The largest of all the islands in the archipelago Zanzibar Island (Unguja) is 80 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide. It is covered in coconut plantations, spice farms and lush vegetation.
There are pretty roads through avenues of mangos and the forest at Jozani where endemic Kirk's red colobus can be seen. Everywhere you go you'll find small farming villages where chicken and children run all over the roads and you are welcomed with smiles.
The coastline has picture perfect beaches which at high tide look really idyllic but do be aware that Zanzibar is a very tidal island and swimming at low tide isn't always possible, however most properties have lovely pools to cool off in whilst the tide is out. The coral reefs are accessible by boat trips for snorkelling and diving and offer an abundance of marine life and turtles. At the back of the beaches small fishing villages shade under coconut palms. Little huts are sunk in snowdrifts of sand, fat ducks waddle about, fishing nets hang from crooked wooden racks and seaweed is spread out to dry. At high tide all the dhows sail in and lively bartering for the day's catch ensues.
The properties Audley use on Zanzibar are all very comfortable and some quite quirky but do be aware that the level of service and the standard of accommodation can be a little lower than expected. This is particularly noticeable if you have been on safari before heading to the beach as the service there is much more personal and prompt. The Zanzibari are lovely people and will attend to your needs but they are also very laid back and things may take a bit longer than you are used to!
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