An escape from the ordinary, Zanzibar, offers an idyllic setting for pure relaxation. It boasts of world-class beaches, a rich history, culture, and an unrivaled geography. A true tropical paradise with so much more to offer than just surface beauty.
From taking a dive in the clear azure waters or sun-bathing on the beach, to steaming jungles, or a spice tour to the fragrant spice plantations, or a visit to historically significant sites, there is no shortage of activities to do in Zanzibar.
We have compiled a short list of places to visit while on a safari in Zanzibar based on client feedback but, this is in no way a complete list of the awe-inspiring activities you can do in Zanzibar.
- Stone Town
A labyrinth of alleyways, complemented by a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian, and European cultures, Stone Town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and the birth place of Queens lead singer – Freddie Mercury, is the heart and soul of the island where you can lose yourself in the town’s enchanting glamour.
Some of the most exciting places to visit while walking down the narrow streets would be; the House of Wonders, Jaws Center, Freddie Mercury’s house, the Old Fort, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Zanzibar Cultural Arts Center, the Abeid Curio shop, and the Hamamni Persian Baths.
- Jozani Forest
The last indigenous forest left in Zanzibar, Jozani forest is a vast and striking stretch of lush green. Jozani forest plays host to the almost extinct Red Colobus monkey which are endemic to Zanzibar. Conservation projects have since reversed this trend and their population is steadily growing.
The jungle is also said to be home of the rare Zanzibari Leopard although sightings are extremely rare. It has several habitats including swamps, thickets, mangroves, and a variety of wildlife including, Sykes, bush pigs, Ader’s duiker (found only in Kenya and Zanzibar), suni antelopes, elephant shrews, and lots of birdlife.
- Nungwi Beach
Nungwi beach is rated one of the world’s best beaches. Renowned for its sugary white sands and clear turquoise waters, Nungwi beach is surrounded by luxury resorts. There are dozens of activities that can be done while at Nungwi, water sport rentals, scuba diving courses, and massage booths are available. Nungwi is also synonymous with stunning red sunsets, be sure to catch it while you are there.
- Changuu Island (Prison Island)
Changuu island (otherwise known as Prison Island), once a prison for errant slaves, is an 800 x 200 meter island found about 6 kilometers north-west of Stone town. Today, Prison Island is a prime tourist destination in Zanzibar.
It is home to the giant Aldabra tortoises which were imported from Seychelles. It is also notable that the waters here are some of the clearest anywhere on the Spice Islands, you can catch a glimpse of the many pods of dolphins that call this part of the Indian Ocean home. Don’t miss a trip down the Slave trade museum and learn about the island’s sinister past.
- Cheetah’s Rock
Set to give you a mind-blowing experience, Cheetah’s Rock is one of the island’s unique attractions that brings tourist face to face, eye to eye, fur to skin, with majestic African creatures. Cheetah’s Rock provides for a safe setting for rescued cheetahs, lions, zebras, and people to interact directly.
This is not an exhaustive list of experiences you can have in Zanzibar and by no means should you feel limited by the list we’ve put together above.
Check out our pre-packaged tours to Zanzibar; Masai Mara & Zanzibar Classic, Zanzibar Luxury Safari, or reach out to us for a customized experience in Zanzibar. We will be happy to be part of your magical adventure.
You can read some fun facts about Zanzibar here.