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Historical paradise, Zanzibar Holidays are more than just beach

  • 01-Feb-11 09:53
  • Zanzibar
  • The Standard - Kenya

Travellers looking for luxury escapes to East Africa often choose Kenya for its safaris and beautiful landscapes but Tanzania is becoming a hotspot for many with Zanzibar holidays a popular choice for its coral-fringed island and sandy beaches.

Historical paradise, Zanzibar Holidays are more than just beach

In the last twenty years Zanzibar holidays have become a popular choice for travellers looking to explore the beauty of East Africa whilst enjoying a sun-kissed break upon sandy beaches.

The East African archipelago is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania and up until 10 years ago the region was nearly unknown to globe-trotting travellers.

However, the increase of daily flights bringing travellers on their Zanzibar holidays soon led to a rise in visitor numbers and over the last 15 years, the beautiful island has become one of the most popular destinations for Tanzania holidays.

Situated in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is also home to Stone Town, a World Heritage Site which features an array of historical buildings including churches, the House of \wonders, the Old Fort and the Malindi Mosque. Stone Town is also said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Zanzibar has always been well known for its spices and at one time it was also East Africa's main slave-trading port. A number of monuments are dedicated to the thousands of slaves who were traded at the slave market each year.

The historic island is home to a number of beautiful sandy beaches and is infringed by colourful coral making it a fantastic destination for scuba diving holidays in Tanzania.

The idyllic island now offers several luxury Zanzibar hotels and resorts located in Stone Town and in close proximity of the coconut palm-infringed beaches. Travellers can enjoy accommodation at several properties ranging from intimate hotels to larger luxury resorts along the east coast of the island, and Pemba and Mafia offer fantastic lodges.

Visitors to Zanzibar can enjoy a wide range of activities during their holidays including exploring the historical Stone Town; hiking through Jozani Forest where they can catch sighting of the rare native Kirk's Red Colobus monkey; scuba diving around the colourful corals surrounding the island; windsurfing, water skiing, kayaking, kite surfing and fishing; and tours of the island's famous spice plantations where they can taste the flavours of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper.

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