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10 things to do in Zanzibar during your trip

We have selected for you 10 things to do during your trip to Zanzibar to make it as memorable as possible.

Stone Town or the old stone, the old quarter of Zanzibar

Woman visiting the city and taking photos © Églitis de Kaspars

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Woman visiting the city and taking photos © Églitis de Kaspars

Zanzibar is one of the most beautiful destinations in Africa. This archipelago of islands stretches off the east coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, on the eastern coast of africa. Bordered by white sand beaches, coconut trees and crystal clear water, Zanzibar constitutes a dream destination for holidays under the sun. Outside of the beach, sun, coconut trees, the spice island is full of wonders to discover during your trip. Many tourists extend their stay and spend a few days in Zanzibar after their safari in Tanzania.Stone Town is a must visit while in Zanzibar. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town is located west of the main island of Zanzibar. The stone town is characterized by its old alleys, its houses with carved wooden facades and its stalls.

Ride aboard a traditional sailboat

Traditional dhow with peach trees on board © Photo Chema

Traditional dhow with peach trees on board © Photo Chema

After having surveyed the alleys of the old city ​​stone townwhy not make a round aboard a traditional boat called “the dhow”? In addition to the discovery of Stone Town, many tourists particularly appreciate the walks in boat traditional during their travel at Zanzibarin Tanzania. This activity allows you to navigate the waters crystalline and to observe dolphins for the lucky ones, change of scenery guaranteed! You can stop at spots of snorkeling to admire the Pisces and indulge in sessions of dive. Whatever activity you choose, advance booking is recommended.

Meet the red monkeys of the Jozani forest

Red monkeys on a branch © Temidayo

Red monkeys on a branch © Temidayo

The Jozani forest is a high place of tourism local, a visit not to be missed during your travel in Zanzibar. He is recommended of TO DO hire a local guide to visit the Jozani forest and meet the red monkeys. Red colobus monkeys are the pride of Zanzibar. However, it should be remembered that you should avoid feeding the monkeys or trying to touch them. An endemic species, red monkeys live in a 1,000 hectare forest made up of palm trees, mangroves, bamboo and eucalyptus. In addition to the observation of the red monkeys, the excursion within the forest of Jozani allows you to admire about fifty species of butterflies, about forty species of birds or even a sea turtle breeding station.

Zanzibar Spice Plantation Tour

A stall with a wide choice of spices © PAULA BARRECA BARNES

A stall with a wide choice of spices © PAULA BARRECA BARNES

The Zanzibar archipelago is one of the largest spice exporters in the world. Cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla or even pepper are planted there. It must be said that the name “the spice island” is not the result of chance. Don’t hesitate to book a daytime for TO DO the visit of the spice fields during your trip to Zanzibar. Many spice plantations are open to visitors. The opportunity is ideal to discover the processes of planting, harvesting and transformation under the benevolence of a guide.

Discovering the Jambiani and Paje villages

Sandy beach with traditional houses © MARIOLA GROBELSKA

Sandy beach with traditional houses © MARIOLA GROBELSKA

On the map, Jambiani and Paje are two small fishing villages located on the southeast coast of Zanzibar. With their heavenly beaches, their tranquility and the hospitality of their villagers, Jambiani and Paje are places to discover during your stay in Zanzibar. At high tide, you will observe the men attacking the waves aboard their boats traditional. At low tide, women collect seaweed which is used as medicine, cosmetics or food. Seaweed farming plays an important role in the local economy. It’s in the town of Paje than you can admire this skill. You can go with the fishermen at sea and participate in their activity, a great experience to try at least once in your life. It is also possible to indulge in snorkeling at Pay.

