The tropical archipelagos of Zanzibar are a highlight in Tanzania, if not the whole of Africa, located just off the coast of the country’s capital city, Dar es Salaam. Brightsun Travel offers exclusive holidays to Zanzibar all year round, so that you can go on an island holiday of a lifetime in Africa this year. Start in Dar es Salaam and in one day you could explore bustling fish markets, learn about the region’s ancient tribes, and explore the city’s exciting music scene. Then on to Zanzibar Town, a World Heritage site, and you will discover fragrant spice markets, beautifully preserved architecture dating back to the 19th century, historic spice plantations and a decent music scene. In Zanzibar Town, you will be able to enjoy ‘taarab’ concerts - a local genre of music reflecting a mix of Swahili, Arabic and Indian influences - before heading out to the region’s gorgeous surrounding islands. Zanzibar’s islands are places where you can laze on sandy beaches, explore lush forests and discover beautiful marine reserves.
About 12 kilometres from Zanzibar Town is the uninhabited island of Chumbe, with incredible shallow-water coral reefs protected by marine sanctuaries, providing a popular ecotourism destination. Then there’s the uninhabited Bongoyo and Mbudya Islands, where you will find sandy beaches set against lush vegetation, and one of the country’s best snorkelling and diving spots. Mafia Island and Pemba Island, also part of the Zanzibar archipelago, offer a more off-the-beaten-track taste of island life, with incredible scuba diving sites in protected marine reserves. Pemba Island or ‘Green Island’ has a strong spice growing economy and a traditional fishing community, as well as unspoiled reefs at its edges and oceans full of life. Whatever you are looking for from a summer holiday this year, Zanzibar can certainly deliver. And Brightsun Travel has a wide range of beach holidays to Zanzibar to suit romantic getaways and family holidays of a lifetime. We also have flights and hotel deals across the country, so you can tie in a tour of Zanzibar with some of Tanzania’s vibrant urban centres.
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