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The exotic island of Zanzibar has been populated for more than 20,000 years. See the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, with a millennia of blended history of Swahili, Arabian, Indian and European cultures. Relax on beaches with soft white sand and clean blue waters.
Many Stone Town buildings were constructed during the 1700s and 1800s. See architecture made of coralline ragstone and wood from the area’s mangroves. The Old Fort overlooks the Indian Ocean, built on the site where a Portuguese church once stood. Next to it is the House of Wonders, housing the Beit El-Ajaib National Museum. Gaze up at its wide verandas and imagine its days as the mansion of a wealthy sultan. In front of these buildings, stroll along the walkways in Forodhani Gardens, where fishermen and artisans display their products.
Walk to the Anglican Church to learn about the region’s past as a Slave Market. Inside are displays describing this history as well as a memorial to David Livingstone, the missionary, explorer and avid abolitionist. Outside is the artwork Memory for the Slaves, depicting five slaves in chains.
Travel north to Nungwi, which has one of the island’s favorite spots for sun and sand, Nungwi Beach. Visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium, where local residents and conservationists have established a center to rescue and nurture hawksbill and green turtles and release them to the ocean every February. Spend a month or more here as a volunteer or swim with the turtles in a protected lagoon during a daytrip.
Paje Beach on the eastern coast has extreme tides, resulting in long stretches of sand when the tide is out. Rent equipment to try kite surfing. Scuba near Mnemba Island off the northeastern shore.
Ferry to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam in about 2 hours or fly to Zanzibar International Airport, about a 15-minute drive south of Stone Town. Rent a car to travel conveniently around this relatively small island.
A: To avoid worries like parking and maneuvering through heavy traffic and busy streets, many travelers choose to use public transportation or ride-share services when they're vacationing in central Nungwi. Having said that, if you plan to head out and enjoy some incredible new adventures in Kaskazini A, having your own rental vehicle is a great option. If you need help finding a comfy set of wheels, check out our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Zanzibar.
A: From high-end options to those that won't break the bank, you have plenty of choice. Many travelers choose to spend their days in hotels. Other common sorts of accommodations in Zanzibar are lodges, bed & breakfasts and guest houses.
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A: Head to Nungwi and enjoy terrific attractions like Diving Poseidon. Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Natural Aquarium also capture the imaginations of visitors to this city.
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The hotel is nice! The AC worked well, the WIFI was OK, but not great, the dinner was delicious! The workers were very nice and they went above and beyond! The only I didn’t like was that I paid for a breakfast buffet, but during the two mornings, it was served a la Carte and it was kinda slow. Other ...
Very good place to stay in the centre of Stone Town. Breakfast, the coffee and the terrace were the highlight along with great rooms. We did stay in a room with a private separate bathroom in the hallway which was fine for a night but next time I would pay for an ensuite room. Would definitely stay ...
I loved the natural set-up, everything felt organic and in harmony with nature vs other more imposing resorts.
Amazing property in a truly stunning place. Staff were soo friendly and helpful. Rooms were beautiful, clean, amazing views of the ocean/beach. Can’t recommend this property more
Awesome accommodations. Food reasonably priced, good selection, and makes your mouth dance (really good). Great ambiance. Staff very friendly and helpful. Room is superb. View is outstanding. Pool is amazing. Beach is quiet. Security on site which is good.
Long before we flew, we specifically contacted the hotel to say we would be arriving very early to the property and was there some arrangement we could make for an early check in. We never received a response until the day before iur flight and that was an auto reply that someone might contact us ...