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Zanzibar Travel Guide

Zanzibar is as exotic as it sounds, as romantic as legend makes it, as intriguing as its past and as colourful as it promises to be. Once the trading centre of the whole of East Africa, the islands attracted Sumerians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Arabs, Chinese and Malays. Sultans, slave traders and spice kings built empires, consolidated fortunes and began dynasties in Zanzibar.

Go back and forth in history and the stories remain the same - of intrepid travellers, sailors, merchants and explorers who laid their lives on line to follow their passion to map the places no one had ever been to. They came in fragile fishing boats, in graceful dhows, impressive schooners and splendid ships to Zanzibar. Zanzibar was the starting point for the great European missionaries, adventurers and explorers - Livingstone, Stanley, Burton, Speke and Krapf who ventured into the unknown African hinterland.

Modern Zanzibar attracts a different kind of traveller - one in search of the perfect holiday destination.

Zanzibar serves it up: sunshine, coral reefs, sparkling waters, sandy beaches and a bit of history, adventure and drama thrown in for excitement. Add to that, the air heady with the sweet fragrance of cloves, cinnamon, ylang-ylang and ginger and you have the ‘Spice Islands’

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