Why we love Zanzibar

6 October 2016

Zanzibar is a little slice of heaven on earth and is situated roughly 50km off the coast of Tanzania and boasts some of the most exquisite beaches on the planet. Its main town is called Stone Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site with Islamic and Swahili influences in its architecture and town layout dating back centuries. The island is surrounded by crystal clear water which hugs a coastline of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and casuarinas, luxurious hotels, local markets, and villages.

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Some of the best beaches in the world

Zanzibar, for a long time, was one of the lesser known idyllic beach locations, until a few years ago when people started to discover the hidden treasures and picture-postcard perfect beaches. With a typical laid back island lifestyle blended with fascinating cultural influences, Zanzibar is a wonderful beach holiday destination with so much to offer. The east coast beaches have low tides which offer very shallow water for a fair distance; however the north, south and west of the island do not have this problem at all.

Some of the top beaches on the island, to name but a few, include Nungwi, Kendwa, Paje and the small island of Mnemba Island just off the east coast of Zanzibar. The Casuarina trees whisper in the breeze and offer shade to the soft powdery beach, while overhanging rock faces create small bays of hidden beaches and brilliant blue water stretches out as far as the eye can see. Zanzibar’s beaches will take your breath away and offer the perfect location for relaxation or exciting water activities.

What to do in Zanzibar

Besides lazing on beautiful beaches from sunrise to sunset, Zanzibar offers a number of attractions which will entertain the whole family. Learn more about the interesting history and culture of the island at the House of Wonders in Stone Town. You can’t miss it, as it’s the tallest building in the area and is located on the old towns beachfront.

If you’re looking for snorkelling, diving, fishing or other water sports, one option is to head over to Pemba Island for a truly thrilling experience. The island has lagoons, beaches and so much more to discover. Naturally, with such an exceptional coastline, you can find all sorts of water activities across the island. Try your hand at deep sea fishing, kite surfing, SUP (stand up paddleboard), jet-boarding or canoeing. After a long day on the beach, arrange a beach braai with sundowners and let the beauty of your surroundings melt your heart away.

Exploring the island

From north to south, the island of Zanzibar measures roughly 100km which makes it an easy distance to cover if you want to explore the whole island. The cheapest way to get around is to catch a local dala-dala – a sort of taxi-truck type vehicle. Otherwise hire yourself a car at the airport and make sure you have a GPS. You will also need to make sure you have a Zanzibar drivers permit, valid driver’s licence and insurance papers, as there are often police check points around the island.

Zanzibar is an exceptional destination for couples and families looking for an island beach holiday with water sports, delicious cuisine and loads of relaxation, romance, or family togetherness. So speak to your Flight Centre Consultant today to find out more about the holiday of a lifetime in Zanzibar.

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