Zanzibar, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, drifts like a colorful gem off the coast of Tanzania. With a bright and beautiful culture, Spice Island has been attracting visitors for centuries. Now however these visitors are less interested in pillaging the land and more interested in coming to have fun in the sun and soak up the startling and magnificent atmosphere that is Zanzibar.
Whatever adventure you are looking for it seems Zanzibar can fit the bill, from marveling at the hectic array of colors at the bustling market scene to sampling the dizzying cuisine peppered with rich spices, perhaps you prefer to wander the old ruins and do a little digging into Zanzibar’s history or maybe just relaxing on the pristine white sands is more what you had in mind.
Zanzibar has it all – take a look at these top places to visit in Zanzibar that are guaranteed to leave a lasting memory burning bright in your mind.
Stone Town is the number one must see spot in Zanzibar. From the second you step foot in the winding labyrinth streets you will be blown away by the unique capital. Lose yourself in the maze like streets that twist and curl, stop to sample the local tea as you perch on a sidewalk table and push your way through the hot and humid market scene. Stone Town is an experience like no other and the only way to immerse yourself in local life.
Those looking to soak up a slice of history should visit the Palace Museum. This lavish palace was the home of the sultan and is simply brimming with decadence. Every step is paved with gold, silk and precious gems and the views out across the Ocean are unrivalled. Visitors can even take a sneaky peek into the life of a princess as they peruse the pages of Princess Salme’s original manuscript ‘Memoirs of an Arabian Princess’.
Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral
History buffs and those who want a glimpse into the darker side of Zanzibar’s history should stop by the old slave market. Once upon a time this was a brutal place of blood, greed and whipping posts but since its closure in 1873 a beautiful gothic Anglican Cathedral has been erected in its place.
Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area
If you want to get a taste of wildlife without stepping foot off the island then make a stop at Zanzibar’s only remaining mangrove forest the Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area. Here you can watch in awe as Red Columbus monkeys swing from the trees, be sure to stop in at the Butterfly Center to discover the bright rustling of wings from these gorgeous and exotic creatures.
As the sun extinguishes in the Indian Ocean, take an after dark stroll into the Forodhani Gardens. This is the place to be if you want to explore the local cuisine in all its glory. Sip the sugar cane juice, grab a fresh crab claw, and bite into a delicious Pari cake. It’s loud, it’s proud and it’s all part of the amazing experience that is Zanzibar.
Points to highlight
If you are interested in visiting Zanzibar and looking for a good Zanzibar hotel to reside in then look no further than The Zanzibari located on the North-Eastern tip of the island in the quiet fishing village of Nungwi. This boutique beach hotel boasts sea-views, and infinity swimming pool and beautiful tropical gardens.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall destination rating: 4.5 out of 5