Zanzibar, an African Tropical Paradise
Arts & Culture
Zanzibar truly has a lot to offer regarding natural beauty and cultural experiences. Here you'll find miles and miles of the most beautiful, white sandy beaches surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. A diverse region, you can be at the beach for a few days and then visit the Spice farms in the West or visit the various conservation areas both North and South of the island. There are many ways to immerse yourself in the region and the warmth of the locals.
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Where to stay in Zanzibar
Mr. Kahawa Café, Restaurant & Accommodation
With a choice of Waterfront Suites or Loft accommodation, this is the place to be. The property boasts its own cafe, restaurant, pool, live music events, activity center and spa.
A boutique hotel called “a jewel of traditional luxury”, located in the heart of Stone Town, within walking distance of the market and other amenities. A personal favorite suite is the "Out of Africa Suite".
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Things to do in Zanzibar
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
Explore the nature reserve of the red colobus and Syke’s monkeys, small antelopes and geckos with a walk through the winding forests of Mahogany and Mangrove trees.
Mnaranai Conservation Aquarium
Interact with and fed sea turtles and various other species of turtles.
Staff advise that the turtles they rescue are either injured or caught by fishing nets; the local fishermen bringing them to the premises for rehabilitation. Once a year, some turtles are released back into the sea.
Explore the caves before going for a swim in the limestone cave pool of clear and fresh turquoise waters.
Sunset Dhow Cruise from Kendwa
End your day with the best sunset views on the island with a tour aboard the renowned dhow, a rigged sailboat particular to the Indian Ocean. Live music, drinks and dining options are available to choose from.
Mnemba Atoll Dolphin Tour and Snorkeling
As you head towards the island’s north-eastern crystal-clear waters, watch/swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. At Mnemba Island Reef, snorkel among the corals and waters abundant with angel fish, rays and other tropical species.
Spice Farm Tour
This cluster of islands is aptly nicknamed the Spice Islands. Run by local cooperatives and set within a tropical oasis, these tours are informative and enriching. Clients can enhance their experience with an add-on of food-tasting, lunch or a traditional cooking class. Locally produced perfumes, spices and other souvenirs on offer to purchase.
Places of interest
Stone Town Darajani Market
From fresh produce, seafood, spices to Zanzibari delicacies and clothing- you can find just about anything that you're looking for in this historic area of the city.
For music lovers and Queen fans alike, this museum honors the life of Freddie Mercury and his upbringing in Zanzibar.
Located on the Northwest coast of Zanzibar, this area offers some of the best sunsets, cafes/ restaurants and swimming on the island. Visitors to Kendwa Beach can participate in various activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset cruises and beach volleyball.
One of the more relaxing beaches, Paje is located on the east side of the island. With a good breeze and a huge tidal range, it's a perfect spot for water sports such as jet skiing, wind surfing and kite surfing. At the lowest tide, you can visit the Mwani Seaweed farm and watch the ladies as they gather seaweed for cosmetic production.
Places to eat & drink in Zanzibar
Essence Restaurant, Kendwa - A beachfront restaurant known for its delicious food, stunning views and welcoming atmosphere. A perfect spot to enjoy a romantic dinner or a casual meal or just drinks with family and friends.
Mr. Kahawa Cafe & Restaurant, Paje - Situated on the beach, this cafe and restaurant is a perfect spot for breakfast or any meal as you take in the views of the Indian Ocean in front of you. With a focus on healthy and flavorful, their fusion food on offer is ideal for foodies!
Lukmaan Restaurant, Stone Town - Winner of the Zanzibar Tourism Awards, this restaurant is renowned for its excellent service, portions and reasonably priced local food. Fresh juices are also a favorite!
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Kim Walters guide, A Relaxing Travel Guide to Zanzibar, Tanzania.
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