Few cities or countries in the ‘pale blue dot’ can kindle all your sensory organs when you witness beautiful beaches with white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters unlike Zanzibar in Tanzania. In East Africa, Tanzania offers a plethora of islands enclosed within the Indian Ocean and is home to adrenalin, adventure, cultural, and historical experiences amidst the perfect setting of serene relaxation. Head out and about, and explore the capital of Zanzibar, narrow streets of the Stone Town, picturesque architecture, hustle and the bustle of the markets, quaint museums, and also visit certain locations that will act as a reminder of the slavery that took place in the history of Zanzibar. After exploring these locations, head out to the beaches and soak up in the sun! Go scuba diving, snorkeling, or just watch the sunset from the pristine sandy beaches. This little island, Zanzibar is a complete package. If you are much more active at night and are keen on adventuring during your vacation, here is a list of things you can do at night in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
1. Go for a romantic dinner at Taarab Restaurant
Keep your romance alive by heading to the Taarab roof-top restaurant that offers a mesmerizing view of both the beach and the town. Breathe in all the romance that this restaurant exudes and devour in luscious seafood and other African delicacies with a chilled drink on one hand and your partner’s hand on the other, while also being accompanied by the sounds of the busy streets right below the restaurant.
Address: 90 90A Shanghani, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Website: Taarab Restaurant
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday to Sunday: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Price: 11-30 USD
2. Unwind at the Nungwi beach
One of the most popular beaches in Zanzibar, Nungwi beach is a small town with very little population. Crystal-clear turquoise beaches and the warm air make this beach best to unwind, relax, and witness the most beautiful sunsets in Zanzibar.
Address: Nungwi, Tanzania
3. Watch acrobatics and capoeira on the beach
If you want to witness the most beautiful acrobatic and capoeira acts, then head to one of the beaches just outside Livingstone Beach Restaurant, to experience these beautiful acts put across by the kids who play there. Although the beach isn’t on a par with other turquoise beaches, the show that the local kids put up is worth a visit.
Livingstone Beach Restaurant
Address: House 48 Shanghani Stone Town, 3661, Tanzania
Website: Livingstone Beach Restaurant
4. Hit the dance floor with Afro-jazz music at 6 Degrees South
Other than a lot of historic and cultural experiences in Zanzibar, it also offers a line-up of night-life activities that are accompanied by great food and drinks, and good music to dance on. 6 Degrees South is one such club where you can enjoy happy hours that also pairs well with some live Afro-jazz music and themed disco for you to let loose.
6 Degrees South
Address: Plot 60, Waterfront, Shangani St, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Website: 6 Degrees South
Opening hours: Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 1:00 am
5. Catch a glimpse of the dark past at the Changuu Island
20 minutes’ of a boat ride to reach Prison Island or Changuu Island from Zanzibar, you get to see first-hand the history of the island where slavery was at its peak, back in the days. Currently, the island is being used as a nature reserve where giant tortoises roam around freely and some have even aged over 200 years.
Address: Stone Town, Unguja, Zanzibar
6. Shop till you drop at Darajani Market
One way to experience and understand the country you are visiting is by taking a stroll at a local market. Darjani Market stands on the ancient Stone Town alley and is one of the main markets in Zanzibar. Before you get to enter the hustle and bustle of the market, the streets that lead to the market area is where the usual fun takes place. You will get to see interesting items being sold by the pop-up vendors straight from China and get to relish Zanzibar delicacies and spices.
Address: Market St, Zanzibar, Tanzania
7. Explore the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
The only thing that pops up when someone talks about Zanzibar is its history, architecture, beaches, and its unique culture. However, when you step away from the conventional, you get to take the roads less travelled and also witness Zanzibar for all the things it offers. And, for those outdoorsy folks, Zanzibar gives you Jozani-Chawaka Bay National Park, which is sandwiched between two towns–Jozani and Chwaka Bay. The National Park becomes accessible for those travelers or tourists living in either Stone Town or on the eastern side of the Zanzibar Island. When you take a walk in the park and explore it by foot, you get to experience the diverse natural habitat and also witness the well-known Zanzibar red colobus monkey and other wildlife species like aders duiker, bush pigs, elephant shrews, the Zanzibar leopard that’s soon-to-be-extinct and other flora and fauna.
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
8. Try local food at the night-time Forodhani market
The sun sets every day and as it sets, Forodhani market of the Stone Town rises. Forodhani Gardens Park comes alive and turns itself into an under-the-sky food market. As it transforms into a busy street-food-selling stalls, devour the local delicacies like urojo (made of a blend of tamarind and mango soup served with chickpea, potatoes, flakes, chutney and a hot sauce - if you dare to eat it all), Zanzibar pizza, fresh seafood kebabs, and also pure sugarcane juice mixed with lime and ginger.
Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
9. Pamper yourself at Cinnamon Spa
You’ve explored the city every step of the way and now your body is craving for some loving and extra attention. This is the time when you should take a break from all the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Cinnamon Spa, and spoil yourself a little in true Zanzibar style. Immerse yourself in perfect pampering as the spa offers you services like pedicure, manicure, aromatic and therapeutic massages, waxing, and much more.
Address: Shangani, Stone Town Zanzibar, PO Box 3181 Tanzania
Website: Cinnamon Spa
10. Walk along the streets of Stone Town
Stone Town is the heart and soul that beats and breathes throughout Zanzibar. Surround yourself in a maze of irresistible alleys, buildings inspired by Arabic style, and get lost in the magic of Stone Town that it offers to every visitor. Befriend a local vendor and drink a cup of coffee or just take a walk and embrace the history, culture and the authenticity of Stone Town. While on foot exploring the town, you will not fail to notice the uniqueness of every little spot that you discover in every turn you take.
There are literally plenty of activities to choose from when you make this island your home, for however long you stay. With plenty of activities that Zanzibar offers, it also offers an equal amount of diverse nightlife for people who want to relax and have fun.
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