ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar

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Name: Zanzibar
Country: Tanzania

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25-50 km off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba.

The wildlife of Zanzibar consists of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna in the Archipelago of Zanzibar. Its floral vegetation is categorized among the coastal forests of Eastern Africa. Its faunal species are mostly small animals, birds and butterflies.

The presence of micro lithic tools suggests that Zanzibar has been home to intelligent humans for at least 20,000 years, which was the beginning of the later Stone Age.

Zanzibar’s most famous event is the Zanzibar International Film Festival, also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries. Every July this event showcases the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar’s favourite music, Taarab. Important architectural features in Stone Town are the Livingstone house, The Old dispensary of Zanzibar, the Guliani Bridge, Ngome kongwe (The Old Fort of Zanzibar) and the House of Wonders.

The town of Kidichi features the Hamamni Persian Baths, built by immigrants from Shiraz, Iran during the reign of Barghash bin Said.

Zanzibar is also the only place in Eastern Africa countries to have the longest settlement houses formally known as Michenzani flats which were built by the aid from East Germany during 1970’s to solve housing problems in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches. Activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, wind-surfing, water-skiing and sailing on traditional local dhows.

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