Although a very small African island off the east coast of the continent there is plenty of things to do and see in Zanzibar.
Ah, Zanzibar.. the home of many sultan’s and Freddy Mercury. It is a 50 island archipelago that can be found just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa, famous for its white sandy beaches and hot sunny weather. Visitors are never short of things to do in Zanzibar, from enjoying and relaxing on pristine white sandy shores or swimming in the calm and clear shallow waters off the coast. How about snorkeling and diving around the local coral reefs? Further inland there’s a variety of activities to keep you busy too. Zanzibar is also known as the spice island since it’s where a lot of spices originate. Visit spice farms and old colonial towns or island-hop from place to place. No matter how you choose to spend your time on this African island you are sure to have an unforgettable experience in this tropical paradise.
Where is Zanzibar?
The Zanzibar archipelago is a semi-autonomous island that sits a short distance from the East African coastline, just off the Tanzanian coast.
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Things To Do In Zanzibar
Visit Stone Town
Stone Town was built in the mid-1800s and has largely remained unchanged since then. It’s the capital of Zanzibar, extremely populated and rather busy but easy and small enough to explore entirely on foot. Tourists are able to visit various marketplaces where they sell a range of items including various spices produced locally as well as visit a number of other attractions. Exploring Stone Town for a day should be on top of your list of things to do in Zanzibar.
Scuba diving the local coral reefs
Ask anyone who has scuba dived in Zanzibar and they will tell you the diving is incredible. Some even claim it’s the best place to scuba dive in the world. With so many coral reefs and other spots around these 50 islands, you’ll never be short of breathtaking underwater scenery. The scuba diving in Zanzibar caters to all skill levels and if you’re not into scuba diving but would still like to see the underwater beauty then why not try snorkeling instead?
Visit the many beaches
With 50 different islands making up Zanzibar you will have no shortage of exotic white sandy beaches to relax on. After all, it’s the single most popular thing to do on Zanzibar among many thousands of tourists who visit here each year. Why not go island hopping and see as many of these beaches as possible? The waters are exquisite too so if it gets too hot feel free to take a dip in the crystal clear and warm waters.
Surf in Zanzibar
Surfing in Zanzibar is a relatively new thing but it’s becoming increasingly popular – not so much with the locals but more with foreign visitors. The best place for surfing here is on the southern shores of the main island. The waves vary here and range from beginner to more experienced. A word of caution though is that there aren’t lifeguards here so one should be careful and never go alone. There’s a wide range of other watersport activities available here too other than surfing.
Is It Safe?
Zanzibar is considered to be a safe tourist destination as the only real crimes that take place against tourists is petty theft. Just follow basic safety guidelines such as not walking alone on the beach at night, and leave all valuables back at the hotel when visiting the beach.
Are There Any Vaccines Needed For Visiting Zanzibar?
A yellow fever vaccination is compulsory, while malaria, hepatitis A, B, and cholera vaccinations are recommended.
How Do You Get To Zanzibar?
You can catch a direct flight to Zanzibar from most places around the world. If you’re already in Tanzania, then you will have two options for reaching the island. The first option is to fly there. Flights from Tanzania to Zanzibar are cheap and the flight takes no more than 30 minutes.
The second option is to head to Dar es Salaam and catch the ferry. Tickets are cheap and the trip will take between two and three hours.
When To Go
Zanzibar is situated in the tropics so the weather is hot all year round. There are two peak seasons here and it depends on which you prefer. If you like extremely hot weather then the best time to go would be December, January, and February. If you prefer slightly cooler weather, although slightly then you should head here from June to October. The rest of the year brings a tremendous amount of rain so it’s best to avoid unless you want to be stuck indoors during your Zanzibar vacation.
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