Zanzibar’s reputation as an island paradise is not an exaggeration. Zanzibar is actually a whole group of islands – two large islands –Ungoja and Pemba plus other small islands. The beautiful island features an entire eastern coast and miles of sandy pristine beaches. If you are a beach or sun lover and you have a thing for snorkeling, Zanzibar is your destination. There you will find amazing beaches, vast coral reefs, relaxed atmosphere and seafood dishes that will make your holiday a memorable one.
Here are 20 reasons why you should visit Zanzibar, so you need to start planning now.
1. Unique Cultural Mix
Zanizibar reflects the cultural mix of people that emerged from eras of trade relations with different countries. Africans, Arab, Indian, Persian and European influences have taken root in copious chapters of Zanzibar’s history.
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2. Full of life, joy and laughter
Zanzibar is a destination for all, it is a place where you meet the astonishing people you never thought existed – a mix of friendly, fun, calm, philosophical, extreme, wonderful and lovely people who are so full of life. Every day you spend in Zanzibar, you’ll be at peace with yourself, make friends, laugh and enjoy life to its fullest.
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3. Fascinating History and Vibrant Culture
Zanzibar is a special place steeped in rich history and vibrant culture. The archipelago has been inhabited for over 20, 000 years and its position has made the island a major port. When you visit this beautiful destination, you will learn a lot about its intriguing history.
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4. Pristine and Scenic Beaches
Zanzibar offers scenic and pristine beaches, which makes visitors to get comfier. There are so many beaches to choose from. The beaches are clean and exquisitely beautiful. You will definitely enjoy the peaceful lagoons, go surfing, relax by the beach or explore the surroundings and you will surely love the perfect temperature of the water, refreshing and soothing.
5. Super Romantic
Zanzibar is a romantic destination, especially for those who desire to spend quality time romancing with their sweethearts. If you are planning to get married, honeymoon or to renew your vows, Zanzibar is an amazing place to do everything.
6. Unspoiled Weather and Climate
Zanzibar has ideal holiday weather all through the year. There is such a comfortable weather, even when it’s hot; the cold breeze from the coast cools the temperature. The islands are warm throughout the year. An average of about 7 hour sunshine occurs in Zanzibar daily. Zanzibar weather is just perfect and you will love it.
7. Dhow Safaris
Enjoy Dhow Safaris by cruising and sailing in a Swahili boat. Discover the best vantage points in Zanzibar via Dhow Safari. The boats are hand-crafted and are operated by trained and professional crews.
8. Spice Tour
Another interesting thing to do in Zanzibar is to go on a Spice Tour. Zanzibar cloves and spices are the source of its agricultural wealth. Discover a blend of colours, smell the blend of flavours and taste the spices – nutmeg, cumin, ginger, turmeric, curry and pepper, also learn more about why spices are important in Zanzibar.
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9. Culture Musical Club
This is the best place to enjoy the real Zanzibar Taarab music. Culture Musical Club is one of the most creative orchestras played in Swahili style. You will always get to see several performances with a lot of people gathered to enjoy the music. The club is located at Vuga Road, next to Florida Guest House in Zanzibar.
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10. Beautiful and Luxury Accommodation
Accommodation in Zanzibar is no problem. There are lots of hotels, guest houses and self-catering apartments that will suit your preference. Zanzibar has some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts, campsite retreat and beach rentals for every choice.
11. Stone Town
Stone Town is known as the cultural heart of Zanzibar. When you arrive at this town, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘ancient’. However, the city looks old with lively bazaars, winding alleys, primeval mosques and magnificent Arab houses but it is also a very interesting place to visit. There are so many things to see in this ancient city; from the Old Fort to the beautiful beaches in the city. You will definitely have a swell time.
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12. Museum and Galleries
If you have weakness for discovering the history and culture of places, you will surely be glad to visit the historic museums and galleries in Zanzibar. There you will learn about bygone cultures and present context of Zanzibar. You can visit places like; Zanzibar Gallery, Palace Museum, Peace Memorial Museum and so on.
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13. Coffee and Tea
Enjoy Africa’s best coffee in Zanzibar. The best coffee in Africa is from Kilimanjaro and you will find coffees with different flavours in Zanzibar.
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If you are a shopping freak, you will love Stone Town. Stone Town is a shopping dreamland with heaps of goods such as jewellry, bags, accessories, clothes, local crafts and many more. Zanzibar has something for everyone!
15. Food Markets
The Darajani market is the traditional food market in Stone Town. There you will find vegetables, seafood, spices and fruits. The most enjoyable food market is the Forodhani Night Food Market located at Forodhani Gardens. The best place to enjoy a healthy dinner. There you will find different types of tasty foods such as seafood kebabs, grilled meat, fried potatoes, chapatis, salads and many other delicious meals. The market has a celebratory atmosphere, you’ll surely enjoy yourself.
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16. DalaDala Rides
DalaDala are public transport minibuses – a truck with benches. One may see this type of transportation as ‘dangerous’ but it is actually one of the memorable things to do in Zanzibar.
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17. Red Colobus Monkeys in Jozani Forest
Zanzibar’s well-known National Park – Jozani Forest is famous for its indigenous red colobus monkeys. Discover the red colobus monkeys and explore other varieties of wildlife.
18. Delicious Seafood
Zanzibar is known for its mouthwatering seafood dishes for any taste, from prawns to lobsters. You will enjoy the flavours of different types of fishes and have an incredible nutritional edge-over.
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19. Internet Service
Of course, internet service is available in Zanzibar. There are few internet cafes in Stone Town. You can easily send emails to your friends and families or browse the web.
20. Giant Tortoise at Prison Island
Take a boat trip to Prison Island, 20 minutes ride from Zanzibar and see the giant tortoise. These tortoises are gigantic and you can get close to them. Some of these tortoises are said to be about 300 years old. It’s definitely a place to visit.
If you are looking for a place to go for an enjoyable vacation, Zanzibar is the best place to visit and you will definitely enjoy the experience.