Stop what you’re doing and start planning your trip to Zanzibar!
This archipelago off the coast of Tanzania is a perfect blend of African and Arab cultures, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With its crystal-clear waters, beautiful beaches, and plethora of activities, Zanzibar has something for everyone. Keep reading to find out why you should travel to Zanzibar in 2023.
1. The Beaches
Zanzibar is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking to relax on white sand beaches, go diving or snorkelling in crystal clear waters, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kitesurfing, you’ll find it all here. And if you get tired of the beach? No problem—there’s plenty more to see and do on this gorgeous island.
2. The Food
Zanzibar is a foodie paradise. From fresh seafood caught daily to mouth-watering spices grown in the island’s many plantations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to try traditional dishes like pilau rice and curry goat, as well as Zanzibar’s famous spice tea or coconut beer. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert! The local ice cream, made with fruits and spices, is not to be missed.
3. The History
Zanzibar has a rich history dating back centuries. The island was once a hub of the global slave trade, and today you can learn about this dark period of history at sites like the Slave Chambers and Forodhani Gardens. You can also visit ancient mosques and castles, or take a stroll through Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—to get a feel for Zanzibar’s fascinating past.
5. The Culture
One of the best things about Zanzibar is its unique culture which blends African and Arab influences. You can see this blend of cultures in everything from the architecture to the food to the music. Be sure to check out a taarab concert while you’re on the island—you won’t be disappointed!
6. The Weather
The weather in Zanzibar is perfect year-round, with temperatures ranging from 23-32 degrees Celsius (73-90 degrees Fahrenheit). So no matter when you visit, you’ll be able to enjoy all that Zanzibar has to offer without having to worry about rain or cold weather spoiling your plans.
7. The People
The people of Zanzibar are some of the friendliest you’ll ever meet. They’re always happy to help visitors with directions or recommendations on what to see and do on the island. And if you want to learn more about life in Zanzibar, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture with cooking lessons, spice tours and fishing excursions.
8. The Accessories
No trip to Zanzibar would be complete without picking up some souvenirs! Local handicrafts make great gifts for friends and family back home, and you’ll be supporting local artisans at the same time. Be sure to bargain when shopping—it’s expected (and accepted!) here. Some popular souvenirs include carved wooden animals statues, painted wooden boxes, Sukuma wiki baskets, kangas (traditional cloths), and tanzanite jewellery.
9. The Diving
Zanzibar is a world-renowned diving and snorkelling destination. The clear waters offer amazing visibility, making it the perfect place to explore the underwater world. There are numerous dive sites around the island, so you can always find a new place to explore. If you’re not a fan of getting in the water, you can still enjoy the views by taking a glass-bottomed boat tour.
10. The Outdoors
For those who love spending time outdoors, Zanzibar is paradise. There are many opportunities for cycling, hiking, and watersports. You can even go on a safari in Jozini Forest to look for the elusive red colombus monkey, or walk through Stone Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its rich cultural heritage, ancient doors and meandering donkeys. And if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a dhow cruise just off nearby Mnemba Island.
What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Zanzibar today! With its stunning beaches, amazing diving and snorkelling, and wealth of outdoor activities, Zanzibar is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Browse our selection of Zanzibar vacation packages or find out how to combine an East African safari with your beach holiday.