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Things to Do in Zanzibar

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Zanzibar and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Zanzibar activities? We have 18 tour ideas.


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Day Tours in Zanzibar

Zanzibar Spice Tour

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 30.00


In days past Zanzibar was known as a spice island exporting cloves vanilla nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in the tropical climes. Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the islands past swapping spices for tourism combining both in a spice tour one of the most popular excursions on the island.

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Stone Town City Tour

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 31.25


Follow the trail of the sultans slaves and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town and get a glimpse of life in Stone Town.

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Sultan Panorama

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Full day
Priced From: USD 81.25


Go on a full day excursion starting in Stone Town and cover the history of the sultans slave trade and invasions that shaped Zanzibars history.

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Princess Salme Tour

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 23.75


Learn about the life of Princess Salme. Was she a rebel outcast or revolutionary Discover how she sent shockwaves through Zanzibar and visit the relevant places in this princess unusual life.

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Freddie Mercury Tour

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 31.25


Find out how Farouk Bulsara became Freddie Mercury lead singer for the famous band Queen and one of the greatest musicians in rock history. Visit the places where he spent his early years including his childhood home the temple where he and his family practiced their religion and a restaurant that is a tribute to the man and the music.

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Stone Town City Tour + Sunset Dhow Cruise

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 71.25


Explore Stone Town by land and by sea. Walk around Stone Town with a guide and learn about the history of Zanzibar then board a dhow and enjoy the romance of Africa as you watch the sunset.

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Stone Town City Tour + Prison Island

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Full day
Priced From: USD 57.50


Enjoy two tours in one day. Go around Stone Town trace the steps of the past and get a peek into the modern life in the city and sail to Prison Island home to giant tortoises and magnificent coral reefs.

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3-hour Zanzibar Spice Tour

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 47.00


Roam through Zanzibar's spice plantations led by a professional guide. Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island; famous for its cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, and cardamom. Learn about the islands impact in the colonial world, and how the spices are grown today.

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Prison Island

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Half day
Priced From: USD 36.25


This half day excursion mixes a bit of history with adventure! Take a tour of Prison Island to learn its shameful past befriend an Aldabra Tortoise and oh and ah at the tropical fish as you snorkel in the surrounding waters!

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Sunset Dhow Cruise

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: 2 hours (starts at 16:30)
Priced From: USD 40.00


Step onto the deck relax and sail away on a magical sunset cruise to end your day. The cruise leaves Stone Town in the late afternoon and gives you a tour of Stone Town from the water.

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Stone Town City Tour + Zanzibar Spice Tour

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Full day
Priced From: USD 72.50


Enjoy two tours in one day. Go around Stone Town trace the steps of the past and get a peek into the modern life in the city. After exploring the markets and shops walk through a spice farm and learn about the properties origins and use of certain spices.

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Freddie Mercury Tour + Dhow Cruise

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Full day
Priced From: USD 71.25


Make the most of your trip to Zanzibar by taking a peek into the life of Zanzibars most famous son Freddie Mercury. Visit the places where he spent his early years including his childhood home the temple where he and his family practiced their religion and a restaurant that is a tribute to the man and the music. A sunset dhow cruise will be the perfect end to your Zanzibari day.

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Jozani Forest Tour

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Half day
Priced From: USD 73.75


Explore the Jozani Forest home to the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys and currently under consideration to become Zanzibars second World Heritage Site. Let the park ranger guide you on a nature trail that will show you an array of plants and animals in the forest.

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Jozani Forest Tour + Kizimkazi Boat Trip

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Full day
Priced From: USD 80.00


See Zanzibars natural beauty as you explore the Jozani Forest home to the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys and currently under consideration to become Zanzibars second World Heritage Site then board a traditional dhow and set sail on the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins.

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Kizimkazi Boat Trip

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Half day
Priced From: USD 68.75


Leave Stone Town for a while and drive to Kizimkazi to set sail on the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins. Try to catch a glimpse of these sleek shy and elusive creatures as they jack-knife through the water.

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North Coast Tour

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Full day
Priced From: USD 73.75


Visit the dhow building capital of Zanzibar and explore its settlements as you stop by the market a blacksmith the dhow construction site and the Nungwi turtle sanctuary. Explore the village of Nungwi and walk down the beach where you can enjoy some free time.

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Sandbank Picnic

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Half day (starts at 09:30)
Priced From: USD 96.25


Sail away with us to sandbanks around the magnificent island of Unguja Zanzibar. Come on board our traditionally crafted dhows put your feet up and feel how the Sultans of Zanzibar were pampered once upon a time.

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Safari Blue

Zanzibar, Tanzania
Duration: Full day
Priced From: USD 106.25


Go on a full day excursion on a traditional sailing dhow and explore Menai Bay an official Conservation Area. Proceed to Kwale where you can explore the island and go on an adventure in a local outrigger canoe.

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