Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Stone Town

Stone Town, the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, has changed little in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques, and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.


Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year, except April and May which are seasonally subject to the long rains. Short rains can occur in November but are characterized by short showers.


Dry season – The dry season is from June to October.

Short rains – Short rains are from November to December (these are light, intermittent rains). Temperatures can soar to well over 30 degrees.

Long rains – The long rains are from March until May. Rain in Zanzibar comes in short, sharp showers in the morning or afternoon, followed by the return of the sunshine.

When to Visit

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is between June and October the weather is cooler and less humid. December to February is also popular (although it is quite hot, it is also dry).

The coolest months are June through October when the temperature averages 26 Celsius.

Best Time for Scuba Diving

The best time for Scuba diving is July & August as well as February & March are great times to go diving. Between June and October head to the north coast dive sites, and between November and March, you’ll want to be south.

Best Time for Kite Surfing

The best time for kite surfing is during the Kaskasi wind blows south to north from June to October, while the Kusini blows north to south from December to April (although don’t come later than March because that’s when the long rains usually begin).

Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Beach Holidays packages

Tanzania offers something for everyone. Spectacular wildlife and landscapes, tropical paradise islands with white sands, turquoise waters and rich cultural history. There are countless opportunities for adventure, romance, relaxation and forging unforgettable memories. Many of our guests choose to bookend their safari with time in Zanzibar, creating one of the most perfect holidays imaginable. Your Done Adventure Consultant will help you to design the perfect itinerary, matching your travel dates, budget and preferences

Jozani Forest

Jozani Forest is one of the most popular places to visit in Zanzibar. The forest is the last sanctuary in the world to see the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. The forest is located in the Eastern part of the island and is one of the lushest places on Zanzibar. It’s a staunch reminder of what we have done to our environment over the centuries.

Getting lost and finding the monkeys in the Jozani forest is easy. Many nature trails lead through beautiful forests, and the red colobus monkeys are not shy. After your visit to Jozani, be sure to cross the street and visit the Mangrove forest.

I recommend getting to Jozani forest before 9 am as busloads of tour groups arrive after that, and people bombard the monkeys.

Stone Town

When wondering what to do in Zanzibar, a visit to Stone Town is essential. Or the “Palace of Wonders” is the tallest building in Stone Town and a main Zanzibar point of interest. It’s right next to the Old Fort and is a sight to see while in Stone Town.

It is also the spot for the first elevator in all of East Africa. History buffs can learn about the history of Stone Town here and view old exhibits and rooms.

The name comes from the house’s modern amenities first in Stone Town, such as plumbing and electricity. However, it now has none of those wonders as it is under renovation, and entering is not permitted at the time of writing.

Paje Beach

If there is a backpacker spot on Zanzibar, it’s Paje beach. The beach has hip cafes, burger joints, kite surfing companies, bars, and hostels, making it one of the great places to visit in Zanzibar. We spent a few days relaxing in the inviting turquoise waters, which is the perfect thing for those looking for free things to do in Zanzibar.

For those looking to have an active holiday in Zanzibar, kite surfing is the most popular thing in Paje. There are endless schools and rental shops dying to take you out on the water and show you the ropes of kitesurfing.

Prison Island

Prison Island is one of those great places of interest in Zanzibar. Take a boat just 5 km from Stone Town to reach the iconic Prison Island or Changuu Island to be technical. Built-in the late 1800s, this prison served as an island for slaves, violent prisoners, and quarantines.

The main joy of visiting prison island is seeing the nearby tortoise sanctuary. Some of the giant Aldabross tortoises also call Seychelles home. Make sure to bring sunblock for the boat transfers and snorkeling.