The coast of Tanzania is most famous for the Zanzibar Archipelago, a cluster of islands that saw the growth and survival of Swahili civilization and trade until the mid-twentieth century. Because of its vibrant Swahili culture, Spice Islands, white sandy beaches and transparent turquoise water, Zanzibar is a must-visit in Tanzania.
Pristine Trails will organize your journey to the Spice Islands, where you can spend your days relaxing on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean, participating in various water activities, and learning the fascinating history of the area. We will design any itinerary that fits your desires and use our local, on-the-ground staff in Zanzibar to ensure your trip is seamless and stress-free.
What Zanizbar Has To Offer
Zanzibar’s coastline has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Much of the east coast is characterized by its low tide; swimming offshore here is best only during specific times of the day, but there are also scenic coral reefs a short boat trip away, which boast some great snorkeling. Up north, ocean swimming is less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for relaxing days in the sun.
The port city of Stone Town dominates the west coast and should be visited for at least one overnight. The town is a maze of narrow, winding passageways, laden with historical sites and bursting with old Swahili culture. Perhaps one of the most striking features of the town are the unique and dramatic 'Zanzibar doors', made of antique teak wood brought all the way from Asia. They are adorned with brass knobs, a custom from India, where the knobs were said to prevent elephants from destroying the doors. Also in Stone Town, visit the site of the Old Slave Trade, observe the bustling port, and enjoy some delicious, beach-side restaurants.
Zanzibar is called the Spice Island for a reason. Visit the central part of the island to experience a unique Spice Tour, during which you will be introduced to more than 50 spices and fruits. These tours generally include a scrumptious, Zanzibari-style lunch as well. Also in the center of the island is the Jozani Forest, home to Zanzibar’s rare Red Colobus monkeys and a number of other primate and small antelope species.