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Zanzibar – An Exotic Must Visit Country

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Zanzibar may be a relatively new African tourist destination, but when it comes to lodging it definitely has lots to boast about.  Hotels and lodges which offer quality service can be found here.  From the lone traveler to a family of tourists, Zanzibar is sure to have some place cozy for you.

The inhabitants of the country are melting pot of cultures both modern and ethnic. Hadimadu ethnic group is considered as majority. It is noted however that in addition to Sunni Muslim Zanzibaris, there are also those who are Hindus. While lesser percentage is Christians. But despite the differences of cultures and ethnicity in the land, its unique mix complements the Zanzibari culture as a whole. And it is by its culture that its famous festivals are so lively and displays a fun environment to be in.

When you find yourself planning to visit yet don’t know what to do and what places to visit, it is a wise choice to pick a dedicated and trustworthy tourism firm or a tour-guide to assist you in your visit. Not all people have the luxury of time to spend weeks or more in the island. If you’re one of those vacation-seekers, it’s best to avail of the services of a guide. You’ll need it because in Zanzibar there are so much places to visit and attractions both for its natural heritage and cultural heritage.

One of the top of the list is the coastal shores. This part is easily notable for its clear waters and beautiful beaches especially if you arrive at Zanzibar via ferry. Its coastal tourism is boasts abundant marine life while in places that are more remote such as Mangapwani, the environment is more tranquil and peaceful.

The island takes pride in three of their forest reserves, the Jozani forest reserve, the Ngezi forest reserve, and the Kiwenga forest reserve. Wildlife and plants are in such an array that the biodiversity is high in these areas. Exotic trees tower over the forest while some of them are considered to be unique to the place in such as they are no found anywhere else. While nature tripping and viewing may be what you like, you must also take part in the Spice tour experience. Tourists are guided to visit plantations of spice and the places where it is processed into medicines, beauty products, food spice, and as dye as well.

Zanzibar is truly the tourist’s dream for a tropical tour in the Indian Ocean.  From lively festivals to unique culture, and its natural environment, this place indeed has something for everyone!

Experience the Spice of Life at Zanzibar

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Have you ever felt that you have heard and seen everything? Your bored with your usual holidays?  How about a safari for a change? Take a venture to Eastern Africa and arrive at Zanzibar.  Here is where you get to experience the spice of life at its best.  Where else can you find lush and white sandy beaches coupled with fun-loving people?  You will find that and much, much more at Zanzibar.

So what makes Zanzibar enticingly different?  For starters, Zanzibar has an annual music festival called Sauti za Busara held in Stone Town the historic Old Fort.  It is a time when musical enthusiasts, artists, or just about anybody looking for their fair share of fun on this side of the globe all gather for five days of nonstop fun and exposure to the culture of Zanzibar.

This has to be one of the best five days of your life as you get to experience a huge dose of great music and culture.  Not only will you get first hand experience but you can ejnoy the local cuisine as well.  Street parties, seminars, workshops, film viewing, carnivals, and street parades are just some of the activities lined up for those who want to pay a visit to Zanzibar during this 5-day event.

Aside from the musical festival, Zanzibar has lots of other activities to offer to the eager tourist.  Discover the ‘spice of life’, literally.  Zanzibar keeps true to its reputation as a spice island as it abounds with lots of spices which are both rich in color and taste.  Your visit to Zanzibar wouldn’t be complete without exploring and smelling the fine spice produce.  Renowned for aromatic spices such as cinnamon and cloves, your nose is sure to be delighted with what the island offers.

Once you have finished with music festivals and spice tasting why not have a go at diving at Prison Island.  Despite its rather gloomy name, Prison Island is a haven for diving enthusiasts and for those who want to chill and relax.  Who knows?  You might even spot a giant tortoise or two.

With so much to see and do we believe you would have the time of your life by experiencing the ‘spice’  or dive in Zanzibar. It’s a wonderful mix of culture, music, and people this is what makes Zanzibar one of the prime spots to visit in Africa.

Sauti za Busara ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ Music Festival in Zanzibar

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Corto, the Partner of your Safari in Tanzania, is very glad to share with you the list of Musicians who will be performing this year at the African Music Festival, Sauti za Busara 2011.

This very unique Festival is both a real Musical and Cultural Feast.

Visit our web page for more infos:

http://www.cortosafaristanzania.com/zanzibar-music-festival.php

Link to the Festival’s website:

http://www.busaramusic.org

Provisional Line Up

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)  Blick Bassy (Cameroon)  Cheikh Lô (Senegal) Otentikk Street Brothers (Mauritius)  Kassé Mady Diabaté (Mali)  Kwani Experience (South Africa) Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania)  Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar)  Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar)  Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar)  Sukiafrica Sukiyaki Allstars (Various)  Yaaba Funk (UK)  Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden)  Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar) Swahili Encounters Group (Various)  Les Frères Sissoko (Senegal)  GEATA (Ethiopia) Djeli Moussa Diawara (Guinea)  Groove Lélé (Reunion)  NEWS Quartet (Various)  Vusa Mkhaya & Band(Various)  Nomakanjani Arts (Zambia)  Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia)  Les Go de Kotéba (Cote d’Ivoire) Djaaka (Mozambique)  Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Kenya)  Lelelele Africa (Kenya)  Bismillahi Gargar (Kenya)  Atemi & the Ma3 Band (Kenya)  Black Roots (Zanzibar)  Sauda (Tanzania)  Tunaweza Band (Tanzania)  Wanyambukwa Artist Group (Tanzania)  Tom Diakité (Mali) and more.

The Festival in Video

Documentary on Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A very nice documentary on France 5, also online until the 6th July. Subject: Zanzibar and the Kilimanjaro region, both presented by Tanzanians. A true invitation to travel.

http://documentaires.france5.fr/documentaires/vu-sur-terre/tanzanie

You want to find out more on Zanzibar or the Kilimanjaro? Visit our pages on these 2 famous regions in Tanzanie: