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Exploring the Best of Zanzibar: Top Tours and Activities to Experience

Updated: Apr 6

Zanzibar, a jewel in the Indian Ocean, is an island getaway that whispers promises of relaxation, adventure, and a taste of something truly exotic. Whether you're looking to soak up the sun, explore the underwater world, or simply wander through charming villages, Zanzibar has something for everyone. Below is a detailed list of many things you could do.


Disclaimer

Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed below are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you.

Zanzibar Stone Town Historical City Tour

With this tour, walk through historical sites found in the old stone town city including but not limited to the Old fort building at Ngome kwongwe, The house of wonder, Slave trade chamber.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9 am

Price

$20 per person

Alternative


Maasai World

Learn about Maasai culture right in Zanzibar with a visit to Maasai World. You'll see the tools and clothes traditionally used by Maasai people and get to try your hand at shooting a bow and arrow. By pre-booking your tickets to the attraction online, you’ll guarantee your spot at this popular attraction.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10 am

Price

$20 per person

Alternative


Selous Game Reserve Safari Tour

Departure from Zanzibar airport at 7am, arrive at Selous Mtemere Airstrip at 8am. You will start a safari game drive, sightseeing the game in the park, driving through the savannah and along the river and lakes. Enjoy a picnic lunch at lunchtime in a stunning location with a clear view of the park. Then proceed with your journey exploring the African bushes before returning to the airstrip at around 4pm for your scheduled flight back to Zanzibar.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7 am

Price

$450 per person

Alternative

Romantic Candlelight Dinner on Nungwi Beach

Take your seats at your private beach table, right on the Indian Ocean. Soak up the romantic setting as you watch the sunset over Nungwi Beach and receive personalized service from a private waiter. Then, tuck into a 3-course dinner of delicious Swahili cuisine, including dessert and a bottle of house wine. At the end of your dinner, take a moment to stroll along the sands before heading back to your hotel.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10:30 pm

Price

$200 per person

Alternative


Stonetown Food Markets and Street Food Walking Tour

Join a guided walking tour of Stonetown and find out what goes on when the sun goes down. Explore the Darajani Market, enjoy a beer at a local restaurant, and visit the night street food market at Forodhani Garden.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 6 pm

Price

$35 per person

Alternative


Pub Crawl

Get a feel for Stone Town's bar scene with a private, guided pub crawl of the city. Your guide will take you to three different bars, where you'll get the chance to sample local beers. Your guide will also be able to give you recommendations of where to drink if you want to continue bar hopping after your tour.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7 pm

Price

$26 per person

Alternative

Aquana 3 Island Tour

Hop aboard an excursion boat for a tour of the islands around Zanzibar by booking this activity. You'll visit Changuu/Prison Island, home to a wide variety of wild animals, from peacocks to giant tortoises, before continuing to Bwe Island, where you'll do a bit of snorkeling and sit down for lunch. You'll then head over to the Zanzibar Sandbank, wrapping your tour up with a visit to Stone Town.


Duration

8 hours

Availability

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 am

Price

$51 per person


Traditional Dhow Sunset Cruise

Experience a cruise on a Dhows at sunset and take in the stunning view of the coast of Stone Town. Enjoy time with the crew on this 2- hour nearshore cruise that is the perfect way to end the day.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8:45 am

Price

$90 per person

Alternative


Kuza Cave Swimming Adventure and Cooking Class

Most visitors come to Zanzibar for its beautiful beaches, but you shouldn't miss out on experiencing its eclectic cultural heritage. This tour is led by a social enterprise and lets you experience Swahili culture. You'll have the chance to relax and enjoy the healing waters of an ancient sacred cave, watch traditional dancing, join local musicians in a jam session, and experience Zanzibar beyond the beaches.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10 am

Price

$40 per person

Alternative

Nakupenda Beach Tour

Spend a morning or an afternoon at Nakupenda Beach, a sandbank known for its white sands and turquoise waters, with this small-group activity, which includes transfers from Stone Town and snorkeling gear.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9 pm

Price

$49 per person

Alternative


Nungwi Turtle Aquarium

Get to see, feed, and swim with sea turtles at the Nungwi Mnarani Aquarium on a guided day tour from Zanzibar. Learn about these beautiful creatures and the rehabilitation efforts of the aquarium.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8 am and 2 pm

Price

$90 per person

Alternative


Mnemba Boat Trip & Dolphin Snorkel Adventure

Explore the Mnemba conservation area by snorkeling around the vibrant coral reef. See a variety of colorful fish and swim with dolphins on this fascinating boat trip departing from Kendwa.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8:30am

Price

$50 per person

Alternative

Prison Island Tour

Explore the rich culture and history of Zanzibar with a visit to Prison island by dhow. See the large tortoises that inhabit the island, and enjoy the opportunity to snorkel off the coast. Admire the stunning landscape as you swim with colorful fish.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9 am

Price

$46 per person

Alternative


Parasailing Experience

Experience Zanzibar from 300 meters up with a parasailing experience you won’t forget. Discover the distinctive colorful coral reef around Zanzibar while indulging your adventurous side.


Duration

30 mins

Availability

Wednesday - Monday from 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Price

$95 per person

Alternative


Nungwi Beach Horse Ride + Swimming with Turtles

Swim with horses in Nungwi beach for an unforgettable experience. We do this bareback with natural halters. Swimming can be done by any level of rider. Photos will be taken by the guides at the end of swim. You'll also have the chance to visit Baraka Natural Aquarium and enjoy the chance to see, feed and swim with beautiful turtles.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday from 10 am and 12 pm

Price

$150 per person

Quad Bike Adventure Tour to a Local Village

Enjoy a unique opportunity to explore Zanzibar on quads. Enjoy the fun of quad biking and discover remote trails, unspoiled landscape. Visit local villages to experience authentic rural life in Africa, interact with unique culture and see traditional homesteads.



Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9 am and 2:30 pm

Price

$120 per pair


Skydive

See Zanzibar from a whole new angle while getting a heavy dose of adrenaline on a tandem skydiving jump. Your instructor will brief you on everything you need to know for a safe and successful jump before you get on the plane to help keep you safe and calm. Within minutes of landing, you’ll receive free photos and videos of the experience that you can treasure for a lifetime.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday from 9 am - 6 pm

Price

$445 per person


4 Day Usambara Mountain Hike

Get ready for your off the beaten track experience with this great hike through the Usambara Mountains. Walk for about 20 km each day while enjoying the Stunning views, admire the rich vegetation in the rainforests ,enjoy birding ,farming activities , local culture, villages, as well as looking for chameleons.


Duration

4 days

Availability

Everyday at 8 am

Price

$630 per person


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