Zanzibar is secretive, mysterious and intensely alluring, a feeling you will experience when you see the old colonial buildings and smell the sweet scent of spices wafting through Stone Town’s narrow, haphazard alleyways. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the ghosts of ancient ships docked at the harbour, as traders arrive to sell their contraband for all manner of wonderful, exotic
The Colonial Wonders Of Stone Town
There is no better way to take in the heady atmosphere than to lose yourself for a day amongst the labyrinth of alleys, jostling down bustling streets and wonderful seafront gardens, admiring the old forts, marketplaces and dozens of shops selling colourful fabrics.
Its extravagance may have faded a little today, but its charm and appeal remains intact.
Ornate Wooden Doors are Zanzibar’s Hidden Gem
Zanzibar’s capital is a mysterious place, a deliciously blended melting pot of Indian, Swahili, Moroccan and Arabic.
Almost every house is adorned with these beautiful wooden ornaments, inviting you to come inside and see what lies behind them. They were a labour of love and status symbol for the residents of Zanzibar, and take hundreds of hours of artistic craftsmanship, originally commissioned by wealthy house owners who used Indian artisans for the delicate job of fashioning their homes’ entrances.
The Ultimate Luxury Destination
It has endless white sand, coral-rich emerald blue seas and tropical forests, truly living up to the description of British explorer Richard Francis Burton, who in 1856 described it as a place where 'earth, sea and sky all seemed wrapped in a soft and sensuous repose’.
There is a wonderful selection of smart boutique hotels, restaurants serving delicious locally caught seafood, and a maze of roads that criss cross the island making everything quite accessible for anyone that wants to explore, and it’s hard to resist that temptation...
The islands eastern and southern coastlines will appeal to anyone that wants to get away from it all, peppered with tiny stone settlements and long stretches of unspoilt palm-fringed beaches, which look out towards a long barrier reef about a kilometre offshore. It is tempting to spend weeks simply relaxing at any Zanzibar’s luxurious lodges nestled between the palms, offering privacy, relaxation, serenity, excellence and attention to detail.
It’s hard to imagine anywhere more delightful, intriguing and mysterious than Zanzibar - the perfect place for an African experience unlike any other.