Zanzibar

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The Spice Islands of Zanzibar feel like the crossroads of the world: a melting pot of far-flung cultures, centuries-old traditions, and colour-saturated nature.

"There are more than 25 virgin-white beaches altogether: fringed by coral reefs and lapped by the warm, sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean – some so peaceful that all you hear is the sea. "

Zanzibar. Like Kathmandu or Shangri-La, the name alone conjures up a destination steeped in mystery and magical allure. A melting pot of far-flung cultures, centuries-old traditions, colour-saturated nature, traditional dhows and vivid tales of spice merchants, sultans and Persian palaces, these exotic 'spice islands' once welcomed travellers from all over the globe, each bringing a little of their own culture and trading all sorts over many centuries. These days the hub of the island is Zanzibar Town, with Stone Town – a labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and extravagant Arab villas – at its heart.

But while Stone Town is the main attraction, Zanzibar’s other big draw is the jaw-dropping, powder-soft, white-sand beaches: the finest in all of East Africa.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Stone Town

  • Time Difference

    GMT +2

  • Best Time to Visit

    Jul-Aug

  • Currency

    Tanzanian Shilling

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