aldabra Giant Tortoises. In 1919 the British governor of Seychelles gifted the original 4 iconic residents to the island, and today remains a dedicated foundation to look after these gentle giants. Enjoy lunch and the rest of the day swimming or snorkeling around the sandbars. Just a quick 30-minute boat trip from Stone Town.
No trip is complete without a visit to one of the island’s notable spice farms. Awaken your senses as you surround yourself among these expansive plantations filled with varieties of spices. Enjoy a sensual insight of ginger, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves, and how they are used for traditional and modern medicines and cosmetics, and their influence on the local cuisine.
This ranger guided walking tour is an excellent introduction to Zanzibar’s only national park, Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park, southeast of Stone Town. Explore the lush flora and fauna of the forest’s nature trail, where you can hope to spot troops of its most famous resident, the Red Colobus Monkey as well as Bush Babies, Sykes Monkeys, Bush Pigs and a wide variety of butterflies and birds.
Sunset Dhow Cruise
The quiet sea and balmy breezes will relax your spirit, as you coast around this beautiful island. Enjoy a variety of cool drinks and speciality snacks, and may be lucky enough to spot dolphins playfully jumping through the clear waters. The beautiful red glow of the sunset on the horizon radiates against the turquoise sea creating mesmerizing views and memories only imaginable in your dreams.
The tropical climate of Zanzibar is tropical with two rainy seasons, from March to early June and short rains in October and November. Higher daytime temperatures, it is a beach lover’s paradise and famed for it’s diving and snorkeling. Evenings are greeted with a cool Indian Ocean breeze.
Zanzibar is now a leading beach destination in tourism industry in East Africa with a supportive infrastructure and wide range of accomdation options to suit all budgets. with all necessary facilities such as luxurious hotels and lodges for comfortable accommodation, restaurants, internet cafes, pubs, shopping, domestic and international flights , and frequent ferries to Dar Es Salaam,