Beach Holiday in Zanzibar and Mombasa
Beach Holiday in Zanzibar and Mombasa are famous for their sun kissed coastline miles of white sandy beaches. Some popular, some deserted, but always with warm seas. Almost everyone combines their safari with a stay in on the beach, and most visit the main Zanzibar island of Unguja and in Mombasa at Diani, Watamu, Malindi, Lamu or Bamburi.
Zanzibar Beach is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of the mainland. The archipelago is made up of small islands and two major islands, Unguja (the main island) and Pemba. This is a prefect addition after a Tanzania safari.Historic Stone Town, located in the centre of Zanzibar City, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Persian traders initially used Stone Town as a base for travel between the Middle East, India and Africa. By the 19th century, it had become the centre of the spice trade and the slave trade with some 600,000 slaves passing through Zanzibar from 1830-1863.
Today, Zanzibar offers a complete change of pace from that of the mainland ona Tanzania vacatrion. It continues to be a melting pot of cultures and Arab, Persian, Indian, European and African influences are felt everywhere. Along with Tanzania’s Mafia Island, Zanzibar is sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands as the production of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper among others remain an important industry.
A popular tourist destination, many people visit the archipelago to learn about its rich history while others come to take advantage of the white sand beaches. Pemba in particular is becoming very well known for the dive sites in its channels. Experienced divers can enjoy the untouched and less crowded reefs on offer.
Mombasa Beach found on the Indian Ocean coastline of Kenya, the town of Mombasa is immersed in Swahili, Arab and Bantu influences. Good resorts and inviting beaches make it a perfect ending to a safari.
Mombasa is Kenya’s second largest city and one of Africa’s most popular beach destinations. Spend 4 days enjoying water sports, deep sea fishing or just relaxing on its pristine sands.
The city itself offers a range of sights including the Mombasa Tusks, the Old Town and a variety of Hindu temples, adding to the cultural makeup of Kenya’s most diverse city. Mombasa makes a perfect last stop on your safari adventure, or a fabulous getaway on its own.
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