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The 10 most beautiful places to visit in Zanzibar • Generation Voyage

As in a waking dream, here are the 10 most beautiful places to visit in Zanzibar!

There’s something magical about just saying its name: Zanzibar. This piece of Africa, stranded like a piece of paradise fallen from the sky off the coast of Tanzania, immediately evokes a dream vacation.

Many people combine a trip to Zanzibar with a safari stay in Tanzania. However, the island can also be a relaxing trip in its own right. Zanzibar takes you into a whirlwind of exoticism, mystery, spicy charms, marvelous landscapes, cultural influences, scents and various flavors.

But never without rushing you. Because it is gentle, benevolent and offers travelers a peace of mind like few places on Earth… And if you already tasted it a little? Discover the 10 most beautiful places to visit in Zanzibar!

1.Stone Town

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It would be sad to visit Zanzibar focusing only on its myriad of beautiful beaches. Stone Town, a city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, immerses you in a real cultural and historical bath essential to measure all the beauty of the island.

Do you know that from the 18th to the 19th century, Zanzibar belonged to the Emirate of Oman and that Stone Town was a fatal hub of the slave and ivory market? Or that the city was the privileged starting point for the great explorers who came to rub shoulders with the enigmatic lands of the African continent?

All these stories, both moving and intoxicating, are still whispered in Stone Town. Then, in the narrow streets of the old town, you can’t stop looking at the magnificent sculpted doors, the ornate balconies, the shops selling exotic products and the secret and gleaming palaces.

2. Mnemba Atoll

Mnemba Atoll

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North of Zanzibar, the Mnemba atoll and its exclusive island constitute a treasure which is the pride of Zanzibar. This sublime natural gem seems straight out of a postcard: white sand and crystal-clear waves (almost burning your retina), swimming possible at all hours of the day, nesting sites for sea turtles, villas of dream advances in the water, rich and colorful seabed.

This tropical paradise and its island are actually private and reserved for travelers staying in the unique luxury hotel. However, you can enjoy it during a diving or snorkeling trip usually departing from Stone Town. The coral reefs of the atoll are accessible to all levels and promise an unforgettable introduction to underwater life.

3. Mafia Island

Visit Zanzibar: Mafia Island

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One of Zanzibar’s places of interest is 150 kilometers from Dar Es Salaam, it is surrounded by seabed and heavenly beaches. We named: Mafia Island. Its reputation is also due to the presence of whale sharks which every year, from October to March, delight diving enthusiasts.

However, Mafia Island is a secret that only a handful of visitors are allowed to discover. Limiting the tourist crowds is the best way to preserve this rich and splendid marine park, so book in advance!

4. Jozani Forest

The forest of Jozani

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Jozani, a mecca for tourism, is nonetheless one of the most beautiful places to visit in Zanzibar. This forest is home to the endemic red colobus: a species of monkey unique to the island.

However, the walk is fast and a bit of a “tourist trap”. Go there especially to marvel at the adorable face of the primates but also the many birds and butterflies that flit about in the heart of the forest. Nature lovers will be seduced by the unique flora made up of eucalyptus, palm trees and bamboo.

5. Matemwe Village

Visit Zanzibar: The Matemwe village

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This small fishing village in the northeast of the island has managed to retain its tranquility and authentic charm. Here, life slowly stretches along the immaculate stretches of sand and to the rhythm of the Dhows, these traditional handcrafted boats along the entire African coast.

Facing the small island of Mnemba, Matemwe is also a great place for diving and snorkeling. The lucky ones may see a few schools of dolphins. From evening to morning, you will hear the laughter of the children of the village and can learn about the art of seaweed harvesters.

Also, at sunset, it is good to stroll on the beach and taste the fresh products bought at the market. Especially the fish from the unmissable auction!

6. Pemba Island

Pemba Island

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The archipelago is made up of several islands and all of them have their reasons for being among the places of interest in Zanzibar. Among them, the island of Pemba. Nicknamed “green island”, it bathes in a romantic atmosphere, in the mangroves and the fertile valleys.

