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Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is the ultimate Gypsy Spot in Tanzania. This spectacular spice island has a rich and intricately interwoven past, sparkling azure beaches and a myriad of markets to explore. Stone Town is the capital, which was famous for the spice trade and infamous for the slave trade in the 19th Century. Architecturally it is stunning with Swahili, Arab, Persian, Indian and European styles combined and complimented. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Left to Right: Zanzibar Stone Town. Door at Stone Town. Beach Bicycle Zanzibar.

Arabica Suite Zanzibar Coffee House

Top Left to Right: Zanzibar Stone Town. Door at Stone Town. Beach Bicycle Zanzibar. Bottom: Arabica Suite Zanzibar Coffee House

 

Slumber

The Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel was constructed in 1885 by the Wazir to Sultan Said Bargash and is one of the oldest Arabic style buildings in Stone Town. Eight sensuous suites evoke a bygone era of exoticism and romance hidden in the meandering alleyways. Enjoy cocktails on the rooftop with views across to the harbour and watch the sun dip down into the Indian Ocean.

Sleep in the Arabica Suite with its warm terracotta toned elegance. Enjoy the sustainably produced little known Liberica coffee, which is a little know bean, in the coffee house downstairs.  This coffee has a rich yet spicy taste that is unique to Zanzibar. It is extremely rare and is grown by local smallholding farms alongside other spices and fruits. The coffee is fair trade, bought at a good price and as well as being exquisitely aromatic is supporting social and sustainable practices on the island.

www.riftvalley-zanzibar.com/zch_index.html
Tel: 255 24 2239 319

 

Shop

Stone Town is sensational for shopping. Streets are lined with scents and colours of kangas, spices, paintings and textiles. Vanilla and cinnamon permeate and perfume the air, haggling takes on an easy pace and one bazaar is more bountiful than the last. The roads with in the old town are too narrow for cars but negotiate bicycles, children and goats on your adventures. Darajani Market is the main market of Zanzibar but there are treasures and trinkets on every corner.

Once you are finished head down to the harbour with wider boulevards and fabulous buildings to watch dhows glide by, eat fresh fish and soak up the serenity after the chaos of bargain hunting.

 

Savour

There are few restaurants in the world as distinctive as The Rock. This idyll in the ocean is unsurpassed for Desert Island dining in style.

A quirky little cottage perched precariously on the outcrop of rocj it is named after you can take a small boat or wade over and walk back depending on the tides. Despite the haphazard position of this eatery it houses and elegant restaurant specializing in seafood from the Indian Ocean, accompanied by fine wines

Lobster, crab, fish and octopus are expertly combined into international and traditional dishes. Octopus salad followed by a simple grilled lobster fills the senses with the joys of the sea.

The Rock is the perfect place for a romantic and memorable castaway gourmet meal.

http://www.therockrestaurantzanzibar.com/
+255 777835515

 

Sun& Sea

Mtende Beach in the South East of the island has thus far escaped the mass tourism that is taking over the beaches in the north. Nothing can prepare you from the thrill of the pure white sand and pure turquoise of Indian Ocean islands and Zanzibar is home to some of the most stunning beaches on the planet. Life is slow and it is a place to soak up the sun, watch life and the villagers go by and indulge in simply doing nothing.

One thing that definitely sets Zanzibar apart from the usual paradise perfection is the schools of dolphins that use the coastline as their haven. A short boat ride off the coast and you are guaranteed to have these heavenly creatures playing around your boat or if you are lucky enough to catch them for a quick spontaneous swimming it is a magic that reflects everything that is beautiful about this shimmering island jewel in the sea.

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Photos Courtesy of The Rock, Zanzibar Coffee House and Electra Gillies
 
 
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