Known for its fascinating History, Zanzibar Island Tanzania is among the Islands in East African Coast where Arabs dominated and trades all over the World. Zanzibar island in Africa was once the center of Slave trade that has a negative perception when it comes to human rights.
Zanzibar is among the biggest Islands in the East African coast comprises of two main Islands Unguja and Pemba, Unguja being the largest with about 1464 sq km while Pemba is about 686 sq km The name Zanzibar is derived from Arabic words ‘Zinj el bar which means the Land of Black people. Unguja, Pemba and many other islets together are making the semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania. Unguja Island is referred by many to be Zanzibar and in that case, all the time when traveling to Unguja, we say we are going to Zanzibar. Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar with its fascinating history.
Thinking of Zanzibar History and pictures of the very romantic past, white sails dhows in Indian ocean, swinging palms along the beautiful white sand beaches as the sun setting, ruin of the most historical buildings, women in black veils, the exotic spice plantations and the fascinating history of this Island, today, all these are reflecting in people’s culture and traditions.
Zanzibar island offers from the white tropical sand beaches, spices, history and culture pattern of this cosmopolitan Island. As a ground handling we are in a position to arrange various activities in this historical Island ranging from Spice plantation tours, Dolphin tours to the Southern beaches at Kizimkazi, walking culture tour at Jambian village, A visit to Jozani forest home to the Red Colubus monkeys, known in Swahili as the ‘Kima Punju’, Prison Island trip with an engine wooded dhow this can be combined with either Spice tour or Stone Town tour. A visit of the old Town of Zanzibar “The Stone town” with its narrow lines and old buildings from Beit al Ajaib which means The House of Wonders, to Sultan Palace and many many more including the site of The former slave market at daraja.
Zanzibar Island tours can be arranged independently upon arrival to this island but we can as well combine with wildlife safari or Mountain climbing or both.
Best Places to visit in Zanzabar
1: Dolphin tour
Swimming with dolphins is among the best things you may do in Zanzibar for your vacation, The best season to swim with dolphins is during dry season months, also we consider this time as the high season period for tourists arrival; June, July, August, September, October. Also, January to early march.
2: Snorkerling Trip
if you can swim, you can snorkel. Not a good swimmer? That’s no problem. Snorkeling is all about mainly letting yourself glide and moving slowly with the life of the underwater world. Enjoy its fish and coral. Your fins will propel you forward, your wetsuit will give you buoyancy, and a life preserver you carry with you can always be used for extra support in the ocean. Your guide will assist you. So don’t miss this wonderful day, onboard a boat on the Indian Ocean along the white beaches of Zanzibar Island.
3: Mnemba Island
Mnemba Island is situated on an exclusive island just 4.5 kilometres off the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar in the azure Indian Ocean. Surrounded by an atoll of breathtaking coral reefs, it boasts some of Africa’s most wonderful dive sites.
Mnemba is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world, offering a privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline.
4: Sandbank Picnic
Sandbank picnic in Zanzibar is a full-day tour that’s all about snorkeling and sunbathing on one of Zanzibar’s most pristine beaches.. Lunch (sea foods and drinks), relax on the sandbank, swim and listening to the birdlife around you.
5: Spice farm tour
experience the world of tropical fruits and spices. Zanzibar is also known as the “Spice Island” due to the variety of spices grown.You will enjoy a unique rainforest nature with lots of tropical plants, trees and spices. Experience, taste and smell different spices that are grown in Zanzibar Islands such as Turmeric, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Black Peppers, Cloves, Nutmegs, and so on
6: Slave trade route
not even 150 years ago, millions of Africans had to bear a cruel fate. They were captured by slave hunters, chained together and forced to walk some times hundred of kilometers to be sold for example to planters who used them as cheap labour in their fields. Central and East Africa was one of the main areas where the slave hunters and traders, most of them Arabs made their shade deals. They caught their victims e.g. in some areas which is today parts of Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Western and Central parts of what is today Tanzania. The Slaves were brought to the coast and from there to the spice island of Zanzibar and many were sold further to the Arab countries, Persia, and India, Mauritania and Reunion. Officially, the slave trade was forbidden in 1873 under British pressure, but it went on secretly for several years. One of the routes that were used by the traders’ caravan started in Ujiji at the shore of Lake Tanganyika. It went over 1200 kilometers and ended in Bagamoyo just opposite of Zanzibar on main land Tanzania.
7: Mangapwani caves
Mangapwani caves are natural caves and are located 20 km north of Stone Town, within an easy walk of Mangapwani beach. The first large, dank cave incorporates a freshwater pool while the slave cave, further north, is said to have been used as an illegal holding pen for slaves after the trade was abolished in the late 19th century
8: Muyuni BBQ (local foods)
Enjoying Zanzibar Cuisine in Muyuni,Zanzibari cuisine reflects several heterogeneous influences, as a consequence of the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nature of Zanzibar‘s and Swahili heritage. It is a mixture of various culinary traditions, including Bantu, Arab, Portuguese, Indian, British and even Chinese cuisine.Zanzibari culture is deeply intertwined with spices and nowhere is it more noticeable than in the dishes that make up the food of Zanzibar.From the moment you step off the plane and that mingling of nutmeg and vanilla hits your nose, you will know this is a place of culinary magic.
9: Sunset Dhow cruise
The best way to experience the glorious Zanzibar sunset. On a traditional wooden dhow with the wind in your sail and a glass of drink in your hand as you cruise along watching the setting sun cast gold and amber hues on the North Zanzibar coast. Whether you would like a romantic moment with your partner or just a fun evening with family or friends, there are different boats that can accommodate you.
10: Zanzibar City tour
Experience a full day out visiting several places in Zanzibar , The city is largest city on the island of Zanzibar. It is located on the west coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago
11: Stone town
The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.