Top 5 Tours in Zanzibar
Traveling to Zanzibar is complete by doing or visiting any interesting place. Trust me!
Find out the Top 5 Tours in Zanzibar for many travelers from Solo, honeymooners, or families to spend a tranquilizing vacation amidst the vast Indian Ocean. The Best Excursion To Do.
It’s difficult to decide what to do when there are so many options and limited time available on Zanzibar Island with its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, majestic islands, and startling marine life. For a peaceful vacation, here are the top 5 things to do.
Before we get to our interesting activities to do; you should know the best time for Zanzibar
Zanzibar weather is determined by 3 seasons (heavy rain to low rainfall and dry season). The dry season from July to September is a popular time to travel which makes sightseeing even more interesting and unchallenging.
During the short rains from November to February – it’s only wet during the long rain in April and May
1. Stone town tour
What does it picture in your mind? The Stone Town – Is actually the old town.
Steeped in history, Stone Town in Zanzibar was once the biggest business center in East Africa. In its earlier days, it was the hub for trading ivory, spices, and slaves. Power has changed hands many times over the years; the Portuguese, Arabs, Sultans of Oman, and English have all had their influence on this unique and fascinating town, which has created an incredible mix of architecture and culture.
The stone town tour takes you around the capital town to experience the historical, cultural, and architectural richness of the Zanzibar Islands. Usually, the tour starts at 8:30 am and takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the places to be visited.
The guide will also show you the beautiful pattern of the Zanzibar door and on the way, you will walk around the narrow streets of Stone Town where most of the houses date back over 150 years. You will see many bazaars, curio shops, restaurants, and a variety of stores selling souvenirs.
Most of the important buildings and places are
- Anglican Cathedral – built on the former slave market,
- The house of the famous slave trader (Tip Tip house),
- Hamam Bath,
- Darajani market (fish and fruits market),
- The Old Portuguese Fort,
- The house of wonders (Zanzibar National Museum of History & Culture)
- The home of the world-famous musician, Freddy Mercury.
2. Jozani forest tour
A visit to Zanzibar is not complete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2000 remaining in the world. A local guide will take you on a walking trail in the forest.
One of the most famous and endearing residents of the Jozani National Park is the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey. Found only on the main island of Zanzibar, the Zanzibar Red Colobus is recognized as a separate species and is said to be endemic to Zanzibar. Colobus Monkeys are leaf-eating arboreal species and spend most of their time in trees.
Relative is a white colobus monkey found in Arusha National Park
Jozani forest lies about 35 km southeast of Zanzibar town.
3. Spice Tour
Spice plantations are a must-see when in Zanzibar, as the spice from Zanzibar is famous worldwide.
The spice tours are quite informative and have good value. A spice tour is probably the best way to see the countryside and meet members of rural communities.
The popular village for spice tours is Kijichi or Kizimbani, approximately 5 kilometers from Stone town. The tour starts at 8:30 am and takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the activities to be done.
Several spices have medicinal properties, and the local population still uses them to treat several ailments.
Spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, or black pepper. Discover a variety of fruits, such as rose apples and guavas.
In cosmetics, rare plants such as henna, perfume trees, and lipstick trees are used.
4. Prison Island
The sultans from the 1860s used as a penitentiary for rebel slaves on the Island until the end of the slave trade.
After this, the British began building a prison on the island under the guidance of First Governor Lloyd Mathews. They completed this in 1894. Nowadays, the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace.
The island is home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the 19th Century. The tour starts from 9:00 am-3:30 pm. There you will see Giant tortoises, beautiful marine creatures, and coral reefs.
Once on the island, you feed and pet the tortoises, some of which are over a hundred years old. If you have time, you may also like to take a stroll through the forested interior where you will see a wide variety of birds, colorful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies.
The Island lies just off Old Stone Town about 30 minutes by boat from stone town.
5. Snorkel Tour
Frankly, Zanzibar has a lovely snorkel site; north to the west has a lovely environment and excellent underwater visibility, surrounded by a ring of white sand.
We can find here marine life, including colorful fish such as clownfish, ells, giant sea stars, turtles, and even dolphins
The island’s tropical climate creates good conditions for snorkeling throughout the year. Snorkeling is best done during the long dry season, which runs from June through October. – even if it is pouring, snorkeling is an unforgettable experience.
Here are the best places to go snorkeling
- Mnemba Atoll
- Tumbatu Island
- Chumbe Island
Zanzibar is barely enough to explore marine activities – there are so many things to see and do! My aim in writing this is to encourage you to consider vacationing in this part of the world.
Zanzibar is a perfect place for beach lovers in Africa. If you’re worried; It is safe, clean, easy to get around, and historically attractive. Beyond that, there are budget hotels to luxury accommodations and great food.
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