Zanzibar Island boasts some of the world’s most renowned tropical beaches, stunningly diverse ocean reefs, and a rich tradition steeped in the history of slavery, empire, and revolution. Zanzibar Island is a full holiday destination in itself but in is also a excellent place to end your safari circuits by just relaxing on the beach or getting to know the unique intricate streets of Stone Town.
If you’re coming to Zanzibar Island expecting more safari experience, it is very different mostly because this is a tropical Indian Ocean island rather than a savannah land lion’s den. There are a number of unbelievable wildlife and natural experiences to be had on Zanzibar Island.
One of the top safari tours in Zanzibar Island, and probably the best, is Safari Blue which brings you together with other guests on a traditional Dhow sailing boat to explore the Menai Bay Conservation Area. Your highly professional and experienced local crew will ensure you experience some of the best snorkeling Zanzibar has to offer, sailing into renowned reef locations where the abundance of sea life is simply stunning. And that’s not all – the Safari Blue fleet takes a break on the sun kissed Kwali Island – a sand bar where you will eat an unforgettable meal consisting of a full mouthwatering slipper lobster, accompanied by an arrangement of other seafood and countless fruit tastings. Safari Blue is an unforgettable experience that manages to capture all Zanzibar has to offer.
Another renowned safari experience in Zanzibar Island is the Chumbe Island Coral Park: an award-winning private nature reserve that conserves the uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar’s West coast, one of the last pristine coral islands in the region. To keep the park functioning, the conservationists allow a limited number of guests each day. The reserve includes a fully protected Coral Reef Sanctuary and Forest Reserve that harbours rare wildlife, a Visitor and Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature walks, and historical monuments.
Diving on Zanzibar Island is a diver’s paradise with an average water temperature of 27°C and, at times, a visibility of up to 30 meters, which makes Zanzibar Island one of the best dive destinations in the world with an abundance of hard and soft coral, a variety of nudibranchs, scorpion fish, lion fish, star fish, and seahorses to mention only a fraction of the life to be seen by diving on Zanzibar. Aside from exploring the colours of life, the channels between Zanzibar and the mainland also contain a number of shipwrecks that can be explored by certain operators.
Aside from the water, Zanzibar Island is populated by a plethora of fruit and spice plants that give it the name “The Spice Islands”. These can be explored on the famous spice tours that take you deep into the farms but can also be seen when exploring the inland forest conservation areas that also harbor wildlife such as the endemic red-colobus monkey.