CITY GUIDE: TRAVEL WITH MAISON BLANCHE TO ZANZIBAR
9 January 2016
With it’s picturesque beaches and exotic beauty, Zanzibar is a magical getaway like no other. Join us on our journey through the crystal blue seas to a place with rich culture and breathtaking scenery.
When is the best time to go?
The dry seasons are from December to March (during which Ramadan falls) and June to October. The monsoon season runs from April to May, and the short rains come around November.
Where is the best place to stay?
If you’re looking to splurge on accommodation then Mnemba Island is the place to be. This is Zanzibar’s most exclusive resort and is a 1.5km ring of pristine sand encircling a jewel of dense palms on a coral atoll. Accommodation consists of 10 huge Zanzibari bandas with direct access to the beach. Each banda is constructed out of woven palm leaves, and has an en-suite bathroom and a spacious veranda. Fresh fruit, fish and shellfish are served daily, and candlelit dinners on the beach can be arranged.
How can I experience the local wildlife?
For a brush with the local wildlife, visit the Jozani Forest Reserve (open daily from 7.30am-5.30pm), 20km south-west of Zanzibar Town, and home to a variety of monkeys including blue Sykes and most notably, Kirk’s red colobus, a species unique to Zanzibar and one of Africa’s rarest monkeys. These red-coated, white-whiskered primates perch in groups grooming one another and adopt aloof poses for visiting photographers.
Where can I go to experience the culture Zanzibar?
One of the pillars of Zanzibar’s 19th-century economy was its spice trade. Cloves were introduced to Zanzibar in 1818 from other Indian Ocean islands – and they flourished. Cloves remain an important export, and are one of the many spices and fruits plucked proudly by guides for tourists to smell, taste and store in a basket on one of the government-run spice farms. Spice tours are offered by most hotels and tour companies, from $10 to $20 per person, including lunch. Look out for the “lipstick plant”, the seeds of which can be crushed to produce a rather fetching tincture.
To discover more about Zanzibar and it’s history please click here.
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