The blend of beach and history and perfect climate with seven to eight hours sunshine per day, makes Zanzibar a sizzling post-safari choice. Just saying the word Zanzibar spreads the mouth into a smile and conjures up exotic images of tall coconut palms swaying above soft sandy beaches. The underwater world is also appealing with colorful corals, turtles and a myriad of fish.
Over the centuries different cultures have blended together to create the Zanzibar of today. Here, Africa meets Persia, Arabia, India and China with some Portuguese, Dutch and English thrown in just to confuse the outcome. The Shirazi Persians and the Omani Arabs, settled and ruled the Sultanate which explains the Arab dominated influences which endure today.
Indian influence can be seen from ornamental fretwork balconies and coloured glasswork and Gujerati traders selling anything from coriander to curios. The English left are some solid imperial buildings which stand 'aloof' in the more select parts of town, and some ex-pats that couldn't bear to leave.
Renowned features of The Stone Town are heavily carved and studded Zanzibar doors, which relieve the plain exteriors of many houses, many of which are dilapidating slowly. It is important to remember that this is a mainly Muslim society whose customs should be honoured, so keep the skimpy bathing suits for the beach.
Lodges of Zanzibar:
- Breezes Beach Club
- Fundu Lagoon - Pemba Island
- Mnemba Island Lodge - Mnemba Island
- Nungwi Village Beach Resort
- Zanzibar Serena Lodge