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ZANZIBAR

A MEDIEVAL INDIAN OCEAN GEM WITH OLD-WORLD CHARM LIES JUST OFF THE NORTHERN COAST OF TANZANIA. THE COLOURFUL AND CULTURALLY RICH ZANZIBAR IS COMPOSED OF THE ZANZIBAR ARCHIPELAGO—ALSO KNOWN AS THE SPICE ISLANDS. THIS SEMI-AUTONOMOUS REGION HAS A FASCINATING HISTORY THAT DATES BACK TO ANCIENT TIMES HAVING PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS A TRADING POST, BASE FOR VOYAGERS AND SHELTERED HARBOUR FOR ARABIAN SAILING VESSELS KNOWN AS DHOWS.

Unguja is the largest island and colloquially referred to as Zanzibar. The second largest is Pemba, a popular tourist destination. Mafia island is known for its whale shark sightings while Latham is tiny and uninhabited.

Today, historic buildings, local culture, beautiful beaches, teeming marine life and bewildering yet satisfying Zanzibari cuisine draw visitors to this island. It is a blissful place destined to awaken the senses.The abundance of reef fish and large variety of small marine life, turtles, dolphins and whales are bound to delight divers and snorkelers. Dugongs and whale sharks can be spotted around Mnemba Island, a tiny atoll and marine conservation area off Zanzibar’s east coast. Simpler pleasures include picnicking on a secluded beach, swimming, sunbathing, scenic dhow cruises and just slowing down to watch the dramatic sunsets. Stone Town is the capital and heart of the country. It beckons those who want to wander around in a fascinating labyrinth lined with ornate Arab houses, antique shops and bazaars, mosques, significant buildings and spice markets. The Darajani Market, House of Wonders, Livingstone House and old Arab fort are main attractions. You may even come across dhow builders at work. Queen fans will also know that Freddy Mercury was born in Stone Town. The fringed coral reefs, fine tropical beaches and world-class scuba diving sites will not disappoint, but those wishing to go on safari should add Tanzania to their itinerary, perhaps before making their way to Zanzibar. Tanzania is celebrated for the annual wildebeest migration, excellent wildlife and birdlife, Mount Kilimanjaro and dramatic lakes. The top places of interest in this Big Five African country include Serengeti-, Ngorongoro-, Tarangire- and Arusha National Parks along with Selous Game Reserve and Lake Manyara.

A MEDIEVAL INDIAN OCEAN GEM WITH OLD-WORLD CHARM LIES JUST OFF THE NORTHERN COAST OF TANZANIA. THE COLOURFUL AND CULTURALLY RICH ZANZIBAR IS COMPOSED OF THE ZANZIBAR ARCHIPELAGO—ALSO KNOWN AS THE SPICE ISLANDS. THIS SEMI-AUTONOMOUS REGION HAS A FASCINATING HISTORY THAT DATES BACK TO ANCIENT TIMES HAVING PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS A TRADING POST, BASE FOR VOYAGERS AND SHELTERED HARBOUR FOR ARABIAN SAILING VESSELS KNOWN AS DHOWS.

Unguja is the largest island and colloquially referred to as Zanzibar. The second largest is Pemba, a popular tourist destination. Mafia island is known for its whale shark sightings while Latham is tiny and uninhabited.

Today, historic buildings, local culture, beautiful beaches, teeming marine life and bewildering yet satisfying Zanzibari cuisine draw visitors to this island. It is a blissful place destined to awaken the senses. The abundance of reef fish and large variety of small marine life, turtles, dolphins and whales are bound to delight divers and snorkelers. Dugongs and whale sharks can be spotted around Mnemba Island, a tiny atoll and marine conservation area off Zanzibar’s east coast. Simpler pleasures include picnicking on a secluded beach, swimming, sunbathing, scenic dhow cruises and just slowing down to watch the dramatic sunsets. Stone Town is the capital and heart of the country. It beckons those who want to wander around in a fascinating labyrinth lined with ornate Arab houses, antique shops and bazaars, mosques, significant buildings and spice markets. The Darajani Market, House of Wonders, Livingstone House and old Arab fort are main attractions. You may even come across dhow builders at work. Queen fans will also know that Freddy Mercury was born in Stone Town. The fringed coral reefs, fine tropical beaches and world-class scuba diving sites will not disappoint, but those wishing to go on safari should add Tanzania to their itinerary, perhaps before making their way to Zanzibar. Tanzania is celebrated for the annual wildebeest migration, excellent wildlife and birdlife, Mount Kilimanjaro and dramatic lakes. The top places of interest in this Big Five African country include Serengeti-, Ngorongoro-, Tarangire- and Arusha National Parks along with Selous Game Reserve and Lake Manyara.
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