Let Zanzibar spice up your tropical getaway

23rd May 2013

Tanzania's sun-soaked tropical island of Zanzibar is the stuff of legend - and the perfect getaway for heat lovers on group tours.

The island's tourism industry has been booming since its government's publicity push in the 1980s.

Providing butterflies to Beach Boys, spices to snorkelling and giant tortoises, Zanzibar has recently become a destination that offers tourists a chance to experience an exotic paradise for a relatively low cost.

Tourists can travel to smaller islands on dhows, traditional sailing vessels, to lap up the beauty while cruising along at a surprisingly rapid pace through the Indian Ocean or snorkel over a reef at Mnemba Island.

They can also see just why Zanzibar is nicknamed "the Spice Islands".

Only tourism bests spices when it comes to the island's main industry. It is a leading producer of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper.

Stroll through the protected forests and you'll see the plants from which different spices are sourced as a guide explains how they are grown and utilised.

Here, you may also see the distinctive Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey or the Zanzibar Servaline Genet cat-like mammal.

If you're looking for cultural sites, then Stone Town is the place for you.

This Unesco World Heritage Site claims to be East Africa's last remaining functioning ancient town.

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