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Zanzibar, Tanzania

Quick Overview

Who is this Trip For?

Zanzibar serves as Tanzania’s very own slice of paradise.

You’ll find a blend of crystal-clear turquoise waters, stunning white-sand beaches, 
and rich, historical architecture that tells tales of a time long past.

This trip is perfect for sun-seekers, history enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, and adventurers,
offering a myriad of experiences that cater to both solo travelers and groups.

We recommend a Trip duration of 7-10 days, where you can uncover the ancient secrets of Stone Town, soak in the sun on Nungwi’s pristine beaches,
and meet the unique Red Colobus monkeys in their natural habitat at Jozani Forest.

The best time to visit is between June-October, and if you want to avoid the crowds and have slightly milder weather, visit between December-March.

Suggested Activities

Known for its stunning white sands and clear, turquoise Indian Ocean waters, Nungwi is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, or just relaxing with a good book!

Be aware of the tides, as the beach can disappear at high tide.

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Discover the colourful underwater world in this marine reserve off the northeast coast of Zanzibar!

Teeming with colourful coral and a diverse range of marine life.

You will need to join a licensed tour operator who provides you with equipment, to ensure your visit doesn’t harm the delicate ecosystem.

If you do not want to pay for a tour, you can also just snorkel on ANY beach. The water is incredible!

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Get up close with the Red Colobus monkeys, an endangered species found only in Zanzibar!

Visiting and taking guided tours are one of the best ways to help the survival of these animals, as tourism provides a sustainable income source for locals, which encourages the preservation of nature!

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Experience the thrill of seeing dolphins in their natural habitat!

Head to the southern coast where you can join a boat tour to see dolphins!

Make sure you choose a responsible tour operator that respects the dolphins’ space and doesn’t chase or harass them, to ensure a memorable and ethical experience.

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Understand why Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island” and taste some exotic flavours!

On a guided tour, you will learn how spices like cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper are grown and processed.

Wander through the winding alleyways, with their unique architecture & history.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a maze of narrow streets with architecture reflecting Arab, Persian, Indian, and European influences.

Make sure to see the historic House of Wonders and the poignant Slave Market site.

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Top Tips

One of the best ways to experience local culture while travelling is by tasting traditional dishes.

Highlights are dishes like:

  • Zanzibari Biryani
  • Urojo Soup

Especially when visiting stone town, since the culture is predominantly Muslim.

If you want to see the most animals, such as on dolphin tours or forest walks, start early for the best experience!

Make it Unique

The wind-swept beaches of Zanzibar provide perfect conditions for this thrilling sport!

Take your own equipment or rent it locally. Lessons are also available.

Forodhani Gardens come alive at night with food stalls and locals, offering a unique cultural experience!

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This is a lesser-known spot, but worth a visit for its captivating beauty!

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How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Zanzibar is by flying to Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ), which has connections to Major International Cities

How to get Around?

Getting around with Public Transportation is cheapest with the Dala-dalas (local buses).

Taxis and Car Rentals are also available.

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Zanzibar is by flying to Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ), which has connections to Major International Cities

How to get Around?

Getting around with Public Transportation is cheapest with the Dala-dalas (local buses).

Taxis and Car Rentals are also available.

Safety Concerns

Zanzibar is considered Safe for Tourists.

Violent crime is relatively rare, and most visits are trouble-free.

Locals can be very insistent when trying to sell you goods, services, or tours, especially in tourist-heavy areas.
Be firm yet polite when saying no, and be cautious of manipulation. If you are not interested, simply say so and continue on your way.

As with any tourist destination, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables safe.

Where to Stay?

Stay in Stone Town for the vibrant atmosphere or near the beach for more nature and relaxation.

  • Hostels: There are many great options for affordable hostels with shared or private rooms. Hostelworld is an excellent resource for finding and booking beds.
    This is the best value option and ideal for solo travelers. 
    For staying in Stone Town, the Stone Town House Hostel is highly recommended.
    For staying on the Beach, New Teddy’s on the Beach Hostel is highly recommended.
  • There are many great Airbnb offerings, and this option may be the best value for families or groups.
  • Hotels are a good option for families, or people looking for maximum comfort.