Zanzibar is an autonomous administrative division of Tanzania, composed of many small islands and two large ones, Pemba Island and Unguja. It is actually Unguja that is internationally known as Zanzibar. It is one of the top tourism destinations of the Indian Ocean, known for coastal tourism, terrestrial wildlife, dhow cruising and spice tours. Incidentally, the tourism industry brings the most income to the islands, even above its lucrative agricultural exports. It is believed that people have lived in Zanzibar for 20,000 years.
Most people come on a Zanzibar holiday package, merely for the pristine white sand, calm blue waters and dazzling sunsets. If you go to the east side of the island, Paje and Jambiani are two beaches famed for kite-surfing. You could also explore wildlife in Jozani Forest or simply lay back on a beach-side hammock at leisure. For a special experience of seafood, you could visit a local fishing village and enjoy BBQ dinners of freshly caught fish. You might also want to get lost in the alleyways of Stone Town and admire its majestic ancient doorways. There’s also a night food market where you can browse and pick up plenty of tasty, but inexpensive treats.
Another popular activity on Zanzibar is snorkeling. There are plenty of daily trips headed out from the northern and eastern beaches, to explore the mesmerizing offshore reefs. You could wind it up with a fresh, seafood barbecue on a deserted beach and take home a memory you will cherish forever. Actually, with water that beautiful and clear, you will unlikely to forget even a single second of your time you spend in these dreamy islands. And if you have ample time, try checking out Mercury’s Bar on Malindi Road, named after musician Freddie Mercury, who was born in Zanzibar.
With a wealth of fresh seafood and an ancient tradition of exotic spices, Zanzibar is a dream destination for food lovers. Here are our favorite suggestions for delightful dining experiences while you enjoy your Zanzibar vacation package.