Zanzibar: Five “Spice Island” experiences…

During Eid al-Fitr, following the Holy Month of Ramadan, many Omani families will make their way to Zanzibar – the East African island off the coastline of Tanzania with an old Omani history. Wings of Oman takes a quick look at five experiences not to miss out on around this famed “Spice Island”…
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1. Time for Stone Town…

Stone Town is the jewel in Zanzibar’s crown, where you can spend your days indulging in delicious grilled seafood and strong cups of Zanzibari coffee at local open-air food markets; explore historical streets lined with gorgeous old Arabic, African and European-influenced architecture; buy colourful tinga-tinga style paintings and kanga textiles from local artists; and much more. In the evening, you can return to the tranquility of your hotel, or immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant nightlife.

2. Golden sunsets…

Throughout the year, Zanzibar’s sunsets present both locals and visitors here a glorious golden end to each day. Perhaps the best way to watch Zanzibari sun tuck behind the horizon is while on a sundowner cruise on one of the island’s traditional wooden dhows, which can be chartered from your hotel.

3. Zanzibar’s watery world…

These days, Zanzibar continues to be one of East Africa’s top dive destinations. There are dozens of dive schools and charters around Zanzibar that offer snorkelling and diving adventures out to  spectacular locations – reefs, wall dives, and shipwrecks – which are all home to huge, and colourful diversity of marine life.

4. Spicy adventures…

Zanzibar was known as the ‘Spice Island’ for many years, as a result of it being one of the world’s leading producers of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in the 1800s. These days, you can continue to sample the aromatic delights of the island by taking a tour around one of its many spice plantations here.

5. Discover the wonders of Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park…

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is Zanzibar’s only national park, and located on the central/southern region of the island. The park’s indigenous forests are home to populations of endangered red colobus monkey, some very cute bushbabies, small antelope, and dozens of bird species. It’s a beautiful place to spend the morning or afternoon with your family.

Fly Oman Air! Oman Air flies direct Muscat to Zanzibar. To view the full flight schedule and book flights, visit www.omanair.com

Online Info! Visit the Zanzibar’s official tourism site www.tanzaniatourism.go.tz for more on what to experience around the island. For those longing for their own private piece of Zanzibari paradise, they can check out Fumba Town (www.fumba.town), one of the island’s most recent residential developments – whose villas, homes and apartments feature Oman-inspired design.

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