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AUTHENTIC TOURS & PERSONALIZED EXCURSIONS AROUND ZANZIBAR WITH AFRICANMECCA
Despite its diminutive size, Zanzibar Island has something to offer every kind of traveler in Africa, from the history enthusiast to the underwater realm explorer, coastal habitat wanderer, the spice flavored cuisine aficionado or active-water buff and many more. All of these touristy places of interest are alluring interwoven with the casual, laid-back Swahili ambience of the island where time seems to progress at a snail's pace.
Arrive at Zanzibar and you will be instantly engulfed in its bygone era charm. Explore its old metropolis capital center, Stone Town, and you will see a fascinating mishmash of old buildings with the exquisite Zanzibari architecture of carved doors and delicate, lattice windows.
Wander with an expert AfricanMecca guide through its narrow streets and shop for beautiful handmade craft, delicious seafood cooked with the fresh catch of the day, striking painting and exquisite jewelry, spices to take back home, fresh, luscious fruit and colorful fabrics. Looking for knick-knacks and mementos of your dream vacation in Zanzibar for your family and friends back home, you will find them all here.
Music lovers can visit the Dhow Countries Music Academy on Mizingani Road in Stone Town. Every year, Sauti za Busara hosts a music festival annually in February at the Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens. Zanzibar has long been well-known as the Spice capital, not just because it was an important historic stopover trading port but because of its many spice farm.
Tour the plantations as it is one of the top ten things to do in Zanzibar. Here, you can see the zings in their raw form and learn about their remarkable properties Spices do more than imparting that special flavor to your food, they are used to create effective medications and even color traditional wedding garb and as a lipstick too.
Jozani Forest comes almost as a sightseeing surprise because it is hard to imagine that the tropical island of Zanzibar can even host a terrestrial national reserve as one of the natural attractions.
Established in the 1960s, this conservation area is a good place to visit as it serves to protect the rare red colobus monkey and also many diverse species of flora and smaller fauna from sykes’ monkeys to Ader’s antelope. Another delightful facet of this reserve is that it is located on Chwaka Bay and includes a marine forest of mangrove trees that you absolutely must explore when on your wondrous trip in East Africa.
While your discovery of the treasures of Zanzibar's marine world inaugurates with the mangrove forest of Jozani, you must snorkel or scuba dive at the distinct reefs that lie all around Zanzibar.
The coral reefs along the coast are breathtakingly beautiful, and some of them are a part of protected reserves e.g. Chumbe and Mnemba Atoll. There are almost unending walls of living coral and an unbelievable variety of wondrous sea creatures.
Should you ocean tour off the coast of Tanzania during the migratory season, you may also spot humpback whales and whale sharks too. Anglers will enjoy raising and snagging a fascinating range of sailfish, marlins, wahoo, barracudas, trevally, and yellowfin tuna to name a scarce few. Though fishing in Zanzibar is mostly permitted in deeper waters to ensure delicately protected corals are not damaged nor its resident reef fish wiped out. In an attempt to protect the billfish numbers and allow them to propagate, you might be asked to tag and release them.
But Zanzibar has even more. Go on a horse riding excursion on the pure white sand beaches of Kiwengwa Beach. Or try your hand at quad biking in Kiwengwa also. Take lessons in fitness with yoga sessions on the beach in Matemwe or at Mbweni Ruins while water sports lovers can try kitesurfing or windsurfing on the east coast.
Round of your sustainable holiday on Paje Beach with a tour of the Seaweed Center for an understanding of their efforts to improve the livelihoods of the female seaweed farmers. Other day excursion options with AfricanMecca are dolphin swimming, island yachting, parasailing, jetskiing, wakeboarding, flyboarding, village biking and much more.
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BEACH VACATIONING IN ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar is a tranquil, beach paradise for an idyllic Indian Ocean vacation in Africa, amidst soft, white sands and the shimmering turquoise waters dotted with picturesque traditional fishing dhows.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar has varied beachfront and Stone Town hotels located in distinct areas of the island. Option include staying in the north, east, south and west seasides to distinct, private islands like Mnemba and Chumbe.
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GUIDE ON ZANZIBAR
An exquisite Indian Ocean jewel, off the east coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar or the Spice Island is a laid-back little settlement where history whispers and pristine beaches sooth your mind, body and soul.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT ZANZIBAR
Thanks to its southern equator location, Zanzibar has a tropical climate allowing you to plan your seaside vacation in Eastern Africa at any time of the year without any extreme variability in temperatures.
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The Zanzibar Stone Town tour guide was superlative. He was outstanding and gave us undivided attention. We felt that was great value and to be escorted round the market place and slave stations was like walking in a living museum.
Viv & Kirsty Turner - KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
Noorin & Jason Nelson - Maryland, United States
Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. Everything went very well. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements.
Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
Denise Paterson - Belmont, Australia
Ras Nungwi was a beautiful property, the pristine white beach not more than forty feet from our lovely room, the Indian Ocean sublime. Raza, it was the vacation of a lifetime, again, thanks so much.
Jamie Davis & Liudmila Kondakova - California, United States
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI & BEACH BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR ZANZIBAR IN EASTERN TANZANIA
When beach vacationing in Zanzibar, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Zanzibar Island attractions and tour activities after your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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