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A combination of dreamy island holidays, coupled with thrilling spice and cultural tours, Zanzibar or "Spice Island" is likely to conjure up images of palm-fringed beaches with white-sailed dhows on a turquoise sea. Situated only a short distance off the Tanzania coast but at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Zanzibar has long been at the centre of the Indian Ocean experience in East Africa.

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  1. Stone Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 — it’s a remarkably well-preserved example of a traditional Swahili trading town.
  2. The Old Fort of Zanzibar is now the headquarters for the annual Zanzibar International Film Festival.
  3. Zanzibar produces over 80% of the world's cloves. The Spice Island is also one of the world’s leading producers of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  4. Try kite-surfing or go on a snorkelling or diving excursion.

A World Heritage site, Stone Town is the old trade centre with mosques and winding lanes buzzing with colourful markets and local flavours. The island’s valuable crops made it a popular port for international traders. Omani Arabs constructed the Old Fort of Zanzibar in the early 1700s, after they wrested it from Portuguese control in 1698.

Today, Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination and continues to grow world-class spices.

Early settlers soon learned that the island was perfect for growing a variety of different spices. As a result, there are lots of spice farms on the island. A visit to a spice farm can be combined with a culinary experience over lunch.

Prepare to be wowed as you set off on your adventure to Zanzibar where you will visit a local spice farm to smell and taste the island’s popular varieties. Your guide will show you an array of plants and teach you about the medicinal uses of certain spices.

After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit Stone Town, boasting 19th-century architecture that reflects Swahili culture, explore the Slave Quarters, and the Old Fort of Zanzibar. History buffs can learn more about the city’s dark past at Prison Island, a former camp where people with diseases were sent. Foodies can delight in a trip to Forodhani Gardens, a night-time food market that sells fresh produce.

The fun isn’t over yet! You will head out to a thrilling sunset cruise on “Sanjeeda.”

During your free time, why not take advantage of all your hotel has to offer? Lounge at the pool, try your hand at windsurfing, paddle boarding, or kayaking. Rent a bike and explore Zanzibar like a local!

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