Zanzibar Island – Perfect Holiday and Vacation Destination
Just off the coast of Tanzania lies the Zanzibar Archipelago which is made up of two islands. Unguja and Pemba are the largest islands, Zanzibar Island being the main island. Zanzibar Island, locally known as Unguja, is steeped with history and interesting culture, lush plantations, its white sandy beaches, abundance of marine life, and its clear blue shallow water, which attracts tourists from all around the world.
For some reason Zanzibar is often mis-spelled probably because of the sound of the pronunciation. Zansibar and Zanziba are the most common mis-spellings for Zanzibar. But, because Zanzibar is infused with African, Arabic, European, and Indian influences the pronunciation sounds different with each accent.
As far as tourists attractions and sports go there are several activities to choose from on Zanzibar Island such as; water sports (swimming, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and diving), several safari choices, tours, and it’s the number 1 beach location in East Africa. Zanzibar resorts and hotels offers great accommodations for a great vacation that can be custom designed to fit the needs and wants of the vacationer. Whether you are visiting, come for holiday or vacation, Zanzibar Island has it all when it comes to fun and making memories.
Main tourist attractions on Zanzibar Island
The Stone Town tour refers to old town of Zanzibar. It’s historical buildings, the House of Wonders, People’s Palace, Livingstone’s House, Old Fort and gardens, the old harbor, former slave market, and several bazaars. See it as it was in ancient times with its exotic influences.
The Zanzibar Agriculture and the spice plantations tour, tours plantations of spices that Zanzibar is famous for and other types of tours of agriculture that Zanzibar has to offer. Other great attractions include; the Jozai Forest and Ngenzi nature reserves, Prison Island, the Kizimkazi fishing village, and the Anglican Cathedral just to name a few.
A few hot spots on Zanzibar Island include the following hotels, small and large resorts, lodges, beaches, honeymoon destinations, and neighboring places of Zanzibar Island. Matemwe, Zanzibar is an old style African beach paradise which is untouched with large resorts. Just offshore this beautiful stretch of coastline lays the Mnemba Atoll which is the best diving and snorkeling location in Zanzibar. The Matemwe Bungalows, Azanzi Beach Resort and Matemwe Beach are some great places to play and relax. Mnemba Island is just off the coast of Metemwe, and this lodge is highly rated.
Nungwi is a fishing village in the busy part of Zanzibar Island on the northern part of the island which consists of backpacking lodges and some great beach bars, but there are also accommodations further away from the noise and partying of the busy side of Nungwi. Depending on the activities of the tourist will determine where to stay on their vacation on Zanzibar Island. Nungwi is known for it’s beautiful beaches, relaxing, and sunbathing, and their is plenty to do right from your beach hotel such as scuba diving, swimming, Dhow cruises and adventures, and sailing. The Amaan Bungalows, Z Hotel, Nungwi Beach Villiage, Manarani Beach, and the Ras Nungwi are some well rated accommodations for Nungwi. Ras Nungwi is Zanzibar’s only decent small resort hotel in Zanzibar. This small lodge/resort hotel is a great honeymoon destination, and attracts younger age groups.
Kendwa, Zanzibar has the best beaches for swimming, and is a hot spot for partying, playing, and relaxing. The Kilindi, Amaan Kendwa, Kendwa Rocks, Kendwa Sunset, White Sands, and the Gemma del Est are the highest rated resorts and hotels in Kendwa.
Fundu Lagoon is located just off the shore of Zanzibar; this little lagoon offers a beautiful, untouched place on the island of Pemba. This lodge is a high end beach lodge with high ratings.
So whether relaxing, partying, swimming, sunbathing, diving, sailing, going on a safari adventure, honeymooning, adventure seeking, or anything else you could want to do can be done right in Zanzibar island. There is something for every budget.