Top 5 Reasons to Love Zanzibar

1. The wide variety of food

Reasons to Love Zanzibar

The variety of food is one of the top reasons to love Zanzibar. It offers a mix of Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and British influences. Rice is a staple—often served with beans, lentils or vegetables. For those who love curry, it is a popular choice and pairs well with roti, chapati and samosas. The seafood here is excellent, especially the grilled fish, and for the foodies, try to include pilau, biryani and kofta. Mishkaki or meat skewers are a popular Zanzibarian snack, marinated in a blend of spices and sauces before being grilled to crispy splendour. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with ladoo, a type of Indian sweet.

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2. The many stunning beaches

Reasons to Love Zanzibar

With its beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue waters, Zanzibar is a perfect place to enjoy some time in the sun. The beaches are definitely another reason to love Zanzibar and are some of the most beautiful in the world. They are long and sandy, with crystal-clear water that is perfect for swimming, surfing, and snorkelling. There are also plenty of beach bars and restaurants, as well as cabanas and umbrellas for rent, so you can relax and enjoy the incredible views.

Here are a few of the top beaches on the island:

Nungwi Beach: Nungwi is one of the most popular beaches in Zanzibar, and for good reason. The water is crystal clear and the sand is soft and white. The sleepy village of Nungwi sits on Zanzibar’s northernmost tip and is still the traditional centre of dhow building on the island. The scene has transformed in recent years, with hotels, bars, hostels, and dive centres now lining the sandy shoreline, offering plenty for visitors to experience.

Kendwa Beach: Kendwa is another popular beach in Zanzibar. It is slightly less crowded than Nungwi but just as beautiful and has also expanded. Its uniquely wide beach and understated resorts continue to offer a more laid-back vibe—until the full moon. Each full moon, Kendwa turns up the volume with a vibrant beach party that attracts guests from all over the island. Kendwa’s full moon celebrations are renowned, if a little over the top, and one of Zanzibar’s most popular attractions.

Jambiani Beach: Jambiani is a beautiful, quiet beach that is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds. The water is clear and the sand is soft and white. Visitors can find plenty of beach umbrellas and sun loungers, and there are also several restaurants and bars in the area.

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3. Zanzibar’s locals

Reasons to Love Zanzibar

Zanzibaris are a friendly and welcoming bunch. They are quick to smile and offer assistance, and they are eager to share their culture with visitors. There is a strong sense of community here, and everyone is always willing to help. The local cuisine is flavorful and delicious, and the people are proud of their heritage. Zanzibar is a wonderful place to visit, and the people will make you feel right at home—just another reason to love Zanzibar.

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4. Discover the history and culture

Reasons to Love Zanzibar

The island’s rich history and culture provide a fascinating glimpse into a different way of life. The port town of Zanzibar, located on the island off the coast of East Africa, has a long and illustrious history. It became an important trading post for Arab and Indian merchants and was taken over by the Portuguese in the 16th century, but it was later ceded to the Sultanate of Oman.

In the 19th century, Zanzibar came under the control of the British Empire. The island was a key stopping point for traders travelling between Europe and Asia, and it became a British protectorate in 1890. Zanzibar was granted independence in 1963, and two years later it joined with Tanganyika to form the nation of Tanzania.

The history of Zanzibar is reflected in its diverse culture. The island is home to people of Arab, Indian, and African descent, and the local Swahili language is a mix of Arabic, Bantu, and Indian influences. Islam is the dominant religion, and the island’s architecture and cuisine also reflect its Arab heritage. Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination, known for its beautiful beaches, historic Stone Town, and spice plantations.

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5. Relax and have fun in Zanzibar

Reasons to Love Zanzibar

Zanzibar island is a great place to visit for its many beaches, clear turquoise water and coral reefs. There are also many activities to do such as swimming, sunbathing, diving, snorkelling, fishing, kitesurfing, and sailing. For those interested in history, there are several historical sites to visit like the Old Fort, the House of Wonders and the Slave Market. There are also many cultural activities to enjoy and Stone Town is at the top of the list. Guests are encouraged to explore the vibrant markets and learn about the history and culture of the island, as well as sample the incredible tastes of the world at one of the many restaurants.

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