Encircled by snow-white beaches, gin-clear turquoise waters and lush coral gardens, the exotic and welcoming ‘Spice Islands’ of the Zanzibar Archipelago are just a hop, skip and jump from the Tanzanian mainland.
Once ruled by sultans and slave traders, Zanzibar was an important base for European missionaries and explorers planning expeditions into the African interior.
It was from here that David Livingstone planned his last foray into Africa, describing Zanzibar as: “ ... the finest place I have known in all of Africa”. It is also the location where journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his search for Livingstone and from where Sir Richard Burton began his search for the source of the Nile River.
Explore narrow labyrinthine alleyways crammed with Arab-influenced architecture in the atmospheric old capital of Stone Town – the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Discover bustling bazaars, mosques, palaces and grand Arab mansions decorated with ornately carved brass-studded doors and enclosed wooden verandas that closely resemble the medinas of the Arabian Peninsula.
Check out the castellated battlements of the 16th century Arab Fort, the marble-floored rooms of the Beit-el-Ajaib (House of Wonders), the sultan’s personal artefacts at the Beit al-Sahel (the Sultan's Palace) and the wooden balconies at the sumptuous four-storey Ithna’asheri Dispensary.
Elsewhere, tour famous spice plantations dotted with the remains of Omani palaces, hike the Jozani Forest, home to the indigenous red colobus monkey and take a fast-ferry to some of the offshore islands such as Mnemba Atoll and its world-class diving reef.
Alternatively, try the Beyt al Chai, an atmospheric former teahouse, or the Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, set on the shimmering white sands of Nungwi Beach.
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From December to March are the hottest months, with a high of 32°C. There are two rainy seasons in Zanzibar: occasional short but heavy showers in November and December, with more pronounced rain during the ‘green season’ in April and May.
Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 23 August, 2017
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