Best places to visit in Zanzibar: Our pick #2
Rivalling its beaches for worldwide recognition, spices from Zanzibar have really made a name for themselves in the global market and no trip to the island would be complete without taking the time to get properly acquainted with them. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and pepper are just some of the spices that can be seen during a tour of one of Zanzibar’s many spice plantations. Tours are usually led by a knowledgeable local guide who will not only teach you about the culinary and medical properties of whichever spice you have stumbled upon but will also explain each spice’s historical context and its significance in the spice trade route. Taking a tour through Zanzibar’s spice plantations, however, is not just about getting familiar with turmeric and chilli, it is just as much about seeing the rural side of the island and communicating with its locals. The spice industry is the bedrock of the local economy alongside tourism, and it would be a shame to visit the island without delvinginto the industry!