The beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is known as the Spice Island, and it is brimming with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches and palm trees swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Zanzibar is a fantastic place to explore as well as a wonderful place to relax and unwind as a result of all of this.
Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar is located in East Africa. The Zanzibar Archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometers (16–31 miles) off the coast of Tanzania, and consists of numerous small islands as well as two large ones: Unguja (the main island, also known as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Zanzibar City, on the island of Unguja, is the capital. Stone Town is the city’s historic center and it’s a world heritage site.
There are lots of fun activities to engage in at the Zanzibar island and they include,
The spice tour
Spice tours to working plantations last a day and allow visitors to see how cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that have made the island famous are grown.
The zanzibar Beach Resort
Snorkeling, Dhow cruises, Diving, Speed Boats, Surfing, Water Skiing, Hatch, Fishing, Dhow Sailing, Swimming, Dolphin Tours, and Scuba Diving are some of the water activities available.
The beaches along Zanzibar’s coastline are some of the best in the world, but the sand and surf differ depending on which side of the island you’re on. Offshore on the east coast, waves crash over coral reefs and sand bars, revealing small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones at low tide. Swimming in the ocean is much less affected by the tides up north, and the smooth beaches and white sand make for beautiful days in the sun.
Zanzibar street food
Stone Town is a street food paradise, with covered doorways promising steaming chapattis, roasting corn, grilling kebabs, and coffee carts on every corner!
Gardens and Food Market at Forodhani With tens of late-night food alfresco stalls serving up a delicious selection of local Zanzibar cuisine, you can catch a beautiful breeze here.
You can eat your heart out for a few dollars here, with everything from Zanzibar pizza to meat kebabs, local fish, coconut bread, grilled cassava, roasted corn, chunky sweet potato, garlic chapatti, and amazing fresh fruit selections.
Tour of the Old Fort
The Old Fort is a free art gallery and curio market. Wandering around, marveling at the ruins, photographing them against the blue sky, and enjoying some peace and quiet are all free things to do in Stone Town.
The Giant Tortoise on the prison island
The tour lasts about 3 hours and costs around $15 USD, which includes your boat ride there, a $4 USD entrance fee to see the giant tortoises, and snorkeling equipment so you can enjoy the blue waters around the island.
An old colonial hospital / quarantine space can also be found on Prison Island. The building was completed in 1893, It was built to contain the cholera and bubonic plague epidemics that authorities fear will spread to Zanzibar on ships arriving from Bombay and Egypt, hence the name.
At the Palace Museum in Zanzibar, you can learn about Zanzibar’s Sultans.
The entrance fee to Stone Town’s iconic Palace Museum is only $3 USD, and it’s well worth it considering you’ll learn about the island’s history for over an hour.
As a result, the Palace Museum is an excellent introduction to Zanzibar’s history, and I strongly advise you to visit it early in your stay in Stone Town to get a sense of the island’s history and diversity of influences.
Fish auction at the Darajini market
A trip to the Darajani Markets’ fish aisle, which takes place every afternoon, is a great local experience that always draws a lot of attention… In a competitive atmosphere of banter and bravado, watch as locals barter and bargain for the best fish price!
If you don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of the fish auction, the market is still one of the best things to do in Stone Town.
You can easily buy tons of food for just a few dollars here, including fabulous spices, freshly baked bread, meat, fruit, and vegetables (beautifully arranged in neatly stacked piles).
The Slave Market.
When it comes to things to do in Stone Town, Zanzibar, this is without a doubt one of the absolute musts.
You’ll need at least a couple of hours to absorb everything in this UNESCO-funded museum, which costs $5 USD but is well worth it, especially given the free and highly knowledgeable guide you have the option of engaging.
Make sure you don’t miss the slave chambers beneath the gift shop… it’s pretty harrowing.
A trip to Stone Town would not be complete without photographing carved doorways on a memory card!
These wooden beauties are exquisite, even in their deteriorated state, and they seem to typify this city and its exotic sense of a lost world.this city’s flagship structure reflects efforts to restore the city after it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s well worth a visit.
Zanzibar coffee house
At the Zanzibar Coffee House, you can learn how to roast coffee.
Stopping in for a cup of coffee at this fantastic roasting house is a fantastic way to try one of Tanzania’s most famous products while also meeting one of the country’s award-winning baristas.
The coffee is incredible, and the historic building is equally impressive.
While you’re there, head up to the roof terrace to take in the view.
Forest Tour in Jozani
Visit Jozani Forest’s jungle to see the area’s red colobus monkeys swinging and howling in the trees. Hike down a trail through this protected area to see 50 different butterfly species, 40 different bird species, and a few endangered animals.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, which is home to the Jozani Forest. Take a walk down a nature trail and look up at the massive canopy above you, as well as the smaller sub-canopies created by smaller trees and shrubs. Keep an eye out for monkeys and listen for the songs of some of the island’s native birds.
The dry season, from July to September, is the best time to visit the Zanzibar Archipelago. Traveling to zanzibar island is pleasant at most times of the year, thanks to abundant sunshine and warm temperatures ranging from 82°F to 93°F.
Only during April and May, when the long rains are at their peak, will rain affect your trip. The short rains in November and December are less bothersome, with downpours followed by clear skies.
Zanzibar island is surely the best place to go for a memorable vacation or weekend getaway with your spouse, family or friends.