In history, Zanzibar was called the “spice island” and it was a trade island for people travelling between Africa, the Arabian peninsula and India. Subsequently Zanzibar fell under control of the Portugese, the Sultanate of Oman and the British empire until it gained independence in 1963 and became a semi-autonomous region under Tanzania. It is clear that many people have influenced the culture and the economy of Zanzibar. Nowadays, the trade in spice and fish remains important but many people know Zanzibar as the getaway island with white beaches and a blue ocean.
I spent 4 days in Zanzibar in late January and stayed at Matemwe Lodge, an exclusive and secluded lodge on the north eastern side of the island. There was not a soul in the world and it felt as if you had the whole place to yourself. I went snorkling near Pemba island but spent most of the day in a hammock overlooking the ocean, sipping on a pineapple-coconut cocktail. Life doesn’t always have to be adventure-packed! 🙂