Zanzibar is a beautiful Indian Ocean island off the coast of Tanzania. Although Zanzibar is now part of the Republic of Tanzania, it was once its own country. Zanzibar is famous for its spices, its Afro-Arab culture, and its perfectly spoken Swahili. The unique culture of Zanzibar is a still obvious to anyone who visits, and the island flair makes it a perfect tropical vacation spot. If you’re looking for Africa’s best honeymoon location, Zanzibar is it!
Where to Stay
Asmini Palace Hotel is an excellent place to stay with your sweetheart when you visit Zanzibar. This is a midrange hotel, making it perfectly priced for newlyweds but still luxurious enough for a special vacation. The “Old Africa” flavor makes Asmini Palace Hotel a charming place to relax between beach trips, and the historic quality of the architecture is like a fantasy. You’ll get the best of mainland African culture as well as Arab culture here — a blend that is characteristic of Zanzibar.
If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, book Next Paradise Boutique Resort. This luxury hotel is located right on the beach, and you can enjoy tanning by the pool as you look over the beautiful Indian Ocean. The onsite restaurant has delicious offerings, including fresh sea food and local produce. This is the ultimate Zanzibar beach getaway.
Things to Do in Zanzibar
While you’re in Zanzibar, be sure to visit the spice farm. You’ll get to see (and smell!) the many kinds of spices produced in Zanzibar, and you’ll have the chance to learn about this important part of the island’s commerce. Of course, you can’t visit Zanzibar without taking home some of its famous spices. There’s a reason why it is nicknamed the “Spice Island.”
Another fun activity on Zanzibar is swimming with the dolphins. Make friends with these social creatures, and observe how they frolic in the clear Indian Ocean water. This is the perfect honeymooner’s photo op!
Don’t forget to visit Old Fort Zanzibar. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love exploring the historic fort and learning about the age when it defended Zanzibar from invaders. Another great historic tour is a visit to the Persian Baths. The style and architecture here is beautiful.
Finally, the beaches are absolutely romantic. Enjoy lounging on any one of the beautiful beaches of the island. Pristine white sands and clear blue water awaits! Finish off your days with brilliant African sunsets over the ocean. It’s doesn’t get any better than that.
What to Eat
While you could probably eat street food every day and never get bored, there are also many awesome restaurants on Zanzibar Island. For a fancy date night, go to Emerson Spice. You can get a quick lunch, but the three-course dinner is the real draw. There is a gorgeous garden area that is crafted to reflect the “old town” look of the surrounding area. You can enjoy the spice and flavors of Zanzibar—fish, meat, veggies, and the whole nine yards.
A less expensive lunch or dinner can be found at Ma Shaa Allah Café. This is a favorite with locals, expats and tourists—everyone loves a good meal from this place! Ma Shaa Allah Café serves African dishes with an Arab flair, which is typical traditional fare for Zanzibar. You get big portions for a small price, and everything is yummy. If you want a budget dinner or good lunch, this is the place to go.
Breana Johnson is an American expat living in the Caribbean. Aside from being a writer, she’s also a med school wife, foster mom, and little league coach. Her future aspirations include watching someone else break a world record and visiting the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory. You can follow Breana’s adventures on her blog at www.3rdculturewife.com.