Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, is an amazing holiday destination. The beautiful beaches, collection of cultural attractions, and lovely outdoor scenery make it extremely popular, especially for couples looking for a place to spend their honeymoon. Zanzibar also has a rich history with the spice trade and seaweed farming, both of which you will be able to learn more about during your stay.
Although it is not a very big island, there’s still a lot of both leisure and interesting things to do in Zanzibar. While on holiday here you’ll be able to combine amazing beachlife with interesting excursion to learn about the wildlife and the history of the island.
While in Zanzibar, you may want to lounge on the open beaches and take in the view of the archipelago. You can take ferries to other islands and explore their lush natural beauty.
There are several companies in Zanzibar that provide city tours and safari excursions, so be sure to spend a couple days joining a guided tour through the parks and game reserves. You can also try diving to see some of the phenomenal underwater scenes around the coast, including dolphins and other sea creatures.
Stone Town Market is a great place to explore and see hundreds of handicrafts, clothing, and other souvenirs to bring home. You can haggle with the vendors and should be able to purchase most goods inexpensively.
There are excellent restaurants in Zanzibar, including beachside or rooftop restaurants with incredible views.
Finally, don’t forget to take a Spice Tour where you can see and taste exotic local treats.
Zanzibar is warm throughout the year, with a rainy season in the spring. In July, you can experience the Zanzibar International Film Festival which is a great way to see highly-acclaimed local and foreign films. If you visit during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan, be sure to avoid eating and drinking in public during daytime, as it is a time of religious fasting.
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