The winding alleyways are still there, and the carved doors. Forodhani Gardens still is the place to go in the evenings, with the setting sun illuminating the scene. The east coast beaches are as lovely as ever. But, Zanzibar has changed. It’s due in part to the masses of visitors who descend on the island during the high season. In part, it’s due to the seemingly endless proliferation of new hotels, most built with apparently no thought for the surrounding community and ecosystems. Whatever the reason, the sense of stepping back in time, the island’s once-legendary ability to transport the visitor through centuries and cultures, is no longer there. Is the magic completely gone? Probably not, although it’s certainly more difficult to find. But, come and see for yourself. And, travel wisely. Not only do smart travel choices matter, but here they could make the difference between Zanzibar’s strangulation or its survival.
Road to Zanzibar
Visit Africa and travel along the road to Zanzibar through Kenya and Tanzania. Cross vast savannas where magnificent herds of elephants roam, enjoy warm village welcomes in lush jungles and see where white sand and palm trees meet the deep, blue sea on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Kenya to Vic Falls
Watch captivating Africa unfurl before your eyes as you travel from the gritty modernity of Nairobi to the epic power of Victoria Falls. Magnificent herds of elephants roam the vast Serengeti plains, golden sunlight warms powdery beaches in Zanzibar and local villagers keep age-old traditions alive in Malawi and Zimbabwe.