Among the best known of the Indian Ocean islands, Unguja for over a millennium has contributed to the history of Indian Ocean. Explorers, sultans, slave traders and merchants all chose Zanzibar as their strategic base, spurred by monsoon winds along trade routes, driven by imagined wealth and riches or conquest towards escape and discovery. These adventurers’ tales were interwoven by Sheherezade into 1001 nights, compelling other dreamy romantics to follow their luck and the breeze to Zenj in the south. The historic charms of Stone Town, the cultural pride that exudes from every beach hut, every temple and every courtyard, the picturesque, palm-fringed beaches, amazing reefs continues to attract visitors from around the world.
Pemba is the second largest island of the Spice Archipelago, named Al-khudra, “the Green Island” by the Arabic mariners in admiration of the fertility they encountered after their journey south along the arid coastline, delighted by their welcome, these same mariners founded a city at Ras Mkumbuu, possibly the oldest permanent settlement south of Lamu. Pemba rises from the Indian Ocean on its own granite pedestal, a continental landmass in itself, topped with verdant hillscapes that tumble through clove plantations to the signatory, pristine white beaches.
The reefs and channels make for East Africa’s finest diving and highly rated game fishing, whilst the Pembans themselves embody the coastal Swahili in their dignity of manner and refinement of welcome. History
A Living Heritage
Zanzibar’s prolific past created a confluence of creeds and cultures, its people a distillation of the nations of travelers, pilgrims, fishermen, explorers and merchants who stopped here in time’s passage. A culture of tolerance was born from their cohabitation, infused with the religious acceptance, ethnic array, and spirit of ubinadamu, the indefinable concept ”of being human and humane” that continues as the gift of the Swahili people to their guests. This progressive society, where tribe and nationality distinctions were blurred, provided a foundation upon which the peaceful Zanzibar way of life was built.
A society of incomparable hospitality that is, evident in the amicable and spontaneous “jambo” from a warm and friendly people. “Karibu mgeni”, welcome the guest signifies the herited readiness of Zanzibaris to receive and entertain guests. Culture Unique, Diverse & Cosmopolitan As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as The Orient, Iberia, Assyria and India, so the tapestry of Zanzibari cultures became more diverse in its range and more unique in its expression.
Zanzibar is the birth place of Swahili, a lingua franca forged from global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened and a Sultan’s empire prospered. The exultant overtures and strident laments of Swahili taarab were born, their rhythms and melodies carried and honed between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf until they became the sounds of the islands’ own musical narrative. The architectural styles of Stone Town were the product of the social convergence, while the tangled mass of stories, woven from centuries of lives lived, bestow a folklore and legacy that permeate life on the archipelago. Stone Town
World Heritage Site
Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, grew out of Zanzibar’s historical trades, a metropolis built to harbor secrets in its labyrinthine alleyways. Emblems of a rich and tumultuous history survive today, depicted through Arabian nights palaces, mournful slave markets, aromatic spice bazaars, ornate cathedrals and an historic fort that was the scene of the world`s shortest war survive today. A walk through the narrow alleyways, past ornately carved doors and serene courtyards, is a journey along the paths of past existences. Although Zanzibar’s allure is born out of myth and legend, the dhows still sail her shores, and beyond the minaret toothed skylines, the sun still sets to the sound of the call to prayers.
TRADITIONAL PACKAGE TOUR:
Traditional tour involves exhibitions and visits in different areas and locations, whereby visitors can see live daily activities of the people in this area. Traditional activities that tourists may see are hina, cooking by using traditional tools, pounding using a mortar and pestle and many others.
Indian Ocean Paradise
Sun-leached sands, jade waters and palm trees burnished gold by the tropical palettes of eternal sunshine make the Zanzibar coastline a Paradise regained. The coast of Zenj can accommodate every visitors: The sun worshipper will bask in at least 7 hours of tropical sun almost everyday, Zanzibar’s beaches are the place to relax, unwind and breathe in new live. Zanzibar has miles of beautiful un spoilt beaches just waiting to be enjoyed – the quality can rival any where in the world making it an ideal setting to unforgettable honeymoon.
Marine Adventures in Temperate Waters
World-class PADI diving amongst the fish-fertile reef, historic shipwrecks and abundant lagoons that bejewel the islands might also reveal dolphin, turtle and seasonal pods of whale as they follow the monsoon currents. Windsurfing, kayaking and snorkeling sites abound. Fishing enthusiasts can follow in Hemingway’s wake in state-of-the-art, “tag and release” big game fishing, using international standard equipments, to land prize billfish and tuna, while the fisherman who craves the exotic might try his luck with the locals in a ngalawa, a traditional outrigger. Dhows or Jahazis, traditional sailing craft, glide seamlessly powered by the dependable monsoon. Go for a sail. Where the land ends, Zanzibar continues, the influence and allure stretching out towards the distant lands from where it was born.
