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Zanzibar- Beaches, Spices and Culture!


As I prepare myself physically and mentally for my Kilimanjaro hike, part of me is really excited to get that out-of-the-way so I can then enjoy 4 days in Zanzibar, also known as the Spice Island due to the abundant spice plantations on the island. Besides the fact that Zanzibar is a beautiful island with unspoiled beaches near the coast of Tanzania, I didn’t know much about it until I started reading about it more and more.

Conveniently located on the East coast of Africa, Zanzibar was once the main port for sailors coming from Asia and the Middle East trying to get to Europe. In its early years, Zanzibar was known to export spices, slaves and ivory, something not to mention when visiting the island as it may end your conversation with locals abruptly. On a more optimistic note, Zanzibar then began to export silk, gold, diamonds in addition to spices.

Zanzibar inhabitants speak Swahili, a language born from the intermarriage between the Persians and Africans. You’ll quickly notice the influence of Arab, Indian and British settlers when walking in Stone Town, Zanzibar’s old town. One recommendation for travelers is to dress somewhat conservatively (i.e avoid swimwear or provocative clothes) when walking around in Stone Town due to the high presence of Muslims on the Island.

Known as one of the best places in the world for diving, some tourists spend more time below water than over it! The most pristine, white sandy beaches are on the northern tip of the island.  Finding accommodation is relatively easy and not too expensive. I noticed that most places cater to solo travelers which I appreciate!

This is what I know about Zanzibar for now! I’ll definitely provide more information once I come back from the island. I’m really looking forward to it!

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Tanya is an adventurous person who most enjoys the cultural aspect of traveling. She traveled to North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Europe. When she's not hiking mountains, she spends her time visiting local schools or families. It's a nice break from the 9-5 corporate life.

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