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12 Things that you should know about Zanzibar Island

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Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island is amazing for its crystal waters, sandy beaches, amazing wildlife, and diverse culture all make Zanzibar a beautiful setting for a holiday, tourist, adventure trip and even volunteer trip to Africa, Zanzibar Experience is allowing you to explore this hidden corner of the Africa Continent.

Kilibound Adventures will take you to Zanzibar to have this amazing Experience, you might ask yourself questions like how many days can you spend in Zanzibar? Is Zanzibar experience worth tour? The answer is yes, Zanzibar experience is worth tour for you, will be worthing every penny, and Kilibound Adventures will never disappoint you in this amazing Experience. First of all here are the 12 things that you should know about Zanzibar Island.

  1. Top Attraction to Visit in Zanzibar Islands

-Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve.

-Stone Town

-Prison Island (Changuu Private Island)

-Nungwi Beaches

-Cheetah’s Rock

  1. Zanzibar Island Night Life

Zanzibar Island nightlife choices are amazing, fun and very unique, you can easily spend your night at a laid-back beach bar in Kendwa or an up-market nightclub in Stone Town only depends on your Choices and preference.

  1. Zanzibar consist of multiple Islands

Many people believes that Zanzibar is just one island that’s not true, Zanzibar is consisting of multiple islands. In fact, it is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometers (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones are Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island. The total population of Zanzibar is expected to be around 1.5 million as of 2022.

  1. Wildlife in Zanzibar Islands

Zanzibar is home to the red colobus monkey, the Zanzibar servaline genet, and the Zanzibar leopard. The red colobus monkey is an endangered species, and its population is still decreasing. These amazing primates can usually be found in the Jozani Forest, unlike another of Zanzibar’s critically endangered animals – the Zanzibar leopard. Zanzibar’s rich marine life found in the coral reefs. The Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park incorporates the largest remaining indigenous forest on the island, home of several rare species found in the island. Many animal species such as, Chameleons, geckos, tortoises, crabs, dik-dik), striped lizards, monitor lizards and hyrax, big pythons.

  1. The apital of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City

Many people believe Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar. That is very big misconception, the capital city of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City, in which Stone Town is found in. Stone Town is a must-see place when in Zanzibar, famous for its narrow streets, coral stone buildings, and spice markets, all of which make the city a center point of Zanzibar culture. Stone Town was also identified as UNESCO World Heritage Site by UN, and is famous for the elaborate wooden carvings which can be found in the doors of most buildings in the city. The carvings are all subtly different in their designs, reflecting social status, ethnicity, and religion, some designs feature verses from the Quran.

  1. Zanzibar Island has two rainy seasons

Zanzibar has two rainy season but many part of this island enjoys a warm climate all the year around, just like most of East African countries near the Equator, Zanzibar has equal days and nights of 12 hours each. Its two rainy seasons are split into short and long seasons; the long rainy season occurs between March and May, and the short rainy season takes place in November and December. For the most part, however, Zanzibar boasts hot summers and pristine blue skies, which allows honeymooners, tourists and volunteers to make the most of its beautiful sandy beaches.

  1. Zanzibar is most famous for its Spices

Spice farming forms a major part of Zanzibar’s economy second only to Tourist Industry. The islands are sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands, due to the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper that are grown there, you can learn about Zanzibar culture as you explore the city of Stone Town and take in the sights, smells and tastes of the spice farms.

  1. Famous Rock Star was born in Zanzibar

Freddie Mercury was a lead singer of Queen Band, born as Farrouhkh Bulsara in Stone Town Zanzibar on September 5 of 1946, Freddie Mercury was a British rock singer and songwriter whose flamboyant showmanship and powerfully agile vocals, most famously for the band Queen, made him one of rock’s most. Is regarded by many as the best ever male vocalist and musician. The charismatic performer, along with the other members of Queen, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, following 15 studio albums and unprecedented global success. There are many tributes to Freddie Mercury at various locations around Stone Town, and Queen Fans flock to the Shangani area of Zanzibar, where he grew up. Freddie died November 24, 1991, Kensington, London, England

  1. Islam is the most dominant religion on the island

The majority of Zanzibar population are Muslim, and Islam is widely practiced in Zanzibar. There are many number of mosques on the island, one of the oldest mosque is the Kizimkazi mosque in Dimbani, on the main island. There is a small Christian minority in Zanzibar, and the cathedral in Stone Town is a prominent landmark, having undergone restoration work in midst of 2016 at a cost of more than 1 million United States Dollar.

  1. The main language is Swahili

Swahili is the official language of Zanzibar and Tanzania in general, but locals can speak also Arabic and English and few can speak Italian, Spanish and French especially those work in tourism industry. Swahili language is widely spoken throughout East Africa in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.

  1. Union Day is a National holiday

On April 26th every year, Tanzania and Zanzibar commemorate the founding of modern-day Tanzania through the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar on 26th April 1964. The day is usually filled with patriotic speeches by politicians, as well as parades by scouts children and local organizations across Tanzania and Zanzibar.

  1. The current flag of Zanzibar was embraced in 2005

The current flag of Zanzibar was adopted in 2005 ,currently 17 years old! The three horizontal lines of blue, black, and green are complemented by the inclusion of the flag of Tanzania in the top corner. Prior to the current flag, Zanzibar shared the Tanzanian flag, which was adopted in 1964. Before this date, Zanzibar’s flag looked very similar to today’s version, but did not have the Tanzanian flag in the corner. In total, Zanzibar has had six different national flags since 1856. The semi-autonomous region once had a flag of three horizontal stripes of black, yellow, and blue, which was used for 17 days in January 1964.

 

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