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Traditional dhows off the coast of Zanzibar

Things to do in Zanzibar Archipelago

The Zanzibar Archipelago is just 30 kilometers off the Tanzanian coast, but is a world away in terms of things to do. From exploring mysterious Stone Town with its history of magic and folklore to searching for the rare Zanzibar red colobus monkey in the Jozani Forest, the archipelago’s islands have an eclectic mix of activities on offer.

For beach-based activities, take a boat trip through the aquamarine seas aboard a traditional dhow, keeping your eyes peeled for bottlenose dolphins, or simply surround yourself with pink sea anemones, butterflyfish and parrotfish as you snorkel amongst the region’s protected coral reefs.

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Ideas for experiencing Zanzibar Archipelago

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Zanzibar Archipelago, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Kirk's red colobus monkey, Jozani Forest Tour

    Jozani Forest Tour

    Stone Town

    You walk through the nature trail of the forest which is a habitat for many species of animals, and birds. It is famous for its Red Colobus Monkey; the rare species.

  • Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

    Sailing Safari

    Stone Town

    The bay has a number of uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.

  • Dolphin, Pemba Island

    Dolphin Safari

    Pemba Island

    You leave Fundu at around seven thirty and head off in a speed boat to look for spinner and bottlenose dolphins you spend some time with the dolphins and then return to Fundu for breakfast.

  • Diving around Pemba

    Diving in Pemba

    Pemba Island

    A conservation area was set up around Mesali Island in 1998 following El nino which had a bleaching effect on corals elsewhere in the Indian ocean. Mesali retained its dense coral cover and coupled with its dramatic drop off reefs have made it a fantastic location for diving.