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Discover the Best of Zanzibar, Tanzania

Discover the Best of Zanzibar, Tanzania






Zanzibar Island, Tanzania is located in the Indian Ocean and is characterized by its scenic beauty, which includes white sand beaches, turquoise waters and palm trees that fill its parts. It is considered one of the most beautiful tourism destinations in Tanzania, where tourists and honeymooners come from all over the world to enjoy its charming beaches, as well as to practice various water activities such as diving, surfing and kayaking.
Zanzibar has been an important trading point which means it has a rich cultural mix and Zanzibar island is famous for being a producer of many kinds of spices, it is also known for its carved wooden doors.

Zanzibar island has a lot of Turtles and beautiful dolphins, in addition to that Zanzibar has an excellent infrastructure where you find many hotels with distinguished services in addition to a large number of restaurants that serve various types of delicious foods and many cafes. All this has made it a combination of a unique tropical spot that attracts many tourists around the world to enjoy its beautiful and picturesque landmarks.





Climate in Zanzibar



Climate in Zanzibar
Climate in Zanzibar



Zanzibar enjoys a humid tropical climate, with an average rainfall of 1500 to 2000 mm annually. The northern winds blow from December to March, while the southern winds blow from May to October.

The best time to take a tourist trip to Zanzibar is during the spring from June to October, as it has dry weather ideal for diving and other water activities that you can try in Zanzibar.





The most important tourist places in Zanzibar


In this article, we review the most important tourist places in Zanzibar that are worth visiting, namely:





Stone Town, Zanzibar


The most important tourist places in Zanzibar
Stone Town Zanzibar



Stone Town Zanzibar is the old part of Zanzibar city in Tanzania. It is a cultural and historical city with its stone architecture dating back to the 19th century and the city has preserved these architectures as they are until now.

The stone city of Zanzibar is located on the island of Unguja, and therefore it is surrounded by water on all sides, which has given it its spirit and importance as one of the tourist areas in Zanzibar.

The stone city of Zanzibar was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000 due to the preservation of its splendour and the fact that it reflects a mixture of different civilizations and cultures that it passed through, such as Indian, European, Arab and others, as the city previously worked as a market for the slave trade, spices and other things.

 

Things to do in Stone Town, Zanzibar


• Stroll through the beautiful city and admire the stone buildings that date back to the 19th century and reflect the country's culture and history mixed with other cultures. You can also pass by the shops and stores scattered throughout the city to buy souvenirs.

• You can visit some tourist and historical places such as the old fort, which is also a fortress built of stone and dates back to the seventeenth century.

• There is also the House of Wonders and the Palace Museum, which were considered palaces for the sultans in different eras of the former history of Tanzania. Each of them includes property and belongings belonging to the sultans and some furniture and paintings through which you can learn about the country's culture and history.

• Do not forget to also pass by the many churches and cathedrals located in the stone city of Zanzibar, whose establishment dates back to previous eras, such as the Church of Christ, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and others.

• You can also visit the famous Forodhani Garden, which overlooks the sea. It is worth mentioning that the garden hosts a tourist market every night that sells special Swahili grilled fish, which you must try.

• One of the most famous places frequented by tourists that you can not miss is Changwu Island, which you can reach by boat. It is a shelter for many Turtles, some of which are 200 years old. You can also swim on the island's beach or do some water games.

• You can also visit the Persian baths, which date back to the nineteenth century and were used as public baths in the past and were built by the Persians, but they are no longer used now, but remained as monuments and a destination for tourists.

 

Stone Town, Zanzibar location on Google Maps









Persian Baths, Zanzibar


The most important tourist places in Zanzibar
Persian Baths, Zanzibar


Persian Baths were the first public baths in Zanzibar. It was built during the reign of Sultan Barghash bin Said. It was built in the late nineteenth century. You can visit it and enjoy watching this building with a special character, which holds wonderful privacy. You can see what this Persian bath contains heritage tools. All tours to Stone Town include your visit to this wonderful monument.





The House of Wonders, Zanzibar


The most important tourist places in Zanzibar
The House of Wonders, Zanzibar


The House of Wonders in Zanzibar The House of Wonders is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Zanzibar and is the largest and tallest building within the stone city of Zanzibar

In its time, this palace was a marvel of wonders, which was built in 1883 AD during the reign of Sultan Barghash bin Said bin Sultan, and you will find his name at the entrance to the magnificent palace with a splendid and majestic view. Its columns are painted white, its doors are huge, decorated with beautiful carvings, and the magnificent arched balconies. The palace is indeed a state of high art. The entrance to the palace is wide, and there is a building attached to the palace that contains many oil paintings of the sultans who ruled Zanzibar, and there are many collectables such as the wardrobe, several mirrors, Chinese porcelain, and antiques.



