The Zanzibar Archipelago, with its clear, turquoise water, shallow sandbars and tiny fishing villages, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world! Enjoy lush turquoise waters and unspoilt beaches on some the virtually deserted islands, unvisited by tourists. It’s definitely on my Travelling bucket list!
Due to its tropical climate, the best time to visit is between June to October for cool, dry weather. December to February is hot and dry and the monsoon season is from November to December.
Zanzibar boasts itself of soft, white beaches mirrored with picturesque turoquoise waters, and the traditional fishing dhows. The best beaches in the North are Matemwe, Nungwi and Kendwa. Uroa Bay is a wide beach where you walk out quite far during low tide.
To get an even more secluded remote beach experience, go island hopping to the Pemba islands or visit Chumbe Island Coral Park to see a fully protected coral reef sanctuary. Mnemb Island and its marine atolls are also truly breathtaking.
Immerse yourself in unique spice farms on tours of local fishing villages such as Tangawizi or Kidichi. Inhale the aromas of cloves, vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and much more.
Stone Town is a popular place to visit with its twisting streets, reminding you of the olden times of this port city. The hustle and bustle of the bazaars are a sharp difference to the quietness of the beaches. Visit the Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe). There is also a museum which used to be the former Sultan’s palace, where you can learn about the Omani history of Zanzibar.
The Zanzibari cuisine is an eclectic mix of Arab, Portuguese, Indian, British and Chinese, so I’m sure there will be something that you will enjoy. A night market in Stone Town gives you the opportunity to taste Zanzibari delicacies such as grilled seafood, meat skewers, samosas, pilau and kachumbari salad. Don’t forget to try spice tea and Arabic coffee.
The majority of Zanzibar’s population is Muslim so make sure you show respect to local people by covering arms and legs wherever possible.
Zanzibar has something to offer for every kind of traveller, whether you’re a history enthusiast, an underwater explorer or a beach relaxer.