Unguja Island Beach Holiday
Kenyan epic safaris offers Unguja island beach holiday which runs for a span of four days where by you can undertake excursions to stone town or busk in the sun on the white sandy beaches.
Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with exotic coral reefs, warm clear blue waters, idyllic islands, excellent reefs for snorkeling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing and water sports activities.
Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. Stone Town makes for a very interesting cultural visit.
Zanzibar is an excellent beach retreat. Its laid back atmosphere, un spoilt beaches and turquoise waters provide the perfect place to relax and an excellent setting for a romantic honeymoon.
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Unguja Island Beach Holiday Itinerary
Zanzibar – Stone Town
Arrival at Zanzibar airport/sea port meet & greet by Kenyan epic safaris representative; a briefing will be conducted on what to expect on your Unguja island beach holiday. You will be transferred by road to one of best 4star Hotel in stone town of Zanzibar.
On arrival you will be given a welcome drink and then you will be assisted to check into your respective rooms. Spend the rest of the day at leisure on the beach or on the swimming pool. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
- Zanzibar return flights.
- Return road transfers.
- Halfboard Accommodation.
- Excursions and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking tour guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
The Tembo House Hotel is situated in the heart of Stone Town of Zanzibar at the picturesque seafront, It is magnificent building. Which has functioned in many ways over the past years.
Zanzibar Island History
Zanzibar has lured traders, adventurers, plunderers and explorers to its shores for centuries. The Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English have all been here at one time or another. Some, particularly the Shirazi Persians and Omani Arabs, stayed to settle and rule.
With this influence, Zanzibar has become predominantly Islamic (97%) – the remaining 3% is made up of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs. The earliest visitors to Zanzibar were Arab traders who are said to have arrived in the 8th century. The earliest building that remains on Zanzibar is the mosque at Kizimkazi, which dates from 1107, and is a present-day tourist attraction.
For centuries the Arabs sailed with the monsoon winds from Oman to trade primarily in ivory, slaves and spices. The two main islands, Unguja (normally known as Zanzibar Island) and Pemba, provided an ideal base for the Omani Arabs, being relatively small, and therefore fairly easy to defend.
Indeed, in 1832, Sultan Seyyid Said, of the Busaid dynasty that had emerged in Oman, moved his Sultanate from Muscat to Zanzibar, perhaps making it easier to protect, where he and his descendants ruled for over 130 years. Most of the wealth lay in the hands of the Arab community, who were the main landowners at that time.
Widespread intermarriage between Shirazis and Africans gave rise to a coastal community with distinctive features, and a language derived in part from Arabic, which became known as Swahili. The name Swahili comes from the Arab word sawahil, which means ‘coast’. The Zanzibar descendants of this group were not greatly involved in the lucrative slave, spice and ivory trades. Instead, they immersed themselves mainly in agriculture and fishing.
Those Shirazi that did not intermarry retained their identity as a separate group. Indian traders arrived in connection with the spice and ivory trade, and quickly settled as shopkeepers, traders, skilled artisans and professionals. The British became involved in missionary and trading activities in East Africa, and attempting to suppress the slave trade centred in Zanzibar.
Goods from Britain docked here before they moved on to other parts of Africa. No longer very prosperous in the fiscal sense, the island has a wealth of historical monuments to visit which commemorate the African, British and particularly Arab influences- sultan’s palaces, cathedrals, mosques, fortresses and old colonial houses.
“Spice Tours” are the ideal way to see the island’s historic sites and spice plantations. There is also a sanctuary for the rare Zanzibar duiker and the red colobus monkey in the protected Jozani Forest, just twenty-five kilometers from the town.