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  • Kendwa Beach

    Kendwa Beach
    Kendwa Beach on the North Western coast is beautiful. Here you can swim during low and high tide, which is not always possible on the East side of the island. Kendwa offers lots of beach bars and restaurants serving everything from pizza to local curries.
    Kendwa Beach
  • Stone Town

    Stone Town
    Stone Town, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most unique cities in the world. Blending Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions and architectures, it is possible to spend days winding through Stone Town's labyrinthine alleys; shopping; drinking tea; and visiting the city's historic sites.
    Stone Town
  • Old Fort of Zanzibar

    Old Fort of Zanzibar
    The Old Fort, also known as the Arab Fort and by other names, is a fortification located in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. It is the oldest building and a major visitor attraction of Stone Town.
    Old Fort of Zanzibar
  • Diving and Snorkeling

    Diving and Snorkeling
    Zanzibar is excellent for its diving and snorkelling. There are many different locations on the island where you can take a trip;
    Diving and Snorkeling
  • Jozani Forest

    Jozani Forest
    Jozani Forest has excellent nature trails, featuring some very exotic (and large) trees. Even more interesting, though, are the Red Colobus Monkeys that live here. Native to the Island, these monkeys are now nearly extinct. They are very curious and playful and will likely pose for a picture.
    Jozani Forest
  • House of Wonders

    House of Wonders
    The House of Wonders or Palace of Wonders is a landmark building in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It is the largest and tallest building of Stone Town and occupies a prominent place facing the Forodhani Gardens on the old town's seafront, in Mizingani Road.
    House of Wonders
  • Kitesurfing in Paje Beach

    Kitesurfing in Paje Beach
    Kitesurfing is a popular sport in Paje Beach, where the crystalline lagoon waters and reef protection offer ideal conditions for both advanced and beginner kitesurfers.
    Kitesurfing in Paje Beach
  • Fishing

    Fishing
    Zanzibar is home to some of the best big game and deep sea fishing opportunities in the Indian Ocean. Billfish such as Striped, Black and Blue Marlin as well as the acrobatic and dazzling Sailfish and elusive Short bill Spearfish abound in these crystal waters! Yellow fin tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Barracuda, Kingfish (Trevally), King & Queen Mackerel and the lesser game fish such as Bonito tuna, Skipjack tuna and Rainbow Runner provide endless hours of adrenalin filled Game Fishing action out on the water
    Fishing
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    Warning: Visitors to Zanzibar are no longer required by law to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Malaria is still prevalent in East Africa and so one should also take a malaria prophylaxis.
    Drink bottled water and avoid uncooked foods that may have been washed in untreated water.
    Zanzibar is largely a Muslim community. Although they are used to Western ways, still:
    Women and men should make an effort to cover their legs and arms.
    It is regarded as disrepectful to show public affection.
    Be discreet when drinking alcohol.
    During Ramadan -- the month of fasting -- travellers should avoid eating and drinking publicly during the daytime.

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    How to get there

    From Dar es Salam, either by local plane or 2 hr by speed boat/ferry

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