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ZANZIBAR

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THINGS TO DO
TOP FESTIVALS
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FOOD & DRINKS

TRAVEL IN ZANZIBAR

With its blue-green waters, white sand beaches and tonnes of good vibes, Zanzibar looks like something straight out of a movie. When it comes to picturesque landscapes, nothing comes close to this African island. Throw in a unique culture, some great food and friendly locals and you’ve got yourself one hell of a holiday!

First things’ first: you’re going to want to hit the beach. And luckily for you, serving up some seriously-awesome beach views is what it does best. Throw on your swimmers, grab your sunnies and head down to the island’s hot-spots: the northern beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa. This is the place to catch some sun and kick back with a cocktail-in-hand. The best part? Zanzibar is known for its sundowners. A place that knows that sunset is cocktail time? Sign us up!

If you’re keen for a few water-based activities, head over to the east side of the island for a spot of kite surfing. If this sounds like your jam, Paje and Jambiani are for you. You might even stumble upon a spot where you can go swimming with the giant sea turtles; one of the unique activities that made the Zanzibar beaches famous.

But there’s so much more to this island paradise than just the beach. Having been colonised by the Portuguese, the Arabs and the Germans, Zanzibar’s history is long and complex. As one of the major centres of the African slave trade, Zanzibar has a dark past. Learn about this dark part of history by visiting the slave market and some of the slave holding centres around the island. 

To get a good grip on Zanzibar’s culture, head to the House of Wonders. This former palace has now become one of the most important history museums on the island. If you love a good love story, check out the Princess Salme Museum. Made in honour of the Arabic princess who eloped with a German merchant, discover the former home of the author of Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar. 

With so many amazing things to do in Zanzibar Tanzania, you’ll never want to leave this island paradise.
FAST FACTS

Language: Swahili, English

Currency: Tanzanian shilling

Electricity: 220V

Visas:  Click here to see if you need a visa to enter Tanzania.

Dialing Code: +255

Time Zone: GMT+3

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