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How to Spend 2 Days in Zanzibar City

How to Spend 2 Days in Zanzibar City

A visit to Zanzibar’s capital is a must-do for travelers in the region, though checking off the city’s highlights in two days can be tricky. From Stone Town tours to islet day trips, here are our top tips for optimizing 48 hours in Zanzibar City.

Day 1: Sightsee in the City

**Morning:**Start off in Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s oldest district, to discover landmarks such as the Old Dispensary, Old Fort, and House of Wonders. Guided tours offer immersive insight into the UNESCO-listed town’s history; opt to zip around by bike or wander around on foot for a more intimate experience.

**Afternoon:**Now that you’re familiar with the past, widen your perspective with a glimpse of present-day life in Zanzibar City. Whether you’re curious about local cuisine or interested in the city’s modern industries, you have options. Half-day cultural tours typically include meals and round-trip transport.

**Night:**Unwind with a curry dinner in the old town, followed by an evening stroll along the waterfront. Or, sip a sunset aperitif on a hotel terrace overlooking the ocean. Bars, clubs, and lounges offer revelry into the wee hours, though be respectful of the local Islamic culture.

Day 2: Explore the Island

**Morning:**Spend your second day taking advantage of the capital’s convenient connections to wider-archipelago attractions. Relax on tropical beaches, sail to scenic islets, watch wildlife in nature reserves, or explore rural villages, benefiting from a range of half- or full-day tours available from Zanzibar City.

**Afternoon:**Many tours continue into the afternoon, though not all include lunch. If you find yourself back in town with time to spare, pick up fresh snacks at Darajani Market, or spend a few hours checking out alternative city attractions, such as the Princess Salme Museum or the Cultural Arts Centre.

**Night:**Take in your final sunset views across the Zanzibar Channel as you sample street food at the Forodhani Gardens night market. If you’re flying out the same evening, private transfer services offer customizable departure times to suit your schedule, allowing you to optimize your last hours in the Zanzibari capital.

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Ally Jape Historical Stone Town Walk

Ally Jape Historical Stone Town Walk

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It’s fascinating to explore historic Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—but it’s easy to lose your way in the area’s maze-like, narrow streets. To stay oriented and ensure you don’t miss key highlights, join a private guide with deep knowledge of local culture. It’s fully personalized to your preferences, whether you’re shopping for local textiles, interested in history, or learning about Stone Town’s unique architecture.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.62
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Nakupenda Beach Day Tour in Zanzibar

Nakupenda Beach Day Tour in Zanzibar

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Visit Prison Island and Nakupenda Beach on a full-day tour that’s all about snorkeling and sunbathing on one of Zanzibar’s most pristine beaches. This inclusive tour features a seafood lunch, snorkeling gear, snacks, and door-to-door transport from Zanzibar hotels to ensure a hassle-free day of exploring the coast, with plenty of time independent time to enjoy beautiful Nakupenda Beach.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Zanzibar: Afternoon Food Expedition Including Lunch

Zanzibar: Afternoon Food Expedition Including Lunch

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Get to know Zanzibar’s Stone Town through food on this culinary tour. In the company of a guide, visit a local shop and taste sweet and salty snacks with the shop owner. Enjoy a lunch with seasonal vegetables that includes soup, fish, and salad and learn about the culinary culture of Zanzibar. Visit a lively market and sample traditional coffee.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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$29.00

Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar

Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar

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See the giant land tortoises of Prison Island, or Changuu Island, on a half-day trip from Zanzibar, with time to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe. Just a 30-minute boat ride from Stone Town, Prison Island has a beautiful beach, clean water, and fascinating history as a yellow fever quarantine station. Both morning and afternoon departures to Prison Island are available, and the trip includes hotel transfers and all entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours
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$41.03
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Half Day Zanzibar Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve Snorkeling Tour

Half Day Zanzibar Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve Snorkeling Tour

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The most famous marine conservation area in Zanzibar, Mnemba Atoll Marine Park houses populations of moray eels, lion fish, stingrays, and more, all in clear waters with high visibility. Snap on your snorkel gear and let your guide help you find the aquatic wildlife you came to see on this tour, which includes round-trip transportation from your Zanzibar lodging.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.18
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$42.18
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Jozani Forest Reserve Half-Day Guided Tour from Zanzibar

Jozani Forest Reserve Half-Day Guided Tour from Zanzibar

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Watch for red colobus monkeys as you walk through the Jozani Forest Reserve, where you’ll join a park ranger for a guided nature tour of the sanctuary. Learn how Zanzibar’s wildlife evolved in isolation from the mainland, follow a boardwalk through a mangrove swamp, and walk between towering eucalyptus and mahogany trees that provide essential habitat for native birds. Both morning and afternoon departures are available for this Jozani Forest Reserve tour, with pickup and drop-off at Zanzibar hotels.
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  • 3 hours
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$61.54
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Paje Beach & Blue Lagoon Half Day Tour in Zanzibar Lunch Included

Paje Beach & Blue Lagoon Half Day Tour in Zanzibar Lunch Included

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Discover Paje Beach and the Blue Lagoon on a tour that combines a pristine, white-sand beach with spectacular snorkeling. From hotel transfers to the included lunch, snorkeling equipment, and snacks, the tour takes care of the details so you can focus on sun, sand, and a brilliant coral reef, where you'll find a rainbow of tropical fish just beneath the surface.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.18
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Stone Town Bike Tour in Zanzibar

Stone Town Bike Tour in Zanzibar

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Pedal along a quiet cycling route on a bike tour that covers some of Stone Town’s highlights, from the Old Slave Market and Anglican Church to the house where singer Freddy Mercury was born. With narrow streets and lots to see, Stone Town’s historic center is the perfect place to explore car-free, and riding a bike makes it easy to pause frequently for photos, views, and sightseeing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar

Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar

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Visit the historic Stone Town of Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided, half-day tour from Zanzibar. With an experienced guide to lead the way, you’ll explore a blend of African, Arab, Indian, Persian, and European cultures, following narrow streets shaded by elegant balconies and verandahs. See the former slave market, the Sultan Palace, and a series of beautifully-carved wooden doors, with a 30-minute shopping break to browse for some of Zanzibar’s most distinctive souvenirs.
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  • 3 hours
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$41.03
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Zanzibar Shared Departure Transfer

Zanzibar Shared Departure Transfer

Enjoy a hassle-free shared transfer from your hotel in Zanzibar to Zanzibar International Airport for your departure flight. This transfer will pick you up from your hotel in one of the following areas: Stone Town, North Hotels, North East Hotels, Central Hotels, South East Hotels, Fumba, Mangapwani or Chuini Hotels (based on Tour Option selected) and drop you off at the airport. This tour includes all taxes, fees and handling charges.
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  • 1 hour
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$72.54
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