Fragrant Spices, Exotic Forests
Zanzibar’s botanical cornucopia was carried along the monsoon wind routes with their human loads, fusing a blend of African, Indian and Malagash species into an ecosystem found nowhere else on Earth. The verdant dynamism of Jozani National Park, the rainforest endemism of Ngezi and the coastal profusions of endangered mangrove offer compelling evidence of this union.
It is however for spice that Zanzibar is best known and named, the aromatic riches built an empire and a reputation that lives on in the Spice Island. Ylang-ylang, queen of the night, hibiscus and jasmine, cloves and cardamom scent the groves of lychee, mango, jackfruit and coconut, providing the ingredients with which Zanzibar’s spice-dusted cuisine is prepared. In Zanzibar, it is said that variety is the life of spice. Fauna
The Conservation of Endemic Species
Zanzibar’s natural abundance sustains a biodiversity worthy of any East African destination, with Marine parks, National Parks, Forest Reserve and pioneering Community Conservation projects for the protection of its rich natural resources. Endangered species such as Ader’s Duiker, the Pemba Flying Fox and the captivating Zanzibar Red Colobus exist only on the Zanzibar archipelago. Grass-roots community conservation groups in Zanzibar, powerful trustees of this biological heritage, profit from traditional cottage industries and revenuesharing projects. Islands Adventures Zanzibar offers a wider range of Islands favorable for adventure tourism where many activities can be easily carried out in symbiosis with a population eagerly to let the visitors join their daily chores.
Chumbe island marine Park is a unique nature travel destination, situated 8 km south west of Zanzibar town. You can explore the Chumbe forest reserve, with its unique flora and fauna including the elusive Aders antelope, an abundance of birds, crabs, reptiles and the rare natural coconuts crabs. Climb the light house, built in 1904, which offers breath taking views of the island in Zanzibar.
Changuu or Prison Island is the most easily reached of the bay islets, and has the added attraction of several giant, Aldabran Tortoises which are living and breeding on the island. You can stretch out and relax after your excursions snorkeling over the coral on a perfect, white sand beach and enjoy drinks from the islands` restaurant.
Misali Island (Pemba)
Misali Island been a popular destination from the seventeenth century when pirates used the island as a safe hiding place for their booty – the lost treasure of the infamous Captain Kidd is still thought to be buried somewhere on the island.
Mnemba Island unspoiled tropical atoll. The island is very popular for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, fly fishing and windsurfing. Nature and the Community Most nature tours in Zanzibar are organized in close cooperation with local communities. They are part of community based tourism endeavors that are promoted for the benefits of both visitors and locals in order to protect local resources, identity, heritage and the surrounding natural environment. Zanzibar’s community based tours takes visitors through nature, traits, centers of local culture, village cursions and cycling tours. These experiences are designed to create a unique adventure and provide insight into Zanzibar’s stories, traditions and myths. There are several nature trails in Zanzibar based in different themes. Festivals Zanzibar’s rituals find their expression through the festivals and arts that colour the island throughout the year. The Zoroastrian past is revived annually at the Mwakakogwa Festival in Makunduchi, a traditional festival of colour and ritual to cleanse hearts of evil and appease God. In February, regional Swahili music lends its voice to “Sauti Ya Busara” Zanzibar’s music carnival.
The Music Academy of the Dhow Countries and the Stone Town Cultural Centre regularly offer performances and exhibitions to pique one’s interest. ZIFF’s Festival of The Dhow Countries, the second biggest film festival in Africa, showcases the talent of local and global filmmakers, musicians, artists, photographers and fashion designers.
It also provides a myriad of opportunities for everyone to develop his own artistic skills. This two-week event in June/ July sees Stone town’s historic waterfront come alive with a passionate celebration of cultural entertainment, and visitors leave enriched with knowledge, not just of Africa, but of distant lands that imprinted Zanzibar’s world.
Shopping:- To shop in Zanzibar town is a heady quest down winding old streets through ornate doors into veritable treasure chests. Colours, scents and shapes seduce the eye and invite one to touch and smell while listening to tales spun by the merchants amidst the flurry. The fish market abuts the expansive fresh fruit market where lychees pose next to jack fruits and where a diligent seeker could find boxes containing haute couture bai-bui, batiks, silks and hand woven cotton. Learn the fine art of selecting and wearing khanga, the wrappers with fascinating messages which are a never miss items of clothing in most wardrobes of Zanzibari women. The multipurpose natural products abound; Clove oil, ylang-ylang soap, cinnamon cream and henna some for adornment and embellishment while others for medication. Our famous carvers, traditional furniture makers and other crafts people exchange tales of visitors who have left with nothing but Zanzibar beds and brass covered chests filled with treasure, perhaps the jewelers from Sinbad’s dreams of Zenj, his ancient name for Zanzibar.
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Conferences & Incentive Tourism Weddings & Honeymoon Zanzibar Island is certainly one of the most romantic islands in the world and offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding or honeymoon. A variety of venues are for truly idyllic weddings and professional services available on the island can handle the entire event on your behalf, or parts thereof in accordance with your needs. Sail away on a traditional, handcrafted dhow to a sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean; exchange your vows in the ruins of the sultan’s palace or under the myriad of stars in the Old