Fondly known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.
Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. On the east coast, waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore, and low tide reveals small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun.
The port city of Stone Town dominates the west coast, and although the beaches of Mangapwani, where slave caves are visible at low tide and nearby Bububu are less than half an hour’s drive away, a night or two spent on the east or north cost is well worth the extra hour it takes to drive there. That said, the Chole Island Marine Park just off Stone Town – and nearby Prison, Grave, and Snake Islands – make a refreshing day-trip and a good break from exploring the winding passageways of the old city.
On the south coast of Zanzibar lies the Menai Bay Conservation Area, a sea turtle protection area for the endangered species that come to breed on the island. Roads to the southeast coast take visitors through the Jozani Forest, home to Zanzibar’s rare Red Colobus monkeys and a number of other primate and small antelope species.
Zanzibar has since left behind some of its past history of being the main port for Indians, Arabs, Persians and Portuguese traders to become one of the favorite beach goers’ paradise in the world. It’s most tranquil, coastal location now receives thousands of holiday makers each year. Travelers from all corners of the globe come to stroll on the soft beaches that have powdery white sand that sink below their feet. The gentle sea waves of the crystal clear turquoise water, most amazing sunrises and sunsets, the top class resorts and warm and genuine hospitality makes it a perfect destination for discerning travellers. Surprisingly the Island is not only about the beach but has a good number of adventurous activities for travelers including exploring the historical Stone Town, the aromatic Spices tour, Jozani Forest, as well as opportunities to get immersed in the local culture and traditions through arranged visits to the local villages.
This 7 days program will give one a chance to enjoy what the island and islanders offer to the guests.
Zanzibar is the home of idyllic beaches, clear warm waters, coral reefs and rich marine diversity making it a perfect under and over water destination for snorkelling and diving among many other possible activities the heavenly beaches of the Zanzibar Archipelago, the tangled streets of Stone Town and the sensory delights of the spice market have been tempting ocean-going traders for 2,000 years. Whether you visit them for a spot of relaxation after a safari on the mainland or as destinations in their own right, you’ll find their charm as strong as ever.
It’s location near the Equator is the source of the nice balmy weather the island has making the lazy days along white sandy beaches so enjoyable and relaxing. In addition to the perfect beach destination, Zanzibar is also full of options for the adventurers, nature and culture lovers alike.
Zanzibar is one of the most popular honeymoon and wedding destination. With some of the most beautiful beach resorts and romantic settings in the world, the archipelago is a perfect place for romance, relaxation and rejuvenation.
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The trip was absolutely perfect! I could use all the adjectives to describe each moment of it, but I would still run out of them. We LOVED every moment of it.
We had the most fantastic trip! It was full of adventure, excitement, some scary bits (lions in the night), and beauty.
We truly enjoyed the trip, and really appreciate your help in organizing the trip, and then modifying the activities for me at last moment. You were helpful and so friendly through the process,
Just wanted to let you know, we had a really great trip! Our flights worked out. Our guide from Timeless Travel was college educated in wildlife management and he was excellent.
Thank you for your contribution to this and for assigning your best guide to this group – it obviously worked!
Back to France after a great Tanzania week.