Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of East Africa, is a captivating destination with a rich history and vibrant culture. Comprising islands like Unguja and Pemba, it is part of the United Republic of Tanzania. Zanzibar’s history is shaped by influences from Arab, Persian, Indian, and European cultures, evident in its diverse architecture, cuisine, and traditions. The archipelago’s significance in the spice trade has earned it the moniker “Spice Islands.” Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon thrive in its fertile soil. Zanzibar boasts stunning beaches, coral reefs, and the UNESCO-listed Stone Town, a historic center with narrow winding streets and centuries-old architecture.
Culturally diverse, Zanzibar is home to Swahili, Arab, Indian, and other ethnic groups, contributing to a harmonious blend of traditions. The majority of the population practices Islam, influencing daily life and adding to the unique atmosphere.Tourism plays a vital role in the economy, attracting visitors with its natural beauty and cultural allure. From spice tours to water sports and wildlife encounters, Zanzibar offers a kaleidoscope of experiences, making it a sought-after destination for those seeking an enchanting East African getaway.
Bwejuu is one of the top beaches in Zanzibar. This white sandy beach on the island’s southeast coast is lined with palm trees and is only an hour and a half away from Stone Town. It’s one of the quietest parts of Zanzibar and a popular choice for those seeking total relaxation, peace and privacy.
There are plenty of activities and excursions to do around the area, including a mangrove forest and dhow boat trip, a visit to the local village of Bwejuu, a reef safari, snorkelling and diving, a visit to Stone Town, or a day trip to the Jozani Forest, which is home to the Red Colobus Monkey.
Although there are two large beach resorts in the area, Michamvi feels remote and has long stretches of empty beaches to explore. The peninsula consists of two parts, Michamvi-Pingwe and Michamvi-Kae.
On the eastern side is Michamvi-Pingwe, with a vibrant coral lagoon and beautiful palm-fringed beaches set in a string of scenic coves between high coral-rag cliffs. On the western side is Michamvi-Kae, which faces west towards Chwaka Bay.
Where to Stay Around Michamvi Beach
- Kichanga Lodge
- Konokono Beach Resort
- Z Hotel
Nungwi is definitely one of the liveliest areas on the island and the numerous beach resorts, hotels, restaurants and bars offer a variety of night-time entertainment.
However, this beach isn’t just for party-goers. The Nungwi coast has fantastic coral reefs which are ideal for diving and snorkelling – you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins, green turtles and, at certain times of the year, whale sharks. Facing west, Nungwi Beach also has some of the best sunsets in Zanzibar and a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow sailing boat is a must.
This is one of the few beaches on Zanzibar where the tide doesn’t really change, which means the clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Colourful starfish also call this beach home and can be found just offshore (but be sure not to pick up these creatures or disturb them in their natural habitat).
The sunsets at Kendwa beach are legendary, so pick your spot on the beach when the sun starts to lower. Once it dips below the horizon, the beach comes alive in new way with nightlife and relaxed beach parties.
Things to do in Zanzibar
Zanzibar Beach Holidays Packages
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