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Things to Do in Zanzibar City

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Zanzibar City and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Zanzibar City activities? We have 20 tour ideas.


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Cultural Tours

Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 41.00


Learn the true meaning behind Zanzibar`s nickname of ‘Spice Island` on this 4-hour food-and-spice-oriented tour. With a local guide, dig deep into the island`s culinary culture and engage your senses on many levels. Get a taste of Zanzibar by visiting a spice... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Experience Handmade Zanzibar: Market and Workshops Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 48.00


Go far beyond Stone Town with a 4-hour off-the-beaten-path adventure in greater Zanzibar City. Visit a textile workshop and see artisans at work. Get a sense of the real life of locals by experiencing the vibrant atmosphere and amazing variety of one of Zanzibar`s biggest markets. Stop by... Read More

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Day Spa

Zanzibar City: Cinnamon Spa Experience

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 132.00


Indulge yourself in a custom-designed spa treatment using the freshest organic ingredients from Zanzibar. The spa offers a full range of face and body treatments including facials, massages, body scrubs, body wraps, and bath therapies.

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Dinner Package

Zanzibar: Sunset Dinner Cruise at Mbweni Ruins

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 108.00


Cruise along the waters surrounding Zanzibar City on a 5.5-hour trip from Stone Town to the Mbweni Ruins. Begin your evening with a sunset cruise, followed by cocktails on board. Then disembark and feast on a romantic candlelit dinner at the ruins.

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History & Heritage Tours

From Stone Town: 6-Hour Sultan Panorama Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 118.00


Discover Zanzibars history and culture as you see historic sites, explore a spice farm, and visit a local village. This 6-hour tour from Stone Town is ideal for visitors with limited time and want to experience a bit of everything Zanzibar has to offer

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Local Flavor & Neighborhood Tours

Handmade Zanzibar

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 48.00


Wander through the exotic fruit and vegetable stalls of the islands biggest market and top it all off with a delicious lunch at a local ocean view restaurant!

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Meet the Locals

North Coast Tour & Turtle Sanctuary with Lunch

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 118.00


The North coast is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar. Dhows are built in the same way they have been for centuries; skilled craftsmen bending wood to create the dhows.

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Nature & Panoramic Tours

Zanzibar 3-Hour Green Panorama Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 94.00


Take a break from the sun loungers and souvenir stalls, and escape into the Zanzibar's green pockets of lush indigenous forest on a 3-hour panorama tour. Visit Jozani Forest, Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, and ZALA Park to see unique plant and animal life.

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Sailing Trips & Boat Tours

Full-Day Sandbank Picnic in Zanzibar

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 105.00


Sail the waters off the coast of Zanzibar on this full-day cruise and private picnic lunch. Pay a visit to historic Changuu Island. Snorkel in a live coral reef in the Indian Ocean, then enjoy a sumptuous beach picnic of fresh seafood on Pange Sandbank.

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Sailing Trips & Boat Tours

Relaxing 2-Hour Dhow Sunset Cruise

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 40.00


Escape the bustle of the city and sail through the clear coastal waters of Tanzania on this magical sunset cruise from Stone Town. On this 2-hour cruise, just relax, enjoy the warm breeze, and take in the beauty of the African shoreline.

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Walking Tours

Zanzibar City: 3-Hour Princess Salme Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 36.00


Learn the incredible story of the 19th-century Arabian princess of Zanzibar, Seyyida Salme, in 3-Hours across the ruins of the palaces at Mtoni and Marahubi, and Stone Town's Palace Museum. Discover one of the more bizarre chapters in Tanzania's history.

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Walking Tours

Stone Town: Freddie Mercury Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 43.00


Walk the streets of Stone Town and follow in the footsteps of Zanzibars most famous son, Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock band Queen, skilled musician, flamboyant showman, and a local Zanzibari.

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Walking Tours

Prison Island Full-Day Trip from Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 57.00


Visit the white sandy beaches and spectacular coral reefs of Prison Island on this day trip from Stone Town, Zanzibar. Take a short boat ride to the island and spend your day snorkeling alongside tropical fish, hiking, and relaxing in the sun.

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Walking Tours

Slave Routes of Zanzibar - 3-Hour Guided Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 59.00


See the historical sites of Zanzibars slave trading past. Visit Dhow Harbor in Malindi, where slave ships brought their human cargo from Bagamoyo to Zanzibar. See the house of a notorious Arab slave trader and the site of the old slave market.

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Walking Tours

From Zanzibar City: 3-Hour Jozani Forest Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 87.50


Head out into the Jozani Forest on a 3-hour expedition that takes you straight into the heart of nature. Follow your guide to hear about the delicate ecosystem, see its animals, learn the medicinal properties of its plants, and view the stunning scenery.

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Walking Tours

Zanzibar - 3-Hour Spice Tour with Cooking Lesson

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 93.00


Visit Zanzibars spice plantations and learn how to cook Swahili dishes! Zanzibars importance in the spice trade extends back 200 years and the Spice Islands continue to export cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world.

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Walking Tours

3-Hour Stone Town Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 43.00


Follow the trail of sultans, slaves and explorers through the winding streets of Stone Town on our 3-hour guided city tour. Your guide will tell you about the events that shaped Zanzibar and show you where they occurred.

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Walking Tours

Urban Adventures: Zesty Zanzibar

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 41.00


Venture beyond the shaker to a spice farm to sample the best Spice Island has to offer. After exploring a nearby village, head to the home of a local cassava farmer for a Swahili cooking lesson and lunch of freshly-farmed produce.

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Walking Tours

Music, Dance, Art! Swahili Culture Trip on Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 55.00


Experience the rich Swahili culture of Zanzibar Island on this half-day tour. As you travel through local villages, immerse yourself in African culture while learning about Swahilis music, dance, visual arts, traditional games, and rich cuisine.

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Walking Tours

Made in Zanzibar Shopping Tour

Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 37.00


This Zanzibar shopping excursion offers the best arts and crafts that the island can offer. Bring home souvenirs like intricately carved furniture, baskets, and rugs, explore the different areas of the island, and experience the local culture.

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