Zanzibar Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 88%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 86%Adventure Travelers
- 76%Luxury Travelers
- 63%Family Travelers
- 63%History Buffs
- 62%Spiritual Seekers
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- ZanzibarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Jan 22, 2014
Zanzibar feels like another world, one scented with cinnamon, drenched in sugar cane juice, populated with dhow (carved wooden boats) and women dressed in the traditional bui-bui. A trip to Zanzibar is well worth the two-hour ferry ride or puddle-jump in a plane to savour its spicy delights.
- ZanzibarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 4Dec 11, 2013
For perfect stargazing nights and hot sunny days, The Residence embodies the exoticism and mystique of the castaway African Spice Island, Zanzibar. Secluded beachfront pool villas are set along vast white-sands and coconut palms. Villa bicycles encourage exploration of 80-acre grounds.
The glass-walled infinity pool radiates sophistication whilst a full-service spa enhances total relaxation. My highlight is champagne picnic on the private pier, watching local women wade through shallows of the sea at low tide, picking seaweed.Recommended for:
- ZanzibarMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Zanzibar is one of those rare places that is actually as exotic on the tongue as it is in real life. Spicy, sultry, tropical and seething of a bygone era of sultans and slaves, of missionaries and Allah under steamy African skies. Zanzibar's Stone Town, the jungles of the interior and sweeping sugary beaches all around are all begging for a Tin Tin style adventure.Recommended for:
- ZanzibarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Nov 02, 2012
Beautiful island with plenty of natural and architectural beauty. Stonetown has a lot of richness in its paved streets and laid-back ambience. Good cafes, local shopping, and historical sights. The beaches in the north, Nungwi and Kendwa, are great for chilling out and enjoying the beach. I'd say that Zanzibar is nicer for couples or families than otherwise -- the nightlife is somewhat lacking.
- ZanzibarJul 05, 2012
Zanzibar was a great place to start our African Travels. It was a culturally dense island with nice people. Best plan is to spend a day in stone town walking the old city streets, markets. Then organize a spice tour and head to the eastern coast to enjoy some Indian Ocean bliss.
- ZanzibarJul 04, 2012
The name has found a permanent place in western imagination, but nothing can prepare you for the absolute natural paradise that is Zanzibar. The island's population is extremely poor and live in awful conditions, and any visitor must be prepared to deal with such circumstances. But if you can deal with the poverty, you will be rewarded by lush jungles, sparkling blue seas and white powder beaches. The culture of the region is expressed through color and cuisine, making any visit into a vibrant journey through a land still full of primal mystery.
- ZanzibarJul 04, 2012
Place to stay: Dhow Palace Hotel - get the 4-single bed penthouse for ~$150 USD/night. Comes with AC, huge bathroom, private balcony and rooftop hangout spots. Amazing.
- Monsoon - good food, relatively pricy, amazing indoor eating experience with live local music Wed and Sat nights. Need a reservation.
- Africa House - solid place to grab drinks, food, smoke hookah overlooking the water
- Fordhani Gardens (night market) - street vendors every night selling a few items super cheap. Seafood kebabs, sugar cane juice, "Zanzibar pizzas" (basically a crepe). Questionable for your stomach.
- Livingstone - awesome bar on Fri/Sat nights with live band and dance floor. Outdoor seating on the beach overlooking the stars and water.
Traveling: ferry is near a restaurant called Mercury which is just ok. Costs $35 USD per person to Dar es Salaam, and is a 2-3 hour ride. No need to book in advance.
Things to see:
- Spices tour is okay, kinda interesting
- Lots of local shopping in stone town - you don't need a tour guide for this ... should just do it on your own. Some good shopping near Monsoon and Dhow Palace
- Swim with dolphins is an amazing experience - on the south side of the island (~1 hour drive from Stone Town). Should be ~$40-50 USD per person for an 8am-4pm guided experience, all inclusive, including the dolphins, snorkeling, and 1 hour at Jozani Forest on the way back to see the colobus monkeys. Jozani by itself isn't that interesting
Place to stay:
-We stayed at Sunset Bungalows for ~$75/double with AC during high season. It's right on the beach, with a cheap massage ($14 USD per hour), a great restaurant, and the best beach for swimming on the north coast. They have a shuttle for $10/pp that goes to Stone Town.
-Can also stay at Kendwa Rocks next door. The dorm/hostel situation isn't bad, it's a room for $10 USD per person per night, with 8 clean beds. It's an outdoor room with no AC though, and you sleep with randoms.
Restaurants: Sunset Bungalows food is prob the best in the area at affordable prices. The Indian Ocean Rock Lobster for ~$10 USD is an amazing deal. Great smoothies too.
Do the walk to Nungwi, the next town over, during low-tide. It's a 30-minute walk and you'll have to wade in the water a bit, but it's an amazing walk especially around sunset. It's beautiful.
The Full Moon Party happens at Kendwa Rocks on a Saturday night once a month. This is epic. One of the funnest nights in recent memory, with great music at a bar/club opening onto the beach. Definitely end the night jumping into the water.
- ZanzibarJul 04, 2012
I lived in Zanzibar for 6 months. There's loads to do from Stone Town to the Northern beaches (Nungwi), 'Rastaville' aka Bwejuu is awesome. Also, it's just a skip over to the mainland for Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, safari etc & fairly straight forward to travel to the rest of East Africa from there. I'm dying to go back!
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