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The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words, 'Zinj', meaning black, and 'barr', being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title 'Land of the Blacks'.

As Zanzibar absorbed people, culture, and personal experiences from as far as The Orient and Iberia, Assyria and India, the tapestry of its culture became more diverse in its range, and more unique in its expression.

Zanzibar is the birthplace of Swahili; a lingua franca forged from global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened, and a Sultan's empire prospered.

Zanzibar has a rich history saturated with many invasions throughout the centuries. In the middle of the 19th century, under rule of the Omani Arabs, the Island was the most important trading port on the East Coast of Africa.

The strident laments and exultant overtures of Swahili taarab were born. Their rhythms and melodies were carried and honed between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf until they became the sounds of the islands' own musical narrative. The architectural styles of Stone Town were borne of the social convergence, while the tangled mass of stories, woven from centuries of lives lived, bestowed a folklore and legacy that permeated the life of the archipelago.

The “Stone Town” of Zanzibar is a fascinating warren of narrow streets, overhanging balconies, and huge intricately carved doors. The bustling Suk (bazaar/ marketplace) where traders frantically bargain, is full of the pungent perfume of exotic spices.

Zanzibar being northing short of an adventurous location filled with rich history and multicultural avenues, is a hotspot for tourists, historians, and adventurers throughout the world.

Join on for an exotic stay, and leave with a tale of your own.