|When mentioning an African holiday, most people will probably think of a safari tour, a visit to an ancient Egyptian monument or perhaps a trip to Cape Town or Marrakesh. However, Africa also has some amazing islands lying off its coasts. Madagascar, the 4th largest island in the world is the obvious one but there are also some smaller islands that are definitely worth a trip.
These African islands have a fascinating history, unique wildlife and beaches that easily rival those of the Caribbean. Zanzibar (also referred to as Unguja or Zanzibar Island) is the largest and most populated island of the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. The African island has been for centuries an important trading center, a melting pot of African, Indian and Arab influences. Zanzibar’s major attraction is Stone Town, with its whitewashed, coral rag houses, charming shops, bazaars, mosques, squares and courtyards. Another big attraction is the beautiful white sandy beaches lapped by the turquoise sea.
Zanzibar has got everything to give to create the perfect safari and beach destination both for leisure (luxury), budget and honeymoon. Zanzibar holds an almost legendary status among travelers as an exotic island paradise blessed with palm fringed shores, lush spice plantations and much more. It‟s packed with activities to keep you smiling throughout your stay, regardless of your interest. It‟s amazing to experience sunsets in Zanzibar. While on sunset cruising you will be fascinated with changing sky from shades of pinks and blues to magnificent golden colors as you sail alongside the glimmering lights of Stone Age. From cultural and historical tours to pristine reefs and magical forests, Zanzibar can provide it all. Despite its size and obscure location the blue Ocean of Zanzibar is one of the most exhilarating experiences to be had on any beach holiday safari.