Zanzibar and it's coral white beaches
Zanzibar consists of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island and a plethora of smaller islands; the archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of mainland Tanzania. It was a former centre for the slave and spice trades and is commonly referred to as the “Spice Islands”, today it is a cosmopolitan mix of Arab, European, African and Indian influences that seamlessly combine to create a unique experience and atmosphere. The Island is approximately 30 km wide and 90 km long with its capital Zanzibar City having a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its historical heart known locally as Stone Town reportedly the only remaining working ancient town in East Africa.
The Island is largely underdeveloped with only 5 main roads radiating out from the capital but this simplicity is one of the Islands undisputed charms and appeals for tourists looking for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. What the Island offers in abundance are some of the best coral white beaches in the Indian Ocean, along its eastern flank and a beautiful protective barrier reef perfect for scuba diving , kayaking, water skiing, snorkelling, windsurfing and deep sea fishing. The Islands are more than just it's beaches though they also have a rich and diverse culture which is best explored in Stone Town with it heavy Arab influence with fortresses and minarets silhouetted against the clear azure skyline. For those wishing to get away from the beaches a short journey leads to the small forested interior known locally as Jozani with its colonies of red colobus monkeys indigenous to Zanzibar.
Best time to travel to Zanzibar?
Its location just south of the Equator ensures it’s warm all year round but the weather is very seasonal and it depends on what you want to see and do that will determine the right time for you to visit. The main rainy season is during March, April and May when heavy tropical downpours are a frequent occurrence with temperatures in the low to mid 30C range with high humidity, during November and December there is a second less reliable rainy season when the rains tend to be lighter. The nicest time to visit Zanzibar is during its long dry season which runs through June, July, August, and September and into October, during this period rainfall is scare and temperatures are at their warmest depending on location and altitude and clear blue sky abound. Following on from the short rainy season in November and December is also a fine time to explore the Islands with Zanzibar’s short dry season before the onset of the heavy rains in March.
Getting here it can be an adventure in its own wright with many catamarans or ferries leaving regularly from Dar es Salaam on Tanzania’s mainland or alternatively take a short flight from here which quickly gets you to your destination.
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