·· Zanzibar Vacation:
ZANZIBAR, the legendary 'Spice Islands', beckons the visitor to step into a slower, more relaxed pace of life. From a World Heritage Site, Stone Town, to lush, tropical paradise beaches of pristine white sand lapped by warm, clear sea inside protective coral reefs, the Zanzibar Archipelago offers a wonderful end to an adventure filled wildlife safari.
Stone Town is a whitewashed expedition of twisting, fascinating narrow streets sheltering bazaars, shops, mosques, balconies, restaurants, museums, palaces, and ruins from the incurious. Churches share shadows with mosques, supermarkets contend with the bazaars, speedboats race dhows while the town's people and fishermen, tradesmen and craft workers carry on their traditions. Modern life couples with the histories of slavery, Arab rule and European exploration to emphasise Zanzibar's remarkable uniqueness. It is all combines wonderfully; so anarchic yet so inexplicably right and comfortable.
Most of the beaches are some development; some more than others. Resorts and guest houses exist to cater for every taste - honeymooners, families, individuals, divers, sailors, fishermen, party animals, rest seekers, sunbathers and explorers. A spice tour is a must if you've never seen your spices au naturel. Jozani Forest offers the visitor the opportunity to see rare Red Colobus monkeys close up and to learn about the importance of mangrove swamps.
Pemba Island is pretty, hilly, very relaxed and little visited. There are cultural aspects to explore along with it pristine coral reefs, just waiting to be dived upon.
Most visitors arrive by air from Dar-es-salaam or Kilimanjaro or one of the few international charter flights. Others enjoy the experience of the 90 minute ferry ride from Dar-es-salaam.
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