Zanzibar Beach Holiday Packages from Nairobi / Zanzibar
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Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba
Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean,
about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the
equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as
Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide,
occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is
characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral
reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town - said to be the
only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
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ACTIVITIES WHILE IN ZANZIBAR
Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and little has
changed in the last 200 years.
The narrow streets and winding alleyways are lined with grand
houses as the original Arab owners vied with each other for the
most extravagant. Over 500 examples of handiwork are reflected
in the brass-studded, carved wooden doors.
The majority of homes in Stone Town were built in the 19th C
when Zanzibar was one of the most important Swahili trading
towns in the Indian Ocean. The trading activity between Asia and
Africa is evident by the architecture and urban structure of
A walk along Creek Road takes visitors to the original Stone
Town area and the location of the Central Darajani Market, Beit
el-Amani, City Hall and the Anglican Cathedral.
Spice Plantations Tour
The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves,
nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which brought the
Sultans of Oman and the beginnings
of the infamous slave trade.
can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, and a
good tour includes opportunities to dazzle the senses with fresh
spices. A detailed description is given about a variety of
spices, and their uses in cooking and cosmetics. Visitors will
be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced and their
incredible value for many ailments. This is also the cheapest
place to purchase spices and spice oils.
The Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is located in the central east
region of Zanzibar island and is home to the rare Red Colobus
Monkey (pictured opposite), which is endemic to Zanzibar. These
monkeys are full of character, and roam freely. They can also be
seen at very close quarters just outside the reserve's perimeter
and are incredibly photogenic. Jozani is home to other species
including Syke's monkey's, small buck and bushpigs. The elusive
Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed
here at night - perhaps this is why the reserve is only open
during the day?! Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the
guides are well trained and informative.
Tours to the unspoilt north coast always end up at Ras Nungwi, a
sleepy fishing village on the northern tip of Zanzibar island.
It is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar, so you will be able
to see the traditional methods of dhow construction in action.
This area of Zanzibar has some fantastic beaches and nearby
coral reefs which are ideal for diving and snorkelling. The
local villagers have built a turtle sanctuary where injured
turtles and other marine animals are nursed back to health
before being released back into the warm waters of the Indian
Kizimkazi Mosque & Dolphin Tour
Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing
village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins
which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the
village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close
to the dolphins which can be a very rewarding experience.
Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the
earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a
visit for both natural and cultural reasons.
Prison Island Tour
Once the site of a gaol for misbehaving slaves, the island lies
just off the old stone town. It is fringed with a beautiful
coral reef, ideal for snorkelling, and has a lovely white beach
It is also home to a family of giant tortoises, imported from
the Seychelles in the late 19th century. This island is ideal
for a day-trip with refreshments available throughout the day.
It also has a small restaurant where you can enjoy freshly