30 Jan Zanzibar: A Trip to Africa’s Beautiful Paradise
Off the coast of mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar manages to take your breath away from the instant you set your eyes on it. The simplicity of its people, serene blissful environment and lip-smacking food definitely add to its charm.
Here’s a quick round-up of some top-picks from the magical island of Zanzibar and why it’s high time that it makes it’s way to your travel radar:
Soak in the Sun! @ Jambiani & Paje
If you’re a fan of a relatively quieter place with a tropical setting, look no further than Jambiani – the heart of the South. Catch the perfect sunrise on pristine white-sand beaches offering the ideal laid-back vibe one seeks. Cycle your way from Jambiani to Paje, and then indulge in some fresh coconut water after a few dips in the warm water of Paje. Explore the village and interact with enthusiastic children whilst working on your Swahili vocabulary (Jambo– ‘Hi’ and Asanthe – ‘Thank you’ are few words to take back home!).
Source: Tehreen S.
Beat the blues! @ Blue Lagoon Safari
If you want to indulge in a bit of snorkeling, then the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon Island wouldn’t disappoint! A myriad of colors in the form of exotic fish and underwater life awaits you. Post snorkeling, don’t miss out on the freshly grilled seafood buffet. The sticky rice alongside the Swahili local vegetable curry served with Tuna Fish, prawns and lobsters with Pili Pili (fire glazing chilies) ought to blow your mind.
‘Monkeying’ Around! @ Jozani Forest
About 15 minutes by car away from Jambiani, this forest/national park is one of the few places in the world where you can encounter the red colobus monkeys, making it a must-visit! You can also spot 50 species of butterflies and over 40 species of birds!
WanderLost! @ Stone Town
The capital city of Zanzibar is definitely worth a visit. The city is swarming with locals who speak a wide variety of languages comprising Swahili, Arabic, and French. Unlike the beaches, tourists are advised to dress modestly & avoid engaging in any acts of public affection. One will get lost wandering in the city’s vibrant lanes, observing the carved traditional entrances and eating in the bustling Fordhani food market that offers a wide variety of local food. The Urujo (special Zanzibar mix) Zanzibar pizza is a popular favorite!
Source: Tehreen S.
Slow Down and Feed the Tortoises! @ Prison Island
Located 30 minutes away from Stone Town via boat, Prison Island was built in 1893 and originally intended to house violent prisoners from the mainland and sick people affected with the virus. Today, the island is home to a tortoise sanctuary that houses over 40 full-grown tortoises, with some of them over 150 years old, and one mustn’t miss the unique opportunity to feed them. The island is also home to a colony of beautiful peacocks.