Welcome to Zanzibar

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Welcome to Zanzibar. Known to insiders  as Unguja.Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, located in the Indian Ocean.It’s located in the Indian Ocean with beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs,

It is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles.

Pemba is Zanzibar’s sister island. It had many years of isolation from the outside world.

Although Pemba has fewer tourists ,there are Beautiful beaches, natural forests and  Misali island, off Pemba’s east coast, is best for diving.

The only functioning ancient town in East Africa – the magical Stone Town.

Stone Town has been designated one of the world’s few heritage sites by the United Nations.

Stone town is Mji Mkongwe in Swahili

The town was the centre of trade on the East African coast between Asia and Africa before the colonization

The main export was spices and particularly cloves. For many years Stone Town was a major centre for the slave trade;slaves were brought from mainland Africa and traded with the Middle East. The Anglican Cathedral is built on the site of a former slave market. Some of the holding cells still exist at the site.

Zanzibar has great symbolic importance in the suppressing slavery, since it was one of the main slave-trading ports in East Africa and also the base from which its opponents such as David Livingstone led their campaign

It was here that the Shortest War in History was fought in 1896

Zanzibar’s paradise beaches are filled with coconut palms. Nothing goes to waste, and apart from the famous nut, the coconut palm yields an impressive variety of products, among them materials for weaving, building, eating and drinking. The roofs of many houses in Zanzibar are constructed using makuti palm thatching, made from palm leaves. Its many uses makes the coconut palm one of the most versatile of all plants.

Zanzibar used to be the world’s largest producer of cloves, and its history was heavily influenced by this activity.During the Han Dynasty, the Chinese would chew Cloves to freshen their breath before speaking to the Emperor.So it became a tradition in Zanzibar during meals

Zanzibar’s most famous event is the Zanzibar International Film Festival, also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries.  Every July, this event showcases the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar’s favourite music, Taarab

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