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    HTT Holidays and Incentives
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    5 Jan 22, 2014

    Zanzibar feels like another world, one scented with cinnamon, drenched in sugar cane juice, populated with dhow (carved wooden boats) and women dressed in the traditional bui-bui. A trip to Zanzibar is well worth the two-hour ferry ride or puddle-jump in a plane to savour its spicy delights.

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    Anisha Shah
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    5 Dec 11, 2013

    For perfect stargazing nights and hot sunny days, The Residence embodies the exoticism and mystique of the castaway African Spice Island, Zanzibar. Secluded beachfront pool villas are set along vast white-sands and coconut palms. Villa bicycles encourage exploration of 80-acre grounds.

    The glass-walled infinity pool radiates sophistication whilst a full-service spa enhances total relaxation. My highlight is champagne picnic on the private pier, watching local women wade through shallows of the sea at low tide, picking seaweed.

    Recommended for:FoodiesLocal CultureLuxury TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    Baxter Jackson
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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    Zanzibar is one of those rare places that is actually as exotic on the tongue as it is in real life. Spicy, sultry, tropical and seething of a bygone era of sultans and slaves, of missionaries and Allah under steamy African skies. Zanzibar's Stone Town, the jungles of the interior and sweeping sugary beaches all around are all begging for a Tin Tin style adventure.

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    DungBeetle Tours
    5 Jan 06, 2013

    Zanzibar has some many thing for trip memory. beach activities, jozana forest where you can visit as full day, explore time on the old building for the colonial of Arabs.also spice tour, visit local market. Also visit stone town

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    Salman Hatta
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    3 Nov 02, 2012

    Beautiful island with plenty of natural and architectural beauty. Stonetown has a lot of richness in its paved streets and laid-back ambience. Good cafes, local shopping, and historical sights. The beaches in the north, Nungwi and Kendwa, are great for chilling out and enjoying the beach. I'd say that Zanzibar is nicer for couples or families than otherwise -- the nightlife is somewhat lacking.

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    Tom Clark
    3 Jul 11, 2012

    I stayed here for a month. There was no electricity, but that did not stop them from having some amazing parties all over the island. Great way to bring in the New Year.

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    Keith Favreau
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Zanzibar was a great place to start our African Travels. It was a culturally dense island with nice people. Best plan is to spend a day in stone town walking the old city streets, markets. Then organize a spice tour and head to the eastern coast to enjoy some Indian Ocean bliss.

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    Ken Suzuki
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Zanzibar is a magical place! Highly recommended. It's changed a lot since I lived there 14 years ago, but I'm sure it still has the same charm. Great beaches, pretty good diving and the old stone town is pure magic.

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    Sigal Amsalem
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I traveled there ten years ago and I probably go back there, it's still the most magical place in my life I visited. beaches, sun, excellent food, relaxing and beautiful people.

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    Nicholas D
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    The name has found a permanent place in western imagination, but nothing can prepare you for the absolute natural paradise that is Zanzibar. The island's population is extremely poor and live in awful conditions, and any visitor must be prepared to deal with such circumstances. But if you can deal with the poverty, you will be rewarded by lush jungles, sparkling blue seas and white powder beaches. The culture of the region is expressed through color and cuisine, making any visit into a vibrant journey through a land still full of primal mystery.

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    Josh Yang
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Stone Town

    Place to stay: Dhow Palace Hotel - get the 4-single bed penthouse for ~$150 USD/night. Comes with AC, huge bathroom, private balcony and rooftop hangout spots. Amazing.
    Restaurants:
    - Monsoon - good food, relatively pricy, amazing indoor eating experience with live local music Wed and Sat nights. Need a reservation.
    - Africa House - solid place to grab drinks, food, smoke hookah overlooking the water
    - Fordhani Gardens (night market) - street vendors every night selling a few items super cheap. Seafood kebabs, sugar cane juice, "Zanzibar pizzas" (basically a crepe). Questionable for your stomach.
    - Livingstone - awesome bar on Fri/Sat nights with live band and dance floor. Outdoor seating on the beach overlooking the stars and water.

    Traveling: ferry is near a restaurant called Mercury which is just ok. Costs $35 USD per person to Dar es Salaam, and is a 2-3 hour ride. No need to book in advance.

    Things to see:
    - Spices tour is okay, kinda interesting
    - Lots of local shopping in stone town - you don't need a tour guide for this ... should just do it on your own. Some good shopping near Monsoon and Dhow Palace
    - Swim with dolphins is an amazing experience - on the south side of the island (~1 hour drive from Stone Town). Should be ~$40-50 USD per person for an 8am-4pm guided experience, all inclusive, including the dolphins, snorkeling, and 1 hour at Jozani Forest on the way back to see the colobus monkeys. Jozani by itself isn't that interesting

    Kendwa
    Place to stay:
    -We stayed at Sunset Bungalows for ~$75/double with AC during high season. It's right on the beach, with a cheap massage ($14 USD per hour), a great restaurant, and the best beach for swimming on the north coast. They have a shuttle for $10/pp that goes to Stone Town.

    -Can also stay at Kendwa Rocks next door. The dorm/hostel situation isn't bad, it's a room for $10 USD per person per night, with 8 clean beds. It's an outdoor room with no AC though, and you sleep with randoms.

    Restaurants: Sunset Bungalows food is prob the best in the area at affordable prices. The Indian Ocean Rock Lobster for ~$10 USD is an amazing deal. Great smoothies too.

    Do the walk to Nungwi, the next town over, during low-tide. It's a 30-minute walk and you'll have to wade in the water a bit, but it's an amazing walk especially around sunset. It's beautiful.

    The Full Moon Party happens at Kendwa Rocks on a Saturday night once a month. This is epic. One of the funnest nights in recent memory, with great music at a bar/club opening onto the beach. Definitely end the night jumping into the water.

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    Fran Cowan
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I lived in Zanzibar for 6 months. There's loads to do from Stone Town to the Northern beaches (Nungwi), 'Rastaville' aka Bwejuu is awesome. Also, it's just a skip over to the mainland for Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, safari etc & fairly straight forward to travel to the rest of East Africa from there. I'm dying to go back!

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    Daniel M
    5 Jan 17, 2014

    Beautiful place to visit.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersFamily TravelersHistory BuffsOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    baraka masatu
    5 Oct 13, 2013

    Best place to be

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    Maria Korsak
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    5 Apr 29, 2013

    The most beautiful is Mnemba atoll and northern beaches in Kendwa and Nungwi.

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    Vilma Persson
    5 Jul 30, 2012

    Love it!

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    Gunalan Sarvanan
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    One of the best diving spot in the world.

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    Wesley Steenkamp
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This is the place were love finds you... For me the most romantic place to be...

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    Tour Tibet
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Away from war, to a mysterious local tourism

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    Eunyoung Kil
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    In June, Not many travellers yet. Wonderful Ocean and good food!

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Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is an exotic destination that is distinguished by having fought the world’s quickest war, clocking in at 38 minutes. Peace becomes Zanzibar. It’s almost impossible to imagine war destroying Stone Town’s still waters, the street food stalls of Forodhani Gardens, and the white beaches lined with coconut palms. Zanzibar feels like another world, one scented with ... read more
cinnamon, drenched in sugar cane juice, populated with dhow (carved wooden boats) and women dressed in the traditional bui-bui. A trip to Zanzibar is well worth the two-hour ferry ride or puddle-jump in a plane to savour its spicy delights.

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