Things to do in the House of Wonders

• Touring the House of Wonders, which contains many antiquities and possessions of the sultans in previous eras, such as special tools, formal and informal costumes, as well as furniture and paintings bearing drawings of the sultans and other paintings of important historical figures that were kept inside the house as they are.

• Also inside the inner courtyard of the house, there is an old traditional Swahili ship and some Swahili fishing gear that you can't miss seeing. As for the outer court, there are cannons written on it in Portuguese.

• Many cultural and artistic events are held inside the House of Wonders, and you can participate in one of them if you happen to be visiting.



Entry prices


For adults 6 Tanzanian shillings.
For children 4 Tanzanian shillings.



House of Wonders in Zanzibar location on Google Maps









Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park


The most important tourist places in Zanzibar
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, Zanzibar


Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is one of the most beautiful natural areas and the most important tourist attraction in Zanzibar is a tropical forest that includes dense trees of different types. It also includes large numbers of animals, including animals that are not found in any other forest or zoo, such as a rare type of monkey called The red colobus monkey, and it also includes 40 species Of birds, 50 species of butterflies and many more.

 

Things to do in Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park


• You can wander inside the forest and its natural paths to enjoy the wonderful nature of trees, green spaces and different animals, especially rare animals such as certain types of monkeys and tigers, as well as distinctive birds and butterflies, as well as marine animals such as dolphins, tuna fish and others that are located in the Indian Ocean.

• It is best to take part in one of the forest tours, as your passage through the tropical forest requires the presence of a guide with you so that you do not get lost.

• Do not make your visit to the forest without passing through the swamps filled with plants and some amphibians, as well as the tropical coast full of tropical trees on its shore in a wonderful view worth visiting.

• Inside the forest there is a small café that serves hot and cold drinks and there are some shops where you can buy souvenirs.

 

Visiting dates


Daily from 07:30 AM until 05:00 PM.

 

Entry prices and tours


Adults 10 USD
Children 05 USD


Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park location on Google Maps









Pemba Island, Zanzibar


The most important tourist places in Zanzibar
Pema Island, Zanzibar


Pema Island is one of the most important places of tourism in Zanzibar, nicknamed the Green Island, is about 1 km northeast of Zanzibar Island. It is a small island characterized by its coral reefs and the presence of rare Turtles.

Its climate is tropical and humid, and it is a group of high hills, with a maximum height of 100 meters above sea level. It is characterized by the fertility of its lands. The island of Pemba enjoys its clean beaches and warm climate. It is ideal for diving enthusiasts, as it has distinguished sites for diving and unique coral reef formations of outstanding beauty.

On the island, there is a group of wonderful antiquities that have not been interfered with by humans and have preserved their beauty since about the fourteenth century, which are called Ndagoni. There are also the ruins of Ndoni in the village of Bugeni, which dates back to the fifteenth century and is located in the west of the island's airport.





Enjoy watching the sunset, Zanzibar


The most important tourist places in Zanzibar
Sunset at Zanzibar


Livingston Bar is a funky beachfront bar that has the best quiet spot in the open air where you can enjoy watching the sunset over the ocean. The bar serves a variety of drinks as well as you will enjoy the sounds of live music. The beach in front is suitable for playing on the beach. Sand for children, where you will find many children who play acrobatics, which makes it an entertaining, fun and vibrant place.





Promised Land Lodge, Zanzibar


The most important tourist places in Zanzibar
Promised Land Lodge, Zanzibar


Promised Land Lodge, Zanzibar is located in Kizimkazi and the Promised Land is an ideal guesthouse in luxury and sophistication. To places dedicated to playing beach volleyball, and in the evening, everyone gathers around a pit of fire, African drums sound, many songs are sung, and everyone exchanges chats, which will make it a perfect trip that you will never forget.





Enjoy the food at the night market


The most important tourist places in Zanzibar
Enjoy the food at the night market


It is one of the beautiful things that take place every night of the week in the night market, which is located in front of the waterfront Staunton, you will be able to distinguish the market from a great distance, as the smell of barbecue food reeks of it strongly to announce the quality and fill the air. There are a lot of meat and fish foods that can be eaten.






