ZanzibarExploring the Isle of Spices
Zanzibar’s very name is a byword for romantic exoticism. The island’s Indian Ocean air, perfumed with cinnamon and Arabic coffee, caresses travellers from the moment they step off their short flights from mainland Tanzania. Its white-sand beaches and serene resorts are marvellous places to unwind after a lively safari, and the meandering streets of Stone Town offer a colourful bit of history and a lot of interesting sparkle to a surpassingly lovely island experience.
DAY 1 Nairobi or Arusha to Zanzibar
A flight takes us to our choice of enchanting accommodations: a hotel in the exotically historical Stone Town district or a romantic beach resort outside of town.
DAY 2 Stone Town and Spice Plantations
After breakfast looking out at the Indian Ocean, we take a walking tour of ancient Stone Town, a World Heritage Site renowned for its fabulously colourful marketplace. After a languid lunch, we’ll head out to a plantation where cinnamon, cardamom, and intense Arab coffees are grown. And, of course, we’ll see cloves—the gold of Zanzibar —perhaps the world’s most desired spice.
DAY 3 Jozani Forest
We head east across the island, through set-piece villages and lush island vegetation to enchanting Jozani Forest, home of the rare red colobus monkey and the unusual tree-dwelling hyrax.
DAY 4 Departure
Before heading outbound, we’ll probably have a chance to do some last-minute shopping, perhaps for that fantastically carved teakwood chest that caught our eye, or a supply of intensely scented pomanders, reminders of a sojourn in what many insist is an earthly outpost of paradise.