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5 Chilled Things to do in Zanzibar

1. Join the Spice Tour

For a nominal fee you can gain entrance to a Spice Tour during which you are led around the island being taught about the growing process of the produce and have the chance to sample some of the tasty, exotic fruit grown on the island. There is also a chance here to tour the beautiful plantations yourself.

2. Explore the Jozani Forest

Jozani Forest boasts some wonderful nature trails and some incredibly big and exotic trees. What is perhaps the most fascinating feature of this region though, are the Red Colobus Monkeys that reside here. Indigenous to the Island, these monkeys are presently near extinction. They are fascinating creatures to watch and are very playful and curious; meaning that grabbing a posed picture of them comes quite easily. The entry fee also includes an optional visit to a gorgeous mangrove forest, which is highly encouraged during your tour here.

3. Visit the Forodhani Gardens for some excellent local cuisine

It is quite easily the cheapest food you will find on the island, and always proves to be of fantastic value for money. Here, you can find food ranging from crab claws to calamari steaks presented in large woks. The local sugarcane juice is sublime, and the curio market can be found just next to the food market, offering you beautiful gifts and souvenirs to take back home.

4. Enjoy a cultural experience at the Slave Market

A visit to the Slave Market is an incredibly enlightening experience. Here, you will have the opportunity to head into the holding chambers to learn about what significance this structure holds in Zanzibar’s history. The tours are usually guided by experts who tend to get visitors emotionally involved in the history. With so much to see and do, Zanzibar is a perfect holiday destination.

5. Lie on the shimmering, sandy white beaches

There is no need to travel all the way to Malaysia to experience the most beautiful, picturesque beaches. They are right here in Africa! The beaches snake along mile after unbroken mile, with shimmering turquoise waters, of which photographs you only see in postcards. Dive and swim to your heart’s content!

About Bronwyn Paxton

Article by: Bronwyn Paxton
on October 17, 2013
Filed under  Africa Blog • Tanzania 
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