As the awareness to conserve natural habitats grows, the Zanzibar government is putting more effort into preserving what remains of its unique forested areas.
Zanzibar is an archipelago of several islands that dot Tanzania's coastline. While not a destination for big game viewing, the islands’ preserved wildlife sanctuaries are well worth the visit. Zanzibar’s unique flora and fauna include mangrove forests, several rare primate species, forest and seafaring birds, and impressive butterfly diversity.
There are countless forested islands, sandbars, and beaches to explore. Zanzibar's location and wildlife are ideal for active travelers who want to interact with their surroundings. Zanzibar's surrounding waters are clear and filled with beautiful marine life, perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. Travelers can also take advantage of the resources of the ocean with fishing trips, or embrace Zanzibar's relaxed atmosphere, which makes it a perfect getaway for those seeking to escape the everyday stresses of life. Taking the time to appreciate the beaches, stroll through the towns, or take a yoga class are great ways for visitors to get the most out of their trip.
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In July and August, the waters of Zanzibar are a great place to spot a humpback whale, as it is at this time of year that they are found in the coastal or shelf waters. Although they were once nearly hunted to extinction, this endangered species has made a major comeback in population and can be found in most oceans around the world. Reaching lengths of 50 to 55 meters, humpback whales are dark in color with distinctive nodules on their rostrum, and have pectoral flippers that are nearly a third of their body length. It is easily one of best known and most easily recognizable larger whale species, and it is notorious for its frequent acrobatic behavior and its occasional tendency to approach vessels. In recent years, many different humpback whales around Zanzibar have often approached boats for “friendly” encounters. Visitors can enjoy an ethical and responsible whale watching tour as a part of their Zanzibar experience.