Whether it’s exploring the 19th-century architecture of Stone Town or cutting through the crystal-clear waters of the warm Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is an African paradise ripe for discovery
Top things to see and do
- Discover MjiMkongwe, also known as Stone Town, on the west bank of Unguja. Here you can sample local cuisine at Forodhani Park, discover how the sultans relaxed at the Hamamni Persia Baths or simply explore the gorgeous 19th-century architecture of the area – a Unesco World Heritage Site.
- Wind down after a busy day of sightseeing on one of Zanzibar’s idyllic shoreline paradises. Nakupenda, Paje and Uroa Bay are just three locations that offer sapphire waters, white sand and total relaxation.
- Enjoy ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ of music, dancing and food at Mtoni Palace. One of the oldest buildings on the western shores of Zanzibar, here visitors can get a glimpse into the world of Arabian royalty that once lived in the area.
- Want to get up close and personal with nature? There’s no shortage of options in Zanzibar. Head to the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond or, if you’re feeling particularly brave, Cheetah’s Rock.
- Go snorkelling or diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Zanzibar Archipelago, or, if you prefer staying above surface, try your hand at kitesurfing against some truly beautiful African sunsets.
- Indulge your inner party animal at the Cannibal Party. Expect traditional dance, fire dancers, acrobatics and a whole lot of fun.
Tips for travellers
Head north of the Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest on the eastern shores of Unguja and you will find the Kiwengwa Caves. These atmospheric and naturally-created caverns are a sight to behold – just don’t head in if you have a fear of bats.