While Tanzania’s mainland is one of the most popular tourist destinations in East Africa, more attention should be given to the group of islands off its coast: Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania and lies in the Indian Ocean. This archipelago may be small, but there are endless experiences to uncover. If you need some convincing, here are the top 5 reasons why Zanzibar should be on your radar!


 1. Spices

Zanzibar is internationally known as the Spice Island- and for good reason! Spices have played a central role in the formation of Zanzibar’s identity. Having a location suitable to international trade and an abundance of valuable spices, including nutmeg and cloves, solidified Zanzibar’s reputation as an attractive spice hotspot. Today, these spices are cultivated on the same plantations that have been producing them for centuries. Lucky for tourists, there are plenty of opportunities to see what the hype is all about. Touring a spice plantation or taking an authentic cooking class are just a few of the ways to indulge your senses!



2. A Unique Culture

Decades of cross-cultural exchanges have made Zanzibar a true melting pot. This destination has cultural influences from all around the world including the Middle East, India, Europe, and Africa. This diversity is what makes Zanzibar such a unique place to visit, and tourists have the chance to participate in a variety of cultural immersion activities. Improve your crafting skills by learning how to make soap, beauty products, and incense. Have tea at a local family’s house and tour the village gardens. Whichever cultural activity you choose, you are sure to have an unforgettable and unique experience.


Adumu Safaris - Accommodations3. Stone Town

Stone Town, one of the most popular destinations in Zanzibar, is located on the western coast of Unguja, the largest island of the archipelago. As the name suggests, stone is the primary material used for many of the buildings and homes. Stone Town is one of the oldest Swahili towns of East Africa, and it is still bustling with culture and activity today. Palaces, churches, and mosques can all be found in Stone Town. The unique blend of European, Arab, Indian, Persian, and African cultures helped secure Stone Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. If you are interested in learning more about Stone Town, we would be thrilled to set you up on a historical tour!



4. Pristine Beaches

If you dream of turquoise waves and white, sandy beaches, then Zanzibar is the place for you! The best beaches are arguably found along the eastern coastline, where a protective reef meets the Indian Ocean to create a vibrant underwater ecosystem. Aside from relaxation, Zanzibar’s prime beaches are the perfect place for action-packed activities, including snorkeling, diving, paddleboarding, and fishing. If you are looking for an incredible ocean experience, our partners would love to set you up on any of these adventures!


Adumu Safaris - Zanzibar5. Local Shopping

From elegant robes to handmade crafts, there is something for everyone in Zanzibar! It’s easy to get lost in the narrow streets of Stone Town by wandering through the endless bazaars. The Cultural Arts Centre is full of authentic Zanzibar crafts and snacks including soaps, paintings, and artwork. You may see many goods made from ukili (palm leaves) including baskets, hats, and mats. With all of these unique products, shopaholics may have trouble picking just a few items to take home!