Tanzania Zanzibar Island

Set  like  a  jewel  in  tranquil  coral  waters,  only  20  minutes  flight  from  Dar  es  Salaam, is one of the world‘s most beautiful islands – Zanzibar. Its name evokes a romantic past. To the shores of these islands came Summerians, Assyrians, Hindus,  Egyptians,  Phoenicians,  Arabians,  Chinese,  Malaysians,  and  the  Portuguese,  all  sailing  in  on  Monsoon  winds.  From these shores the great European explorers Burton, Speke, Livingstone, Krapf, Rebman, and Grant set out on their voyages of discovery into the East and Central African hinterland. The  different  races  that  have  settled  in  Zanzibar  over  the  centuries  have  left  an  imprint  on  the  people  and  the  architecture.  The  “House  of  Wonders”  and  the narrow streets of the Old Stone Town are just some of the vivid reminders of  the  islands  long  and  coloured  history.  Zanzibar  is  also  the  birthplace  of  the  fascinating  Swahili  culture  with  its  elegant  architecture,  full  of  balconies,  courtyards, hand-carved doors and mosques. For centuries the historic spice Islands  of  Zanzibar  has  evoked  a  mystical  and  magical  dream.  Fascinating  history,  exotic  spices,  sandy  beaches  and  hospitable  people…  this  is  the  enchantment of Zanzibar. Different excursions are arranged while in Zanzibar. These  include  taking  visitors  to  spices  plantations  in  the  countryside  where  a  variety  of  seasonal  spices,  tropical  fruits  and  medicinal  herbs  are  grown.  Detailed  description  of  the  spices  is  given,  and  their  uses  in  cooking  and  cosmetics. Guests will be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced, and by their incredible value for many ailments. This is also the cheapest place to purchase spices and oil extracts.  Zanzibar is popularly referred to as the – Spice Islands.  Another  popular  excursion  is  the  Zanzibar  Stone  Town  Tour  which  is  literary  a  travel  into  history  of  this  old  capital  of  the  Omani  Sultans.  Other  excursions  will  include  the  old  slave  caves  in  Mangapwani,  the  prison  island, ruins of what was the palace of the Sultan Said, the old slave market and many other historical places. Zanzibar  is  an  archipelago  consisting  of  two  main  islands  of  Unguja  (also  referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba, and several other surrounding small islets. Pemba Island is located about 80km from Zanzibar Island (Unguja), about the same distance directly east of Tanga on the Tanzanian mainland. With its hilly landscape and altitude not exceeding 100 metres above sea level at its highest point, Pemba Island is by size smaller and a less known destination than Unguja.   Named  “The  Green  Island”  by  the  early  Arab  sailors  due  to  her  dense  and  lush vegetation, Pemba has more natural forests, plantations and grows more cloves than her sister island of Zanzibar (Unguja) to the south. The interesting point about Pemba is its wealth of natural resources ranging from beaches to mangrove ecosystems to natural forests. The coral reefs surrounding the island protect a massive amount of marine species and offer some of the best diving spots in the world. While much of the coast is lined with mangroves, there are a few amazing stretches of shoreline and enough attractive offshore islands with pure, clean beaches and interesting bird-life

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