Zanzibar is one of the most beautiful islands in Africa. It has breathtaking long sandy beaches and exuberant historical Stone town. It is located in the Indian Ocean, twenty-five miles from the coast of Tanzania. The climate in Zanzibar is tropical and humid compare to that of mainland. The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the dry seasons, June to October and January to February. March to April has “long rains” and short rains are during the month of November to December. It is also suitable to “lay down on the beach and enjoy the hot breeze” during the January and February (short dry season) before the rains starts again.
Zanzibar is also known for its colorful spice and herb plantations. According to history, the Portuguese who sailed to Zanzibar had introduced spices and herbs from India and South America. There are also tours to spicy farms also known as “shamba” in Swahili. The farmers will demonstrate how they grow and harvest different spices such as lemongrass, nutmeg, turmeric, cloves, chilies, vanilla, black pepper and cinnamon. Tourists will also see how spices are used in cooking Swahili food and will get a chance to try some of the dishes too.
Before the abolishment of slave trade in 1973, stone town (part of Zanzibar) was the biggest market of slave trade in East Africa. Slaves were shipped by dhow from Bagamoyo (Tanzania mainland) to Zanzibar. Arabs were the pioneer of slave trade in Zanzibar. While visiting stone town, you will see the old slave market, the limestone cells where slaves were sheltered and hidden from slave trade abolitionists. And you will alsosee the monument of the slaves that was built by the Scandinavian artist, Clara Sönäs.
Zanzibar main island contains very good 5-star beach hotels managed by Italians and other Europeans. The beach experience here is second to none. Connect African Safaris will discuss with you your likes and dislikes and book the hotel of your choice. While most hotels are in town near the airport, there is a stretch of luxury hotels about 45 minutes’ drive from the airport. Here is where the real beach experience will be found.
Kendwa Beach is in the northwest of Zanzibar. It has popular party sceneries and “exuberant gate away”, the beach offer variety of water spots such as kite surfing diving and snorkeling. There are many beach bars hotels and resorts offering local, continental and Indian cuisine.
This beach is located in the northern part of Zanzibar. One of the main unique features of this beach is that; it is the only coast on the island that is not affected by the tides and for this reason it is an ideal beach for the swimmers, and for whom like to enjoy the sunset. Nungwi beach also have many bars and restaurants that offers delicious sea foods.
It is also the most beautiful place to go and party, so if night fun is what you want, then you are in a right place.
Kizimkazi beach is popular of its “dolphin spotting” rather than beach destination. There are numbers of lodges, restaurants and bars offering top-notch accommodation. Kizimkazi, Mtendeni and Mkunguni have the highest tides compare to other beaches in Zanzibar.
One of the more popular and beautiful Southeastern beach towns in Zanzibar is Paje. It is the best place to visit and enjoy swimming in the ocean and interact people especially travelers. There are numbers of bungalows, small restaurants, and beach bars.
The activities one can do in Paje beach are scuba dive, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Also known as “Mji Mkongwe” and birth place of the Queens’ leading man, Freddie Mercury. Stone Town is found in the western coast of Unguja Island. In the early 19th century, it served as the home of slavery market and cloves/spices plantation. One can visit the forodhani gardens, walk in the narrow streets, testing exotic coffee and enjoying the aroma of colorful spices.