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TOUR WITH ME : Zanzibar, A Paradise Definition

The sign at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania on September 26, 2014. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level. ( PETER MARTELL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. Its winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. Apart from its amazing history, is the capturing beautiful sand beaches on the Indian Ocean.The gorgeous, paradisaical island offers the best beaches in Tanzania, luxury accommodations, a vibrant historic center, and a truly relaxing getaway in a temperate climate.

Apart from its amazing sand beaches, Zanzibar has a remarkable history of being a main trading post on the spice, silk and slave trade routes for over a millennium, Zanzibar has been a unique cultural crossroads, with a mix of African, Indian, Arabian and European cultures. This is most apparent in the Old Stone Town, one of the few remaining ancient towns in Africa.In addition to its extraordinary architecture, Zanzibar is unique in its cuisine, religion, politics, and way of life. It’s very different to its mainland Tanzania, and makes for a perfect start or end to an East African safari. 

The people of Zanzibar are proud of their semi-autonomous identity, calling themselves Zanzibari rather than Tanzanian. Even if you are not eager or obligated on language-learning, it is best or recommend for a any visitor to learn a few key phrases like ‘Mambo’ meaning hello ,so you can reply when the friendly locals call out to you.Rural Tanzanians have a habit of calling white people ‘mzungu’, which simply means ‘white person’.It is important to know that this does not come out or meant as an insult. 98% of Zanzibar’s population is Muslim, and as such there are some cultural and religious norms in recognition of this. Keep to the following guidelines to remain respectful to the population:

  • Being discreet while drinking alcohol.
  • Descent dressing while walking in town however,beach wear is fine while on the beach.
  • The public affection display is quite offensive to the locals.
  • No one will ‘tell you off’ for breaking these unspoken rules, but it is important to show respect to the host country’s residents and their beliefs. 

Uniting with Tanzania in 1964, Zanzibar is now one of the best beach holiday destinations in East Africa, with beautiful white sands and clear blue waters stretching as far as the eye can see and definitely a to do list holiday pick.

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