15 Spectacular Things to Do in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a beautiful and exotic island in Tanzania. If you visit Tanzania and Zanzibar is not on your itinerary, you need to revise your travelling plans because Zanzibar is a spectacular place to visit. It offers beautiful beaches, architecturally exquisite marketplaces, and a nightlife of its own. Here are 15 spectacular things to do in Zanzibar.
Explore Stone Town
Stone Town is the heart of Zanzibar, decorated with uniquely designed buildings. You can shop, dine in one of the fabulous restaurants, or stroll through the town.
Slave Market Memorial
The Slave Market Memorial is a stark reminder of the struggles and challenges that Tanzanians experienced. Located in Stone Town, it represents and symbolizes where Tanzania began and how far Tanzanians have come. The memorial is constructed on the site where the slaves were displayed for buying/selling.
The Beach House Restaurant
The Beach House Restaurant is one of the more notable and famous restaurants in Stone Town. Many tourists come to the Beach House Restaurant because of the spectacular view of Zanzibar from its rooftop. Combined with delicious food, it is an ideal place to sit and relax.
The Taarab Restaurant
The Taarab Restaurant is a popular eatery that serves some of the best seafood in Stone Town. Like the Beach House, the Taarab Restaurant also has a unique rooftop setting that makes the ambience perfect for a peaceful meal.
Stepping into the nightlife, the Garage Club is a destination for many locals that want to dance and disco all night. The Garage Club has an all-night party vibe with good food and fantastic music.
Nungwi is a fun, relaxing, and adventurous beach. You can lay and relax in the sand or participate in water-sports activities like scuba diving and kitesurfing.
Coccobello is a well-known bar in Nungwi that offers an all-night party scene. So when you visit Coccobello, expect to be dancing all night. The bar only plays local beats, making it a unique experience for tourists.
The Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond
The conservation pond is a rescue centre for turtles that was first established in 1993 in a natural tidal pool. It offers a fun and exciting opportunity to see a diverse range of turtles.
The Baraka Natural Aquarium
The Aquarium is another spectacular place to visit to witness and interact with turtles. You can also swim with the turtles and other local marine life.
Mnemba Island is a beautiful, serene, calm, and peaceful island that you should visit. You will need to take a 3-kilometre boat ride to this spectacular island. It is a scuba diver’s paradise, offering a unique and exotic experience in coral reefs and wildlife. However, Mnemba Island is a private island, and it can cost over $1,000 per night to visit.
Jozani Forest Reserve
The Jozani Forest Reserve is home to a diverse range of plants and animals. It is a must-visit for nature lovers.
Paje Beach is a serene beach with a life of its own. The beach offers crystal clear waters and a range of other fun-filled activities.
Kendwa Rocks are known for the famous Full Moon Party. The Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel is a place to party with tourists and locals.
A quieter and more peaceful market, the Forodhani Gardens is perfect if you want to enjoy a peaceful stroll while experiencing the local street foods.
The Rock is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pingwe, Zanzibar. It is a restaurant constructed on a rock in the middle of the water. Depending on the situation, you can either walk to The Rock or take a boat. It is a unique experience that you may not find anywhere else.
For more travel trips in planning your Tanzania vacation, read our Tanzania Travel Guide.