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How to Spend 3 Days in Zanzibar City

How to Spend 3 Days in Zanzibar City

With some planning, three days give you ample time to experience the best of Zanzibar City, from historical tours to street food stalls, rural spice farms to nature reserves. Here are our top tips for optimizing your time in and around the Zanzibari capital.

Day 1: Hit the Historical Highlights

On your first day, a tour of Stone Town is a must. The UNESCO-listed port town boasts a range of landmarks that spans centuries, including the Old Fort, Malindi Mosque, and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. For deeper insight into the town’s rich and diverse heritage, opt to explore with a guide: zip among attractions by bike, stroll the scenic streets on a walking tour, or take advantage of full-day packages with round-trip transport to save time. Day tours typically combine a wander through Stone Town with visits to rural or offshore attractions such as Changuu Island.

Day 2: Get Curious About Culture

Spend your second day widening your perspective of modern Zanzibar on a cultural tour. Learn about the island’s famous spice trade at a rural farm, get a taste of Zanzibari cuisine at a cooking class, or visit local villages for a glimpse of daily life outside the capital. Most half- and full-day tours offer round-trip transport, and some also include lunch. Later, take refuge from the daytime heat in a city museum, or admire city vistas from the Karume Monument tower while learning about the revolution. When evening falls, head to the waterfront night market at Forodhani Gardens to sample local specialties, such as samosas, sugarcane juice, and Zanzibar pizza.

Day 3: Unwind in Nature

After a busy couple of days, it’s time to immerse yourself in Zanzibar’s natural surroundings. Snorkel and swim off tropical beaches, cruise to secluded islets, or observe native flora and fauna in nature reserves, taking advantage of hassle-free tours with round-trip transport included. Once you’re back in town, head to a hotel terrace for a sunset aperitif overlooking the ocean, or enjoy dinner and drinks in a beachfront restaurant. If you’re flying out the same evening, private transfer services offer customizable departure times to suit your schedule, allowing you to make the most of your last hours in the capital.

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13 Tours and Activities | All Zanzibar City Tours

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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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$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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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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Full-Day Stone Town and Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar

Full-Day Stone Town and Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar

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Immerse yourself in Zanzibar’s dramatic history on a full-day, guided tour of Stone Town and Prison Island. Explore on foot and by boat for a comprehensive overview of the area, learn about local culture, architecture, and wildlife, and enjoy the convenience of round-trip hotel transfers.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.88
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$234.88

Dolphins and Jozani Forest Reserve Wildlife Tour from Zanzibar

Dolphins and Jozani Forest Reserve Wildlife Tour from Zanzibar

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Explore Zanzibar’s fascinating wildlife on a 7-hour outing that combines dolphin-spotting, snorkeling, and a pristine forest reserve. You’ll join a guide for a motorboat tour from a coastal fishing village, then don a snorkel to check out the marine wildlife beneath the waves. Next, head to Jozani Forest Reserve, Zanzibar’s only national park, where old-growth forest is home to the endemic red colobus monkey, as well as hyrax, bush babies, and dozens of species of birds.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.18
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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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$35.00
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Zanzibar Airport Arrival Transfer

Zanzibar Airport Arrival Transfer

Enjoy an air conditioned vehicle private transfer from the Airport to your hotel or resort in Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met by the driver who will escort you to the waiting vehicle vehicle and and transfer you to the hotel. Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel will include a meet and greet service and this transfer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will all your travel requirements.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Villages and Lives Walking Tour in Zanzibar

Villages and Lives Walking Tour in Zanzibar

Go beyond Zanzibar’s tourist sights and beaches to get a glimpse of daily life in a series of Swahili-speaking communities. You’ll meet a local in a village home, then set out on foot for a walking tour that links up local villages, passing orchards, fishermen, artisans, and a seaweed plantation along the way.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.18
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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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$41.03

Zanzibar Spice Farm Half-Day Walking Tour

Zanzibar Spice Farm Half-Day Walking Tour

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Discover the spices that thrive in Zanzibar’s villages and plantations on a walking tour that’s an aromatic immersion in the island’s rural life. Join a guide for a walk through local farms, see workers climb into the spice trees, sample spices and fruits fresh from the field, and learn the history of Zanzibar’s spice trade. This Zanzibar spice farm tour includes pickup and drop-off in Zanzibar, with both morning and afternoon departures available.
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  • 3 hours
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$41.03
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Private Departure Transfer in Zanzibar

Private Departure Transfer in Zanzibar

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Enjoy a private departure transfer in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle from your hotel in Zanzibar city to the Airport. Upon departure, you will be met by the driver who will escort you to the waiting vehicle and then transferred to the airport. Departure transfer from your hotel to the airport will include assistance on departure and the transfer service is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and will meet your travel requirements.
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  • 1 hour
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$32.00
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$32.00
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Uroa Bay Half Day trip In Zanzibar Include Buffet Dinner

Uroa Bay Half Day trip In Zanzibar Include Buffet Dinner

Visit a beautiful rural coastal village in Zanzibar on this half-day tour. Depart from your hotel with your guide and make your way to Uroa Bay. Take time to swim, snorkel, and stroll along the beach. Freshen up in a changing room and enjoy a buffet dinner and local fresh fruits.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.25
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$56.25
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Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Half-Day Trip from Zanzibar

Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Half-Day Trip from Zanzibar

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Visit the beaches and villages on the northern edge of Zanzibar on a half-day tour to Kendwa Beach and Nungwi, where you’ll have free time to explore and play. Book an adventure sport such as parasailing, flyboarding, water skiing, and wakeboarding, or opt for a kid-friendly outing on a ringo or banana boat. With both morning and afternoon departures available, this tour includes pickup and drop-off at Zanzibar hotels.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.18
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