an archipelago consisting of two main Islands of Unguja (commonly referred to
as Zanzibar Island),
Pemba and about 51 other surrounding small islets. Zanzibar is a partner state
in the United Republic of Tanzania with the Mainland. The name Zanzibar is
derived from a combination of two Arabic words, 'Zenj', meaning black, and
'bar', being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title 'Land of
the Blacks'. As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as the Orient and Iberia,
Assyria and India. Pemba is the second largest island of the Archipelago, named
Al-khudra "The Green Island” by the Arabic mariners. It is famous for its
clove production and its channels offer some of the best diving experiences in
Zanzibar consists of a multiracial and multicultural community. It is a
society of many faiths and of different origins. Almost the entire population
is of mixed races primarily of Arab and African decent and blended with local culture.
The largest town in the archipelago is the capital, Stone Town, located
in the middle of the west coast of Unguja, the main island. The town was named
for the coral stone buildings that were built there largely during the 19th
century, on the site of a very old fishing village.
Tall houses line narrow alleyways set in a confusing maze radiating out
from the centre towards the sea.The streets are too narrow for cars but not,
unfortunately, for bicycles and even motorbikes. Life is lived very much as it
was in the past and the many mosques’ muezzin calls can be heard echoing above
the narrow streets five times daily. The architecture is Arabic, which means
the walls are very thick, the houses tall and with square and simple facades.
Many of the buildings have a central courtyard going up through all the floors,
Zanzibar cultures became more diverse in its range, more unique in its
expression. Zanzibar is the birthplace of Swahili, a language forged from
global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened and a Sultan’s empire prospered. It is here
that the Africa Culture blended with other cultures mainly Persian, Arabic and
Indian to forms Swahili Culture. Today the romance, the splendor and legends of
the past are still vibrantly alive, traditional sailing dhows, carved wooden
and doors, chests, the scent of the clove and the smile of the hospitable
people welcomes you to Zanzibar.
Many tours can be made to visit the various coconut
and spice plantations and smallholdings out the in the country. The great
variety of species and plants grown in Zanzibar is
used to food flavouring and preparation, cosmetics, dyes and medicines.
Delicious fruits, including orange, lime, coconut and banana are grown in
Zanzibar, along with lesser known breadfruit, jackfruit and custard apple.
Fragrant and aromatic species, such as cloves, nutmeg, ginger,
chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, cinnamon, seaweed
can all be seen growing and are for sale on boutique shops and roadside stalls.
The paradisiacal shores of Zanzibar are exotic as its name. The blue ocean of Zanzibar
is one of the most exhilarating experiences to be had on a holiday in this part
of East Africa.
Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness.
Home is where the heart's tears can dry at their own pace.
(Vernon G. Baker)
Home is where friendships are formed and families are grown; where joy is
shared and true love is known; where memories are made and seeds of life are
sown. This is the place . . . that people call HOME.