Zanzibar is a beautiful Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. It's the perfect place to get away from hectic modern life and enjoy the wonders that nature has to offer. If you are travelling to Tanzania, there are two main things you have to do: Tanzania safari tours and visit Zanzibar. You will see that Zanzibar’s reputation as an island paradise is definitely on the mark.
If the Tanzania safari tours give you an insight into the wild animals' habitat, the beautiful Zanzibar island is the perfect holiday spot to relax, enjoy the sun and visit beautiful, historical places. After you have experienced the best Tanzania safari, here are the best five things to visit in Zanzibar.
1. Prison Island
Reachable only by boat, a 20-30 minute trip from Zanzibar City. The island was once used to imprison slaves, and then turned into a camp which accommodated people with deadly diseases. Today this place steeped in history is a nature reserve where visitors can see giant tortoises and the ruins of the prison.
2. Stone Town
Pictured at top, it's considered to the last functioning ancient city in East Africa, full of culture and whitewashed buildings, vibrant markets, historic sites, and exotic restaurants (there's even one called Mercury’s which pays tribute to the 80s rock star Freddy Mercury).
3. Snorkeling and Diving
Zanzibar is the perfect place for sports enthusiasts too. The island offers many locations for snorkeling and diving. One of the recommended snorkel trips is to Pemba Island from Nungwi on a traditional dhow boat. Snorkeling close to the shores will give you an insight into the immense biodiversity of this region.
4. Spice Tours
If you are looking for rare, exquisite and aromatic spices, then you should go on a plantation spice tour. The guide will walk visitors amongst fields of lemongrass, vanilla pod vines, turmeric roots and cumin seed pods. You can smell, sample and taste on a sensual journey into the variety of spices Zanzibar has to offer.
5. Dharajani Market
Stone Town's Dharajani Market is a micro universe filled with everything you could wish for and more. From dried squid, fresh fish, and spices, to trinkets, clothing and souvenirs. This amazing, chaotic market will make you feel part of the local life. Visitors can take part in cooking classes, which include shopping for the necessary ingredients from this market.
These are only five of the breathtaking places and activities Zanzibar has to offer, which combined with Tanzania safari tours will give you the best experience one can have in Africa. Combining Tanzania safari tours with a trip to Zanzibar, you will combine wildlife with an idyllic beach holiday. What more could you want to recharge your batteries, relax and enjoy a fascinating and well-deserved holiday?
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