Zanzibar
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Our most recommended Zanzibar Private Experiences

  • Stone Town & Prison Island Private Tour (Transfers & Lunch)

    1. Stone Town & Prison Island Private Tour (Transfers & Lunch)

    See the National Museum of Zanzibar (rebuilt in 1883) and the Arab fort while passing along bazaar streets towards the famous Freddie Mercury house. See the old slave market, fruit market, and spice market — don’t miss the classic Zanzibar curved doors decorating the stone town.  After you have explored Stone Town, you’ll have an opportunity to take a short break and have lunch before heading to Prison Island. Prison Island is also known as Changuu Island, the nickname came from the island being used by some sultans of Zanzibar to detain enslaved people. While you are on this island, you can swim, snorkel and take pictures with giant tortoises.  See the colorful schools of black snappers, orange lined triggerfish, spotted garfish, barracudas, longfin bannerfish, emperor angelfish, rabbitfish, clown triggerfish, and many more.

    We had a very nice walk in Stone Town and then with a boat to Prison Island. It was indeed very interesting and fun. The snorkling spot, wasn´t the best though. Not much to see, but I guess you can´t combine everything at one. If you´re more into snorkling then there are other trips worthy for you. The lunch in the typical african restaurant was also very interesting and the place was really full. Enjoy!

  • Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

    2. Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

    This private guided half day tour can begin any time from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Meet your well-trained guide and boatman as your board your steam-engine wooden boat. Head to the prestigious island and enjoy the 30-minute journey.  Listen to the history of the island and discover the past centuries through the historical buildings, which have served many purposes over the years including a prison, chapel, and hiding place for slaves after the abolition.  Enjoy a swim or snorkel around the colorful coral rocks and turquoise waters. Play with giant tortoises and you may take photographs with these old precious creatures. If you do not have much experience or confidence in the water, you will be provided with a life jacket. 

    It was nice and beautiful very professional Guide, Good knowledge and English speaking

  • Zanzibar: Jozani Forest, Local Zoo and Swimming with Turtles

    3. Zanzibar: Jozani Forest, Local Zoo and Swimming with Turtles

    Visit the famous Jozani Forest National Park, Zanzibar's only National Park, to see local wildlife and natural habitats, including African rock pythons, red colobus monkeys, and crocodiles on a guided day tour. Explore Zanzibar's luscious groundwater forest at the national park and see rare animal species only found on the island, such as the cheeky red colobus monkey. Walk through the park's mangroves as you make your way to your lunch spot, a restaurant nestled in the middle of the jungle. Listen to the sounds of the jungle surrounding you as you tuck into a delicious local meal. Enjoy a cooling dip in the pool after lunch before heading to the north of the island for a visit to the local zoo to see a number of other local animals, including chameleons, bushbabies, tortoises, ostriches, elephant shrews, and more. End your day out with a relaxing swim with turtles, which you have th...

  • Zanzibar: Swimming with Dolphins and Snorkeling Private Tour

    4. Zanzibar: Swimming with Dolphins and Snorkeling Private Tour

    Get picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and head to the Kizimkazi village, where you will be met by the captain. Here, start your journey to meet and have a chance to swim with dolphins. The captain will take the boat to locations well-known for dolphin spotting, while maintaining a respectful distance. The well-equipped boat will travel to several spots to ensure time for dolphin watching and scenic snorkeling. Enjoy the beauty of the coral and the brightly colored fish. Along the way, savor some delicious snacks and fruits. After the tour, you will be brought safely to shore before being dropped off at your hotel.

    Juma and his skipper were great in spotting the dolphins. We were lucky to see between 7 to 10 dolphins .

  • Stone Town: Private Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Tour

    5. Stone Town: Private Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Tour

    Take a private guided tour of Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park from Stone Town. After pickup from your Stone Town hotel, start the 35-minute drive to the national park. The 2,500 hectare park contains diverse habitats, including groundwater forest, coral rag forest, mangrove swamps, and salt marshes. Admire the different species of trees and look out for native wildlife, including rare red colobus monkeys. The park is home to many unique animals such as Ader's duiker, Sykes' monkeys, bush babies, over 50 species of butterfly, and 40 species of birds. At the end of your guided tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel in Stone Town.

  • Kendwa: Introductory Scuba Dive on Tumbatu Island

    6. Kendwa: Introductory Scuba Dive on Tumbatu Island

    Embark on a half-day adventure through the Indian Ocean with this introductory scuba dive. After a thorough explanation of scuba diving equipment and the skills you’ll need to dive successfully, hop on the boat to head into the open waters. The waters surrounding Tumbatu Island are home to a diverse array of tropical marine life that group around the technicolor coral reefs; keep your eyes peeled for moray eels, cuttlefish, turtles, and if you’re lucky, dolphins or massive grouper. After some exercises to get you more comfortable breathing underwater, your expert instructor will lead you down beneath the surface to fully explore the environment below. After your dive, you’ll head back to the dock, having experienced a world only visible via scuba diving.

  • Zanzibar Full-Day Cruise on the Sandbank and Island

    7. Zanzibar Full-Day Cruise on the Sandbank and Island

    Arrive by car at Fumba village and continue with a wooden boat cruise to Sandbank. The crew will set up your tent while you chill on the sandbank paradise. Enjoy a glass of Tanzania cold white wine, soft drinks, and exotic fruits.

    Head to Kwale island, where you will get to your seafood barbeque table under the shade for a delicious lunch. Go swimming, snorkeling, or relax on the shore.

    Take a short walk on the other side of the island to enjoy the lagoon and the 500 years old baobab tree before taking a traditional Dhow sailing vessel to return to the main island.

  • Kendwa: Discover Scuba Diving at Mnemba

    8. Kendwa: Discover Scuba Diving at Mnemba

    Your instructor will explain the basic rules of scuba diving and will take you for one dive in the open ocean where you will practice a couple of basics skills, followed by a tour around the reef.  Zanzibar offers many picturesque coral reefs and marvelous sea life for you to explore. Don’t miss this incredible experience. Don’t worry, it’s weird at first, but soon breathing underwater will become second nature to you. You will discover the underwater breathing and beauty of the underwater world of Zanzibar’s underwater flora and fauna.

  • Kendwa: 3-Day Open Water Diving Course

    9. Kendwa: 3-Day Open Water Diving Course

    Experience an unparalleled adventure and see the world under the waves, perfect for those who have always wanted to learn how to scuba dive. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular and widely-recognized dive course in the world. Millions of people have learned scuba diving with this course and continue to discover the wonders of the aquatic world. During the 3-day course, learn how to use basic dive equipment, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, BCD, and dive bottle.

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What people are saying about Zanzibar

We had a very nice walk in Stone Town and then with a boat to Prison Island. It was indeed very interesting and fun. The snorkling spot, wasn´t the best though. Not much to see, but I guess you can´t combine everything at one. If you´re more into snorkling then there are other trips worthy for you. The lunch in the typical african restaurant was also very interesting and the place was really full. Enjoy!

Haji was great. We knew very little about the area and learned a ton about the country from him. Having lunch included was a great perk!

Haji was a great guide, real good tour of Stone Town, lots of useful information, highly recommended.

It was nice and beautiful very professional Guide, Good knowledge and English speaking

Our tour guy was really prepared, helpful and ready to every question we had.