Zanzibar is an iconic tropical island that is quite affordable to plan for a beach holiday. If you want to spend some time in peace beside the shorelines of the sea then the Zanzibar Beach Holidays would be perfect for you. A Zanzibar Beach Holiday includes some relaxing moments on the beach, some self-moments, exploring the age-old history, adventurous activities, and many more.
Zanzibar is the home of idyllic beaches, balmy weather & warm tropical waters. This archipelago is renowned for clear warm waters, coral reefs and rich marine diversity making it a perfect under-water destination for snorkelling and diving.
Official Languages: Swahili,Arabic and English.
The best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool, dry months of spring. Another popular time to visit this tropical island is from December to February when it is hot and dry.
Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands located in the Indian Ocean. There are several smaller islands and two larger ones; these are Unguja (colloquially known as Zanzibar), and Pemba Island. Further south is Mafia Island, which is part of Tanzania’s Mafia Archipelago. The total population of Zanzibar is around 1.3 million people.
Many people think that Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar. In actual fact, the capital is Zanzibar City, in which Stone Town is situated. Stone Town is certainly a must-see when visiting Zanzibar, with its narrow streets, coral stone buildings, and spice markets, all of which make the city a centre point of Zanzibari culture. Stone Town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is famous for the elaborate wooden carvings which can be found in the doors of most buildings in the city. The carvings are all subtly different in their designs, reflecting social status, ethnicity, and religion; some designs feature verses from the Quran.
Zanzibar has two rainy seasons, but for the most part Zanzibar is enjoy a warm climate all year round.
Zanzibar was known as the spice island during the 19th Century. Clove farming in particular flourished in the island because of the fertile soils and tropical climate. Later on, ginger, vanilla, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg were introduced for large-scale growth. Growing of spices is still very popular and lucrative in the island. It is possible for tourists to go and visit these plantations to learn about how spices are grown and the important role they play in the economy of Zanzibar
The best Turtle Aquarium in Zanzibar is the Baraka National Aquarium. Most of the turtles are brought into the facility after being caught in fishing nets. Most come to the Centre when young or injured. They are taken care until they can be released back into the ocean. The Turtle Aquarium in Zanzibar offers visitors a chance to swim with turtles and take photos.
A Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is home to the rare and endangered Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey.
Visit the Cheetah’s Rock: For those who love wildlife and animals in general, this is a place you must go to while in Zanzibar. The facility has got Cheetahs, lions, zebras and many of Africa’s famous wildlife.
Experience the Full Moon Party at Kendwa Rocks: The full moon party is a monthly beach party organized by resorts (mostly in the northern part like Kendwa) in Zanzibar. The Island of Kendwa has its fair share of beautiful, broad, shallow and sandy beaches with clear waters.
As you know by now, Zanzibar has a history of growing spices. However, the island is also blessed with several fruits farms including that of bananas, pineapples, mangoes, coconuts, vanilla and coffee.
The popular sea food in the island may include seagull, octopus, grilled lobsters, crabs and squid. Sea food and fruits are sold in the open markets, restaurants, super markets and by street vendors.
The most common local foods in Zanzibar are the Zanzibar pizza (more like a pancake mixed with chicken, beef, onion, mayo, eggs, pepper, cheese and onion), urojo soup, Mishkaki (meat kebab), Mandazi, pilau and Biryani.
Swahili is arguably the most widely spoken African language. In Zanzibar, 98 percent of the population speak fluent Swahili. In order to get along and mingle with the locals, you need to know a few important words. The basic ones to master are Jambo (Hello), Mambo (How are things?), tafadhali (please), Karibu Sana (You’re welcome), Nzuri Sana (Very Good) and Asante sana (thank you). Other important Swahili words include Hapana (no), Sawa (okay), Pole (slowly), Ndiyo (Yes), Hakuna matata (No worries) and Kesho (Tomorrow). If you can master a few of these major words during your time in the island, you will go a long way in earning the respect and smiles of the locals. Knowledge of Swahili could even help you get a few favors.
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