We have the possibility to show you the real and more authentic Zanzibar, where sea and land join together in a unique blend of colours and perfumes. Whether you are in the water, on a sand dune, on the beach, among the historical dwellings of stone Town or immersed in the fragrances of the Street of the Spices, you will be able to enjoy the never-ending beauties this land holds in store for you.
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Declared as the patrimony of humanity by UNESCO, Zanzibar Town is characterised by a labyrinth of lanes filled with houses, shops, bazar and mosques. A unique mix of styles: from Moresque Arab style, to Persian, to Indian, to European colonies. For a long time the town was the most important commercial centre in East Africa; a crucial point for the route of spices which joined Europe andAfrica to Asia, Stone Town played an important part in the ivory and slave trade from the Continent to the Middle East. Amongst some of the most interesting places to visit are the ancient Persian Baths, the Portuguese Fort, the palace of wonders, the old slave market, the Jamituri gardens and the house of Livingstone.
During your stay you will be able to go off on the discovery of the old spice plantations and of tropical fruit to take in the perfumes and flavours and to learn their therapaeutical and culinary properties.The great variety of species and plants grown in Zanzibar is used to food flavouring and preparation, cosmetics, dyes and medicines. Delicious fruits, including orange, lime, coconut and banana are grown in Zanzibar, along with lesser known breadfruit, jackfruit and custard apple. Fragrant and aromatic species, such as cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, cinnamon, seaweed can all be seen growing and are for sale on boutique shops and roadside stalls.
The tropical forest of jozani, situated in the south of the island is a protected area where the Red Colombo of Kirk; an endemic species of monkey close to estinction lives. Red Mahogany, Ebany plants, numerous varieties of palm trees rise up in dense bloom, creating a perfect and protected world where the tropical jungle becomes master.
This forest is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colubus monkey. The forest is 2,512 hectares (6,207 acres) in size and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960′s.
Wonderful photo opportunities and sightings of these rare creatures living in the forest reserves are possible on the pathways. Jozani's guides are also naturalists and nature lovers will have a wonderful time in the nature reserve.
On Chapwani there is a small cemetry which the sultan Barghash reserved in 1879 for officials and marines of the English royal navy. The site of historical interest is very charming and also holds the remains of some men killed in action in 1914 in the fight between HMS Pegasus and the German cruiser Konigsberg.
The inscriptions on some of the gravestones make us take a step back in time: with the abolition as from 1827 of the slave trade, and after its complete prohibition on the West coast of Africa, by the end of the XIX century , Zanzibar became the last circle of the terrible trade and the market in Zanzibar Town became the theatre of the exchanges. During this period, thanks also to this trade which the English strongly objected, Zanzibar reached a great deal of prosperity.
Visiting this place at sunset with the sound of the waves, the memory of these men who fought to eradicate this wound, will catapult you into a magical world of sailors and marines, of battles and duels, an epic cultural fight which only led to a complete uprooting in 1922 of the slave trade from the island.