Africa: Welcome to Zanzibar

Africa: Welcome to Zanzibar

Zanzibar is the beach-holiday hotspot located off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. The silky-sand beaches are the primary draw for tourists, but there is a lot more waiting for you.

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach Zanzibar. They stumbled upon this gem by accident – they were actually trying to find a trade route to India.

Coincidently, its location on the East African coast made the nation an ideal spot on which to establish a trade route. It became an Arab state at the end of the 17th Century; a British colony from 1890 to 1963 and, finally, in 1964, Zanzibar and the newly independent country of Tanganyika became known as the United Republic of Tanzania.

The best times to visit Zanzibar

So, when is the best time to visit? Well, that depends on your reasons for travelling and the Zanzibar packages available when you would like to go. However, for the purposes of this article, we’re going to give you a rundown of when you can enjoy the best beach-holiday experience!

Zanzibar has a tropical climate because of its location, which is south of the equator. This means that the nation is plagued by monsoon rains from March to late-May and has a very dry season from January to March. Therefore, June to October is considered to be the optimal time to visit the archipelago.

Zanzibar is one of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world and if this is one of the reasons for your visit, the Sands Beach Resort is ideal for you!

Essential information

The East African coast is known to be an area where Malaria is common and so it is very important that you consult your doctor before you travel to ensure that you have been given preventive medicine.

Language: Swahili was the first language spoken in the mainland of Tanzania and therefore crossed over to Zanzibar, but English is also prominent and understood by the majority of the population.

Religion: Islam is the most practised religion, but Christianity and Hinduism are practised by a small percentage of the population.

Cuisine: The diverse history of Zanzibar has meant that the cuisine incorporates a number of influences, resulting in what could be deemed a “multicultural cuisine” nation. Here are three dishes that you have to experience during your visit:

  • Zanzibar pizza: This is unlike any pizza you’ve ever eaten (and that’s a promise!). Think of a calzone with a twist; your taste buds will love it!
  • Octopus curry: Octopus is a popular seafood. It’s cut into strips cooked in a blend of fragrant spices such as turmeric and coriander
  • Biryani: This is a curry dish of Middle-Eastern origins. A type of meat (commonly beef or goat) or fish is paired with spicy rice that is cooked separately and combined afterwards.

Does a luxurious massage after your amazing meal sound perfect? Yes? Then the Ocean Paradise Resort and Spa package is for you. It’s a 4-star haven of pure indulgence.

If you’re looking for the ideal beach-holiday experience, then visiting Zanzibar is an absolute must. A world of intrigue is right here waiting for you.

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