A favorite destination for lovers, it offers long walks on isolated beaches or in the heart of lush nature. The island of Pemba is also an opportunity to discover the cultivation of rice, coconut, banana, cassava, beans and spices.

Do you know that Zanzibar is nicknamed “the spice island”? Its cinnamon, vanilla, lemongrass, nutmeg, pepper and cloves are world renowned. On Pemba Island, as in other places to visit in Zanzibar, local farms open their doors to curious and food-loving travellers!

7. Kizimkazi Village

Visit Zanzibar: The Kizimkazi village

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Kizimkazi is, like many villages in Zanzibar, a place of life as dense as it is relaxing. Here, you discover like nowhere else the art of fishing and maritime traditions.

On the beach enclosed in a small bay, the fishing boats swarm and go back and forth incessantly. The fruit of their peaches is sold on the beach or sometimes even directly on the boat.

The opportunity for you to share an improvised barbecue with the locals or to photograph some fish drying on the trees. During your visit to this superb fish market, you may even have the chance to board a Dhow and discover the basics of an intact tradition.

8. Jambiani and Paje villages


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Scattered on the southeast coast of Zanzibar, the two small fishing villages of Jambiani and Paje are steeped in calm and tradition. At high tide, you will observe the continual ballet of Dhows setting off to storm the seas.

At low tide, you will meet the women there collecting seaweed which will then be sold as medicine or food. A main economic activity on the island. Jambiani and Paje, repeatedly cited among the most beautiful places to visit in Zanzibar, are full of activities: bike rentals, small typical markets, seaweed farm visits, kite-surfing lessons, excursions in the mangroves, etc.

9. Chapwani Island

Visit Zanzibar: The island of Chapwani

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Take the boat from the old town of Stone Town. Thirty minutes later, you are on the secret island of Chapwani. Impossible to resist the evocative charm of this well-hidden address… The private island, licked by a long beach of golden sand and the translucent waters of the Indian Ocean, is home to only five bungalows and a villa.

These refuges facing the sea offer an idyllic but unadorned setting: the praise of simplicity and harmony with nature take precedence. So why not give in to the charm of a Robinson Crusoe-style stay?

Besides being one of the most beautiful places to visit in Zanzibar, Chapwani is a haven of authenticity and sensational experiences!

10. Beaches

How to talk about places of interest in Zanzibar without mentioning its beaches? Imagine. White sand, coconut palms, azure waters, flamboyant seabed, changing shades of blue at high tide, shiny seaweed nets and natural pools at low tide, shells and sea urchins rolling discreetly…

It’s so beautiful it seems unreal! In this immensity of landscapes and natural phenomena, we have selected 4 of our favorite beaches (in addition to those of the villages mentioned above).

Bwejuu, secluded beach

Bwejuu, secluded beach

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Nestled in the east of Zanzibar, Bwejuu beach is far from any tumult. Peace and harmony are his only watchwords. Appearing among the “30 most beautiful beaches in the world” Bwejuu collects natural beauties.

Pongwe, quiet beach

Visit Zanzibar: Pongwe, a quiet beach

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Visiting Zanzibar also means discovering unusual places such as Pingwe beach. With its turquoise and emerald waters, sheltering a coral reef, Pingwe Beach is peaceful and alluring.

But its real asset is its restaurant: “The Rock”. Strewn on its rock, it is the ideal place to have a drink or have lunch in an exceptional place.

Nungwi, the most famous beach

Nungwi, the most famous beach

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At the northern tip, Nungwi beach is one of the most beautiful beaches but also the most touristic. It is renowned for its festive atmosphere, its bars and restaurants offering local dance performances, its diving schools and its sunsets which attract crowds.

Despite its frequentation, it is nonetheless splendid. It has another advantage: swimming in Nungwi is possible at any time of the day because the beach is one of the few spared by strong low tides.

Kendwa, beach for sunset

Kendwa, beach for sunset

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The quiet Kendwa Beach is, due to its location, an excellent spot to admire the sunset. His village has remained incredibly authentic, spared from infrastructure and naturally shaded by sovereign banana, palm and coconut trees.

Families love its calm waters and slivers of soft sand. Young people prefer its entertainment, especially during the Full Moon Party.

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