African countries we visit
Zanzibar, which means ‘coast of blacks’, also known as Zanzibar Island is an archipelago situated east of mainland Tanzania and is characterised by the beautiful sandy beaches which line its perimeter.
As a former centre of the slave and spice trades, Zanzibar is infused with African, Arabic, European and Indian influences. Zanzibar’s economy is dependent on the islands spices and Zanzibar is often referred to as The Spice Islands due to their production of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper.
Stone Town’s winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. The northern villages of Nungwi and Kendwa offer wide picturesque beaches and crystal clear waters.
Zanzibar is warm all year round due to its position near to the equator. The heat of summer is countered by strong sea breezes that offer an idyllic climate popular with holiday-makers.
Video courtesy of Luca Belfio