The beaches are exceptional
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Home to beautiful beaches, magical tropical waters, and a temperate climate, Zanzibar offers an unforgettable beach holiday for solo travellers or the whole family. This archipelago is well-known for its clear, warm waters, coral reefs, and diverse marine life, making it an ideal snorkelling and diving destination. Of course, Zanzibar is also hard to beat for lazy days on white sandy beaches. However, in addition to being an ideal beach destination, Zanzibar offers a plethora of opportunities for nature lovers, culture vultures, and adventurers.
Exotic spices fill the senses
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Zanzibar, also known as the Spice Island, is well-known for its cultivation and processing of aromatic spices such as cloves, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemongrass, and black pepper. Tourists to Zanzibar can visit spice plantations to learn about the cultivation and history of these crops, as well as their medicinal and culinary applications. Nothing beats following the aromas and tasting the delectable combination of flavours in the market street food and traditionally prepared dishes.
It is a watersports mecca
Zanzibar features some of the world’s most magnificent diving sites and is a popular destination for people interested in learning more about the magical underwater world. Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, and sailing on traditional wooden dhows are just a few of the activities available in Zanzibar for outdoor water enthusiasts. Visitors can swim and snorkel in the coral reefs in search of tropical fish, or go windsurfing, kiteboarding, water skiing, or island hopping.
Unique fauna and flora are found here
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The Jozani Forest Reserve, home to the endangered Red Colobus Monkeys—one of Africa’s rarest primates, is another excellent reason to visit Zanzibar. These monkeys are endemic to the island and are steadily rebounding from the brink of extinction thanks to conservation initiatives. Furthermore, hundreds of different butterflies, numerous birds, and a range of intriguing plants and animals can be found in the mature forests of Jozani, which are part of the island’s only National Park.
It has a rich history and culture
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Zanzibar has a long and complicated history as East Africa’s largest slave market and a base for voyaging merchants. Spice Island became well-known for its aromatic spice offerings, and it was also a major player in the ivory trade. The British, Arabs, Portuguese, Indians, Persians, and Africans have all left their stamp on Zanzibar and those visiting can enjoy a voyage in a traditional hand-crafted wooden dhow—a relic of the area’s commercial history that is still used for transportation and fishing daily.