Truly relaxing as well as very historical. Zanzibar is most probably as justified as one of the main reasons of visiting Tanzania as are Kilimanjaro mountain, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. 90% of tourists visiting Tanzania end their safari with few nights in this beautiful island. Deeply immersed in the history of colonialization and slavery, rich Arabic and Islamic culture, together with pristine beaches along the Indian Ocean shoreline are the speciality of this island.
A separate state within Tanzania, Zanzibar consists of two large islands: Unguja (Zanzibar island) and Pemba. Most of the tourists stick to Zanzibar island in their visit. Zanzibaris are mostly occupied in farming and fishing. Main exports include clove and coconut products. The main concentration is at the capital- Zanzibar town in the west coast.
Zanzibar nowadays is very easily accessible from Dar es Salaam and Arusha. There are many scheduled flights into the island as there are speedboats from Dar es Salaam.
Places to Visit
While the idea is to use the Zanzibar connection in your safari as a cooling off period after the dusty safaris in the mainland, and what better way to do this than to laze on the golden sandy beaches facing the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean that Zanzibar perfectly offers. There are many beautiful beaches on the East and west coast where one can just relax and forget about what is happening in the rest of the world.
There are, however, a lot of different activities that one can indulge in at the island. These include historical tours of the old stone town where you will be able to see lots of old buldings and palaces built during the colonial era and remains of the slavery market. Other excursions include spice tours, dolphin tours at Kizimkazi, visit to the Jozani forest, day trips to the Nungwi and Mnemba islands in the north and other small islands close by which provide excellent opportunity for diving and snorkeling.
Tourists Destinations in close proximity
Mafia Island is quite close and easily reachable from Zanzibar. Since most tourists visit Zanzibar at the end of their safari, many fly back to Nairobi, Kilimanjaro or Dar es Salaam to take their connecting international flight back home. But connections to most national parks are available for those who wish to do it the other way around.
Lodges & Restaurants
There are plenty of decent lodges and restaurants in Zanzibar, suitable for all budgets. Below we give options of few who we find would be most suitable as far as quality, service and security is concerned. Contact us for bookings and the best prices.
Our Recommendations on Zanzibar
Zanzibar should definitely be a must place to visit in your Tanzania program. We suggest you keep the Zanzibar visit at the end of your tour so that you can relax and enjoy the beaches and recover from the dust and hassle of your mainland safari. A minimum of three nights is recommended, ideally at some beach hotel from where you can undertake other tours on day trip basis.
Please contact us for a perfect, well-organized and affordable tour of this beautiful island.
Map of Zanzibar