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How to Spend 1 Day in Zanzibar City

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 asurojo 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.

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.62
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$34.62
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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

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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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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$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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$41.03

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
per group
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.25
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$56.25
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