The Indian Ocean is glowingly endowed with spectacular and renowned islands which attract millions of visitors from across the globe. While these islands are quite similar in terms of climatic and geographical positioning, there is one stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The island of Zanzibar (also known as Unguja) is known as the ‘Spice Island’ because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. This island has endeared itself to many people for many reasons. Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. Zanzibar’s local people are an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds, indicative of her colourful history. The Population is estimated at 800,000, with the largest concentration being Zanzibar City which has approximately 100,000 inhabitants.
There are many reasons why this jewel of an island has for years been recognized as a holiday paradise. You can enjoy and keep busy with diving, snorkeling, dhow trips and water sports; the land is also exciting and interesting. You can stroll through the paved streets of Stone Town, discover the spice plantations in the countryside or sip a cocktail in the shade while watching the sea. There are many pure white beaches, warm waters and lovely villages around Zanzibar perfect for those wanting to get away from the busy town life, particularly along the northern east coast. Zanzibar has warm tropical waters ideal for coral growth and development. Shallow lagoons with colorful coral gardens surround the island.
Zanzibar enjoys a typical Equatorial climate. From December to March the weather is hot and relatively dry with a cooler period from June to October. The heavy rains are from March to the end of May and the short rains usually arrive during the month of November.
There is also no dull moment in Zanzibar with a number of night spots ready to entertain visitors and revelers. The island also has a rich cultural heritage which lead to many cultural festivals around.
The above factors prove that this island provides unforgettable holidays for local and international visitors.