A fascinating city on an island called Unguja, Zanzibar is the capital of the Zanzibar region, which is a part of Tanzania. While you're in the city, you’ll come across an interesting mix of African, Arabian, and Indian cultures and some historic buildings during your sightseeing trips. There are some truly gorgeous beaches along the coasts that are largely idyllic and offer excellent opportunities to enjoy your favourite beach-side activities. Zanzibar also has a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Stone Town, which was the former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate.
The period from March to May gets most of the rainfall while the months of November and December get lesser rains. Tourists stay away from the city during these two rainy seasons that often hamper the plans of outdoor activities. You can enjoy cheap holidays to Zanzibar if you visit this part of the world during the rainy season. An ideal time to be in the city is during the period from June to October as the weather is cool and dry. The months of December and February are also the best times to be in the city owing to a hot and dry climate. The months of July, August, February, and March are ideal for tourists who wish to indulge in scuba diving and other adventurous underwater activities.
You'll enjoy your time spent in Stone Town as you get to witness the majestic Arabic-style buildings and some intriguing winding alleys. There are plenty of experiences that this historic town has in store for you and among them is sipping from a steamy cup of coffee in one of the local cafes. You can head to the Jozani forest, a scenic region that has vast expanses of greenery. It nurtures a swamp forest that's unique and full of ferns and trees. If you wish to take a break from sightseeing during your Zanzibar holidays and spend some relaxed moments, head to the beach located in the Nungwi village in the north-western part of the city.
During your time spent in the city, you can sail around the city in a catamaran that can be hired on a per-person basis. Your cheap Zanzibar holidays can get more exciting with deep sea fishing in the waters between Zanzibar and Pemba islands. The warm currents of the equator provide wonderful opportunities for activities like scuba diving and snorkelling within a short distance from most of the beaches. You can enjoy a jet-skiing tour from Nungwi and pass the Kendwa beach, where you can relax yourself a bit. Kitesurfing and parasailing can also be enjoyed while holidaying in the city.
When you're in Zanzibar, you'll get to taste some delicious treats that are the gifts of African, Indian, and Arabic cultures. Among them is the mouth-watering Biryani, which comprises of rice cooked in various spices and accompanied by meat or fish curry. Octopus Curry is a favourite of the locals and widely eaten in the city's hotels and street stalls. You can also savour this dish while on your visit to the beaches in the eastern region of Zanzibar.
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