- The beautiful and pristine white sand beaches of Zanzibar’s islands offer the warm Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters – ideal for relaxing in the sunshine and getting away from it all. For many travelers the Zanzibar Archipelago’s major allure is its idyllic beaches, plus Zanzibar has ideal beach weather for most of the year, which adds to its appeal as a beach paradise.
- The fascinating history and rich cultural heritage of this unique African island with strong Arabic and Indian influences is another major draw card. Exploring the winding lanes of Stone Town’s old quarter, a World Heritage Site, you encounter a captivating mix of architectural styles reflecting the cultural diversity of Zanzibar. You will see Indian and Arabic buildings, old mansions and palaces such as the House of Wonders with its tall clock tower, as well as well as lively market stalls and shops.
- One of the main reasons to visit Zanzibar Islands is to enjoy the wide variety of exciting water sports available, from excellent scuba diving and deep-sea fishing to kayaking and sailing on traditional wooden dhows. Swim and snorkel in the warm waters, or go windsurfing, waterskiing and island hopping. Zanzibar is considered a superb scuba diving destination given the abundant marine life, good visibility and exciting dive sites off Zanzibar’s shores.
- The exotic spices of Zanzibar Island, known as the Spice Island, offer a feast for the senses with bright colours, rich aromas and various textures. Visit spice plantations and sample the flavours in local markets and dishes.
- Get to swim with dolphins at Kizimkazi on the south coast of Zanzibar Island. A short boat ride from the village takes you in search of the many bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins found in the area. Swimming and even playing with these untamed dolphins in the warm waters of Zanzibar is an exciting and special experience.
- The inexpensive, fresh seafood found in the food markets and local restaurants of Zanzibar is definitely worth experiencing. From fresh fish braais (barbecues) on the beach to Lobster Thermidor at one of Zanzibar’s hotels or fresh fish served in one of the many fine restaurants in Zanzibar – it’s a seafood lover’s delight.
- Seeing Red Colobus Monkeys, one of the most rare primates in Africa,in the Jozani Forest area is another reason to travel to Zanzibar Island. Walking in the mature forests of Jozani in Zanzibar’s only National Park you will see hundreds of different butterflies, numerous birds and a variety of interesting plants and animals; hopefully including the rare colobus monkeys and elusive Ader’s Duikier.
Unspoiled tropical beaches and superb diving in clear tropical waters combined with exotic spices and rich cultures are some of the main attractions that make Zanzibar Islands an ideal African travel destination!
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