a week in Zanzibar
winding lanes, the aroma of spices and white beaches
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Fondly known as Spice Island, Zanzibar is home to stunning beaches, crystal clear waters for diving, tours into the forests to discover the spice industry first hand and a maze like system of narrow streets in the capital, Stonetown
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On the east side of the island and an hours drivenfrom Stonetown, Pongwe is home to miles of sandy beaches and small hotels and resorts
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We selected the Seasons Lodge in Pongwe due to the location right on the beach, and the fact that it was a small resort with only 20 or so Beach Hut styled rooms. We were only here for 4 nights but were not disappointed with our choice
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About an hours drive from Pongwe, the One Ocean Dive Center in Matemwe caters for all levels of divers. Crystal clear water, some great corals and fish and fantastic staff made this a dive to remember
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Pingwe is a village on the Tanzanian island of Unguja, part of Zanzibar. It is one of two villages located in the east of the island at the northern tip of Michamvi Peninsula. It lies immediately to the east of the village of Kae.
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In my mind no visit to Zanzibar is complete without a visit to The Rock, stunning location, great food and amazing staff
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Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe, is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago
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We picked this hotel for our 3 night stay in Stonetown and we had no regrets, absolutely loved it, great location very friendly staff and a good restaurant and bar area
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Zanzibar has long been known as ‘Spice Island.’ This 4-hour, multisensory tour explores the island’s history in the spice trade. Take in the heady aromas and scents of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, chilis, vanilla, saffron and curry. The island also cultivates pineapples, jackfruits, lemons, limes, oranges, pomelos, durians and coconuts. The tour offers an off-the-beaten-path tour to see a part of Zanzibar many travelers don’t witness. Meet your local guide at your Stone Town hotel, and then travel by air-conditioned minivan to a rural farming village. At a spice farm, learn about the history of Zanzibar’s relationship to spices and the spice trade. Taste seasonal spices and a variety of fresh fruits — weather permitting, you’ll even get to taste coconut straight from the tree!Next, meet a cassava farmer, who will demonstrate typical African farming techniques. Then, learn how to prepare a traditional sauce with coconut milk and cassava leaves during a hands-on cooking lesson in the farmer’s outdoor kitchen. After the lesson, taste your sauce along with a traditional Swahili lunch including spiced rice, bananas and farm-fresh local vegetables. At the end of the tour, you’ll head back to Stone Town.
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This was one of the most interesting yet harrowing things I have walked round and could easily have spent many more hours in this area. Give yourself time to read all the information present in the main gallery area to truly understand how Zanzibar become the centre for the slave trade, and just how recently this was still happening
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We loved this place, incredible food and wine, and the friendliest staff. Such a cool interior and a beautiful garden out front if the weather is cool enough. Try the lobster and shrimp risotto - incredible
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