Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Zanzibar is the collective name for two islands in the  Indian Ocean: Unguja (the main island) and Pemba Island. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. The city's old quarter, known as Stone Town, is a Unesco World Heritage Site.



Zanzibar is located 36 kilometres from the Tanzanian mainland coast. Zanzibar is known for its beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town, said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. The coral reefs that surround the east coast are rich in marine diversity.

 



Stone Town is the fascinating harbour town, full of culture and fascinating architecture with its winding alleys, bustling bazaars and Arab houses.

 
Zanzibar Is Known As One Of The Few Wildest Islands In The World

Places To See In Zanzibar

Stone Town 
The older quarter of Zanzibar City, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The streets are crooked and narrow.

Beaches
Kendwa
Is a quiet and beautiful beach town. The beaches are white sand. The Indian Ocean water is blue, calm.
 
 
Nungwi
Close to Kendwa. Its a popular backpackers. 
 

Zanzibar is famous for growing spices, especially cloves. 

Mwaka Kogwa 
Mwaka Kogwa is a New Year festival with ancient Zoroastrian historical roots.It is traditional for men to have fights where they try to beat up each other.This fight is not only for entertainment, but it is also an act for men to fight out their anger with each other and clear the air for the upcoming new year. Women also participate in this festival, but instead of fighting, they dress in their finest clothes and sing while tease the men to fight over them.This event is held every year around the 3rd week in July.
 

Eid-ul-Fitr 
Eid-ul-Fitr is a largely celebrated festival at the end of Ramadan, which is a month-long fast observed by Zanzibar Muslims. Eid-ul-Fitr is a four day celebration of feasting, family gatherings, and dancing. 

Zanzibar Cultural Festival 
This festival is held in various event venues around Zanzibar, showcases the local customs and a traditional cultural heritage in the region. 
 
Full Moon Parties 
Every full moon, a big party is held on Kendwa Beach.This Zanzibar party is a great time and is one of the livelier events held in the city. Locals and backpackers all gather together on this beach during a full moon, and party the night away with food, drinking, music, and dancing.

 
Zanzibar has a tropical climate with hot and humid conditions year round.With a lot of Wild life.


Stone Town is full of restaurants, from sea food to Indian specialities. For those with an adventurous approach to food the night market in Stone Town is a fantastic experience.

Kilimanjaro beer out of a big bottle, while sitting in a hammock on the beach, is the best drinking experience you can have.
 
There are many documentries shot in Zanzibar Island.Television Shows like Wildest Islands on Animal planet channel  have shot a beautiful episode about this island, this was one reason I choose to write Zanzibar.
 
Picture Credit wikimedia

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