Zanzibar Beach Holidays
Zanzibar, often referred to as the “Spice land,” is renowned for its enchanting allure. Nestled amidst this paradise are stunning beaches adorned with swaying palm trees, traditional dhows dotting the turquoise waters, ancient ruins steeped in history, and the tantalizing aroma of exotic spices filling the air.
This idyllic island holds a captivating past, where seafarers and slave traders once roamed its shores, leaving behind a rich tapestry of stories. No Tanzania safari would be complete without indulging in the splendors of Zanzibar Beach Holidays. Take the opportunity to spend five or six nights basking in the tranquility of this haven or embark on a captivating Tour To The Stone Town, also known as MjiMkongwe, meaning “old town” in Swahili.
Located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Stone Town beckons with its timeless charm, a testament to the island’s vibrant history. While on Zanzibar, a plethora of activities awaits to captivate even the most discerning adventurers.
Embark on exhilarating drift dives, ride the winds with thrilling kite surfing sessions, or surrender to the serenity of a dhow sunset cruise. For those seeking rejuvenation, pamper yourself with luxurious spa treatments amidst the tranquil surroundings. To ensure you make the most of your Zanzibar holiday or honeymoon, we have curated a quick list of recommendations. Indulge in the vibrant local cuisine, tantalizing your taste buds with the island’s culinary delights.
Explore the bustling markets, where vibrant colors and fragrant spices tempt your senses. Immerse yourself in the island’s history by visiting historical sites and ancient ruins, unraveling the stories of its past. Engage in water sports such as snorkeling or scuba diving, discovering the mesmerizing underwater world that lies beneath the crystal-clear waters. And, of course, take the time to simply relax on the pristine beaches, feeling the soft sand beneath your toes as you soak up the sun’s warm embrace.
At Vwasu Expeditions, we are dedicated to curating unforgettable experiences for your Zanzibar holiday. With our expertise and attention to detail, we ensure that every aspect of your journey is meticulously planned, allowing you to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Discover the magic of Zanzibar, where beauty, history, and adventure converge in perfect harmony.
Zanzibar has undergone a transformative shift, emerging as an exceptional scuba diving destination that was once reserved for a privileged few. Today, it proudly stands as East Africa’s premier diving spot, with its abundant marine life flourishing amidst the coral reef structures surrounding the island. Offering a wealth of shallow dive sites characterized by tranquil and crystal-clear waters, Zanzibar caters to divers of all levels, ensuring an exhilarating experience for beginners and professionals alike.
Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Stone Town, the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar City, on a remarkable 3-hour guided walking tour. This UNESCO World Heritage site, constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th centuries, invites you to explore its architectural wonders and heritage sites.
Engage with the vibrant local marketplace, bear witness to the church and memorial at the old slave market, admire the former sultan’s residence, and indulge in a spot of shopping, all while accompanied by an expert guide. This intimate tour is limited to a maximum of 10 people, ensuring a personalized and immersive experience. Venture to Nungwi and Kendwa beaches, whether you choose to stay directly at these pristine coastal destinations or along the captivating East coast.
List of Zanzibar Activities
- Spice farm tour (spice tree and testing)
- Stone town city tour ( slave history and city tour)
- Prison Island (Giant tortoise and slave history)
- Dolphin tour (kizimkazi or Mnemba Island)
- Safari blue trip (picnic day)
- Jozani forest
- Cuza cave (natural lagoon, history and swimming)
- Nakupenda Island ( picnic tour)
- Snorkeling (beach swimming)
- Diving (deep swimming)
- Fishing activities
- Horse riding
- Quad bike riding
- Parasailing (Parachute drop on the sea water)
- Skidiving (Parachute drop on the sea water)
Discover the allure of Zanzibar’s northern beach resorts, where the efforts of exploration are rewarded with breathtaking natural beauty. Nungwi, the third largest settlement on the island, boasts a population of approximately 5,500 and is nestled at the northernmost point. In close proximity, the charming Kendwa beach on the west coast provides enchanting views of Daloni island and the larger Tumbatu island.
Both locations can be reached within an hour’s drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy access to their mesmerizing beaches and coastal delights. Embark on an unforgettable dolphin-watching experience from Kizimkazi fishing village, located at the southern tip of the island. This once-thriving settlement now offers an opportunity to encounter schools of Bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins on a short boat trip from the village.
With luck on your side, you may even have the chance to swim in close proximity to these majestic creatures, creating a truly rewarding and awe-inspiring experience. To ensure a peaceful encounter for both the dolphins and visitors, it is recommended to embark on the trip in the afternoon, avoiding the morning rush of tourists. Stingrays and turtles are among the other mesmerizing marine species that can be observed during this remarkable excursion.
Jozani Forest, situated in the south of the island, provides a unique encounter with nature’s wonders. Formerly home to leopards, this forest is considered the closest equivalent to a game reserve in Zanzibar.
Currently under consideration as a potential World Heritage Site, Jozani Forest mesmerizes visitors with its breathtaking scenery and rich biodiversity. At the top of the list of captivating sights within the forest is the endemic Red Colobus Monkey. These playful monkeys gracefully traverse the treetops, allowing visitors to observe them up close as they engage in their daily activities of feeding, playing, and leaping amidst the verdant foliage.
Delve into Zanzibar’s aromatic history with a captivating spice tour. Once renowned as the “Spice Island,” Zanzibar’s spice trade thrived under the rule of the Omani Arabs in the early 19th century, elevating the island to the status of their empire’s capital. Today, a spice tour has become a popular excursion, immersing visitors in the fragrant world of Zanzibar’s renowned spices.
Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, wander through a spice farm, engaging your senses as you touch, smell, and taste a variety of spices and tropical fruits. Learn about their properties, origins, and their use as both medicinal and culinary ingredients, enhancing your understanding of the island’s rich culinary heritage.
Embarking on these captivating adventures in Zanzibar promises an unforgettable journey where you can discover the hidden treasures of its pristine waters, immerse yourself in its cultural and historical marvels, marvel at its captivating beaches, encounter majestic marine life, commune with nature in lush forests, and uncover the island’s aromatic legacy.