Tours, Blackjack and snorkeling: Fun things to do at Zanzibar

Zanzibar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Everyone should try to visit at least once in their life – though it is likely you will want to go back again and again.

For anyone who is planning to book a Zanzibar holiday, here are five things to consider doing during your unforgettable experience in this stunning location.

1. Check out Zanzibar International Film Festival

Cinephiles should examine their schedules carefully before booking a break. It would be a shame if they were to miss the Zanzibar International Film Festival, which is one of the top cultural events in the whole of eastern Africa.

Set up in 1997, the event – which is also sometimes called the Festival of the Dhow Countries – sees awards such as the Golden Dhow, the Silver Dhow and the ZIFF Life Time Achievement Award handed out to filmmakers.

Last year, the Zanzibar International Film Festival was held in July, so keep an eye out for when the 2020 dates are announced.

2. Go on a food and spices tour

Spices are one of the things Zanzibar is most famous for around the world. So it would be remiss for visitors to miss out on the chance to take in one of the many different food and spices tours that are available to book.

Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon are among the top spices that are produced in Zanzibar and the local cuisine, as you would expect, is heavily influenced by these flavours as a result. A lot of the spice tours include a meal, so going on one of these during your holiday is a no-brainer!

3. Head to a casino and play blackjack

Everyone likes to do different things on holiday, with some people no doubt keen to entertain themselves with a visit to a casino like TragaperrasEspanolas. Blackjack fans could do a lot worse than heading to Le Grande Casino, which is in one of the nearest places to Zanzibar to play such games.

Located in Dar es Salaam, going to Le Grande Casino should definitely be on the list of things to do for those who plan to visit Tanzania’s mainland to play blackjack during a Zanzibar holiday.

As well as blackjack tables, there are more than 270 gaming machines. Poker players are well catered for and there is even a VIP room. There are very few better places to play blackjack.

4. Check out a Stone Town walk

A Stone Town walk is one of the best ways to experience Zanzibar. Tours tend to take place over about 2-3 hours, allowing guests to soak up the historical heart of the island.

Stone Town – which is recommended by the leading travel guide Lonely Planet – was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000 so it really is an unmissable location. All sorts of different cultures from Arabic, African, Indian and European, can be experienced here.

5. Go snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll

Last but not least, our final recommendation for things to do on a Zanzibar holiday is to go snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll. The tiny island, an exclusive paradise, is a vital conservation area.

There are lots of dolphins in the waters around Mnemba Atoll, so this is an amazing place to go in order to create memories that are guaranteed to last for a lifetime.

The spinner, the bottlenose and the humpbacks dolphin can all be spotted – if you are lucky!