Mnemba Island, fine sandy beaches as far as the eye can see in the north of the island

Fine sandy beach and turquoise sea © Crispin Jones

Fine sandy beach and turquoise sea © Crispin Jones

After visiting the town Stone Townspice fields and the forest of Jozani, do not miss to join Mnemba Island, a small paradise located in the part north of the island. Mnemba Island is a mainstay of the tourism at Zanzibar thanks to its fine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Mnemba atoll is a nesting site for sea turtles. Mnemba is a private island accessible to guests of the only hotel there. However, you can stay in a hotel near Mnemba and Reserve online to join an organized excursion to Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve. Agencies generally take care of picking you up at your hotel and bring you back to the end of activities.

Matemwe, the fishing village

Turquoise sea bordered by a cliff © Jasmina Ajkić

Turquoise sea bordered by a cliff © Jasmina Ajkić

Matemwe is another fishing village that you can discover during your stay on the island of Zanzibar. Invaded by algae, the beach of Matemwe does not therefore play the map sandy beaches and turquoise water. Located on the east coast of Zanzibar, the beaches of Matemwe are subject to strong tides. The sea recedes to a hundred meters, making swimming difficult at certain times of the day. If Matemwe is not made for swimming and lazing on the beach, the village has other assets. It is more attractive for its auction market and direct contact with fishermen. If you want to discover the way of life of fishermen, a round at Matemwe a must during your stay in Zanzibar.

Nungwi, a swimmer’s paradise

A few bungalows facing the turquoise sea and the blue sky © Méd J

A few bungalows facing the turquoise sea and the blue sky © Méd J

On the mapNungwi is located at the tip north from Zanzibar to Tanzania. The village is known for its beach lined with palm trees, the most touristic of the island. You will find many restaurants and bars there as well as a shipyard for making traditional boats. In Nungwi, swimming is possible at any time of the day, even if you no longer see the beach when the tide mounted. This little corner of paradise north Zanzibar is also the ideal place to admire the sunsets, indulge in beach volleyball or simply laze on the beach. Do you want to do activities, but you don’t have a guide? The famous ” beach boys” will accost you to offer you various activities. Buggy excursion, big game fishing fish or even an excursion boat to admire the dolphins, these are some examples of the activities achievable during your travel in Nungwi. Nungwi beach offers a real setting of map post office with its fine sand beach, its fishermen and its palm trees.

Pemba Island

Boat with a few passengers on board and turquoise sea © Majkl Velner

Boat with a few passengers on board and turquoise sea © Majkl Velner

During your travel at Zanzibar which is made up of several islands all as beautiful as each other, you will realize the diversity of Africa. You will see that a travel in Africa does not boil down to a safari. The island of Pemba is one of the marvels to discover during your stay. The island of Pembacalled “green island” is the preferred destination for nature lovers. nature. It is the second largest island in the archipelago. This destination is famous for its mangroves, its fertile valleys, its magnificent beaches… It has many spots for diving and snorkeling where you can admire Piscescolors, reefs and other marine wonders. After the walks along the beaches and the sessions of diveyou can turn towards the heart of the island to discover the cultivation of rice, spices, bananas or even beans during your stay on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania.

A day on Chumbe Island, beach, sun and coconut crab

Fishermen aboard a traditional boat sailing on a turquoise sea © Zeynep Gokalp

Fishermen aboard a traditional boat sailing on a turquoise sea © Zeynep Gokalp

Chumbe Island is another destination for nature lovers. nature. This private island is a protected nature reserve which contains a coral reef sanctuary as well as a forest reserve. It is thus intended for eco-responsible tourism. Do you want to take a tour of this unique place in the world? He is recommended of Reserve, because access is limited to only 26 people per day to preserve the premises. Walk in a tropical forest, dive in crystal clear water to admire the coral reefs and the Piscesidleness on the beach…

These are some examples of the activities you can do while on the island. You can also stay in the few bungalows that have been set up there to accommodate tourists. When you wake up, you can indulge in snorkeling to admire the Pisces and the reefs, always respecting the places. Chumbe is the first destination of dive in Zanzibar. In the evening, you can admire the parade of coconut crabs, the largest crabs in the world. To come to Chumbe Island, make a reservation with your hotel. It is recommended to choose the all in offer to avoid unexpected expenses and unpleasant surprises.

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