How to Spend 1 Day in Zanzibar City
Located on the west coast of Unguja, Zanzibar’s capital city boasts historic architecture, tropical culture, and a unique culinary scene, as well as convenient links to the wider island. With some planning, it’s possible to experience the compact city’s major highlights in just one day. Here’s how.
Morning: Explore Stone Town
Start your day early in Stone Town, opting to explore the UNESCO-listed trading town with a guide for deeper insight into its rich and diverse heritage. Notice the range of African, Asian, Arabic, and European influences as you wander the historic streets by foot or bike, checking off landmarks such as the Old Fort, House of Wonders, and Malindi Mosque before the crowds arrive.
Afternoon: Widen Your Perspective
Empowered with an overview of the old town and its history, it’s time to widen your perspective of Zanzibar. Experience bustling city markets like a local, or take a glimpse into rural life beyond Ng’ambo. Nature lovers wanting a break from the capital can visit a coastal village, such as Uroa, where the low tide offers calm conditions for snorkeling and swimming. Half-day tours typically include meals and round-trip transport.
Night: Unwind on the Waterfront
After a busy day, relax with a sunset aperitif at one of the waterfront bars. Then, take a stroll through the night market at Forodhani Gardens, where food vendors sell Zanzibari specialties such as urojo soup and Zanzibar pizza. 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.