Recommended hotels and resorts in Zanzibar, Tanzania


Thanks to Zanzibar's stunning scenery, sandy beaches and coral reefs, it has a luxurious group of hotels and resorts with a charming view, and we will learn about the best Zanzibar hotels and resorts with services and recreational activities.





The best hotels in Zanzibar






Park Hyatt Zanzibar


Recommended hotels in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Park Hyatt Zanzibar, Zanzibar


One of the best 5-star hotels in Zanzibar is located on the waterfront in Zanzibar City, 1 km from Zanzibar Ferry Terminal, and 8 km from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

The hotel offers a fitness centre, allergy-free room, and express check-in and check-out service.

Boasting a seafront location in Zanzibar City, Park Hyatt Zanzibar offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant. This air-conditioned hotel also includes free Wi-Fi, a spa and wellness centre, a fitness centre and a tour desk. All rooms feature a minibar, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, coffee and tea maker, free WiFi and free toiletries.



Visitor reviews summary


The hotel was rated excellent in terms of location, room size and cleanliness.

Some mentioned the hotel's small private beach.


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Langi Langi Beach Bungalows Hotel



Recommended hotels in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Langi Langi Beach Bungalows Hotel, Zanzibar


The hotel is located on Nungwi, north of Zanzibar, an hour's drive from Zanzibar Airport. It has an outdoor swimming pool, and the hotel's beach offers diving and snorkelling trips. The restaurant serves delicious international as well as local cuisine in the hotel, airport transfer at an extra cost and free parking. The hotel rates are very good for the services it offers.



Visitor reviews summary


The hotel was rated very good in terms of location, staff, delicious meals and cleanliness.


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Dhow Palace Hotel


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Dhow Palace Hotel, Zanzibar


One of the best hotels in Zanzibar, Tanzania is characterized by its central location in the stone town of Zanzibar, only 300 meters from the beach and 500 meters from the House of Wonders. The hotel is 1 km from the ferry port and 5 km from Zanzibar Airport.

The hotel has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, walking tours for an additional fee, and facilities for the disabled.



Visitor reviews summary


Very good rating for the location, cleanliness and design of the rooms.

Some visitors commented that the air conditioning was poor.



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Smile Beach Hotel


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Smile Beach Hotel, Zanzibar


A wonderful and excellent hotel, located 200 meters from the centre of Nungwi city, the rooms are air-conditioned, and their balconies overlook the Indian Ocean.



Visitor reviews summary


The hotel is rated very good in terms of friendly staff, cleanliness and location.


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Tembo House Hotel


Recommended hotels in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Tembo House Hotel, Zanzibar


One of the best hotels in Zanzibar, Tanzania is located near the beach and less than 5 minutes walk from the old castle and House of Wonders.

The hotel offers a year-round outdoor pool, a bridal suite, a tour desk, and a children's playground.



Visitor reviews summary


Tembo, one of the most luxurious hotels in Zanzibar Tanzania has been rated very well in terms of location, services and cleanliness.

Some mentioned the lack of variety in the breakfast and the lack of professionalism of some of the staff.



Booking.com





The best resorts in Zanzibar




Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa Resort - Relais & Chateaux


Recommended resorts in Zanzibar, Tanzania
White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, Zanzibar


It is one of the best 5-star Zanzibar resorts that provide all the wonderful facilities and services for visitors, located on a sandy beach in the north of Zanzibar.

It features luxurious rooms overlooking the ocean and the garden. It also provides many recreational services such as yoga sessions on the beach, relaxation and beauty treatments.



Visitor reviews summary


Visitors' reviews of Zanzibar Resort are excellent in terms of comfort, cleanliness, staff, location, and facilities.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Zanzibar Resort


Recommended resorts in Zanzibar, Tanzania
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, Zanzibar


Double Tree is one of the best 4-star Zanzibar resorts that provides luxurious hotel services in addition to recreational activities such as fishing and snorkelling.

It features rooms with sea and garden views, wellness facilities, relaxation and beauty treatments, and a restaurant serving local and international cuisine.



Visitor reviews summary


Guest reviews of Zanzibar Resort are very good in terms of staff, comfort, location, cleanliness, comfort, and facilities.


