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Beach in Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Zanzibar is popular for its spices, beaches and the historic Stone Town.
Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. The two main islands most people visit are Zanzibar and Pemba. Zanzibar is popular with tourists because of its wonderful beaches and the interesting, well-preserved, Stone Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The islands have a rich history due to their geographic location, as many cultures and civilizations have plied its shores for spices and slaves. The Arabic influence remains the strongest to date, with Islam being the predominant religion on the islands. Although part of Tanzania, Zanzibar is semi-autonomous and the people elect their own government.
Steve Outram is a travel photographer and he's responsible for these wonderful images of Zanzibar. Steve offers his own photographic tour of the islands and for more information please see his web site.
The beaches... of Zanzibar are its biggest tourist draw. With numerous beach hotels and resorts to choose from, you can unwind from that stressful safari ...
Some of the best beaches include Nungwi beach on the North Coast; Bwejuu beach and Jambiani beach on the South East coast. All of these beaches have accommodations that should suit all budgets. For those looking for more up market fare, Mnemba Island is gorgeous.
What to Wear
Since Zanzibar is a fairly conservative Muslim island, many people wonder what's appropriate to wear. On the beach, normal swimwear is perfectly acceptable and you'll be able to buy some nice sarongs while you're there. But when traveling around, visiting Stone Town or any of the Spice plantations, you should wear loose, comfortable clothes. Women should wear a skirt below the knee or loose trousers and a t-shirt (with sleeves, not a tank-top). Men should wear shirts with shorts or long trousers. Since the weather is hot all year round, sunscreen and sunglasses should be part of any outfit.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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Woman with traditional head-covering, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
The dominant religion in Zanzibar is Islam and many women wear traditional head scarves.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Sarongs on display, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
You know you're near a good beach when tie-dye sarongs are for sale on every corner.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Woman and child looking out of a window in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist attraction on the main island because of its well-preserved architecture.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Typical street in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Narrow alleyways, intricately carved doors and ornate balconies is what makes Stone Town a popular destination in Zanzibar.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Spices for Sale, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Zanzibar was once the spice capital of the world and is still a major exporter of cloves. You can tour the spice plantations when you visit the islands.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Painter in Zanzibar (Tanzania)Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Mosque, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Islam is the predominant religion in Zanzibar, brought to its shores by Arab traders in the 7th Century.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Men Shopping, Zanzibar (Tanzania)Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Market Stall, Zanzibar (Tanzania)Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Fishermen, Zanzibar (Tanzania)Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Brass details of a door in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
Brass fixings on a traditional door in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania).