If you are looking for an experience that is completely unique, then how about planning a trip to Zanzibar? If you’re not sure exactly where it is, it is located in the Indian Ocean, just over ten miles from Tanzania, making it a real gem when wanting to head over to the African continent. It is a place unlike any other, though, with lots of things to see and do, and there will be something for everyone, from adventures to relaxation. It has a diverse range of wildlife and the landscapes are some of the most breathtaking in the world. So without further ado, here are some of the things that you can do in Zanzibar, and why you should add it to your bucket list.
Meet the Wildlife
Zanzibar is home to some amazing species of animals, including some endangered species, like the red colobus monkey. And with national parks like Jozani Chwaka National Bay Park, you can get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures, as well as on places like Unguja Island. Due to Zanzibar’s close proximity to mainland Tanzania, it could be a good idea combine the two and make it into a safari trip. You could check out African Sermon Safaris and then you might be able to catch a glimpse of these small animals in the wild. A really magical experience, for sure.
Prison Island Visit
As the name suggests, Prison Island is a former prison for slaves, but these days offers lots of history, as well as being a place to see some giant land tortoises. The landscape is really lovely, so it can be a day spent exploring, feeding the tortoises, and relaxing on the beach or swimming.
As has been briefly mentioned above, Zanzibar is home to many relaxing beaches with stunning views, clear waters, and white sands. The beaches in Zanzibar really are second to none, and they also have a protective barrier reef on the east side of the island. There are a lot of beaches to choose from, but the Nungwi and Kendwa beaches are usually the most popular with tourists. So you could head there, or find one a little more off the beaten track. The beaches are quite unique in that they don’t have very low tides, so you can enjoy swimming all day, without having to go too far out to get to it. There are even some areas where surfing is pretty good too.
Zanzibar is often nicknamed Spice Island, so it makes complete sense that you would want to go on a spice tour before you leave. Historically, the island has been one of the world’s leading producers of different spices, from things like nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon, and that is all evident in the food that they make. On a spice tour you will be able to see spices are grown and produced, as well as being able to sample creations made from them all.