The 10 Best Things to Do in Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

February 17, 2018 Brandee Mangan

The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world. You’ll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter. Or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages—each one's better than the next.
Restaurants in Zanzibar Island

1. Cheetah's Rock

Kama, Tanzania
Excellent
95%
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2%
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5 based on 913 reviews

Cheetah's Rock

GET CLOSER! THE ONCE IN A WILD-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE ONLINE PRE BOOKING NECESSARY! Cheetah's Rock is now open on Zanzibar!. Cheetah's Rock is a unique, very special place where people and Animals interact directly - face to face, eye to eye. We are Not a Zoo, We are are Not a Wildlife sanctuary - We are something completely different. Prepare yourself for a magical, memorable and remarkable experience. We believe in introducing wildlife in a really different, much closer, interactive and more personal way. The welfare of our animals on Cheetah's Rock is paramount! Return transport from close by (Stone Town, Nungwi, Kiwengwa, Pwani Mchangani, Kendwa etc) included! NO ENTRY WITHOUT A BOOKING

Reviewed By sajohns22 - Fayetteville, North Carolina

The information and close encounters with exotic animals was such a treat. The care and respect given to each of the animals was quite refreshing. The owners really love what they do and it shows. They also treated all visitors with respect and were careful of their individuality. Cheetah's Rock is a must see for any visitor to Zanzibar.

2. Nakupenda Beach

Nakupenda Beach, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania +255 773 670 296
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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5 based on 651 reviews

Nakupenda Beach

Reviewed By Natejordon - Singapore, Singapore

Organized a boat to nakupenda just outside the Tenno House Hotel on the beach in Stone Town. Two hour trip negotiated for 50,000 tsh
I wasn’t sure what time to visit given low tide was around midday today and high tide around 630am. I got there at 9am and was the first boat to arrive. Had the sandbank to myself for the first 30min which led to some magical shots. From what I’ve seen - it looks far busier around midday when the tours all come in
The sandbank itself is pretty amazing - and suggest for those staying in stone town to go off peak with arrangements with a boat easy to negotiate

3. Kendwa Beach

Kendwa, Tanzania +255 773 100 669
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 377 reviews

Kendwa Beach

Reviewed By Nilinili

I can't describe how beautiful the white sand beach is! One has to go and enjoy! It's worth to go there definitely! We visited klingi, nungwi and Dongwe too. But Kendwa's sea and beach was really different and beautiful. We had a great time, altough someone stole my sea shoes:((..
We also joined to a Mnemba Island tour from Kendwa, organized by a beach boy, although we don't like to call him as a beach boy...His name is Captain Omar! As many people commented we were insecure about The Beach Boys. But Omar explained his tours with his good English and in a very kind way. We checked the tours provided by our hotel but you'll notice everybody is taking their commission for the same/similar tour charging you more expensive. We trusted Omar and it was an exactly good choice!!! We had a great time at the mnemba island tour. One can find him in Kendwas beach, he has other tours too like stone town etc. and one can trust him. Also you'll pay less than the tours organized by the hotels. Here's his watsup number: +225773152892

4. Jambiani Beach

Jambiani, Tanzania +255 777 772 109
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Jambiani Beach

Reviewed By Jirayr K

The Beach is not like what you’d expect .
Yes it has golden sand . Amazing view. Restaurants and everything .
It has no basic services: no umbrellas or sunbeds to rent .
No fresh water shower facilities.
When the tide is low you can only see the ocean half a kilometre away and not enjoy it .
The sandy beach is covered with seaweed and algae.
Every other local wants to sell you something .
All in all you can have a wonderful
Time at the beach . Get a fantastic tan very fast .
I reckon it is a nice place to
Get a tan.

5. Nungwi Beach

Nungwi, Tanzania +255 773 204 323
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Nungwi Beach

Reviewed By Claudia O - Sao Paulo, SP

Beautiful beach although many hotels/areas don’t have a sand area. We stayed at Z hotel that have it and it was great.
This part of the island is busier then others and it’s nice. Hotels to accommodate all kind of tourists, nice restaurants, friendly people. Not far from Mnemba atoll by boat (we dove with Spanish dancers and liked it a lot).

6. Paje Beach

Paje, Tanzania 254720650869
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 737 reviews

Paje Beach

Reviewed By Kerry d - Cape Town, South Africa

We were in Paje at an extremely busy time of high season and we still had an amazing time. A spectacular long white beach that went for miles and miles. The beach is lined with palm trees, restuarants, kite schools and hotels. It has a chilled vibe and you can walk, ride a bike or even hire a scooter and cruise along the beach for miles. A lot of people complain about the tidal drop but we found this fascinating and an opportunity to explore the beach more and Little Rock pools that were left behind. Each beach in Zanzibar is unique and I can definitely reccommend visiting at least 2 when visiting Zanzibar if you have the time. I live in a city with beautiful Beaches but this far exceeded them

7. Tangawizi Spice Farm

Kianga - Dole | Near Dole Mosque, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 5301101, Tanzania +255 776 101 586
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Tangawizi Spice Farm

Tangawizi spicefarm is a community farm in the country side (Dole Village) out side stone town which grows a wide range of spices. It's a demonstration farm and we offer the following services: 1. Spice Tour 2. Spice Meals 3. Henna Painting 4. Selling Spices both Offline and Online

Reviewed By catztravelling - St. Gallen, Switzerland

We made a day trip to Stone Town plus spice farm.
At Tangawizi we met our guide who was very friendly. His English was surprisingly good.
The tour through the plantation and Gardens was nice and interesting. The guide made it somehow interactive by asking us many questions which was fun. There were the usual little add-ons like local children making little baskets and crowns out of leaves and flowers and a local climbing on a coconut tree to collect coconuts. At the end we were offered a tasting of natural fruits but refused as to the rule boil it peel it or leave it.
The staff tried to sell nicely presented packets of spices and perfumes but it's definitely cheaper to buy from the market in Stone Town.

8. Matemwe Beach

Matemwe, Tanzania +255 710 203 248
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
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4.5 based on 220 reviews

Matemwe Beach

Reviewed By MosseTurku - Turku, Finland

Are you into beach parties, sufing and water scooters, then look for another beach. Matemwe beach is for relaxing, watching the locals picking sea weed and fishermen sailing their trimarans and for dipping into the sea during high tide (beware of the Sea Urchins) White powder-like sand as long as you can see. Only small resorts and villas hardly visible from the beach. Good for long beach runs or just taking it easy and let your eyes enjoy. No hassle, only a few Masais walking around trying to sell their handicrafts, but never acting aggressive. I really hope that the beach will remain as it is and not turning into what you find elsewhere on Zanzibar.

9. Uroa Bay

Uroa, Tanzania
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 281 reviews

Uroa Bay

Reviewed By MirindaK - Johannesburg, South Africa

Uroa Bay oozes white sandy Beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, palm trees and a friendly locals just trying to sell you some of their wares to make some money of the tourist - say "no thanks' and they are happy to let you be. The Beaches allow you to take long strolls and enjoy the peace and tranquillity! It was a perfect 7 days spent in this part of the Island. It is about 35km from Stone Town and very accessible by car. Be warned if you are looking for shopping this is not the place as there are no shops but just a few locals selling their wares on the beach front - they have small huts from which they sell beads, t shirts etc. A few of them found us on the beach and opened their shops for us - it was a good feeling just supporting them as I think the few dollars they make of tourists can go a long way to helping them and their families. Just my take on things. I really enjoyed my stay in this area.

10. Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond

Nungwi, Tanzania
Excellent
46%
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37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
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4 based on 578 reviews

Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond

Reviewed By Eliis O - Estonia

It is nice to see that some organisations to everything to keep the nature clean and help animals! You will pay $5 to get in, but you know that this money will go to help the turtles to survive. You can feed the turtles and then you will heard a good facts about them. Also there are turtle babies. Go and support them!

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