Go to the Zanzibar Archipelago, and you’ll be taken through the centuries – to ancient Persia, to Oman’s caliphs and sultans, to India, with its heavily laden scents from countless spices. Floating in electric blue waters off the east coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is a true tropical paradise.
On Zanzibar, Stone Town’s alleyways wind past Arabic-style houses with brass-studded wooden doors, Stone Town is World Heritage-listed and worth while a closer study. Along the coast and white coral beaches, local life moves to the rhythm of the tides and the winds of the monsoon.
Across the deep waters of the Pemba channel lies hilly, verdant Pemba, the Archipelago’s seldom visited ‘other’ island. Coastal mangrove swamps open onto stunning white-sand coves, and neat farm plots cover the hillsides.
Offshore Tanzania, a couple of hours by boat from Dar es Salaam
Purchased as you enter Tanzania; 50 USD