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Fruit and Spice Wellness Resort Zanzibar


Recommended resorts in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Fruit and Spice Wellness Resort, Zanzibar


It is one of the best 5-star luxury Zanzibar resorts. The resort features many rooms and villas with sea and pool views, designed with luxurious designs in Zanzibar style, in addition to luxurious furnishings.

The hotel has a restaurant overlooking the pool that serves delicious Mediterranean food and light meals. In addition to the availability of many services and recreational activities.



Visitor reviews summary


The hotel was well received by the visitors and got a great rating thanks to the staff, cleanliness, comfort, facilities and value for money.



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Chumbe Island  Coral Park Resort


Recommended resorts in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Coral Park Resort, Chumbe Island, Zanzibar


It is one of the best Zanzibar resorts with an ideal location near the attractions. It is characterized by attractive decorations with an African theme overlooking the sea.

It includes spacious units in addition to the availability of hotel services and high-end recreational activities. It is also located near Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.



Visitor reviews summary


Guest Reviews of the resort are excellent in terms of location, staff, cleanliness, comfort, and facilities.


Booking.com






Golden Tulip Zanzibar Resort


Recommended resorts in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Golden Tulip Resort, Zanzibar


One of the best hotels in Zanzibar is located 7 km from Stone Town and the House of Wonders. Zanzibar International Airport is 13 km from the resort.

It includes a year-round outdoor pool, fitness centre, happy hours, and non-smoking rooms.



Visitor reviews summary


Golden is one of the most prominent hotels in Zanzibar with a good rating in terms of rooms and services.

Some negative comments were mentioned after the hotel about the city centre and the lack of variety in the breakfast.



Booking.com








Top 5 restaurants in Zanzibar, Tanzania





The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar


Top 5 restaurants in Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Rock Resturant, Zanzibar


The Rock is probably one of the most scenic restaurants in Africa. Perched on a rock in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, this restaurant is one of the most famous in Zanzibar and is a high-end stop for those who want to enjoy fresh seafood recipes in an exotic setting. The menu is based on the abundant seafood on offer, serving delicacies such as octopus salad, seafood, spaghetti, squid and queen prawns along with vegetarian dishes and special children's menus.


The Rock Zanzibar, Michamwi Pingwe peninsula, Zanzibar, Tanzania, +255777 835515




 

Serena Inn restaurant, Zanzibar


Top 5 restaurants in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Serena Inn Resturant, Zanzibar


Zanzibar Serena Inn is located close to the beach and historical landmarks of Stone Town. This small luxury hotel is a favourite attraction for visitors looking for sophisticated experiences in this distinct African city. The rooftop terrace restaurant offers great views of the bay and features fresh seafood dishes prepared daily from sea fish, bream, red and white snapper, barracuda, cobia, tuna, sailfish, rock cod, lobster, shrimp and calamari.


Zanzibar Sereba Inn, Shangani Street, Zanzibar, Tanzania, +255 24 223 3051





La Taverna restaurant, Zanzibar 


Top 5 restaurants in Zanzibar, Tanzania
La Taverna Resturant, Zanzibar


A great choice for tourists with an appetite for well-cooked Italian food, La Taverna is the place to go for crispy pizza and homemade pasta. Everything is made with the freshest ingredients, some imported from Italy to preserve the faithful and original flavours. The menu features all the delicious classics of Italian gastronomy, ranging from tagliatelle bolognese, panini and pizza made using family recipes on a wood-fired oven, the only one of its kind in Zanzibar. La Taverna also offers a large selection of international wines from France, Spain, Australia, South Africa and Chile.


La Taverna, Mkunazini, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, +255 776 650 301





Emerson Spice Café, Zanzibar


Top 5 restaurants in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Emerson Spice Café, Zanzibar


Housed in the former 19th-century Swahili Sultan's Palace, Emerson Spice Cafe is today a trendy hostel popular with occasional celebs, with a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in Zanzibar. Dinner service on the rooftop Tea Room is a great opportunity to enjoy the warm colours of the sunset, but consider making reservations in time as this small restaurant gets booked up very quickly. The menu includes tempeh prawns with grilled mango or kingfish chilli coconut baked in banana leaves and lobster on a green papaya salad.


Emerson Spice Café, Tharia Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, +255 755 046 395





House of Spices, Zanzibar


Top 5 restaurants in Zanzibar, Tanzania
House of Spices, Zanzibar


One of Zanzibar's longstanding spice industry memorabilia, the House of Spices is one of Stone Town's most famous restaurants. The restaurant occupies one of the terraces where the spices were dried before they were packaged. The other rooms in this 3 storeys 18th-century house were used in the past to produce and sell these valuable goods. The restaurant offers an international menu that includes Mediterranean dishes and delicious pizzas.


