Product: Zanzibar Discovery
Country visited: Zanzibar Island (Tanzania)
Where to buy: G Adventures
Duration: 5 Days
Dates: January- December
Rating: 9.8 out of 10
Beach Holidays Review – Zanzibar Island
The Zanzibar Discovery package is a 5-day vacation on the paradisiacal Zanzibar Island.
The Zanzibar Archipelago contains more than 50 islands. The main island known as Zanzibar is the largest with a superficies of about 579 square miles (1,500 Km²).
Your vacation begins in Stone Town where you will spend two days strolling around the narrow streets. Then, the adventure continues for two more days in Mangapwani with a guided tour of a spice plantation. Also, some optional activities are offered to fill up your free time and to enable you to explore further the Zanzibar Island.
Also, some optional activities are available to fill up your free time and to allow you to explore further the Zanzibar Island!
The Zanzibar Discovery package offers an upgraded service, meaning enhanced comfort. As a result, this is a deluxe package, which comprises private transport to different locations as well as all the transfers to the airport (arrival and departure). However, there is a time restriction. Your flight must arrive at the island no later than 8:00 PM and leave after 12:00 PM.
The Zanzibar beach holiday is not physically challenging since it involves walking either around Stone Town, Mangapwani, and the gorgeous Zanzibar beaches!
Stone Town is on the west coast of Zanzibar Island. During the 19th century, the town was a trading center for spices and slaves.
Stone Town harbors a rich cultural heritage that comes from the Arabs, Indians, Persians and the Europeans who helped build the town. Consequently, the cultural trademarks of the Muslims and the Indians are all over the city as shown by the style of the houses and the spicy cuisine!
As a result of its unique architecture, Stone Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. One of the architectural signatures is without a doubt the wooden doors decorated with exquisite carvings.
Here are some of the famous landmarks that you will visit during your walking tour:
- The House of Wonders was in the 19th century the home of the Sultan, but nowadays harbor the museum of the Zanzibar culture.
- The Christ Church (Anglican Cathedral) is built on the spot where the slave market used to be. The altar sits exactly where the whipping post was!
- The Forodhani Gardens harbors a market very popular with tourists, especially for its seafood barbecue!
The town of Mangapwani, which means “Arabian shore” in Swahili is 25 km to the north of Stone Town.
During your free time, you should take a walk down the Mangapwani beaches, and visit the coral cavern that contains a pool of freshwater, as well as the slave cave used for the slave trade during the 19th century.
Moreover, there are additional optional activities available, which include relaxing at the spa, or if you are looking for more action, you can go scuba diving or snorkeling to explore the spectacular coral reefs as well as the marine wildlife in the breathtaking turquoise sea.
Other Adventures to Consider
- Sailing trip.
- Game fishing.
- Horseback riding in the Jozani forest.
The Best Time to Go?
The best time to visit Zanzibar Island is during the months of December to February and May to August, which corresponds to the dry seasons.
Furthermore, the month of December is the hottest whereas the month of July is the coldest!
You need to get vaccinated for yellow fever and don’t forget to bring your immunization proof with you. Otherwise, your vacation will be cut short since you will not be allowed to enter the country!
Respect the Locals
The inhabitants of the Zanzibar island are mostly Muslims. Therefore, there is a dress code to follow, to prevent being harassed by the locals. To dodge any awkward situations as well as possible altercations with the locals, the minimum length of the shorts and skirts should be at the knee, and women should cover their shoulders.
Zanzibar Island, an Earthly Paradise
Zanzibar Island harbors a rich cultural history and constitutes the perfect destination to get away from your stressful daily routine! There is so much to do and to see that five days might not be enough!
Dive into the ocean and discover the breathtaking coral reefs along with the impressive marine wildlife. Awaken your senses to the unique aromas of spices that fill up the air all over the island of Zanzibar.
If you are looking for a paradisiac beach, then I highly recommend that you book the Zanzibar Discovery package for your next vacation.
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