Best 5 Reasons To Visit Zanzibar Island In Tanzania
The best 5 reasons to visit Zanzibar Island in Tanzania include; Romantic coastline, culture, Background and architecture, photography, and stone town in Tanzania.
Zanzibar features more than 25 stunning beaches with white sand and palm trees, mild water, and a relaxed environment.
Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago site located off the East African coast consisting of several islands lying south of the Somali sea. It has got the archipelago known as the spice islands, Unguja as the largest, Pemba as the second largest island, Latham being uninhabited, and Mafia with inhabitants.
Stone Town, a historic trading hub with Swahili and Islamic influences located on Zanzibar’s main island, Unguja. Minarets, carved gateways, and 19th-century attractions like the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace, may be seen along its winding alleyways, Nungwi and Kendwa the two settlements in the north, offer expansive beaches which are hotel-lined.
The Spice Islands are another name for the group of islands and there are four large islands, three main islands with human populations, a fourth coral island that is an important seabird nesting habitat, numerous smaller islets that surround them, and one lone little islet.
1. Romantic Coastline in Zanzibar Island
Zanzibaris an archipelago in the Indian Ocean that is located 25–50 kilometers (16–31 miles) off the coast of the continent. It is made up of numerous small islands as well as two large ones: Unguja, the main island, which is colloquially known as Zanzibar, and Pemba Island, depending on which side of the island you are on, there are some of the most stunning and exquisite beaches in the island, including Matemwe, Pongwe, Pingwe, Paje, and Jambiani, which are home to some of the best beaches in the world with white sand and waves.
More so the east coast of the island is home to some of the most beautiful and nicest beaches on the entire island. However, due to the tidal nature of the Indian Ocean, you might have to walk if you want to go swimming or snorkeling to find gorgeous beaches, diving, and luxury lodging is in the northeast. Just 1 kilometer from the coast, off Mnemba Island, Green turtles also lay their eggs on Mnemba Island.
2. Culture In Zanzibar Island
Swahili culture in Zanzibar is the product of the confluence of influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe. In the past, Zanzibar served as a crucial staging area for explorers and traders, a major hub for the sale of spices, and a hub for the slave traffic.
Islam is the most prevalent religion on the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago, which is primarily populated by Swahili ethnic people. Zanzibar might be regarded as the hub of Islam in the United Republic of Tanzania. There are 99% Muslims on the islands, two-thirds of whom are Sunnis while the remaining three percent are Ibadis, Ismailis, and Twelver Shi’a.
Ugali is the best Traditional food choice between Tanzania and Zanzibar people restaurants, starters like falafel, tagines, creamy goat curries, and kofta are frequently served as well as Persian-style dips like baba ghanoush, frequently with a distinctively Zanzibarian twist, along with Arabian flatbread, the meal is typically made in practically every family in Zanzibar and is served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Ugali is typically served alongside stews of meat or vegetables, greens, or soured milk.
Outside of tourist areas, women in Pemba and Zanzibar should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops, especially in Stone Town and other places where the local inhabitants may be insulted by the nature of visitors due to being a muslim community.
3. Background and Architecture In Zanzibar Island
The marine ecosystem of Zanzibar comprises significant marine habitats that serve as fish nurseries for Indian Ocean fish populations and is a significant component of the economy for fishing and algaculture, carved doors and stucco interiors, to elaborate more about the swahili architecture and culture. This is incorporated by the elements of the Arabs, Persians, Indians and Europeans but mostly inspired by the Indian palaces.
Mostly Zanzibar’s history was greatly shaped by its geography and background through the houses that are particularly noticeable because they have large and ornately carved wooden doors and other unusual features such as enclosed wooden verandas. The prevailing winds of the region placing it directly on the Indian Ocean trade routes and making it accessible to both traders and visitors from Arabia, Asia, African mainland and the world at large.
4. Photography In Zanzibar Island
Tanzania being ranked as one of the most peaceful countries in East Africa, in fact with hospitable local people, generally welcoming, sunny weather, rich culture and the perfect beaches for photography makes Zanzibar a popular tourist destination.
In Zanzibar, Nungwi Beach possesses the mesmerising turquoise waters and white sand on would like and expect to find on Zanzibar’s coast. The most stunning backdrop for your vacation selfies is Nungwi Beach, which features native boats drifting in the ocean.
In addition, the land habitat is home to the extinct or uncommon Zanzibar leopard, the Zanzibar servaline genet, and the endemic Zanzibar red colobus. Environmental problems are spreading throughout the region due to pressure from the fishing business and the tourism industry as well as greater threats like sea level rise brought on by climate change but all in all zanzibar’s photography makes the visit worth.
5. Stone Town In Zanzibar Island
The elaborate homes built with local stone by Arab slavers and dealers during the 19th century gave Stone Town its name.
Stone town of Zanzibar also known as Mji Mkongwe in Swahili “old town”, is the old part of Zanzibar City, the capital of Zanzibar, a Tanzanian island. Ng’ambo, which is in Swahili for “the other side,” is the name of the city’s more recent section. Unguja, the largest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago, has Stone Town on its western shore.
Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as with the history of slave trade in the 19th century, stone town is a prominent historical and artistic city which influence broad numbers of visitors into zanzibar giving a unique mixture of experiences and explorations.
How To Access Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar’s tropical islands can be reached in one of two ways: by ferry or by airplane. Both Pemba Island and Unguja’s main island, which is frequently called Zanzibar Island, are accessible by air. The majority of flights to Zanzibar depart from Stone Town on Unguja and Dar es Salaam on Tanzania’s coast. The flight can only take about 15 minutes long.
When To Visit Zanzibar Island
The dry season of the archipelago, which lasts from July to September, is the ideal time to visit Zanzibar and is also the busiest tourism period. However, with pleasant temperatures often between 28 and 34 degrees Celsius and plenty of sunshine, traveling is worthwhile most of the year.
Accomodation In Zanzibar Island
Kiwengwa Beach, on Zanzibar island provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. The islands have got a variety of accommodation facilities with ranging services offered like; Birthday celebrations, oceanside views, WiFi, swimming, evening entertainments and spa mong others.
Hotels, accommodation and restaurant service providers are broad on the islands like; chikachika B&B, gaia villas, zanzibella hotel and spa among others ranging from budget, midrange and luxury service provisions basing on the visitors preference.
There are two popular Zanzibar beaches in the north, Nungwi and Kendwa. Nungwi known for its visitors participating in diving, while Kendwa has more nightlife to offer. The island being well known for its combination of unique beaches, well-known spice plantations, history (Stone Town is the capital), and varied culture. Numerous endangered species, such as the red colobus monkey and green turtle, it has attracted a broad number of tourists for the different activities.
The local people are generally welcoming, with rich culture making Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination and for more information about zanzibar islands, you can either contact Kubwa five safaris, this can be through reaching them at there offices or reaching them online for more details.