The demand for relaxing in nature's arms has given Zanzibar holidays its much deserved place in the list of great get away locations. Located in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is an archipelago of a number of small islands and two large ones named Unguja and Pemba. The name Zanzibar is derived from two Arabic words 'Zenj' meaning black and 'bar' meaning land. Till the year 1964 it was an independent state when it was united with the state of Tangyanika to form Tanzania. Zanzibar is now a part of the United Republic of Tanzania but still enjoys a great degree of autonomy. The capital city of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City located on the Unguja Island. Stone Town is its historic centre which is also a world heritage site.
Apart from spices and raffia tourism is a major industry in the country. Owning to its rich natural and cultural heritage Zanzibar holidays have gained popularity and prove to be a promising destination when the thought of getting close to nature is concerned. Once on these lands one cannot resist the crystal clear waters, the brightly coloured rich marine life, and the swaying coconut palms that line the white sandy beaches. When out in the waters the experience of diving into the clear blue waters cannot be equalled to any other. The underwater provides a kaleidoscopic view of shoals of fish, playful sea-urchins, camouflaging octopuses, sea cucumbers, and cuttlefish, just to name a few.
Wild Life In Zanzibar
After the exhilarating underwater experience the terrestrial reserves leave no stone unturned to mark an impression on a tourist's memories. Being a part of Africa the first thing that would come to mind would be wild life and standing up to its reputation this land of Zanzibar has enough to offer.
There Are Many Wild Life National Reserves In The State Of Zanzibar:
Jozani Forest Reserve: The Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey is one of the rarest primates. Distinct from its mainland species the Red Colobus has a very different coat pattern and food habits and calls. Other species found here are the Sykes monkey, bush babies, and duikers. There are also over 40 species of birds and 50 species of butterflies.
Ngezi Forest Reserve is home to the indigenous flying fox, duikers and a host of varieties of owls.
Kidike Root Site houses the famous but endangered Pemba flying fox. In its shelters one can also discover tortoises, Bush crabs, Vervet monkeys, Mozambique cobras, and Red Eyed doves.
Being a part of Tanzania the Serengeti National Park cannot be overlooked. This national reserve is quite famous for its annual migration of the white beard wildebeest and 250,000 zebras.
This national park further extends into the country of Kenya as the Masai Mara National Park where the Masai safari is quite a thrilling adventure. Since the two countries share the vast Serengeti Plains the animals freely roam from one country to the other. It is only the name of the park that changes across the border but the wild life remains the same.
When ever an African nation is mentioned the first thing that comes to mind is its wild life. Zanzibar has a lot to offer is this department and Zanzibar holidays prove to be the best when it comes to hospitality and adventure. A visit to this awe-inspiring land is bound to leave an impression on the mind and heart.
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