The perfect post-safari getaway
“We wander the narrow maze of streets that make up the atmospheric Stone Town. Spice vendors vying for business, kids playing with an old tyre, artisans aplenty, the carved doors, churches, a fort, imperial buildings, the old slave markets – there is a real sense of history, just begging to be explored…”
The island of Zanzibar (or Unguja, to give the main island its proper name) is the perfect post-safari, get-away-from-it-all destination. Powdery white sand beaches, lush forests, offshore reefs and sultry, spice-scented alleyways combine to add a relaxing, exotic element to any safari. Silence and solitude if you wish, hustle and bustle if you want it.
Inhabited by numerous cultures over the centuries, Zanzibar is a heady mix of influences – from spices to coloured glassworks to the heavily carved iconic Zanzibar doors and imperial buildings that epitomise Unguja. Aside from spices it’s the salve trade that made these islands famous. At its height, some 60,000 people were shipped annually to Stone Town. Each of its tiny, dingy cells housed 75 people. And should be seen to be believed.
But, whether it’s the pristine beaches of the east coast, the monkeys and colourful birds of Jozani Forest or the intoxicating streets of Stone Town that entice you to the island, one thing not to be missed is the evening streetfood market at Forodhani Gardens (in Stone Town) – a reason to visit Zanzibar in itself.