House of Spices, Kiponda Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, +255 (0) 24 2231264





House of Hurumzi, Zanzibar


Top 5 restaurants in Zanzibar, Tanzania
House of Hurumzi, Zanzibar


This must-see restaurant is located on the rooftop of the second tallest building in Stone Town after the Sultan's Palace, the House of Wonders. The House of Hurumzi offers unique panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the mosques around it, and it also has its share of mystery and legends some of which even its name relates to the freedom of black slaves. Renovated to its past after decades of oblivion, the Hurumzi House today operates as a small hotel, and its rooftop restaurant is one of the best locations in town for unforgettable views of Stone Town and a fresh seafood menu.


Emerson on Hurumzi 236 Hurumzi Street, Zanzibar, Tanzania, +255 24 22 32 784





FAQ



What is the best and most suitable area to live in Zanzibar?


Kelly Square is the centre of the old town, or "Stone Town", in Zanzibar.
It is a place that exudes antiquity and antiquity for lovers of authenticity and the authentic Tanzanian atmosphere.



What is the average cost of staying in hotels in Zanzibar per night?


The cost of staying in a Zanzibar hotel ranges between $70 and $250.
The price varies according to the period of the year, the size of the room, its features, as well as the hotel's classification.



What is the cheapest (and highest rated) Zanzibar hotel?


Tembo House Hotel is one of the cheapest hotels in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
But it is no less valuable in terms of the excellent location, the services provided, and it has received great reviews from visitors.



What are the best hotels in Zanzibar for a honeymoon?


Dao Palace Hotel and Golden Tulip Zanzibar Resort Apart from its charming view, the rooms and suites provided for the newlyweds are very distinguished.
The hotel facilities are many and distinctive, suitable for new grooms.



What are the best recommended Zanzibar hotels that overlook the sea?


Park Hyatt Zanzibar, Tembo House Hotel, these hotels have a charming sea view and a sandy beach that is only meters away from the hotel location, Which makes them ideal hotels and has won great acclaim and popularity.



What is the best-recommended area near the airport to live in Zanzibar?


Staying at Changani Street in Zanzibar provides quick access to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.



What are the best 5-star resorts in Zanzibar?


Fruit & Spice Wellness Resort Zanzibar and Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa - Relais & Chateaux are among the best 5-star resorts, which offer distinguished accommodations based on the reviews of their visitors.



What are the best Zanzibar resorts for families?


The following resorts provide suitable accommodation for families, they are Chumbe Island Coral Park Resort, Fruit & Spice Wellness Resort Zanzibar and Melle Beach Resort which offers babysitting services, children's playgrounds, buffet suitable for children and family connected rooms.



What are the best and cheapest resorts in Zanzibar, according to visitors?


Both Imani Beach Villa Resort and Bakachi Beach Resort are the cheapest and best resorts in Zanzibar, which provide luxurious accommodation at budget prices compared to the rest of the resorts in Zanzibar.



What are the best resorts in Zanzibar that have water games?


Fruit and Spice Wellness Resort Zanzibar and Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa - Relais & Chateaux are among the best resorts that offer water games, and they have a very good rating in this regard.



What are the best seaside resorts in Zanzibar?


Milele Beach, Fruit & Spice Wellness Resort Zanzibar Chumbi Island Coral Park Resort is one of the best seaside resorts in Zanzibar.



What are the best beach resorts in Zanzibar?


Milele Beach Resort, Fruit & Spice Wellness Resort Zanzibar, and Chumbi Island Coral Park Resort are among the best beach resorts in Zanzibar, as each of them has its own private beach and has garnered high reviews from visitors.



What is the average cost of accommodation in Zanzibar resort per night?


The cost of staying in one of the Zanzibar resorts ranges between 45 and 738 US dollars per night, and the price varies according to the classification of the resort, the tourist season and several other factors.



What are the best Zanzibar resorts near Abeid Amani Karume International Airport?


Protea Hotel by Marriott is the best and closest to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, it has received very good reviews from previous visitors.






Here, we have learned about a group of fun and beautiful activities that can be practised on the island of Zanzibar, so we advise you next time when you get your annual vacation to choose Zanzibar as a distinctive tourist destination to spend your vacation because you will really like it.


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