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The Fascinating Island of Zanzibar
« on: February 02, 2012, 08:31:28 PM »

 

 Adventurers traveling to Zanzibar must first endure the stifling heat  of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's capital, before taking a ferry across 20  miles of open sea. The island emerges slowly, its white sand beaches  gleaming in the sun, the harbor dotted with colorful dhows - Arabic  sailing vessels. Other small boats have names like 'Fortuna' and 'Luvly  Jubbly' painted in stark letters on their sun canopies. Beyond the beach  rise the buildings of Stone Town, not actually made from stone at all,  but constructed from coral in the 19th century.

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Re: The Fascinating Island of Zanzibar
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 08:31:35 PM »

 
 
 

 Zanzibar was a significant trade route, and became especially  important to the nation of Oman, whose sultan Sa'id ibn Sultan made it  his chief place of residence in 1837. He introduced cloves, sugar and  indigo to Zanzibar, increasing potential for trade. Spices are still  grown to this day on both of the larger islands that make up Zanzibar:  Unguja and Pemba.
 
 
 Tourists can take a spice tour and learn how the spices – including  cloves, cardamum, pepper and ginger – are grown and harvested. Tour  guides also explain the different uses for coconuts, take visitors to an  old Persian bath house used by the sultan's wife, and stop at the beach  for a swim. Visitors can also go down steep steps into a cave where  traders hid slaves after the practice was outlawed.

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Re: The Fascinating Island of Zanzibar
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 08:31:43 PM »

 
 
 

 It is easy to lose oneself in the labyrinth of narrow alleyways that  make up Stone Town. Women in colorful hijabs walk the streets while the  men in their prayer hats talk and drink coffee from small cups. Each  turn reveals another fascinating sight: an old Portuguese fort, a shop  selling jerseys and a man squeezing sugar cane for juice. On the main  road stands the impressive Sultan's Palace, now a museum. Visitors can  get in for a small price and explore the elegant rooms and intricate  carved furniture of ages past.
 
 

 
 Perhaps most interesting is the room in the museum dedicated to  Princess Salme. Princess Salme, the daughter of Sultan Sa'id, fell in  love with a German who lived in a house across the street. The two  eloped to Germany, and she wrote her story in a book called Memoirs of an Arabian Princess.

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Re: The Fascinating Island of Zanzibar
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 08:31:50 PM »

 
 
 

 The east coast of the island is less populated, but stark with  desolate beauty. White sand beaches stretch in either direction and the  sea shimmers in multiple shades of blue and turquoise. Locals use stakes  pounded into the sand to gather seaweed, which is used to make  medicine.
 
 

 
 Zanzibar is clearly a place rich in history, landscape, and culture.  Whether you explore the cat-filled alleys of Stone Town or delve into  the island's history, or simply enjoy some pineapple and chapatis:  Zanzibar is worth the discovery.

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Re: The Fascinating Island of Zanzibar
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 11:16:47 PM »
Yes Zanzibar Island is the great place to visit. People visit this place to see its natural beauty, culture and history. Thanks for sharing this detailed post with us.
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