AFRICANGLOBE – The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world.
You’ll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists.
Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter. Or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages—each one’s better than the next.
Everyone has heard of Zanzibar, but few know where it is. It could almost be fictitious, one of those mythical names that conjure up exotic spices, tropical fruit and magnificent Sultans.
Happily for us, it does exist, sitting just off the coast of Tanzania (Tanganyika) in east Africa. And so do the exotic spices and tropical fruit:
bananas, pineapples, cloves, passion fruit, coconuts and palms are everywhere. The Sultans exist too – or they did until recently.
Which is how it came to be known as the spice islands. Zanzibar consists of two larger islands – Unguja (the main one) and Pemba – as well as a dozen smaller ones. Further south is the archipelago of Mafia.
All of them are ringed by dazzlingly white beaches, turquoise waters and colourful corals.
Put on a mask and flippers and you have a ready-made aquatic safari – easily combined with a terrestrial safari by taking a short flight across the Indian Ocean to some of Africa’s best game parks.
The Zanzibari people are friendly and colourful, their pace is unashamedly African, their seafood is top notch.
The climate is hot and bright for 10 months of the year, and only a couple of time zones away from Europe.
And there are some idyllic places to stay. Zanzibar Islands have launched its drive to promote the destination as a sustainable holiday spot.
Industry stakeholders have united to position the islands as sustainable locations.
Grassroots Traveller, a Destination Management Company has launched its travel itinerary that includes volunteering programs and travel with a purpose itinerary that includes visits to community based non-profit organizations and have partnered with tourism actors whose aim it to enhance holiday experiences.
The legendary Safari Blue, Zanzibar’s most talked about sea adventure, drives corporate social responsibility by supporting local schools and providing student sponsorships as well as infrastructure improvements in Fumba village where they have supported the construction of a local mosque on Kwale Island where the visitors enjoy part of the Safari Blue activities.
They also continue to be involved in raising money for local non-profits organizations.
The Chumbe Island Coral Park, a private nature reserve, was developed in 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of the uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar, one of the last untouched coral islands in the region.
The overall aim of The Chumbe Island Coral Park is to create a model of financially and ecologically viable management, where ecotourism supports conservation, research and comprehensive Environmental Education programs for local schools and visitors alike.
The Manta Resort on the green island of Pemba, utilizes renewable energy – solar power to retain Pemba’s natural charm.
They emphasize on the participation of local communities in the operation through employment and preserving culture and traditional values.
“Modern travelers are becoming more conscious on the importance of CSR. Zanzibar has visitors from the world over, all in search of that tropical get-away experience but recently we have seen the influx of travellers looking for holidays with a purpose.
We are now constructing guidelines to implement sustainable vacations for travellers to the islands” said Hafsa Mbamba, CEO, Grassroots Traveller.
Changes in the industry are inevitable; Sustainable Tourism is fast becoming a necessity for travellers.
Zanzibar is a destination that offers more than sun, sand & sea and is driving responsible travel to tourists who are considering positive footprints in their holidays is primary.
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