Step off the boat or plane onto the Zanzibar Archipelago, and you’ll be transported through the centuries – to ancient Persia and tales of Shirazi merchants that inspired Sinbad the Sailor, to the court of Swahili princes and Omani sultans, to India, with its heavily laden scents.
For over 2000 years the monsoon winds have shaped the landscape and culture of these islands. Stone Town’s Indo-Arabian architecture provides an exotic urban backdrop for elderly men playing bao (traditional board game) while women in their bui-bui (Islamic cover-alls) pause to chat.
And, along the coast, village life remains steeped in tradition as fishing dhows set sail on high tides and women farm seaweed off powder-white coral sand.
With its tropical tableau and unique culture, the archipelago offers the quintessential Indian Ocean experience.
©2016 Bogdan Bobocea