Lovely palm fringed beaches, water sports,
rich culture and historical sites are some
of the unique tourist attractions in Zanzibar.
Our safaris in Zanzibar are conducted by
knowledgeable guides with deep knowledge
of local culture. The safaris will include
visits to the historical old town commonly
referred t0 by the locals as 'Mji Mkongnwe'.
The best way to get around Zanzibar is by
foot. Other options include-motor taxi,
motor cycle, bicycle, matatu. You can also
rent a car.
Attractions in Zanzibar
The stone town refers to that area of Zanzibar
in the heart of the old town with winding
narrow streets and historical buildings.
This part of Zanzibar is referred to by
the local people as 'Mji Mkongwe'. Our guided
safaris in this part of Zanzibar includes
visits tothe house of wonders, palace museum
(People's Palace), Livingstone's House,
Old Fort, former slave market, bazaars,
old habour etc.
Agriculture and the spice plantation tours:
Zanzibar is famous for her cloves. Other
spices are nutmeg, vanilla, cardamon and
cinnamon, the spices which motivated the
Sultan of Oman to settle there permanently.
Other than species, the island famous for
tropical fruits, perfumes plants and food
crops. Coconut palms, maize, yams, cassava
are grown. Zanzibar is the main exporter
of cloves in the world.
Coconut palms source of copra used for
flavouring and Coir, a strong fibre used
for robes and mat making. Today timber from
coconut palms is used to make attractive
and Ngenzi nature reserves:
Jozani forest and Ngezi nature reserves
are the centre of biodiversity in Zanzibar.
Jozani forest is the largest area of mature
forest left on the island. It is also host
to the endangered Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey
, several species of butterflies, about
40 species of birds and several other animals.
Bird-life- Over 200 species
of birds have been identified in Zanzibar.
Mammals- Zanzibar is home to various mammals-leopard,
galago ( bush baby, Java civet, African
civet, various mongooses, Zanzibar red colobus,
blue monkey vervet monkey bush pig, tree
hyrax, Alder's duiker, sunis have all been
Reptiles: Zanzibar is the best place to
spot the giant tortoise. Other reptiles
include frogs and chameleons.
island or Changuu:
Across the west coast of Zanzibar 30 minutes
by boat from Stone town is Changuu Island
with its beautiful beaches ideal for swimming,
sun bath and snorkeling
Located in the southern
tip of Zanzibar, the fishing village hosts
several schools of Dolphins, 12th Century
mosques, tombs dating 17th Century. The
highlight of the tour to the village is
a swim with the dolphins.
House of Wonders:
The first to have electricity in the Zanzibar,
it is the former palace of Sultan Barghash.
Used to be the Royal residence of the Sultan
of Zanzibar until the dynasty was overthrown
Old Arab Fort:
In recent years it has been
renovated to house the Zanzibar Cultural
centre. The Arab Fort is the centre of Zanzibar
Festivals. These include:
Zanzibar Festival of the Dhow Countries-
This festival involves theatre, traditional
and co temporally music, display of paintings,
crafts and sculptures. The Festival is held
from 30 June to 9th July every year.
Zanzibar International Film Festival:- This
held together with the festival of the dhow
The Zanzibar Cultural Festival- Also held
for a whole week in July, it brings together
musicians from different parts of the world.
The festival of Mwaka Kongwa is held in
various villages of Zanzibar every year.
Constructed in 1877 on the site of former
slave market it is still in use today. The
only evidence of the slave activities are
the underground chambers at the St. Monica
Built by Sultan Said Majid who ruled Zanzibar
from 1856 to 1870 built this house around
1860. Dr. David Livingstone used it as a
base for his last journey into the interior
of Africa. Several other missionaries and
explorers also used it as a starting point
e.g. Burton and Speke.
Old Dispensary (Stone Town Cultural Centre):
Located on the seafront along Mizingani
road, four story building with a set of
decorative balconies served as a dispensary
during colonial times but fell into disrepair
in the 1970's and 1980's. It has been successfully
restored with funding from the Aga Khan
Trust for Culture.
To the Northern tip of Zanzibar lies the
fishing village of Nungwi which is famous
for its beautiful beaches ideal for swimming
sunbathing or just relaxing.
Plenty of activities can be undertaken from
your beach hotel. These include:
Dhow cruises and adventures the small islands
Sun bathing and swimming in the sandy beaches
Zanzibar is famous for its dance and music.
Taraab is a very alluring and attractive
dance performed by the Zanzibar. Besides,
there is Ngoma ( drumbeating. Most of the
hotels will organize traditional tropes
to perform Taraab or Ngoma for their guests.