Zanzibar archipelago constitutes of several islands. The large islands include; Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia respectively and located off the Tanzanian Coast in the Indian Ocean.
Zanzibar is a combinations of two Arabic words, ‘Zenj’, meaning black, and ‘bar’, being the Arabic word for land, thus the name Zanzibar – ‘Land of the Blacks’. Zanzibar’s capital city is Zanzibar City. The island is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Stone Town which stands on 95 acres peninsula made up of 2500 houses built of coral, lime and clay.
Your Zanzibar trips will include visits of the Stone Town which riddled by narrow streets and alleys thronged with old houses, mosques and shops. The main highlights of this visit include; the Museum, the Old Arab Fort, the Anglican Cathedral built on the site of the old slave market, the Sultan’s Palace the clove market and the Indian Bazaar.
Zanzibar Island is associated with Spices from cloves, nutmeg; cinnamon to pepper among others, contributing 75% of world clove production. In the markets you can buy the various kinds of spices. The Swahili cultural trips in Zanzibar are quite in order and it’s all about people and culture, both ancient and modern. The interracial interaction of Persians, Arabs, Muslims, and the Portuguese in Zanzibar gave raise to the Swahili culture.
Zanzibar is endowed with some of the finest beaches in the world with swaying palm and coconut trees, lagoons, mangrove swamps, coral reefs, incredible marine life and the beaches are carpeted by white sand added to the warm turquoise waters lapping on these fine beaches.
During you trips to Zanzibar you can partake in the myriad of beach activities and water sports which include; Scupa diving, wind surfing, fly-fishing, kayaking, deep sea fishing, water skiing to name a few. Lebon and Mnemba make for excellent sites for scuba diving.