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5 must-visit places in Zanzibar - Away to the white sandy beaches

If you wish to experience white sandy beaches under your feet, the warmth of the sun on your skin and treat yourself to nature and animals, you have picked the perfect holiday destination. Apart from all of these Zanzibar has a rich culture and a proud heritage that you can learn about and witness from the places you get to visit the island. Here are 5 places you would not want to miss when visiting Zanzibar.


Stone Town

The perfect location to start your sight-seeing and travelling is the capital city. Leading your way through these narrow streets that guide you towards different cultures influenced by African, Indian and Arabian cultures you will also get to experience the true humble hospitality of the natives. When you have walked around the streets you can make your way towards the 'House of Wanders' which used to be the palace occupied by the sultan of Zanzibar and has been transformed into the National Museum of Culture. While you are in the vicinity, you can also visit the 'Slave Chambers' which is quite haunting but intriguing at the same time. The Residence Zanzibar located in the historic Stone Wall is the ideal location to stay to experience true luxury whilst being able to have access, learn and understand the culture.


Nungwi & Kendwa beaches

Zanzibar set off on the east coast of the African continent is an ideal getaway to experience some startling sunsets and sparkling blue waters. The third largest settlement in Zanzibar is Nungwi located in the far north of the island and on the west coast is where Kendwa is located but both beaches are accessible within an hour from Stone Wall. These crystal blue waters have many hidden treasures encapsulated under it. Apart from basking in the sun and soaking it all in with your eyes, you can also go snorkelling. Snorkelling can be arranged through many Zanzibar beach resorts where you get to experience marine life in all its glory.


Prison Island

If your heart is filled with love for animals, the Prison Island is a location you would not want to miss. This island is also known as Changuu and even though it is surrounded by inviting waters where you can go snorkelling, the main attraction is not that. The giant turtles are the biggest attraction here and if you visit during feeding time and are respectful of these animals you will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with these harmless beauties. While you are there on Prison Island, if you wish to, you could also visit the Slave Trade Museum which will give you a glimpse into the past.


Spice Plantation Tour

This would be an interesting tour for those of you who wish to know more about the country, its practices and the history. Zanzibar was an important stop for many ships on the trade route due to the spice cultivation that was growing in abundance. Some of the spices that are still grown in the island are vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and green pepper. Most tours include a lunch prepared with these spices which present authentic Zanzibar cuisine which allows the tourists a rather unique experience.


Jozani Forest Reserve

Entitled mainly for the nature lovers, the Jozani Forest Reserve is a soothing green getaway which is sadly the last indigenous forest that is left on this island. As part of nature's creations, this forest is located inland from Chwaka Bay which floods quite often, hence providing nourishment to this swamp. Walking around the forest you will come across some animals who call this forest home which includes the Red Colobus Monkey.