The allure of the spice islands is centuries old, with sailors and traders bringing the sights, sounds and smells that are synonymous with the Zanzibar we know today.
Trading gold, ivory, cloth and slaves, merchants from around the Indian Ocean accrued great wealth and built the high stone buildings which give Zanzibar Town its common name today – Stone Town. At its peak, Zanzibar was home to the sultans of Oman who used the island as a gateway to the riches of mainland Africa. Their town palace and the House of Wonders remain as symbols of their wealth, however the Anglican Cathedral now stands on the site where much of this wealth was created – the slave markets.
Stone Town is an exotic world, so different from mainland Tanzania. Filled with a labyrinth of alley ways and Arabian inspired markets, indulge your curiosity and get lost in this ancient world of architecture, cuisine, fishing methods and the call to prayer.
An escape to the beaches reveals even more of the soul of Zanzibar. Soft bleached sands and cool turquoise waters coupled with spectacular sunsets is the pinnacle of a Tanzanian adventure. Accommodations nestled amongst local fishing villages shows true Zanzibar with sights of children whooping with joy in their beach playground or an old fisherman returning home on his bicycle with his catch tied to the handlebars.
Seeking out the elusive red colobus monkey in Jozani Forest or taking a spice tour are great ways to learn more about the Swahili Coast and its people. The islands surrounding the main island of Unguja are ideal day trips for those seeking more than beachcombing and relaxing in the sun. These islands offer fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities.
For avid birdwatchers and butterfly collectors, a visit to Ruaha between January and May make the experience magic. For other visitors, May – November reveal warm temperatures and favourable wildlife migration paths.
Please remember that Nasikia Tanzania Camps are located within the National Parks and therefore within the territories of resident wildlife – wild animals are dangerous! Please refrain from ever walking out of the camp area or walking alone at night. This is for the safety of all.
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