A great location to visit in 2021 is the gorgeous Zanzibar archipelago, where one can enjoy scenic views of sandy beaches, vivid greenery, swaying palm leaves, and crystalline waters, as well as the rich culture and heritage of Stone Town. A trip to this beautiful island can be enriching and unique, as one can interact with the friendly locals, and enjoy the delicious cuisine of Zanzibar. Here are the 10 best tours, excursions, and activities that tourists can do in Zanzibar in 2021.
Jozani Forest and spice farm tour
One can take a trip to the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park to spot stunning flora and fauna, including ancient hardwood forest, mangrove swamps, Red Colobus monkeys, 50 butterfly species, and 40 species of exotic birds! From the tranquil forest, tourists can go to Jambo Spice Farm to observe, taste, and smell fruits, herbs, and spices such as cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, cumin, vanilla, and lemongrass, as well as green, black, red, and white pepper.
Spa Holiday at the Zanzibari
The Zanzibari is located at the beautiful Nungwi Beach. The boutique hotel offers private, well equipped rooms, free WiFi, comfortable bedding, balconies with stunning views, a bar, a pool, snack bars, and the Dhow restaurant. At the spa, one can enjoy a variety of de-stressing treatments, soothing massages, manicures, skin care remedies, pedicures, and beauty treatments. One can enjoy a serene holiday at the Zanzibari, and engage in exciting water activities on the beach, such as scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing, jet ski tours, and kayaking.
Explore Stone Town
Tourists can explore winding streets of Stone Town and visit historical locations to learn about the culture and heritage of the region. Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site as it is home to the Portuguese Old fort, the Sultan Palace, and the birthplace of Freddie Mercury. Tourists can take a dhow to Prison Island, where they can explore the ancient ruins and spot giant tortoises.
Enjoy local street food
Travellers can enjoy the street food of Stone Town, which includes mouthwatering dishes such as Zanzibar pizza, date nut bread, coconut bean soup, octopus curry, Uji (porridge), rice, biryani, pilao, kebabs, Mtori (plantain soup), Ugali and Nyama Choma (grilled meat), Urojo soup, sugarcane juice, ginger tea, prawns, and Chipsi Mayai (eggs and potato). Forodhani Market is an excellent spot for street food.
Dining at the Rock Restaurant
Eating at the famous Rock Restaurant should be on your wish list for your visit to Zanzibar in 2021. Located on the Michanwi Pingwe beach, this restaurant is built on a huge rock in the middle of the sea. You can eat the delicious seafood while enjoying the scenic and breathtaking view of the crystalline water. Famous dishes include fried prawns, gnocchi, lobster, shrimp, rice, calamari and cocktails.
Snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll
The heavenly Mnemba Atoll is home to a stunning coral reef, and colorful marine creatures such as white moray eel, sea stars, and pufferfish. Here, tourists can enjoy diving, snorkelling among the colorful reefs, or swimming with dolphins. The marine park is home to fish such as angelfish, tuna, lobsters, rays, garden eels, black snappers, octopuses, flounders, scorpion fish, and dolphins!
Exploring Pemba Island
The remote Pemba Island is one of the biggest islands in the Zanzibar archipelago. Home to colorful coral reefs, manta rays, deep sea turtles, green pigeons, crowned hornbills, malachite kingfishers, Pemba vervet monkeys, African goshawk, Pemba Flying Fox (a fruit bat), red colobus monkeys, owls, palm nut vultures, antelopes, and violet breasted sunbirds, the island is pristine and breathtaking. The 13th and 14th century Ras Mkumbuu ruins include the old chief’s house, elaborate graves, and an ancient 11th century mosque! Visitors can also go to Chake Chake Bay to see many government buildings, a town market from 1904, and an Old Fort.
Kayaking at Paje Beach
Travellers should visit the stunning Paje beach where they can walk on the sandy beach, learn how to kiteboard, and swim in the cool water. The beach is tranquil so they can relax on the sand and watch the glorious sunset. They can also enjoy water activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking.
Visiting the Butterfly Centre
The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is one of the most unique destinations in Zanzibar. The sanctuary is home to hundreds of butterfly species, has experienced tour guides, and shows beautiful natural habitats.
Swimming with Dolphins
At Kizimkazi, tourists can swim with bottle-nosed and humpback dolphins, in the crystalline waters. The unique experience is unforgettable, and tourists can also explore the Miza Miza Caves, to explore the beauty and magic of Zanzibar.