ZANZIBAR - The Spice Island
After your Serengeti Safari visit Zanzibar, originally called the Spice Island, for some lovely beach time. Zanziabar has a multicultural history - natives Africans, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, German and British. The result is a rich mixture of foods, architecture, customs, art and culture.
We started at a resort called Zuri on the northern tip of the island facing West. The pictures tell the story. A lush, beautiful place to kick back and enjoy white beaches, lovely resort grounds, crystal clear warm ocean water, snorkeling cruises, star fish finding, feet in the sand dining, native fishing boats and dhows. And Masai warrior beach patrol.
TWe then went to the Eastern shores of Zanzibar and stayed at the beautiful lush The Palms resort. Our cabin was enormous and very well appointed.
The Eastern shore of the island is noted for the extensive tidal nature of the beaches. The white sand beach will be extended by tidal pool on which you can walk out about a kilometer and find abundant tide pool life.
The old part of the capital of Zanzibar is Stonetown. A great last stop in Zanzibar, with the highlights of shopping, restaurants, beaches, and many sites to see. We dined at a rooftop restaurant that recreated a typical Muslim wedding dinner. Our hotel was a classic overlooking a lively well-used beach. And shopping was really good and fun. Zanzibar is the birth place of Freddie Mercury of Queen and that fact is not fogotten.
Well that is it for our brief report on Zanzibar. We add this to the list of places we wish to return to at some time.