Trips and Itineraries for Zanzibar
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Tippu Tip’s house today in Zanzibar’s Stone Town is a preserved heritage site, a reminder of its more colourful but cruel times. But not all of Zanzibar’s past is marred by slave trade. Take a walk through Stone Town just before sunrise and you see light slowly fill narrow white-washed alleys, ornate wooden doors that feature not only chains that are symbolic of slave trade but also plant motifs inspired by Zanzibar’s ‘spice island’ moniker.
The colours are so intense, that it feels like I’ve gate crashed an Irma Stern painting. Coming to the archipelago of Zanzibar is like awakening to a beautifully different side of Africa. It’s a destination laced with a rich, spicy history, set within a vivid ocean and landscape, and promising a new stylish take on imperial heritage. Before I came here, all I knew of Zanzibar was from descriptions I had read in letters and journals written by ancient explorers, and blog posts from modern travellers.
Zanzibar. The name itself had always conjured up images of the exotic in my imagination, having once been a centre for spice, ivory and more infamously slave trade, so with a few weeks at my disposal I wasted no time in taking a short diving holiday there with a couple of friends. Type the name of this little East African island into any internet search engine and its appeal is obvious - countless images of picture-postcard palm-fringed beaches, vibrant turquoise waters and deeply coloured sunsets. A real paradise.
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