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The 5 Best Kept Secrets of Zanzibarby Tania Wheeler

Zanzibar Beaches

With its vibrant culture and great diversity of landscapes beneath the tropical East African sky, Zanzibar is Tanzania's ultimate paradise. The turquoise waters along the coast of Zanzibar are teeming with abundant sea life and stunning coral reefs for snorkelling and diving. Besides the narrow winding alleys and jostling bazaars of Stone Town, or the endless white soft-sand beaches with its many idyllic palms, Zanzibar has a few best kept secrets and I’m going to share a few with you.

The Zamani Beach Club Grill and Bar Behold the horizon and beyond. Freshly cut coconut, succulent grilled jumbo prawns and crescents of pearly white sand beach with it's crystal clear waters…  divine! Zamani Beach Club Grill and Bar is open everyday from 10:00 until sunset.

Diving in Zanzibar Top sites include Kizidi Reef, a mini wall just 10 minutes by boat from Kizimkazi – one of Zanzibar’s best-kept secrets. A wonderful display of soft and hard corals, loads and loads of fish including some big groupers and rays, and the occasional turtle make this an excellent spot for snorkelers, novices and experienced divers alike. Look out for the tiny critters such as Leaf fish and cute little Nudibranchs.

Stone Town Fish Market The best and cheapest place to eat in Stone Town, if not Zanzibar, is at the open air fish market in the Forodhani Gardens on the waterfront. The smell might put you off but definitely a must see as its a great look at local life in Zanzibar. Opens at night.

The House of Wonders The House of Wonders is home to the Museum of History and Culture of Zanzibar and the Swahili Coast. The building is the largest in all of Stone Town - four stories with huge verandas. It takes you through Swahili history, culture, and economy - from the beginning days to present. Visit this early on during your stay so you can appreciate better the experience of being in Zanzibar.

Sunset Bar at Africa House Hotel With history dating back 150 years the Africa House Hotel boasts previous owners who were a wealthy slave trader from Oman, and the Sultan of Zanzibar. From the Sunset Bar on the first floor you can chill out and relax, drink in hand, and watch the colorful sun set over the ocean while fishermen glide by in their dhows. Stunning. For further information on East Africa, Zanzibar or overland trips in Tanzania contact OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.

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