Zanzibar is not only about beaches, sunbathing, admiring coral reefs and a plate of local delicacies. It also has an amazing spice flavor, an amazing history, an extremely interesting mixture of crops, mangroves partially growing in the ocean, and huge long-lived turtles. What is worth seeing in Zanzibar? How to spend time on this amazing island?
First, you must see the capital of Zanzibar. The whole history of the island is enchanted in her! So go to the Stone Town – so unusual that even UNESCO appreciated it, adding it to its “own” list. The Stone City will tell you about the sultans of Oman, merchants from all over the world, the dreams of sailors, secrets, legends … Little Farrokh, whom the world knew as Freddie Mercury, ran along the narrow streets. See his home and learn the tumultuous history of his family!
Every gate, every house in the Stone City is a story! Sometimes fascinating, sometimes sad – especially places associated with slavery – but it is also part of the history of both the island and Africa.
Be sure to visit the local market and feel the heart of Africa beating! Immerse yourself in this thrill! There is nothing here – seafood, fish of the most bizarre shapes and colors, fruits and spices. Tastes, smells, textures and colors! Although the smells where the fish are sold are not entirely pleasant, but soon you will smell the smells of cinnamon, cloves and hundreds of other spices, which are probably nowhere so fragrant as here!
Actually – spices! Zanzibar is called Spice Island or Clove Island. Legend has it that Portuguese sailors arrived in Zanzibar seduced by an amazing smell – they were brought here by the scent of spices. The island’s ideal climate makes the local spices the best.
After exploring the Stone Town, be sure to check out one of the many nearby farms where these wonders are grown – pepper, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric. And don’t just look, feel it, touch it, smell it, try it! It is a delight for all the senses! The local guide knows everything about spices! If you are on vacation with your family, the kids will love it! They will see how vanilla grows, how ginger ripens – they will surely not forget this lesson!
Nature lovers will also love the trip to Jozani National Park. Here you will see a real tropical forest – giant trees, huge multi-colored butterflies, ferns and flowers with unusual aromas. A piece of the jungle worth seeing! Here you will find extremely rare red geese. Friendly monkeys are literally at your fingertips here. Another natural wonder of Zanzibar that you will see in Jozani is the mangrove forests. Partially growing in the ocean, at low tide they appear to be standing on their roots like strange arachnid creatures. On Prison Island, you will see giant centenarians – turtles. The oldest of them is over 100 years old!
Big 5 Safari
Still dreaming of a big adventure? No problem! Zanzibar is also a great starting point for observing African animals in their natural habitat in Tanzania. In Selous Park, you will meet hippos, crocodiles, lions, antelopes and the largest inhabitants of the reserve – elephants! It is home to up to 70% of the population of all elephants living in Tanzania.
And if you dream of a personal meeting with the Big Five, visit the most famous African national park – Serengeti. In addition to elephants, buffaloes and wildebeests, you will also see lions, cheetahs and leopards, as well as many other predators such as the spotted hyena and jackal.