Zanzibar, the very name conjures up images of the exotic. This is mainly due to the fact that islands are famous for its spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper, which has earned it the title Spice Islands. With Air Africa low cost flights to Zanzibar in Tanzania, you can visit this archipelago consisting of Zanzibar and the Pemba Islands. Picture perfect beaches caressed by the blue Indian Ocean waters await you.
Zanzibar City is the capital with its heart the UNESCO World Heritage Site Stone Town. Step back in time as you walk through intricate and interesting labyrinths of narrow streets and alleyways that lead to grand houses, mosques and to functioning bazaars. Take in the brass studded extravagant wooden doors and see how time has not advanced in this town that has changed little in the last 200 years. While it might be easy to forget as you walk around, Stone Town is still a functioning ancient town and so it is wise to always be mindful and respectful of its residents.
Unlike its neighbours Zanzibar does not have large wild animals but its forest areas are home to monkeys, small antelopes and the Zanzibar Servaline Genet, civets and some even say, the believed to be extinct Zanzibar leopard, among others. The tropical beaches of Zanzibar are surrounded by coral reefs that provide ideal conditions for scuba diving or snorkeling. Once you have taken in your fill of the underwater beauty come back to the beach and relax on the warm sand and work on your tan. These beaches are generally peaceful and idyllic proving to be excellent for relaxing as the sound of the ocean soothes you to sleep.
Do visit the offshore islands around Zanzibar for fun day trips. A short trip away from Stone Town is Prison Island used by Arabs to detain slaves while later the British built a prison there, though it was never used. It is now home to a large population of Aldabra tortoises. There are other islands worth visiting as well with facilities such as water sports and activities to keep you occupied. Zanzibar has much to offer and as the birthplace of Swahili you will feel the ancient throb of the archipelago. Look for flight deals to Zanzibar on Air Africa and give yourself a taste of paradise. It is something we all deserve at least once in a lifetime.