Once a bustling hub for trading activity, spice merchants and adventurers alike, this Tanzanian archipelago in the heart of Africa is fast becoming the definition of paradise.
Picture this: flawless beaches, atmospheric markets and traces of history woven through the old town – it’s easy to see why travellers across the globe flock to Zanzibar for a taste of its uniqueness. Without a doubt, Zanzibar continues to live up to its idyllic reputation.
1. You can splash in here:
ALL the ocean feels! If it’s white sand, a glittering ocean and fiery sun that you’re after, the northern beaches have your name all over it.
2. You can explore here:
In years past, Stone Town was host to one of the world’s last open slave markets, where traces of history and culture have merged to leave their mark.
With visible evidence of European, Arab and Indian influences displayed in the way of decadent carved doors, traditions and flavour in local dishes, each add to the whimsical nature of the island.
Lose yourself in centuries of history, drool over the architecture and explore the tangled back streets on foot.
3. You can sample the local produce here:
Affectionately known as ‘Spice Island’, your mission is to find out why. First step; sample the local produce. Obviously. Take in the dazzling scents that linger in the air as you wander the spice plantations to see what all the hype is about. FYI: nutmeg does NOT look like you would expect.
4. You can dive here:
Feeling adventurous? Try a spot of snorkelling and diving to explore below the surface. Here, keep your eyes peeled for a myriad of tropical fish and seas turtles that frequent the area. Then, before the day is out, make sure to jump on an island-hopping dhow safari to round of your Zanzibar experience.
5. You can shop here:
For the curious shoppers, one of the most compelling parts of any adventure is wandering in search of local markets and stores. We’re talking copious amounts of handmade wares and locally sourced products to satisfy the shop ’til you drop mentality.
And for the foodies, keep an eye out for the Darajani Market for a sensory overload of fresh fruit and seafood. TOP TIP: markets are always easier to navigate in the morning, so grab your morning coffee and beat the crowds.
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