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Focus: The pirate hunt is on, and not just in the Caribbean!

10 - Zanzibar the pirate

The pirate hunt is on, and not just in the Caribbean! © Copyright

'Zanzibar' if isn't a name straight out of an adventure ? An adventure in a magnificent location, magic and mysterious that easily lets you imagine pirates going about their daily hunting for gold or spices. Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, vanilla, pepper and chili: all the spices of the Earth grow here in Zanzibar, one of the biggest tropical gardens of the Indian Ocean. How to avoid falling for the charms of the most exotic location? Theold part of town, with its studded doors, its mix of Arab and African architectures, the town with its fishing port and the swinging of the dhows, small boats with a white sail, gives you a pleasant culture shock. At sea, towards the Kenyan and Tanzian coasts, Zanzibar puts on quite a show of bewitching beaches and ocean floors that leave you mouth open in disbelief. It's a town but also an island and an archipelago of fifty little islands each more beautiful than the next, which is again a perfect pirate's haunt. These paradise-like islands are surrounded by coral reefs which form lagoons around each island. Their coastline is hacked into peninsulas and bays, forming numerous natural ports, favorable for anchorage. Here everything smells of powder, spices and parties! The term 'Zanj' was used in the Middle-Ages by the Arab population to denote East Africa, where lived non Muslim black populations. 'Bar' means coast in Arabic. The name 'Zanzibar' then means 'black coast'. A veritable pirate haunt and reference point of slave ships and adventurers of all kinds, Zanzibar is definitely a land of mysterious tales and legends.

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