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Zanzibar is an island of pure bliss – you’ll find everything here from endless shores of white sandy beaches and clear water for snorkeling to the most delicious cuisine.

Head over to Zanzibar and explore its beautiful culture, spices, sceneries and beaches.

The Culture

Zanzibar is an island with a rich culture, interesting history and lots of historical landmarks to explore. Through the course of its history, Zanzibar was ruled by the Arabs, Persians, Portuguese, British, and the Indians. You can find the influence of all these cultures on Zanzibar’s food, architecture and beautiful festivities.

Spice Island

Also known as the spice island owing to the spice trade it was popular for, Zanzibar grows some of the most diverse and organic spices.

Spice farming is very popular in Zanzibar and you can also visit numerous spice farms in many different parts of Zanzibar. The guide at the farms will tell you more about the spices that each plant provides. Don’t forget to buy spices to take back home!

 

The Food

Zanzibar’s local Swahili cuisine is to die for! With dishes like pilau, mishkaki, nyama choma, chipsi mayai, and endless seafood, Zanzibar produces some of the tastiest and most delicious food.

You’ll be longing for the local food long after your trip is over! Don’t forget to check out the Forodhani Gardens Food Market that fills up in the evening and offers delicious food on multiple stalls. Each vendor has their own recipe so don’t forget to fill your tummy to the max!

Activities to do in Zanzibar

Explore Stone Town’s historical buildings

Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a magical place with beautiful historical landmarks like the Old Fort and House of Wonders. Wander through its narrow streets and explore this beautiful town on two feet!

Chill at the beaches or go for an adrenaline rush by embarking on watersports activities – Zanzibar is known for its stunning beaches and adventurous watersports. Here are some of the best beaches in Zanzibar where you can explore watersports activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, and swimming. These beaches are also great places to just sit down and relax:

  • Nungwi

With welcoming warm white sand and clear, turquoise water, Nungwi is one of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. Avoid visiting in March-April during the rainy season. The weather is perfect the rest of the year! It’s also a great place to go swimming because the tide is usually low.

  • Pingwe Beach

Pingwe beach is a quiet, relaxing beach where you can just chill and relax. Don’t forget to try out the Rock Restaurant while you’re here to enjoy delicious seafood. You can also go snorkeling here.

  • Paje Beach

With many diving and kitesurfing opportunities available, this beach is a hotspot for watersports activities. Don’t forget to try refreshing coconut water at the beach! You can also go swimming here if the tide is low enough.

Ejoy a dhow cruise

Dhows are traditional sailboats that have been used by Tanzanians. Take a dhow cruise with your family and loved ones and watch the beautiful sunset.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Zanzibar and have a great time at this perfect island getaway!

Don’t forget to check out the Expert Guide on Selous Game Reserve while you’re in Tanzania.

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