Zanzibar, known as the island of spices, is a self governing region of Tanzania. It is a jewel among jewels, surrounded by beautiful small islands like Unguja, Pemba, and Mafia islands to name a few. It’s about a two-hour boat ride off Tanzania’s economic capital, Dar es Salaam, and it is one of the worlds most iconic tourist destinations.
It’s a true land of paradise, filled with bountiful riches, both ecologically as well as historically. It is a mixture of cultures, ranging from the influences brought in by Portuguese travellers to the Sultans of Oman, with Swahili culture. The Zanzibar has an abundance of historical memories that can still be seen on the island today.
There are numerous things to explore in Zanzibar, such as Stone town, which is filled with local market s for spice trades. From there you can see and smell all the wonderful spices that are sold from the streets of Stone town, and you can also see and feel the essence of the cultural mix of Arabic, Portuguese, Persian, Indian, and Swahili influence amongst the town and the people who inhabit it.
There is also the Jozani forest that occupies a nature reserve, filled with beautiful wildlife ranging from different species of marine life such as dolphins, fish, and sharks. Its main land animals consist of birds, monkeys and is also home to the red colobus monkey that is only located in the Jozani forest in Zanzibar. It also was the home of the famous Zanzibar leopard which went extinct, but you can hear all about the other big cats’ beauty and reputation in the park.
You can also explore the Changuu island, it is 5.6 km north west of Stone town, and is filled with coral mines; a lot of tourists also go to visit the Aldabra giant tortoises. There is also the old fort of Zanzibar, known as the Arab fort; it is one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar, built by the Omanis to defend against the Portuguese, and now it has become a tourist hub where one can get merchandise as well.
So Zanzibar is an island of many wonders and excitement, for more information please visit www.unziptanzania.com