You’ve decided to take the plunge and head out on an incredible adventure to Zanzibar! But you don’t want to fall into the same old tourist traps; you want to experience the unique culture of this beautiful island through local eyes. If you’re looking for all the tips for a great Zanzibar holiday, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for everything South African travellers need to know about exploring Zanzibar like a local.
When it comes to attractions, there is much more to see in Zanzibar than just beaches and historical sites! The island has plenty of interesting and unique activities that can provide an insight into the culture and lifestyle of the locals. A few Zanzibar attractions not to be missed include:
Low season in Zanzibar runs from April to June each year when most tourists avoid visiting due to high temperatures and humidity levels. However, if you’re looking for something truly unique during your stay then low season could be perfect for you! There are plenty off-the-beaten-path places worth visiting such as Paje Beach where kite surfers flock from around the world or Chumbe Island Marine Park which offers beautiful coral reefs within walking distance from shoreline hotels.
If you’re looking for beaches with a fun party vibe then Nungwi Beach is definitely worth checking out! This beach has become famous among locals for its lively atmosphere at night with plenty of bars offering live music performances every evening. Jambiani Beach is another great option which has grown popular among budget travellers over recent years due its laidback beach vibes during the day before transforming into an energetic party spot at night!
One of the best ways to get around Zanzibar is by hiring a car or motorbike. This gives you maximum freedom when exploring different parts of the island, and you can do it at your own pace without having to worry about timetables or restricted routes like public transport often requires. If renting your own vehicle isn’t an option then using local taxis or buses (dala-dalas) can be just as convenient although it may take longer depending on where you’re heading so make sure you factor that into your plans when travelling around Zanzibar!
Yes – it is generally safe for visitors who stick mainly within tourist areas but if you plan on venturing off into more rural areas then make sure you do so responsibly by hiring experienced guides who are familiar with local customs so that all interactions between visitors and locals remain respectful at all times. In addition, make sure that any donations given go directly towards helping local communities rather than fuelling businesses that exploit vulnerable people. It’s a good idea to always check with your guide first before making any donations while visiting rural villages in Zanzibar.
When visiting any new destination it’s important not only to know what attractions are worth seeing but also gain insight into how life works there through local eyes – something which most tourists rarely get an opportunity to experience first-hand! Follow our handy tips and you’ll have no problem enjoying your trip exactly like locals do – whether you plan on hitting up all those amazing beaches or taking part in more unique activities such as spice tours or going diving or snorkelling in Mnemba Atoll – we hope you have an unforgettable journey discovering everything wonderful about this beautiful tropical island called ‘Zanzibar’!
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