Tips & Tricks
Spice Plantations – thanks to Arab traders who settled in Zanzibar, this island became known for its spices internationally for centuries. Exports of spices such as cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, vanilla, and nutmeg have made this island legendary. Various tour outfits offer visitors the chance to view such items at the source, along […]
Jozani National Forest Reserve – this forest reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar Island, and is the home of the rare Red Colobus Monkey (which is only endemic to Zanzibar). A red colobus monkey, unlike their more widespread and adapted cousins, the Black and White Colobus, are a rain forest species […]
Prison Island – located just 30 minutes (via boat trip) from Zanzibar, Prison Island (a.k.a. Changuu Island) provides a fascinating glimpse into the island’s dark past – this land was once used as a place where slaves were detained. When slavery was abolished, the British converted it into a camp where people with infectious diseases […]
Mangapwani (beach) – this beach is located a few kilometers west of Mangapwani village (in the island’s northwest coast). The activities that visitors here pursue include swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, diving, and water sports. Aside from that there are also dhow trips and nature trails plus visits to a dhow workshop.
Kiwengwa (beach) – this east coast beach is 40 minutes away from Zanzibar city. A few of the fanciest hotels on the island have claimed spots near Kiwengwa, where pure stretches of white sand seem to go on forever. Kiwengwa is a fantastic beach if you are looking to splurge a little and enjoy the […]
Pemba (island) – this is Zanzibar’s other main island (located 80 km north of Zanzibar island). Unlike Zanzibar (which has an active tourist sector), Pemba is still considered virgin territory to international travelers. Because of this, Pemba is ideal for both eco-tourists, as well as divers in search of unspoiled waters. Much of the island’s […]