Nearby Sights

With many nearby sights and attractions there is lots to do and see


Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. Its winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. The northern villages Nungwi and Kendwa have wide beaches lined with hotels. Some nearby attractions include…


House of wonders

The House of Wonders or Palace of Wonders is a landmark building in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Old Fort of Zanzibar

17th-century fort with souvenir vendors, nightly entertainment & occasional festivals.

Hamamni Persian Baths

17th-century fort with souvenir vendors, nightly entertainment & occasional festivals.

Old Dispensary

Elegant late-19th-century building with elaborate Indian & European elements, now home to a museum.

Kizimkazi Mosque

A kufic inscription dates this historic mosque to 1107 although it was rebuilt in the 18th century.

Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

Hundreds of native butterflies inhabit this netted tropical garden offering guided tours.

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Snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll

This may sound like a sweeping statement, but provided you choose the right boat captain, the return on investment for this $25 trip is no less than incredible. Departing from one of Zanzibar's many Northern Beaches, you begin the morning by gliding across crystallised waters in a traditional Dhow sailing boat.

Nungwi and Kendwa beaches

Nungwi is the third largest settlement in Zanzibar, with a population of about 5,500, found at the far north of the island. The smaller nearby Kendwa is on the west coast, overlooking the tiny Daloni island and the larger island of Tumbatu. Both are located about an hour's drive from Stone Town.

Watching the sunset

Contrary to what many people may think prior to arrival, Stone Town is likely to be the most spectacular place on the island to witness the last light of day and more specifically, the Africa House Hotel. Luxurious in decoration and with a clear view of the horizon, the Sunset Lounge Balcony at the back of this unassuming hotel has a vibrant atmosphere


It is in Stone Town that myriad narrow streets wind their way through craft shops, art galleries, fabric stalls and quaint coffee shops. It is also the perfect place to explore on foot and getting lost within this maze of ancient streets will give rise to a number of cultural experiences that can appear much more local and authentic than the beach life up north.

Full Moon Party at Kendwa Rocks

Yes, that’s right, every month you can head to the North Beaches and experience the Full Moon party on Kendwa Rocks. Much smaller than its namesake in Thailand (Koh Phangan), the Full Moon party on Zanzibar is held on the beachfront of a well-known hotel in Kendwa Resort. Although it charges a relatively steep entrance fee (35,000 shillings/$15), it is one of the best things to do in Zanzibar.

Giant Turtles on Prison Island

Also known as Changuu, Prison Island is an 800 x 200 metre island found about 6 kilometres north-west of South Town. Although there are wonderful coral areas to snorkel around Prison Island and you will have plenty of time to do so, the real attractions are the huge turtles and a highly engrossing Slave Trade Museum.

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