Here are some of the things you should know before going on Zanzibar holidays. There are two main islands in Zanzibar; the island of Pemba and Ugunja while there are numerous other islands and Ugunja is the biggest of the two. On your Zanzibar safari tours, you will mainly visit those two islands. The island was formerly the tripods for the profitable slave trade, the island was the interior of slave raids made by the Arabs in east Africa. Zanzibar is also known as the land of the Swahili people, the name Swahili is derived from an Arab word “Sawahil” to mean coast.
Real tourism started in in 1995. The shortest war ever recorded by man was the Anglo Zanzibar war where the British bombarded the best All Hakum palace and a cease fire was called after 30 minutes. Combining Tanzania and Zanzibar has become the trend for many tourists. A Tanzania Zanzibar safari offers lifetime memories. The island is endowed with the largest number of caved doors in Africa. In the ancient times, Portuguese, Omani, Persians and British struggled to control the island, the first person to trade slaves, cloves and ivory from the easy African mainland. Its been recorded that for over 20,000 years, the island has been home to intelligent humans. The most historic feature you should see on your Zanzibar safari holidays is stone town. The island has been the ancient route for Assyrians, which is seen by the long time potteries.
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The old fort is the oldest building in stone town, this was built in the 17th century with an aim of protecting the island from attacks of Portuguese, the fort is situated at the seafront at the former gardens of Forodhani. The courtyard has people selling fresh produce. Stone town is tapestried in old Arabic style buildings. The smell of ancient town is magical. Tourists move round discovering many things of the olden days they can also buy a cup of coffee and enjoy. Stone town is also the former capital of Zanzibar and a world heritage site.
The Jozani forest is a beautiful indigenous forest and the last of its kind in Zanzibar. Situated on an inland in Chakwa bay, the forest is always swamp due to the many floods there. It can be reached by bus in 310 kilometers. The Sultans palace is known as a palace museum. it’s a must see for tourists and the most historic building in stone town over looking the ocean it was built in the 19th century for the Sultan and his family it was later on named as the people’s palace when it was converted to a government building. While you tour Zanzibar, you will see historical belongings of the Sultan family.
The house of wonders is situated at the seafront of stone town in Farodhani gardens. It’s the tallest building in stone town with prolific Swahili and Zanzibari culture. It’s the best place to visit if you would like to learn about Swahili culture. Zanzibar has been known for its spice trade since the 19th century, you can learn about its profitable industry. Local guides will tell you more about the origin of this industry and show you a variety of spices that Zanzibar produces. These are some of the things you will learn when you visit Zanzibar.
The rock restaurant is one of the best in Zanzibar. It offers a variety of continental foods to sea food the rock restaurant is strategically located in a rock with spectacular views of the whole town. The prison island is the former place for detention of slaves. After slave trade was abolished it acted as an abandonment area of where people with deadly diseases were sent but later on it was converted into a conservation area for giant tortoises. Zanzibar beaches are like Caribbean in Africa, the beaches are simply stunning and the best place to soak in sun bathing and swimming. Its good to combine your Zanzibar safari and beach. The island has got lots of diving spots and coral reefs. Tourists can also visit Bweeju fishing village and interact with the locals on different fishing methods and perhaps try out some fishing activities. Planning for Tanzania safari and Zanzibar holidays? Get in touch with us today.