Ahhhhh… Zanzibar! Between the pristine Indian Ocean beaches and the exotic Swahili Stone Town, there is no place quite like this island.
Located just off the coast of Tanzania, it’s very easy to add on a few days in Zanzibar following a safari in Kenya or Tanzania. There are several flights a day from all around East Africa onto the Island. Clearly, the main purpose of a safari in Africa is to experience Big Game, epic ecosystems and experience everything the wild African bush has to offer.
However, days on safari can be somewhat tiring. You’re up with the sun to catch the wildlife at their most active in the early mornings, and gourmet dinners tend to extend well into the evening, often wrapping up with drinks around a campfire under the stars. All good fun, but it’s common to feel a little tired after a few weeks on safari. Before hopping on a flight home, consider resting and recharging on the Indian Ocean. You’ll be glad you did!
If you’re thinking about ending your safari with a few days of sand and sun, here are five good reasons to consider Zanzibar!
Relax on the beach!
You may need no other reason than this. The sand in Zanzibar is clean, white and soft. The water is warm year-round. And there are plenty of resorts to choose from. There truly is something for everyone!
Unique Foodie Experience
We love the island Spice Tour. A trip to Zanzibar would be incomplete without an opportunity to learn about the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are the essential ingredients in a Zanzibari’s everyday life. The relationship between Zanzibar and spice dates back to the 16th century. Visit the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, and enjoy a unique opportunity to see the countryside and rural areas of Zanzibar and also connect with local people.
In addition to learning about spices on this tour, you will also learn about organically grown herbs and detailed descriptions of their uses in traditional dishes, as cures for ailments and even for dyeing traditional ceremonial outfits for weddings and festivals. After the tour, enjoy an opulent traditional Swahili lunch served in a local house, one of the most unique foodie experiences in Africa!
Experience a Different Culture and Village Life
Sure the main attraction on Zanzibar island for many travellers is the beach, but you won’t forget you’re still in Africa. Each morning you’ll see the fisherman head out for the day, as you explore the island village life is all around you.
Enjoy a Sunset Dhow Sail
Finally, this is one of our favourite Indian Ocean experiences. The Dhow is a traditional Swahili boat, whose iconic sail you will quickly come to recognize upon arriving in Zanzibar.
Our favourite sunset cruises depart your resort or Stone Town in the late afternoon to cruise along the coast, the sounds of the bustle of busy people in Stone Town grow faint in the distance until they seem there. Relax back into the dhow bench covered with plush pillows and enjoy the romance of Zanzibar Island while the sun sets down with its beautiful orange colours.