Hakuna Matata in Zanzibar! Loose translation: It’s all good in Zanzibar! Zanzibar is a fabled archipelago off the eastern coast of Tanzania. Puerto Rico is to America, what Zanzibar is to Tanzania- but without all the political drama. Zanzibar is directly translated as, “land of the Blacks” in Arabic. It started out as a lucrative location for mainland fishermen, who eventually brought their families over from Tanzania. Later, the Portuguese, Arabs, Indians and Persians would use it as a port, from which to ship spices and human cargo. Today, Zanzibar is home to over 1 million multi-ethnic individuals and possesses the most beautiful beaches on the planet.
There are two main islands in Zanzibar – Unguja and Pemba. Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar and lies off the coast of Unguja. There is an abundance of history, food, architecture and shopping to explore. Meander through the winding streets within Stone Town’s core. Shop for curious, essential oils and have a custom ensemble made. Each night, Forodhani Market comes alive. Get a taste of the island’s street food and local snacks. Zanzibari pizza and urojo is a Zenji favorite. Dhow Country Music Academy offers live music by local musicians and vocalists nightly. While enjoying a shark kebob, marvel as local boys dive from the pier into the piercing blue Atlantic.
Sun Down Cruise
A sun down cruise off the east coast of Unguja is at the top of the list. Gullible tourists praise Nungwi for endless drinking on beautiful beaches. But if you want an insider’s scoop on what to see and do, the sun down cruise is not to be missed. Imagine sailing on a traditional, wood dhow with hand stitched sails along the coastal shores. Good people, good music and good food are plenty. Relax into an array of colorful pillows while sipping a semi-sweet red wine or sway to the sound of melodic reggae as the boat gently bobs along the current. After a series of awe inspiring safaris, a sun down cruise is the perfect way to end your trip.
Crazy Monday at Red Monkey
After a day of kite surfing in Paje village, unwind at Red Monkey. We’ll take a short taxi ride to Jambiani village around 9PM to enjoy the music showcased at Crazy Monday. This little lodge features musical talents from all over the globe. The evening is hosted by a local musician fluent in English. While the band plays, warm waves lap in the background and red monkeys scamper away from the evening’s blues. Swahili and western food is on the menu along with fresh squeezed juice, liquor, cider and beer. Experience Zanzibar like a local with Afrikabisa Adventures & Safari.
Darajani Market Tour
In the United States, shopping for food requires a quick run to the local supermarket – Whole Foods if you’re fancy. Grocery shopping in Zanzibar is a lively adventure. Fish mongers, fruit & veggie hawkers are side by side with electronic dealers. Watch as giant stingray and sharks are auctioned to the highest bidder. Venture to the nearly endless spice section where you can purchase everything from cardamom soap to whole, organic nutmeg. After the tour, we’ll stop and have lunch at the famous Lukmaan café. Our final stop is to see Ahmed. A local vendor that specializes in a cool confection made with fresh yogurt, fig, peanut and honey – tastes like ice cream!