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A Vacation Guide to Zanzibar Island

By Moriss Layne Subscribe to RSS | August 1st 2012 | Views:

Zanzibar Island is known for being one of the most majestic islands in the world. It is also one of the top destinations for tourists from all over the world who are seeking to have a relaxing vacation away from their busy lives. Zanzibar is also referred to as Spice Island because of the abundance of spices that are grown in the many plantations in the island. The island has been a favourite holiday destination for several centuries and it has attracted tourists from the different corners of the world. Until this day, the island still receives a large volume of tourists from all over the world.

Zanzibar Island has a very rich history and its shores have been visited by the Assyrians, Sumerians, Hindus, Phoenicians, Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, Malays and Egyptians throughout the centuries. The island has also caught the attention of famous explorers from Europe such as John Speke, Rebman, Richard Burton, Krapf and David Livingstone who all set out to explore the African continent.

The island has been visited by various races which have all contributed to the rich history and culture of the island. The past inhabitants of the island have also left their marks in the local architecture of Zanzibar Island. These beautiful structures can still be seen today especially in Stone Town where most of the structures from the past have been preserved. Exploring the historic structures will give you an idea of what life was like in the past. The structures are also a clear evidence of the rich culture and history of Zanzibar Island.

Visiting Zanzibar Island will also expose you to the fascinating dialect of the locals called Kiswahili. This Arabic/Bantu language is also used in the entire coast of East Africa. Aside from its interesting language, Zanzibar also boasts of a fascinating Swahili culture as well as beautiful architecture. The local architecture boasts of beautifully designed courtyards, balconies, carved wooden doors and majestic mosques.

The locals of the island are known for being very hospitable. Tourists will have a great time exploring the historical and cultural sights of the island. They will also have a memorable time interacting with the locals. The beaches of Zanzibar are also a major attraction of the island. Tourists from various parts of the globe come to the island to swim in the clear waters of the sea or just soak up some sun while lounging on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar.

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