Zanzibar Island City Adorned With History And Natural Wonders

One trip that you need to plan is to visit the chain of island that lies off the coast of the Indian Ocean in the country of Tanzania. Known as the Zanzibar Archipelago, this principal island was known for spice trade in the ancient world with the Arabic travelers dominating the trade. That also explains the dominant Arabic community and cultural flavor that lingers in this area even today.

A city to visit here would be Zanzibar City and Stone Town. It is located on the largest island called Unguja in this archipelago. This town has several historical buildings that showcase Indo Arabic architecture for which it is also declared a Heritage world site by UNESCO. The beachfronts of the town as well as the other islands present principal attractions for the visitors. You can also wander down the narrow alleys and streets and discover the highlights of this town such as the Foodhani Garden where a night market is held. This is by the waterfront as is the House of Wonders which is another place of tourist attraction. Wandering of the streets will also help you savor the local food as served by the street side and enjoy watching the crowds. Other landmark places to see are the Old Fort as well as the Old Dispensary whose architecture is splendid to behold.

Zanzibar is known for its sand strewn landscape while neighboring islands such as Pemba has fertile terrains that have lush plantations of spice trees, fruits, cloves and mangoes. Traditional dhows can be found scattered by the coastline as fishing is the main livelihood of the local communities.

Old and new worlds collide in the capital city of Zanzibar which has the historical stone town which is separated by a small creek from the modern part of the city. The Stone Town was a former settlement of African slaves and today it has apartment blocks and developed offices. History of the city and place are rich with tales of the slave and spice trade, which brought in people from different communities such as European, Indian, Persian and Arabic.