Zanzibar is a beautiful island situated in the Indian Ocean. With white sand, palm trees and turquoise waters, a visit to this spot makes for the ideal holiday getaway! It’s rich in cultural diversity and is home to delicious spices and strong Arabic flavors. Masai warriors, beach boys, and dolphins all mix together to create a unique tropical spot.
Watch Acrobatics and Capoeira on the Beach
If you find yourself touring through Stone Town, you should definitely make your way to the beach outside the Livingstone Beach Restaurant. Every evening, local kids take to the sand and perform acrobatics and capoeira on the beach. While this is not the most beautiful beach in Zanzibar, the performance is worth seeing!
Go on a Spice Tour
Zanzibar is world-renown for its array of delicious spices! Going on a spice tour is one of the most popular excursions in Zanzibar, the Spice Island. It got its nickname as a result of being one of the world’s leading producers of spices such as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon in the 19th century. You’ll find yourself walking on through a real spice farm where you can see how the spices, herbs, and fruits grow and are cultivated.
Ride a Dala Dala
If you want to get a real taste of Zanzibar, you must take a trip with local Dala-Dala. Not only is it much cheaper than taking a taxi, but it also an experience of a lifetime! Riding a Dala-Dala will give you a chance to experience how the locals travel and live. It’s a must-do!
Go on a Village Tour
Do you want to meet some locals, a tour through a seaweed farm and learn about how Zanzibar handcrafts are made? Then you need to go on a tour of the Jambiani Village. This is a full day excursion to the village where you will have the chance to experience rural Zanzibar life.
Try The Local Food
You can’t go to Zanzibar and not indulge in the delicious local food! To most tourists, it’s the best part of a visit to the beautiful island! Some of the most popular foods to try are:
- Pilau Rice
- Octopus Curry
- Mandazi (and other traditional cakes you can get your hands on)
- Zanzibar Pizza
Take a Walking Tour of Stone Town
Stone Town is a mystical town said to be the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. It was constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th century. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.
Stone Town is a lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living comfortably together. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for cars to pass, you can see mosques, churches and temples side to side.
Explore Jozani Forest
The Jozani Forest is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colobus monkey. It is 2,512 hectares in size and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960′s.
A visit to this forest will be filled with wonderful photo opportunities and sightings of the rare creatures living in the forest reserves.
It is estimated that there are now between 2,000-2,500 monkeys. The monkeys are wild, but it is possible to get close to them and they carry on their normal activities as though human visitors do not exist.
Visit Prison Island
Prison Island is also known as the Changu Island and is situated about 30 minutes from the Zanzibar Island by boat. The island was once used by an Arab slave trader to contain troublesome slaves brought from Africa. They were kept on the island to prevent them from escaping before shipping them to the Arabian purchasers.
Feast at the Forodhani night food market
A visit to Stone Town is not complete without a stop at the Forodhani Night Food Market at the waterfront location of Forodhani Gardens. Arrive before dusk, and watch the space fill up with chefs and delicious smells. Fish, squid, prawn, lobster, crab claw, and seafood kebabs fill the square.
Relax on the beaches of Zanzibar Archipelago
The Zanzibar Archipelago is home to several islands lying off the coast of East Africa. It consists of four main islands and a number of smaller islets that surround them. Pemba is one of the main island of Zanzibar archipelago and is known for amazing snorkeling and diving possibilities and its untouched nature. There is also a big population of endemic Pemba flying foxes. If you are looking for cultural experiences, oldest history in Zanzibar or amazing nature, Pemba is the place to visit.
The Old Fort
The Old Fort, quite aptly, is the oldest building in Stone Town and is situated on the seafront, right in front of the famous Forodhani Gardens. It was originally built in the 17th century with the purpose of defending the island from attacks from the Portuguese.
Visit The Rock
This restaurant offers stunning views of the island and overlooks a view of the whole city! What makes this spot even more appealing is the fine dining! Some of the best seafood awaits you at The Rock. Make sure to book at this exclusive restaurant has only 12 tables and it’s often fully booked!
Zanzibar is a beautiful island filled with loads of exciting things to do, places to see and food to eat. It is a cultural explosion and it should definitely be on your top ten places to visit!