Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It’s a popular tourist destination and home to some of the most beautiful beaches, gorgeous weather, and has the highest density of natural and historical sites in Africa.
The best time to visit Zanzibar is between November and May, when you can expect warm sunshine with average high temperatures around 27°C (81°F). On the other hand, the rainy season (June to October) is known for its storms and average high temperatures around 23°C (73°F).
Boat tours in Zanzibar are popular with tourists due to the unique geography of the archipelago. The most popular trips is to do snorkeling at Prison Island, which is home to various species of coral reefs and colorful fish.
Other natural attractions in Zanzibar include Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, Darajani Market, the Spice Market in the Stone Town, and the Mbweni Ruins.
The main city in Zanzibar is named Stone Town and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town was built with coral rock and due to its coastal location is an important fishing center and port.
Stone Town exhibits African-Arabic architecture. Its main streets are lined with coconut palms and the streets are narrow with stone steps leading to shops on each side. The town is known for its mosques, mausoleums, and marketplaces that offer a variety of traditional handicrafts. The name Stone Town comes from the coral so prevalent in the area, which was used to build structures in the town.
The streets, buildings, and shops in Stone Town all share a common architecture style. This style is said to be similar to the architecture of coastal Oman.
MTONI PALACE RUINS
A great place to visit in Zanzibar is the Mtoni Palace. This palace was built in 1887 by Sultan Seyyid Said for his son, but it was never finished. It is a really interesting place and has been converted into a museum and holds some really old artifacts of local people and sea trade. At the Mtoni Palace, one of the main things that you would like to see is the palace gardens. These gardens are one of the most iconic sites in Zanzibar. They were originally built to be private gardens for the Sultan, but now they are open to all. The garden is filled with flowers and plants from around the world, including some rare specimens you may not have heard of.
SPICE HUNTING AT DARAJANI MARKET
Another must is Spice Hunting! This activity gives you the opportunity to visit markets where you can try fresh spices and discover how they are made. You will also have the chance to meet local producers and learn how they clean, dry, sort and pack them to be exported. If you’re interested, baby spices are sold for making teas for treating colds or fevers. It is also very interesting how they make other natural remedies.
For those who are interested in marine life, the Zanzibar Tumbatu Island is a really great spot! This place has been designed for divers of all levels. It is also a good place to have some tropical fish. In the island, there are some great facilities for open water divers. Tumbatu island, offers a range of programs from scuba diving to snorkeling and diving with Hawaiian style equipment. In addition, visitors can enjoy the sport while staying at some of the beach hotels on the island.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
The lake manyara Treetop adventures are one of the best ways to get in touch with nature in Zanzibar. You are going to need a guide, but the experience itself is well-worth it. Some of them are real daredevils, who will take you to places where even monkeys do not dare. There are less physically demanding options, but they allow visitors to really get in touch with nature in Zanzibar.
For those who like history and ancient architecture, the Estella Market is a really an interesting place to visit. This market was built in the early nineteenth century and it is an opportunity to learn about the history of Zanzibar. This market has also been declared a national monument, which means that it has legal protection against development and modification.
CHWAKA BAY BEACH
When in Zanzibar, do not miss an opportunity to visit Chwaka Bay Beach, which is also known as “the five-star beach”. This beach is a coastal tourism destination and it has been listed in the best international beaches award in both The Guardian and Conde Nast Traveler magazines.
THE JOZANI CHWAKA BAY NATIONAL PARK
Take the opportunity to visit Kalungwishi Marine National Park, named after John Kirk, its name means “the place where turtles come on land” because this place features some different species of wild animals, including sea turtles. You will also have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and scuba dive in this place.