Welcome to Paradise! The Spice island famously known as Zanzibar is perhaps ‘The Best Place’ to relax in Tanzania. It has everything perfect from the white-powdery sands, crystal clear waves and the most impressive hospitality to make you feel special on a pampered holiday. But before you get carried away by all the whims and comforts, we reckon you to experience the essence of this fun, extra-ordinary, scenic and happening isle.
This famous island offers enriching local experiences and here is our ultimate list of Top 10 things you must do in Zanzibar
Street Food Indulgence in Forodhani
Even if you are tired after an exhilarating safari, there is no way you can miss the energizing evenings at the famous landmark of Forodhani, the heart of Stone Town. From breathtaking sunset views to young lads jumping off the edge straight into the ocean, you will never regret spending a blissful evening here. The main attraction here has always been the lantern lit open-air dining scenes. Taste local samosas, grilled fish and lobsters, meats, breads and urojo! There is also the local Zanzibar Pizza to satiate your spicy and sweet cravings.
Local Vibe, International Festivals
The island of Zanzibar has attracted an international spotlight and people all over the world gather here beyond the intent of holiday. If you happen to be in Zanzibar after July, check out the various festivals you could be part of; Sauti Za Busara, The Film or Jazz festival, Danzibar and the water-sports festival are held on an impressive scale and give you the opportunity to experience the true local vibe of Zanzibar and its extra-ordinary charm. If you are film, music, dance or water-sports buff, this experience will heighten your local experience in Tanzania.
Take an early morning dip at Nungwi Beach
Situated on the north-west tip of Zanzibar, this popular beach has caught everyone’s attention. If you happen to stay at any of the beach resorts in Nungwi do not miss on the sunrise views and the most soothing dip in the calm waters during the morning. The silence and the views during these golden hours render a promising peace that you have been longing to experience. Thanks to the large number of hotels around that area, beaches are not busy and offer quality time during your holidays.
Full Moon Parties at Kendwa Rocks
If you are someone who enjoys being in the company of local crowd, music, late nights and entertainment, Kendwa Rocks is the place not to be missed. Although the famous ‘Full Moon’ party happens once in a month, you can check out if there are any other events happening during your stay. The local DJ and traditional dances, a mix of local and international crowing and the music thrill that goes on till early morning will make you stay for the longest. Full moon parties are frequented by couples and large group of friends.
Go for Kite Surfing in Paje
With plenty of water-sports opportunities in Zanzibar and the limited time that you may have, we recommend you to opt for a kite-surfing experience in Paje beach. During the high season from July to October, the east coast of Unguja invited favorable wind conditions and Paje turns into a surfer’s paradise. There a handful on kiting school, so this great opportunity for beginners and advance learners to enjoy sailing on the smooth Swahili Coast.
Stay at Exclusive 5-Star Resorts
Honeymooners, families and luxury travelers are at an advantage during their visit in Zanzibar where several high-end resorts cater to a dreamy holiday wishes and beyond. All-inclusive resorts offer an impressive experience with their in-house activities and excursion options. If you are visiting the island during the festive season or after June, it is advisable to book your Zanzibar package well in advance and not to miss out the opportunity to experience the heightened hospitality offering with the value for money.
Diving in Mnemba
Mnemba Atoll is the ultimate snorkeling and diving destination of Zanzibar. If you are a deep-sea diving enthusiast, this is the destination you want to visit. There are only a couple of boutique lodges and resorts therefore if you are someone one who is looking for a peaceful staycation, visiting and staying in Mnemba is one of top things you must do in Zanzibar along with promising diving experiences around the reef.
Meander in Stone Town Alleys
Your welcome point to Tanzania’s beloved island if you are arriving by sea, Stown Town is the UNESCO World Heritage Site and invites travelers for a historical and reviving experience. Shop arts, local fabrics and Tanzanite from souvenir shops, talk to the locals or simply have some kahawa (coffee) while sitting on a daraja (verandah) in one of the busy alleys. Staying in one of the boutique hotels renders a nostalgic and memorable experience where you also get to taste the fine Swahili hospitality.
Visit the Spice Farms
If you are wondering why Zanzibar is called Spice Islands, go for a spice tour and you will not be surprised. From love clove plantations to red chilies and cinnamon, almost all spiced grow on this island and are traded across borders. During the spice tour, you will not only get to visit the rich farms but also taste some local flavored dishes and buy spices to take back home.
No one would want to return home from Zanzibar without enjoying some splash. Apart from beach relaxation, an island hopping tour to Prison island, Nakupenda beach and other sand banks is a brilliant way to spend your day. Enjoy diving from your dhow, snorkeling, barbeque lunch and sailing with a group of people around the most unique and scenic mini islands in Zanzibar.
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