Zanzibar is a beautiful Island in East Africa. This island is rich in culture and white-sandy beaches. The palm trees and sea breeze are unimaginable in this area.
For years Zanzibar well known as Spice Island. As the result of Spice plantation for many years during Arabs settlements.
This makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.
What are the Islands of Zanzibar?
Zanzibar is made up of two islands which are Unguja and Pemba. Only 50 kilometers ( 16-31 mi) off the mainland coast.
When did Zanzibar Become a World Heritage Site?
This Island was added to the World Heritage Site list in 2000. The main reason was the refined architecture which reflects culture. The mix of Arabs, Swahili, Indian and European lasted for more than a millennium.
The capital city of Zanzibar is Unguja ( Zanzibar City)
Invasion, Developments, and Colonialism in Zanzibar
The first invasion of Swahili cost led by the Portuguese in 1498 and kept this Island for almost 200 years. Though before that, Arabs have been in relation with Zanzibar since AD 700 as they sail to the Gulf.
Up to 1698 ( 17 Century), Zanzibar fell under Oman Sultanate. This brought huge economic changes by introducing cash crops and trades with Arabs.
Today, many of the winding streets and high townhouses of old Stone Town remain unchanged. Visitors can walk between the sultan’s palace, the House of Wonders, and the Portuguese fort. and The gardens, the merchants’ houses, and the Turkish baths of the old city.
People can also visit spice plantations through spice tours. You will have a chance to observe cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices.
Zanzibar Beaches & Location
Zanzibar’s coastline offers the best beaches in the world. But sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on.
This area is characterized by waves that break coral reefs and sandbars offshore. The low tides reveal small pools of starfish, anemones, and minnows.
This area offers the best swimming spot since is much less susceptible to the tides. The smooth beach and sand make it the perfect place to spend days in the sun.
Stone Town dominates much of this area. Offers the well-known beaches of Mangapwani. During low tides is possible to see the slave caves.
The other worth location to explore on the west coast includes the Chole Island Marine Park. Snake Islands and Prison Grave
South Coast of Zanzibar
On this side of Zanzibar lies the Menai Bay Conservation Area. Is the breeding zone for Sea turtles, the endangered species. This area is protected for sustainable conservation.
It’s possible to visit Jozani Forest, home to Zanzibar’s rare Red Colobus Monkeys. Other primates can be seen and small antelopes at Jozani Forest.
Zanzibar Islands is a gem of Africa. Thinking about where to go for the best beaches to visit for a honeymoon or family trip? The Zanzibar holiday is beyond imagination.