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Rift Safari
Travelling along the Rift Valley: Archipelago of Zanzibar
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Unguja also known as Zanzibar is the largest island of the archipelago. Its capital, Stone Town, is the result of a fusion of styles [european, arabic, indian] and one of the most interesting and rich in history cities of sub-Saharan Africa which has been declared World heritage site by UNESCO. Most of buildings were built in the nineteenth century when the island along with Lamu was one of the most important commercial centers of the Indian Ocean, capital of Oman, trading on spices, ivory and slaves.

Zanzibar's coastline varies from east to west:
The west coast is very green, with forests of palms, banana plantations and huge mango trees but offers modest beaches except some remarkable exceptions northwest and southwest.
The east coast lays on a bed of fossilized coral, vegetation tends to be much less lush but its tropical beaches of fine white sand fringed by coconut palms are the most coveted along with the
crystal clear water of its lagoons where tides creates unexpected and intense colours effect varing from white-clear to turquoise and emerald just in one single day.

Weather, winds and temperatures
Stone Town
Pros and contras
Accommodation in Zanzibar