VIBRANT, COLOURFUL ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar is a small but colourful island located on the Indian Ocean coastline of Tanzania, not far from Dar-Es-Salaam. It is rich in history and culture, and makes for an excellent add-on to the wildlife conservation areas of Tanzania and Kenya for those guests looking for a safari and beach holiday.
Its history dates back to ancient times, when Asian and Arabic traders called it home as a trading post between Asia and East Africa, or as a sheltered harbour for their ‘dhows’.
Zanzibar’s population today is mostly Muslim and the Arab heritage survives well on this island that grew to fame as Freddie Mercury’s birthplace. City and cultural life on the island is centered on ‘Stone Town’ - a lively, colourful, somewhat mad labyrinth of buildings, spice markets, mosques, and crumbling ancient palaces that are great for visitors to wander through.
MAIN BEACH DESTINATION IN EAST AFRICA
This is the principal, if not the only, beach destination in East Africa, and sights of tropical beaches lined with palm trees, clear blue water, plenty of dhow sails and dramatic sunsets over the ocean are common. There is much to do here for holidaymakers including diving, snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing, eating, and just slowing down and being a little lazy.
Given Zanzibar’s easy access from other parts of Tanzania, and the fact that it is still relatively un-spoilt by tourism - even though a lot of people go there - we think it’s well worth a visit. There is quite a wide selection of accommodation available and we can normally find something suitable for our guests amongst those places on offer.