Things to do in Zanzibar Island

Top Things to Do in Zanzibar Island

Things to Do in Zanzibar Island

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  • Sarah
    37 contributions
    We went on the 21st September. What a fantastic day we had at cheetahs rock! We booked the whole experience which involved getting to interact and feed the otters in the morning (highly recommend), the otter we interacted with was adorable. We were sorry to hear of the injured Otter, and hope they have made a good recovery. We also had the amazing opportunity to brush a cheetah, and to run with the lion, which was so sweet. It was incredible getting that personal experience. A big thanks to Mario, who made the morning so special.

    In the afternoon we were on a tour with a group of people and got to interact with the other animals. The staff were very friendly and welcoming to us.
    They were all extremely knowledgeable. It’s plain to see that the animals are well looked after and cared for by all staff. We got to meet Jenny and she explained some of the history of the animals and their journeys into the centre. Some coming from places which were essentially going to put the animals to sleep as they weren’t needed. We were also sad to hear that there were struggles financially during covid, due to the public not being able to travel to Zanzibar. This is an expensive experience, yes, however rescue centres like this are so important for the welfare of animals and continued conservation, we were happy to spend our money to go towards a good cause.

    Would also like to say that the guides were extremely clear in their instructions regarding safety around the animals (I.e do not touch the monkeys while they are eating) unfortunately we witnessed people who ignored this advice and ended up getting a little bite on the hand. Please listen to the staff! Some people unfortunately seemed to be complaining on our tour about the cages that the animals are in, comparing it to a zoo. The staff explained that the animals are only in there to show us on the tour and do not remain In there permanently, which we thought was fairly obvious considering the large size of the enclosure directly next to the cages. The suggestion of mistreatment is just ignorance that was not shared by 99% of the guests. I do not understand the negative reviews, as it’s clear Jenny is doing her best to support animals.

    As said above, I definitely recommend going the whole day, and getting a personal experience in the morning with your group.

    Thank you for the great day!
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Tottimusy
    France9 contributions
    Beautiful amazing white sandbank in the middle of beautiful blue clear waters.
    Nakupenda is etremely georgeous.it was only 10 mins boat ride from tembo hotel.
    All guides here cook delicious sea food lunch which you are served with chips.
    You can organise a private tour with the star tours guys babli +255756983368
    It was well organised and really appreciate .
    Written 27 September 2022
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  • KuiMukui
    2 contributions
    Our hotel Melia Zanzibar (Kiwengwa) arranged for us (at our cost) a sunset sail on a catamaran around Nungwi for 5 hours inclusive of a five course dinner, bottomless wine :-D and transfers. The experience was very memorable. Only regret is we did not get to Nungwi earlier to explore the curio market.
    Written 16 September 2022
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  • Nancy H
    Portland, OR15 contributions
    Feeding the turtles was a treat and learning the history of the island. The bummer was several people had been before and you had to pay the entrance fee to eat at the restaurant.
    Written 29 September 2022
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  • Rose M
    Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
    Stone town is undeniably a historical masterpiece. The place is rightfully a UNESCO World Heritage town for great reasons. The Swahili and Arabian culture is visible in the town's architecture and magnificent cathedrals. The narrow winding streets add to the city's uniqueness and splendor. However, I agree that the town's popularity has attracted numerous people making it significantly crowded. As such, I would advise you acquire the services of a trusted guide like Suleiman ( 255756983368) to navigate the crowds. I assure you that Stine Town is the culture capital of Zanzibar and you'll be thrilled.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • dmittleman
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,444 contributions
    We did a biking tour through the plantation. This was a great way to get around, see some local life, and learn about the spices. Lunch was delicious, plentiful, and well served. The fruit tasting at the end was a nice bonus.
    Written 24 July 2021
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  • Debby G
    Toronto, Canada3 contributions
    Jozani Chwaka exemplifies how National Parks should be; tranquil and enticing. I was blown away by the red colobus monkeys and the mangrove swamps that majestically surround the park. One caveat is that you must have a reliable guide lest you get scanty details and lukewarm services. Thanks Eric for guiding us through the park. You can contact him through WhatsApp at (+255756983368).
    Written 10 September 2022
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  • 310julita
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
    If you are looking for white sands and turquoise waters with lively beach front restaurants, then Paje Beach is for you. It is made for kite surfers in mind if ypu love the sport.
    Written 31 August 2022
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  • yolandik
    Windhoek, Namibia37 contributions
    Very informative and educational tour around the slave markets and Stone Town. Although the history of the slave markets are quite sad, we enjoyed the tour a lot.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Adewale
    Lagos, Nigeria733 contributions
    A visit to big body spice farm is what you'd expect on a typical spice farm tour. There's a negotiable entry fee (ours was approx. USD15 per person), after which a local guide from the farm takes you round the different plants/trees/spices while giving a brief overview of each one. There was quite a wide variety of these on the day of our visit - coffee, cardamom, cinnamon, curry, vanilla etc. Visitors are also presented with gifts (usually artefacts such a crown, a necktie and a bracelet all made from plants on the farm) as well as allowed to drink fresh coconut water for free and eat some fruits at an additional fee. Towards the end of the tour, visitors are able to purchase local spices, perfume and incense all made from the plants within the farm (generally in the range of USD10 per piece).

    At the end of it all, an optional tip to the tour guides is "encouraged." 🙂

    Overall it's an interesting experience.
    Written 29 November 2021
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  • roma
    9 contributions
    These guys stole my heart. They are honest and frank and kind people. I'd like to hang out with them in my free time and speak about art, life and everything.
    Written 28 February 2021
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  • OtisB_Advisen
    Berlin, Germany62 contributions
    One of my favorite places! Come to reconnect with nature, recharge, and explore the world-class coral and unique forest. Experience zero environmental impact ecotourism (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration, and more) with stylish lodgings and authentic Swahili meals!
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Steeve
    Kigali, Rwanda4,025 contributions
    Enjoyable ride from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar and back. For 35 dollars per person. I paid by card at a counter (it said VIP counter, but I bought economy tickets). I suggest you this counter if you want to pay by card. I am not sure the other counters have card readers... Some people say it's crowded, but it's not exactly true. It's Africa. Everything is slow here. If you are in a hurry, it won't work. But why are you in a hurry on holidays? If you arrive two hours before your journey, there will be a very small queue at that counter, only like two or three people in front of you. Have a safe journey!
    Written 27 December 2021
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  • Maskotas
    Madrid, Spain301 contributions
    A beach with no real negatives: powdery sand, clear blue water, calm seas, a constant light breeze, and only an occasional salesperson (who will be friendly and fun to chat with). If you need shade, head to the Lost Soles and go horizontal while draining a cold beer or two.
    Written 9 August 2022
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  • Will V
    13 contributions
    Turtles are so fun!! I had a blast but would have liked a little more education. You can swim with them and they give you sea weed to feed them as well
    Written 15 June 2022
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