A 7-Day Zanzibar Travel Itinerary for South African Travellers
Zanzibar is a beautiful island off the coast of Tanzania that is famous for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and friendly people. This 7-day itinerary will give you a taste of what this island has to offer, from its bustling capital city of Stone Town to its idyllic beaches and everything in between. While there’s a lot to consider when visiting the island, we’ve broken down an itinerary to make planning for your Zanzibar holiday that much easier.
Day 1: Arrival in Stone Town
After landing at Zanzibar International Airport, make your way into Stone Town, the capital city of Zanzibar. This historic city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its winding streets, colourful markets and vibrant culture. Check into your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the city. Be sure to visit the House of Wonders, the Old Fort and the Darajani Market. In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal at one of Stone Town's many restaurants.
Day 2: Spice Tour & Chumbe Island Coral Park
In the morning, head out on a spice tour to learn about the different spices that are cultivated on the island. You'll also get to see how these spices are used in traditional medicine. After lunch, head to Chumbe Island Coral Park for some snorkelling and swimming. This protected marine park is home to an abundance of marine life, including turtles, reef fish and dolphins. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the beach before heading back to Stone Town for dinner.
Day 3: Jozani Forest & Prison Island Tour
Today, you'll explore two of Zanzibar's most popular tourist attractions: Jozani Forest and Prison Island. Jozani Forest is home to red colobus monkeys and giant elephant shrews, while Prison Island is home to giant tortoises. After spending some time at each attraction, head back to Stone Town for lunch. In the afternoon, wander through the streets of Stone Town or relax at your hotel. In the evening, enjoy another delicious meal at one of Stone Town's restaurants.
Day 4: Beach Day in Nungwi Village
After breakfast, head north to Nungwi Village for a day of relaxation on the beach. Nungwi Village is home to some of Zanzibar's best beaches, so you'll have plenty of options for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. There are also several restaurants and bars in Nungwi Village, so you can enjoy a refreshing drink or bite to eat in between activities. Spend the night in Nungwi Village so you can wake up early for a beautiful sunrise over the Indian Ocean tomorrow morning.
Day 5: Sunrise at Nungwi Beach & Safari Blue Tour
Wake up early to watch the sunrise over Nungwi Beach – it's a truly magical experience! After breakfast, head out on the Safari Blue Tour. This half-day tour takes you snorkelling around Mafia Island, Marine Park where you'll see an abundance of colourful reef fish as well as turtles, dolphins and manta rays (if you're lucky). The tour also includes a stop at Juara Beach where you can relax on the sand or go for a swim before heading back to Nungwi Village.
Day 6: Relaxation Day in Jambiani Village
Today is all about soaking up the sun and relaxation! Head south to Jambiani Village where you'll spend the day lounging on Jambiani Beach or swimming in the Indian Ocean. There are also several restaurants and bars in Jambiani if you need refreshments during your day by the water. If you're feeling active, there are plenty of water sports available for rent such as stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and boogie boards. Spend another night in Jambiani so you can wake up early tomorrow morning for another stunning sunrise over the Indian Ocean.
Day 7: It’s Time for Shopping!
Depart from Stone Town today as your unforgettable trip comes to an end. Be sure to purchase some souvenirs to remember your time in this magical place! From spices to handmade crafts, there are plenty of options to choose from. Thank you for choosing Zanzibar as your travel destination – we hope you'll come back soon!
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How many days do you really need in Zanzibar? That depends! Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure (or both), Zanzibar has the perfect mix of everything for every type of traveller.
Families will love spending time on the island's many beaches, while couples can enjoy romantic dinners and sunset cruises. Nature lovers can explore Jozani Forest or take a safari through Ngorongoro Crater. And history buffs will appreciate learning about Zanzibar's rich heritage as they wander through Stone Town's winding streets. There are so many exciting adventures to enjoy in Zanzibar, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
No matter what your interests are, we recommend spending at least 7 days in Zanzibar to experience all that this amazing island has to offer! Get in touch with us today to make your 7-day Zanzibar dream a reality.
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