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Exotic Images ...

Just the name ZANZIBAR conjures exotic images ... and indeed this is a truly unique place wherethere is an infusion of Arabic, Indian and African cultures. It is difficult to describe this place, to go deeper than the wonderful beaches and palms.

Experience Zanzibar ...

This place must be experienced to be fully understood - the relaxed attitude, the islamic traditions and prayers, the markets, the Stone Town architecture, seaweed harvesting at the beaches, the Zanzibaris sitting on their house porches watching the life go by, children playing with afootball or some simple toy, the women looking curiously at westerners from beneath their robes and covered heads, the fishermen returning from a hard day's work, the dhows (traditional boats) sailing through the emerald sea - these are but a mere fragment of the sights you may encounter and cherish in your heart forever.

Things to do ...

There are plenty of things to do in Zanzibar, first and foremost a visit to the spice plantations - Zanzibar is THE Spice Island after all! Then you can stroll and get lost in Stone Town, relax and sunbathe on one of the postcard beaches, snorkel, dive, admire the endemic Colubus Monkeys in the Jozani Forest Reserve, go searching for the dolphins at the south of Zanzibar or visit some ruins. Have a look through my tips to help you in familiarising yourself with this island jewel bathed by the Indian Ocean ...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Exotic and unique
  • Cons:The terrible secondary roads!
  • In a nutshell:An exotic getaway in the Indian Ocean
  • Last visit to Zanzibar Island: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Statistics show 50% more time spent on this page since the relaunch. I agree, it looks great! Well done

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    We have also booked the Dhow Palace. happy to hear you rated it highly!!

  • Jan 7, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    stunning photos, informative tips, and definitely i'd be going to zanzibar at some point! salam from arabia, a:^)

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    Wow! What an amazing picture, the one from the seaweed harvesting tip. Greetings.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2007 at 5:42 AM

    Hi Alison. Zanzibar truly looks mezmerizing! Great page, lovely tips and nice photos here. Greetings from the desert / Jess :-)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2006 at 5:22 AM

    Excellent view of this fascinating place. You covered alot of important information and made very interesting. Great pics too!

  • Henrik_rrb's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2006 at 5:31 AM

    As always - great photos and tips! Loved the photos of the ocean, and the one with the dhows. Doesn't sound like I should rent a car here, either....? :) /Henrik

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2006 at 12:39 PM

    Hi Alison, You lucky duck: Your Zanzibar tip (watching the Dhows) is on the Home Page right now. It is a lovely picture, bu the way.

  • atobol's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2006 at 2:54 PM

    Jiambiani looks good, great photo!

  • husain's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2006 at 8:04 PM

    i noticed the beautifully crafted doors on my trip as well, but didnt know about the indian link- keeping elephants away

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