Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 40 km from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island is 90 km long and 30 km wide and is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs. Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. The islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper and for this reason, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes called the Spice Islands.
Over centuries different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to become what it is today. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguse, Omani Arabs, Dutch and British have settled here at one time or another and influenced the local culture into the present fusion.
FBC ZANZIBAR – Kite Centre Zanzibar is set against the stunning background of endless blue Indian Ocean and beautiful white beaches, where the pace of life seemingly hasn't changed for over fifty years. It is located in the friendly fishing village of Paje on the southeast coast - a tranquil and characteristic place known for having one of the most beautiful beaches in East Africa that you will mostly share with seaweed farmers, fishermen and Masai. Paje is already known for excellent kitesurfing conditions. Dim the owner of Kite Center Zanzibar started the fist kite school on the island in 2006 and has been successfully running the center ever since.Tourism is growing at a sustainable pace in Paje and it is safe and easy to navigate the area as a first time visitor. There is a wide range of laid-back hotels and restaurants in Paje & surrounding villages like Bwejuu and Jambiani.The spot is about a 45 minute drive from the airport.
Zanzibar's local people are an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds, indicative of her colourful history. Islam is the dominant religion, and practiced by most Zanzibaris, although there are also followers of Christianity and Hinduism. Zanzibaris speak Swahili. Many believe that the purest form is spoken in Zanzibar as it is the birth place of the language.
There are no large wild animals in Zanzibar, and forest areas are inhabited by monkeys, bush-pigs and small antelopes. There is a wide variety of birdlife, and a large number of butterflies in rural areas. The coral reefs that surround the East Coast are rich in marine diversity, and make Zanzibar an ideal location for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Stone Town - recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most unique cities in the world. Blending Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions and architectures, it is possible to spend days winding through Stone Town's labyrinthine alleys; shopping; drinking tea; and visiting the city's historic sites.
Forodhani Gardens - For local food this place is definitely worth a visit. It is possibly the cheapest food you will find on the island, and value for money too. Try the local sugar cane juice. The curio market can be found next to the food market and ere you will find all the gifts you may want to take back to friends and loved ones.
Spice Tours – pay a visit to a spice farm where your guide will show you how things like cinnamon, jack fruit and kukurma are grown, and will let you taste most of them.
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre - a unique and fascinating opportunity to learn about all the different butterfly lifecycle stages close up in one of Africa's largest butterfly exhibits. Visitors can enjoy an interactive tour with one of the knowledgeable guides in the tropical garden where hundreds of butterflies, all of which are native species to Zanzibar, fly freely.
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