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Top 12 things to do in Zanzibar

Thursday, May 19, 2016
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Missal Island

17km from Chake Chake and one of Pemba’s highlights, offering superb snorkelling and diving as well as nature trails and beautiful beaches. Around this island there are over 42 types of coral, 300 species of fish, flying foxes and a rare type of vervet monkey. There is a historic rumour that this is where Captain Kidd buried his treasure.

Nungwi in the northeast

Visit Nungwi in the Northern Coast – Located at the north of Zanzibar island lies the sleepy town of Nungwi. It’s Northern location avoids tide changes, so swimming in the sparkling waters is possible all day long!

 

 

Ngezi Forest

This forest is a reserve that is located in the northwest part of Pemba. It is the only large section of forest remaining in Pemba. This forest used to cover the entire island spanning around 30 square km. The forest is home to many endangered species. The forest is reached via a road from Konde. One of the best ways to view the forest is by bicycle. The forest ends and opens onto an untouched beach and is well worth a visit.

Unwind at the beach

This Island has over 30 pristine beaches, some of which are isolated and untouched. The best beaches in Zanzibar are located on the North Coast and the East coast.

Pange Sanbank

This sandbank is situated 20 min via boat from Stone Town. It is ideal for activities such as snorkelling as there is a vast range of coral fish and tropical fish. This is the perfect getaway setting, far away from the bustling of the busy city , alongside the calm crystal blue waters.

Stone Town Tour

A UNESCO Heritage Site. It has the history of Sultans, Princesses and slaves written all over it. The architecture along the coast mainly consists of styles that originate from Arabia and Asia. The tour will show you the blending of the cultures as well as teach you about the fascinating history of the town.

 

Visit Prison Island & Changuu Island

 Just a 20 minutes boat ride from stone town in Zanzibar, a beautiful island with giant tortoises and the old prison ruins, swim with the locals, dive from the pier or even play football with the kids.

Snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll

This area was recently declared a marine conservation area. This is a coral atoll that is surrounded by reefs that are alive with an unbelievable amount of fish and marine creatures. Here you will see the like of species such as the whale shark, green turtles, pelagic creatures and the rather rare nudibranchs. Where better to see all these creatures and more than in their natural setting?

Swim with Dolphins

Kizimkazi is situated in the North an hour from stone town in Zanzibar. There is a 90% chance that you will see both bottlenose dolphins and humpback dolphins. Swim with dolphins as long as they stay neat the boat. Some trips include time in a snorkelling area and lunch.

Take a sunset Dhow cruise

The beautiful beach of Zanzibar allows you to go sailing on a traditional sailboat – cross the islands or just for a cruise – Sunset cruises leave Stone Town in the late afternoon to travel along the coast, slicing through the clear turquoise water.

Visit the old fort

It was built by the Omanis to protect against the Portugese, now it’s one of the island’s culture center. It was built in late 17th century by the Omanis to defend the island from the Portuguese,[2] and it is known to have actually been used to repel at least one attack, from the Portuguese and their Mazrui allies. It was later used as a prison and as barracks.

Visit the food market

This is a night time food market that starts in the late afternoon in stone town. It is said no trip to Zanzibar is complete unless you have experienced the vibe at the market. It takes place opposite the House of Wonders and at this market you will find freshly grilled fish, meat and vegetables. The seafood options are endless and they are accompanied by fried potato balls, naan bread and samosas.

 

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