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Jambiani

Jambiani (beach) – located on the southeast coast of Zanzibar island (south of Paje), this is another picture-perfect beach that has a number of resorts and villas in the area. Both swimmers and water sports enthusiasts are attracted here.

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Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival

Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival (Stone Town, Zanzibar) – held in Zanzibar city every late August & early September, this is an exciting three-day celebration of writing, reading, workshops, authors, musicians and open-air concerts. Visitors interested in this event can find details on the Jahazi Facebook link: www.facebook.com/JahaziFestival/

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International Marathon & Triathlon

International Marathon & Triathlon — sports tourism is off with a bang in Zanzibar with the Annual International Triathlon and Marathon events scheduled to take place in early November. Over the past years, both events have been successful in drawing participants from East Africa, Asia and Europe. Both the Triathlon and the Marathon are Olympic […]

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Festival of the Dhow Countries a.k.a. Zanzibar International Film Festival

Festival of the Dhow Countries a.k.a. Zanzibar International Film Festival (Stone Town, Zanzibar) – this is the largest annual cultural event in East Africa, and among the eight major festivals in sub-Saharan Africa. It is scheduled annually around the first two weeks in July. The festival celebrates the arts and cultures of the African Continent, […]

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Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr (religious festival) – this religious festival is held at the end of Ramadan (a reminder of Islam’s prominence over Zanzibar). The fasting of Ramadan is meant to remind people what life is like for their less fortunate brethren and the alms giving at Eid (known as zakat-el-Fitr) is a continuation along the same idea. […]

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Dolphin Tour

Dolphin Tour (Kizimkazi village) – ecotourists passing through Zanzibar’s southern coastal areas will be enthralled by the offshore presence of dolphins (where both bottle-nose and humpback dolphins can be sighted). The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favorite hangout for dolphins that come here for the reliable food supply, to nurse their calves, rest […]

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Chumbe Marine Park

Chumbe Marine Park (Chumbe island) – located on an island a few kilometers away from Zanzibar island, this is a unique privately managed nature reserve developed and managed by the Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. It is a rare example of a still pristine coral island ecosystem. The reserve includes a reef sanctuary, which has […]

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Bullfighting

Bullfighting (Pemba) – this is a popular sporting activity on this island. Pemba bullfights are relic of Portuguese occupation of the island, which occurred during the16th and17th centuries. Drum beats, men and women sing local songs to make the event lively and spur on both bull and matador. It’s a purely sporting event and the […]

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The Rocks Lounge

The Rocks Lounge (Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel, Zanzibar) – this bar (located within a resort on the north end of the island), has a bustling lounge scene, and is best known for its “Full Moon Party” (held on the Saturday of a full moon) – complete with acrobats and fire eaters. Other parties are thrown […]

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Tatu Pub

Tatu Pub (Shangani Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City) – this three-level bar attracts a large contingent of college-age backpacker tourists. A variety of liquors (including a large stock of single malt whiskies) along with (mostly) South African wines are served here. Like other venues in Stone Town, this one has a worthy view of the […]