Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a region of several beautiful islands, located in the Indian Ocean. The region is located about 25-50 km from mainland Tanzania and the two most famous islands are Pemba and Unguja. Usually, when people talk about Zanzibar, they mean Unguja, which is the largest of the two islands. With its rich culture, its wide expansive beaches, and its cosy streets, this is a gem of the Indian ocean that one should not miss. Many come here to celebrate their honeymoon or just to have a relaxing holiday where one can really feel like a tourist in an exciting and foreign country. The tropical climate makes Zanzibar perfect for those who are looking for the heat. It is easy to explore these islands by boat and find your own favourite place in this paradise.

The main capital of Zanzibar is Stone Town, and its old part was previously the highlight of the city. But now the part is only a shadow to the newer areas. But the narrow alleys, the fine mosques, the Arab fort and the “house of wonders” still make the city magical. Once there, you can stop by the big market to buy good avocados and “elephant garlic”, which is a specialty of the island. Apart from having a tour around Stone Town, you can soak up the sun and swim in clear blue waters of the ocean, as well as sunbathe on the white sand beaches.

Zanzibar is called the Spice Islands as the city has long been considered the world’s spice centre. What is mainly produced is saffron, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. Tourism plays a large part for the island and interest continues to increase. Here you could go on a spice safari as you learn about how different spices are produced and taste some of them.

Other activities on the Island include Snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll, visiting the giant turtles on prison Island, visiting Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, which is the only park on the Island, eating at Forodhani market, Swimming with the Dolphins and many more.

Zanzibar - White Sand Beach
Forodhani - Zanzibar Stone Town

Zanzibar's culinary Experience

One of the most striking aspects of Zanzibari cuisine is its vibrant flavors, which reflect the island’s diverse cultural heritage. At the heart of Zanzibari cooking lies the tantalizing blend of spices for which the island is renowned. Spices such as cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg infuse many dishes with their aromatic warmth, a legacy of Zanzibar’s historic role as a major spice trading hub. Seafood features prominently in Zanzibari cuisine, thanks to the island’s abundant marine resources. Freshly caught fish, lobster, crab, and octopus are staples of the local diet and are often prepared using traditional methods such as grilling over an open flame or simmering in fragrant coconut milk-based sauces.Coconut plays a central role in many Zanzibari dishes.

Another hallmark of Zanzibari food is its variety of street snacks and sweets. From savory samosas filled with spiced meat or vegetables to sweet treats like mandazi (fried dough) and kashata (coconut and peanut candy), the island’s street food scene is a feast for the senses.

Zanzibar’s culinary landscape is also shaped by its bustling markets, where locals and visitors alike gather to sample an array of fresh produce, spices, and prepared foods. The Forodhani Gardens night market in Stone Town is a particularly popular spot, offering a dizzying array of seafood, grilled meats, and Zanzibari specialties served streetside amid a lively atmosphere of music and chatter.

5 Days- Relaxed Zanzibar Holiday

At Heritage Explorers, we will arrange your African holiday safari to Zanzibar according to your interests. Are you interested in Honeymoon holidays, wildlife tours, Birding safaris, cultural and community tours, historical sites tours, Photography, or Forest Hikes? Do you prefer a ‘calm’ safari or an adventurous safari? Whatever it is, you will find it here!

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