Top 7 Things to Do in Zanzibar

Exotic. Sultry. Mysterious. Such is the spice island of Zanzibar. Most visitors go to Zanzibar for the beaches.

Part of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an archipelago of over 50 islands in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania. The largest island is commonly known as “Zanzibar.”

But you’ll find no shortage of interesting things to do in Zanzibar beyond the beach – like all the fascinating things to do in Stone Town!

Go reef walking

We could have been sipping ginger mojitos under shady palms on the blindingly white beach. But it was low tide, and the Indian Ocean waves had rolled back almost a mile.



Chill on a beautiful beach

Still, sipping mojitos on the beach is hard to resist. The sand beach is firm, so you can take out hotel bikes and ride for miles along the hard-packed coral sand.


Take a spice tour

Known as the “spice island,” Zanzibar’s lush interior is full of spice farms growing cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla beans and other spices.


Jozani Monkey Forest

The mahogany rainforest is home to rare red colobus monkeys, only found on Zanzibar. About 2,000 of these monkeys live in the park.


Explore Stone Town

The ancient capital of Zanzibar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it’s fascinating to get lost in (or explore, if you’re on a guided walking tour).

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