What to do in Zanzibar

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Looking for what to do in Zanzibar? It is a beautiful island and beach destination with clear blue waters, soft white sand and one can easily see the traditional dhows in the distance. You will be spoilt for choice of things to do in Zanzibar. Below are 8 things to do on the spice island.

1. Visit the Jozani Forest

Small adventures can be arranged through travel agents around Zanzibar to see birds and the famous Red Colobus monkeys that centrally dwell in the Jozani forest.

Things to do in Zanzibar

2.Zanzibar spice tour

A tourist-oriented tour yet it shows spices grown on the islands of Zanzibar like cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and all kinds of natural flavours everyone adores. Tours can be arranged at most hotels or tour agencies.

Spices in Zanzibar

3. Take a ride on a dhow

The traditional sailboats are called dhow’s hire a dhow to enjoy Zanzibar style cruise on the Indian ocean.


4.Swim with dolphins

Dolphin tours are available from most tourist offices around Zanzibar, swimming with dolphins is an experience to cherish and one of the most thrilling things to do in Zanzibar.


5.The slave market

From 1830 – 1873 it is estimated that around 600 000 slaves were traded from East Africa to Persia, Arab countries and Indian Ocean Islands. Today the old slave market is a solemn reminder.

Slave market Zanzibar

6. Visit Forodhani Gardens

In the evening locals gather to spend time relaxing and eating a large selection of grilled seafood. This a great way of eating the fresh catch from the sea at this street food market.

Forodhani Gardens

7. Visit the beaches in Nungwi

Located at the Northern tip of Zanzibar island lies the sleepy town of Nungwi. Its Northern location avoids tide changes so swimming, kayaking, jet skiing and various water sports in the sparkling waters is possible all day long.


8.Prison Island Tours

It is a 30-minute boat ride from Stone Town to Prison Island Zanzibar. Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland Dar Es Salaam. Nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace. The island lies just off the Old Stone Town it is also a home to giant tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Now it is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabra tortoise colony some of which are over a hundred years old. This endangered species came to the island as a gift from the Seychelles government. A quiet resort, a haven of giant tortoises and the old prison ruins make it a wonderful day trip.

Stone Town

Words and Images by Diamonds and Pearls 

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