Zanizbar, also the Spice Isles of Unguja, Pemba (Zanzibar) and Mafia, off the East Coast of Tanzania, have always been known to be the perfect place to unwind after a safari or trek up Kilimanjaro, Or simply a romantic destination for honeymooners. What is not as widely known about these islands, is that they are home to some of the world’s critically endangered species – red colobus monkeys, bottle-nose dolphins, whale sharks, dugong and even the ancient coelecanth which scientists thought disappeared off the face of Earth with the dinosaurs! The islands are perfect for families as well as senior citizens as there is plenty do so – from the active water-sports, diving and snorkeling, to swimming with dolphins, or taking a leisurely sunset cruise in a traditional sailing dhow. The water is warm, beaches are beautiful, excursions are numerous and historic Stone Town, the archipelago’s capital, is a hub of activity – old stone crumbling buildings with elaborate doors and balconies, and narrow streets teeming with bazaars and bicycles, a wonderful marketplace, old sultans palaces and the site of the infamous slave trade.
What makes Zanzibar special?
What makes Zanzibar different to other tropical island destinations is the eclectic mix of sun, sea, sand and spice. But there is much more – vivid history, culture and a variety of excursions that makes this one of the most popular all-round beach destinations for people of all ages and interests. Apart from this, a whole range of endangered species can be found in the warm tropical waters around the archipelago – from bottle-nose dolphins and green turtles to the once assumed extinct coelecanth!
Zanzibar also hosts annual festivals and events drawing people from all over East Africa and the world.