Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island

Overview

Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa's east coast is overflowing with culture and history. Zanzibar abounds with white-sand palm lined beaches and cooling ocean breezes. Together this makes Zanzibar a remarkable place to catch a little R&R and lose yourself in the wonderful culture of this special place.

Zanzibar is a semi-self-governing part of Tanzania. Zanzibar is located in the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25– 50 kilometers (16– 31 mi) off the coast of East Africa. It’s comprised of numerous little islands and two large ones: Unguja (the primary island, referred to casually as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. A section of Zanzibar City is Stone Town, a World Heritage Site.

Portuguese intrusion and control of the Swahili Coast in the late sixteenth century marked the end of the wealth for the local Swahili people and the beginnings of European influence and control. The Omani Arabs wouldn’t come back into power until almost two centuries later. Today, a large number of the winding boulevards and high buildings of old Stone Town stay unaltered and guests can stroll between the sultan's royal residence, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fortress and grounds, the Slave dealers' homes, and the Turkish showers of the old city. Day-long spice visits to working farms offer guests the opportunity to watch the development of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that have made the island celebrated.

Review

We were recommended by Sharingmysuitcase.com in this Article about their Zanzibar experience

We said goodbye to Tanzania and our new friend Josh and Joica Tours. We really miss the whole crew there.

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