10 Reasons Why We Love Zanzibar

If you’re looking for a beach holiday that offers something different – warm climate, friendly locals, and unique experiences – then look no further than the stunning island of Zanzibar. Here are 10 reasons why South African travellers come from all over to visit this incredible destination.  

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1. Accommodation Variety

From all-inclusive resorts to intimate beach villas, there is something for everyone in terms of accommodation on Zanzibar. Whether you’re travelling with a group or as a couple, you’ll find something that suits your tastes and budget. We highly recommend a full-board or all-inclusive option for that care-free holiday experience.  

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2. Spice Tours

Zanzibar is often referred to as the ‘Spice Island’, thanks to its abundance of spice plantations and fascinating history as a center of trade for spices such as cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. You can take an informative tour around one of these plantations and learn more about their importance in the region.  

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3. Jozini Forest

For nature lovers, Zanzibar has plenty to offer in terms of exploring natural spaces like Jozini Forest, where you can spot local wildlife – including the endemic and rare red colobus monkeys - in their natural habitats. It is also home to some interesting archaeological sites which make it a great place for those interested in history too!  

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4. Snorkelling & Diving

The waters surrounding this beautiful island are teeming with life, making it an ideal spot for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. With coral reefs full of colourful fish species and other marine creatures like turtles, stingrays and even dolphins, you won’t be disappointed when exploring below the surface! The south and south-east coasts offer some of the best diving in the region. 

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5. Seafood & Dining Options

If seafood is your thing, then you will be spoilt for choice on your trip to Zanzibar! There are plenty of restaurants serving up local delicacies such as spicy fish curries or grilled octopus with coconut milk sauce - yum! And don’t forget about the fresh fruit juices too! For those less adventurous, most resorts serve a variety of cuisines, from Italian to Mediterranean and Indian. 

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6. Stone Town Tour

Take a guided tour through Stone Town where you can explore its winding streets filled with vibrant markets selling everything from spices to souvenirs; or take a stroll along the waterfront with its mix of old colonial buildings and traditional architecture - perfect for taking photos! Make sure to check out the original old doors that frame many of the houses. 

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7. Special Experiences

Make sure that you experience some unique activities while on your Zanzibar holiday, such as a sunset dhow cruise in the bay, where you can watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean; or join in on an exclusive cooking class where you can learn how to make authentic Swahili dishes by local chefs. 

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8. Nightlife & Entertainment

If you’re looking for fun after dark, then there are lots of options available on Zanzibar including bars playing live music until late; or nightclubs offering up traditional dance performances - perfect if you want to have an evening out with friends!

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9. Beaches & Bay

With its white sandy beaches lined with palm trees swaying in the breeze and crystal-clear blue seas lapping against them - it doesn’t get much more idyllic than this! Whether it’s swimming, snorkelling or just lounging by the shoreline - there are endless opportunities here for relaxation. Sip on a pina colada, sway in a hammock, and read a book – the hours are there to enjoy... 

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10. Shopping

Finally - shopping is another must-do when visiting Zanzibar! From handcrafted jewellery made by local artisans using traditional techniques; to exotic fabrics like kikoy which make excellent gifts (and souvenirs!) - there really is something here for everyone. 

No matter what kind of holiday experience you're looking for, chances are that Zanzibar has it all — from luxurious resorts to cultural experiences, from delicious cuisine to stunning beaches — it's easy to see why so many South African travellers return year after year eager to explore this magnificent island once again! So why wait? Check out our fantastic Zanzibar packages and deals now. 

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