Zanzibar Island is a perfect place to go for a relaxing vacation. Zanzibar, also known as Unguja, is the main island in the Zanzibar Archipelago of Tanzania. It’s home to beautiful beaches, stunning sceneries, adventurous watersports activities and significant historical landmarks.
Let’s take a look at some of the must visit spots at this beautiful island.
Stone Town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 due to its unique culture, well-preserved historical landmarks, and wonderful attractions. Wander the narrow streets of Stone Town on a cycle and visit the Old Fort, Palace Museum and House of Wonders. Head over to the Forodhani Gardens Food Market at the end of the day for a delicious meal after your tiring day.
Stone town is also famous for its spice market, so make sure you purchase a few spices to bring back home!
Another name for this island is Changuu, which is a small island 5.6km northwest of Stone Town. In the 1860s it was allegedly used as a prison for slaves. However, now it’s home to a big reserve of giant tortoises. Watch them lay their eggs during the birthing season!
You can relax at the small beach or go snorkeling in the deep blue crystal-clear water.
This stunning National Park is the only one in Zanzibar. It has one of the largest populations of the rare red colobus monkeys in the world. Moreover, you can spot over 40 species of birds, giant tortoises and beautiful butterflies here.
Paje is a lovely beach situated on the east coast of Zanzibar. It has many restaurants and bars for you to choose from. Paje is a very lively beach where you can indulge in numerous watersports activities like scuba diving and kitesurfing. You can spot trumpet fish, sea turtles, starfish, octopus and many more interesting marine creatures.
On the west coast of Zanzibar, north of Stone Town, near Kama Village is located the amazing Cheetah’s Rock.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will bring you up close and personal with cheetahs and other wildlife. You can also learn a lot about animal welfare, wildlife conservation and endangered species here so it’s a great place to bring your kids for some wildlife awareness and education. You can feed, touch and take as many pictures as you want with the wildlife.
So, what are you waiting got? Pack your swimsuit, apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent and make the best of your trip to Zanzibar.
Don’t forget to check the Best Time to Visit Tanzania 2021 to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the amazing experiences that the island has to offer.