With crystal clear waters and soft white sand, they are a natural paradise. One of the most popular destinations is Zanzibar, which is known for its stunning beaches and coral reefs. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling and diving among the coral gardens, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.
For those who want to explore the culture and history of Tanzania, a visit to Stone Town is a must. The city is home to many museums and art galleries, as well as beautiful ruins.
Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something to suit you in Tanzania. With its natural beauty, rich culture, and friendly people, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself.
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Zanzibar, at a glance
Anchored 22 miles off Tanzania’s coast, Zanzibar is an archipelago of over 50 islands and islets.
The two main Islands of Unguja and Pemba are believed to have once formed part of Africa, but broke away between 5 and 23 million years ago.
Uniting with Tanzania in 1964, Zanzibar is now one of the best beach holiday destinations in East Africa, with beautiful white sands and clear blue waters stretching as far as the eye can see.
As a primary trading post on the spice, silk and slave trade routes for over a millennium, Zanzibar has been a unique cultural crossroads, blending African, Indian, Arabian and European cultures. This is most apparent in the Old Stone Town, one of the few remaining ancient towns in Africa.
Stone Town is a labyrinth of chaotic alleyways, interposed between towering limestone houses, each with ornately carved hardwood doors with brass finishings and terracotta roofs.
Alongside the architecture, Zanzibar is unique in its cuisine, religion, politics, and way of life. It’s very different to mainland Tanzania, and makes for a perfect start or end to an East African safari.
Things to do in Zanzibar
Zanzibar offers a number of outdoor activities and water sports, including cycling, kitesurfing, diving, or just general island hopping. Most hotels are based on the mainland, but if you want to escape the bustle of the main island’s beaches, there are plenty of smaller islands to give you that marooned-on-a-desert-island experience.
Paje, Jambiani, and Chumbe Island
The north coast of Zanzibar is popular with kite surfers, and most companies offer a range of boards and lessons for beginners. Paje is one of the most popular sites, with crowded beaches for kitesurfing and diving, and a lively atmosphere. Meanwhile, Jambiani is a quieter option with plenty of restaurants.
For snorkelling and diving aficionados, Chumbe island – 12km from the main island – is the best place to be. This protected marine park is easy to get to (only 45 minutes by boat from Stone Town) and your money goes towards protecting a fragile ecosystem.
Mnemba Island, Stone Town, and Spice Farms
Mnemba island is largely regarded as one of the best dive and snorkel spots in Zanzibar. The island is a 30-minute boat ride from the town of Matemwe on Unguja’s East coast.
Zanzibar city comprises two parts: Stone Town, the historical epicentre, and Ng’ambo (literally translated as ‘the other side’). Stone Town is the historical core of Zanzibar, said to be the only remaining ancient town of East Africa still used today. It offers enough activities for two days, including strolling around the labyrinthian alleys, touring the old slave market, visiting Prison island, checking out the old Sultanate ruins, or getting lost in the old market.
Let’s not forget that the Zanzibar archipelago is, rather exotically, also known as the ‘Spice islands’ for its historical role as the centre for spice trade. It’s well worth taking a tour of the spice farms that still operate today and can be reached from Zanzibar city.
Zanzibar offers the world’s most beautiful beaches. Soft white sandy beaches surrounded by colorful coral reefs and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar island has about 25 beaches, sprinkled with fishing villages. Should you stay north or rather choose the south or east coast of Zanzibar?
Zanzibar’s best beaches are on the north and east coast of the island, all with crystal white sand and colorful coral reefs. Nungwi and Kendwa are one of the most popular beaches since they do not have to deal with high and low tides. It has a chilled atmosphere with several restaurants, bars, and accommodation options. So if you seek absolute peace and privacy you should visit another part of the island (like the east or south). The north is home to villages like Uroa, Pongwe, Kiwengwa, Nungwi, and Kendwa.
You will find the most idyllic beaches on the island’s east coast. Along the eastern coastline runs a beautiful coral reef, a top-world spot for snorkeling and diving. You can immerse yourself in the abundance of marine life, such as sea horses, turtles, and many tropical fish. The beaches on this east coast are very tidal. During low tide, you can walk on the beach and enjoy the ocean views. If you love wind- or kite surfing this is the right place for you. Matemwe Beach is the longest and one of the most beautiful ones on this site of the island. Like in the north, there is a wealth of accommodation options.
This part of the island is known for its long stretch of soft sandy beaches. It is the best spot on the island for sailing or kite- and windsurfing, thanks to steady winds. Hop on a traditional wooden sailboat (dhow) and sail the ocean, or go swimming with dolphins at Kizimkazi (south). Here you will find little villages like Jambiani, Paje, and Bwejuu. These small fishing villages have a nice timeless atmosphere with friendly people. One of our favorite villages is Jambiani.
The southwest coast is a bit more remote with fewer lodges and deserted beaches. The beaches in the west and south of Zanzibar are less popular, although there are some beautiful beaches with gentle tides. If you visit the south, do not forget to go to Menia Bay Conservation Area. This is a spectacular underwater world for divers. The western coast is home to the fascinating old Stone Town, the cultural and historical center of Zanzibar.
Best time to visit Zanzibar
The most popular time to visit Zanzibar is during the dry season, from June to October and from December to February. However, Zanzibar Island is a great beach destination all-year round. Even during the wet season (mid-March, April, May, November) it is beautiful, since the rain showers don’t last much longer than 30 minutes and the temperatures still remain around 28 C. February is the hottest month in Zanzibar (average 28 C), while July (average 24 C) is the coldest. Given its tropical climate, it’s always a good time to visit Zanzibar.
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