Zanzibar Safaris are done in Zanzibar which is an island in the Indian Ocean that has attracted, many tourists from around the world to come to the island most of whom have been attracted by its natural attractions, climate, the people and so much more. For a tourist on a Zanzibar Safaris, there are many attractions and places that they shouldn’t miss going to as explained:
Wildlife: Some of Zanzibar’s wildlife is protected in Jozwani Chakwa national park which is home to the endangered Zanzibar colobus monkey, bush babies, duikers and 40 bird species. Other marine species like the octopus, lobster, red lionfish, batoids, manta ray and others can be explored on Zanzibar safaris.
Culture: The people of Zanzibar have a rich cultural history where most of them are African Arabs with Persian ancestry however there are also other groups of people that settled on the island, for example, Asians and Europeans. Get to learn more about them when you visit Zanzibar.
Architecture: Zanzibar is filled with different architectural designs which are as old as 200 years, this has attracted tourists from the modern era to experience and have a look at such architecture. For example stone town whose architecture has not been tampered with for over 200 years and this has led to the restoration of culture and history in the area.
Monuments: There is a lot of history told on the visits to the monuments like at the Old Anglican Church where the Slave Monument, Maharubi Palace Ruins, the old Indian dispensary and many more.
Museums: Visits to the different Museums offer a memorable experience to the tourists, for instance, the Sultan’s palace, princess Salme’s museum, old slave market where during the era of slave trade different African slaves from the interior of East Africa where brought to be sold off among others.
Festivals: There are many different festivals in the city of Zanzibar that can offer entertainment, can be a way of cultural exchange. Tourists can also be part of the festivals by participating in boat races and many activities festivals like the Zanzibar international film festival, Jahazi literary and jazz festival, Sauti za Busara festival.
Beaches: As a form of relaxation to tourists that have hard long hours and days, the island itself has a number of beaches which can offer relaxation and entertainment through cultural dances on the various beaches like Nungwi beach, kendwa beach, kiwengwa beach among others.
Plantations: Zanzibar is an island African Arabs as the people that occupy the biggest percentage of the area. The Arabs who love spicy foods have established spice plantations which are on a large scale these are open to tourists for that are interested in culinary tourism and after the tours; lunch is served thus exceeding the visitors’ expectations.
Prison Island: The prison island is also an attraction that should not be missed by a tourist to while on their Zanzibar tour, the prison cells were built which were to be used as confinement areas for rebellious slaves however they were not used for the fear of epidemic outbreaks which were in stone town and the prison was then turned into a hospital facility for the British officials.
Activities in Zanzibar
Cultural encounters: Zanzibar is an island blessed with different cultural groups, with different faith and religions, tourists can interact with the different groups of people and in the process, they can be taught the cultures, ways of dressing, the native delicacies and so much more.
Birding: Jozwani Chakwa National park is the spot for birding with over 40 bird species a birder is able to quench his thirst for the birds some of the bird species that are seen in the national park include; the crowned hornbill, Fischer’s turaco, white-browed coucal Zanzibar sombre, green bull.
Scuba diving: With the different beaches and clear waters, with great climatic conditions, scuba diving is an activity that is carried out as a way of entertainment.
Visiting the old towns of Zanzibar: The old towns of Zanzibar have rich history once they are visited, a tourist is able to find out about the history of each one of them, and how they came about, what was the purpose of them being established. For example towns like the stone town.
Snorkelling: Snorkelling is an activity that involves diving in deep waters and usually this is carried out on the clear waters of Zanzibar for instance at Mneba and Tumbatu islands waters which offer a great view of the marine life like tortoises crabs, lobsters, octopuses and many more.
Spice plantation tours: There are many spice plantations in Zanzibar that offer tours to the different types of tourists. for example the agro -tourists whose interest can be on how the spices are grown, under what conditions and after the tours, lunch is served that is prepared using the same spices that are on the plantations Which are a memorable experience.
Culinary tourism: Zanzibar is well known for its rich cuisines both local and international the Rock Restaurant in particular is the most frequented restaurant in Zanzibar that offers food to tourists and those that are interested in understanding how the native dishes of Zanzibar are made, then the Rock Restaurant is the place to be.
Jambiani village: Visits to the village can be rewarding when on Zanzibar Safaris since the village is flooded by seaweed farms which have offered employment opportunities to the locals. In the villages, tourists are shown how seaweed is harvested, and what it is used for. The seaweed is used as a base for making lotions it can also be used to make toothpaste, medicine and sometimes used as food.