10 Things To Do In Zanzibar

December 23, 2013

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One of the nicest perks of travelling to Zanzibar is that you can do a whole lot of sightseeing literally on a backpacker’s budget, which is really wonderful as there is plenty to see and do and you can do it all without worrying about your wallet.  

Here’s a list of the top 10 things to do in Zanzibar and each of these will cost you less than £20!

1. Bask on the beaches

Beach hopping easily tops the list of things to do, especially when you are from the UK. The weather here is made for basking in the sun and the beaches are pristine and absolutely gorgeous. Must-see beaches include Nungwi, Pongwe, Kendwa,  Matemwe and Paje.

Enjoying the sunset on Zanzibar Island! 2. Prison Island

Located just a twenty to thirty minute boat trip away from Zanzibar, Prison Island is steeped in history. Once a place used to detain slaves, this beautiful little island is now a nature reserve for giant tortoises. On a trip here you can see the ruins that were once part of the infamous prison.

3. Stone Town

The heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town is brimming with culture, historic sites and flourishing markets. This is the only ancient town that is still functioning in East Africa. If you are a fan of Freddy Mercury, you’re in for a real treat. Freddy Mercury was born in this town and Mercury’s restaurant pays tribute to him with interesting mementos scattered throughout the place.

4. Spice Tour

Zanzibar is known around the world for its spice industry. A spice tour where you can see how and where commonly used spices are grown can make for an exciting day trip.

5. Snorkelling and diving

The waters around the island offer excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities. For a truly wonderful experience under water, take a snorkelling trip to Pemba Island. You will be taken across in a Zanzibari dhow boat  which is an experience in itself…

6. Palace Museum & House of Wonders

The Palace Museum And House Of Wonders are two of the most prominent of the historic buildings in Stone Town and well worth a visit. At the museum you can see relics of the past Sultan family and the House Of Wonders is permanent home to a fascinating exhibition of Swahili and Zanzibari culture through the years.

7. Darajani Market

Also located in Stone Town, the Darajani is colourful, lively and exciting market. A visit to this market will give you a sneak peek into the local life.

8. Forodhani Gardens

Located right on the coast in Stone Town, the Forodhani Gardens are a great place to ramble around sampling tasty local dishes that are sold in little makeshift carts.

9. The Old Fort

Built in the 17th century the Old Fort is the oldest building in Stone Town. You can still see the remains of the former fort. There is also an amphitheatre that plays host to various cultural events.

10. Slave Market

A visit to this ancient market site is very moving as you see actual proof and learn more about the history of the slave trade in Zanzibar.