Find Out the Best Hotels, Amusement Parks, Museums and Other 10 Places to Visit in Zanzibar, Africa (2019)!

Find Out the Best Hotels, Amusement Parks, Museums and Other 10 Places to Visit in Zanzibar, Africa (2019)!

Africa is a fascinating land teeming with wildlife, great beaches and a long history. This article brings to you a collection of the best places to visit in Zanzibar, Africa. The list contains the best hotels, museums, historical places, amusement parks and even places to visit at night, at Zanzibar. Read on to find out more!

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Zanzibar is a coastal town that is located in Tanzania. Zanzibar has a lot of tourist destinations such as hotels, museums, art galleries, schools, among others.

Hotels to Visit in Zanzibar

Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel

Kendwa Rocks Beach hotel is at a one-hour drive from Zanzibar Town towards the northern tip of the island. The road descends to one of the most fantastic beaches of East Africa. From the beach, you see the lighthouse of nearby Tumbatu island. Sunbathing may be enough, but you can also do snorkelling, diving or fishing and enjoy small boat trips on the turquoise waters. Beautiful sunsets are an everyday thrill and moonlit nights on the white coral and seashell beach make for an unforgettable experience.

The choice of accommodation is ample: choose a luxurious wooden bungalow with its own jacuzzi, a spacious suite or one of the Arabia or Africa themed rooms, a coral bungalow or the more economical forest rooms. The rooms are surrounded by coconut trees and lush tropical gardens. Languages spoken include: English, French, Spanish. The kind of rooms available for booking include luxury rooms, standard rooms and economy rooms.

The luxury rooms charges include the following: single room range from $170 B&B, double rooms range from $170 B&B, triple rooms range from $200 B&B. Standard rooms have prices ranging from $85, double rooms ranging from $110 and triple rooms ranging from $160.

Mocco Beach Villa

Mocco Beach Villa and Restaurant is a private establishment located on one of the most beautiful beaches of Zanzibar island. You can imagine what this villa is like when you consider that the locals refer to the setting as "heaven on earth". It has 10 self contained rooms with en suite bathrooms, hot water, a ceiling fan, and all rooms are equipped with mosquito nets. Mocco Beach Villa has a relaxing atmosphere with a large, open restaurant.

The beach restaurant is well-known to residents and visitors for its wonderful oceanfront setting. Their qualified chefs and staff offer innovative fine dining amid a casual and friendly environment. For added variety, the menu changes regularly in order to fulfill the desire of the restaurant's diverse clients. This beachfront villa and restaurant is designed to offer delightful accommodation at an affordable price. Combined with an ever-friendly environment and the warmth and hospitality of the management and staff, you can't go wrong with this charming little villa!

La Fontana Bungalows


Located in Kendwa, La Fontana Bungalows provides accommodation with private balconies. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free Wi-Fi. The property offers bike hire and features a garden and terrace. At the guest house, each room comes with a patio with with a garden view. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Continental and delicious breakfast options are available daily at La Fontana Bungalows. Kendwa beach is 200 metres away from the accommodation. This property is also rated for the best value in Kendwa!

The types of rooms available include: the standard double room for 2 people, double room with a garden view for 2 people, the quadraple room with a balcony for up to 4 people, the double room with a garden wiew for up to 2 people. There is a strict no smoking rule on the property. A coffee/tea maker and a hairdryer can be availed if needed. A quadruple room with a balcony ranges from USD $130 inclusive of taxes and charges.

Museums Worth Visiting in Zanzibar

Sultan's Palace, Zanzibar

This palace was built in late 19th century to serve as a residence for the Sultan's family. After the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964, it was formally renamed to People's Palace and used as a government seat. In 1994, it became a museum about the Zanzibar royal family and history. One floor of the museum is dedicated to Sultan Khalifa bin Harub, one to Sayyida Salme, best known as Emily Ruete, former Zanzibar princess who fled from the sultanate to relocate in Europe with her husband. Exhibits include some of her writings, clothing and daily life accessories. Several of the furniture items and other belongings to the Sultan's family are in exhibition to give visitors an idea of how was life in Zanzibar during the 19th century.

The museum was established in the 19th century, at Mizingani Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Some of the official treaties between Zanzibar and other countries are also on display in the museum. This interesting museum gives an insight of what royal life was like 100 years ago.

Entry fee: The prices start from USD $26.98 and vary, depending on the season of the year.

Peace Memorial Museum (Beit el Amani)

The Beit al Amani houses a museum that condenses the history of Zanzibar. There are some cultural artifacts, and some historical narratives about Zanzibar, but not much else. Half an hour would be enough to fleet through the exhibits. There is an entry fee of 6000 Tanzanian Shillings, that also covers the Natural History Museum a few paces from this museum. This is a beautiful location where you can walk around and enjoy Stone Town. Sunset is a perfect time to visit.

Address: The Peace Memorial Museum is located along Benjamin Mkapa Road, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Contact number: +255 777 466 564.
Entry fee: 6000 Tanzanian Shillings (covers the Natural History Museum)

Maruhubi Historical Sites

The ruins of Maruhubi Palace are only four kilometres north of Zanzibar Town, just a few steps from the beach. The palace is named after its former owner, an Arab from the Al-Marhuby tribe. The Palace was built by Sultan Barghash, the third Arab Sultan of Zanzibar, between 1880-1882. Sultan Barghash used the palace to house his wife and up to 100 concubines, while he himself lived in a separate palace in Zanzibar town.

Maruhubi Palace was destroyed by a fire in 1899, leaving few remains including the large stone columns which had once supported a large wooden balcony that circumnavigated the upper floor. In the old Persian-style bathhouse, the separate bathrooms for the women and the Sultan's own large bathroom can still be viewed. The grounds are spotted with shade trees, large mango trees once imported from India. When viewing, it is not hard to imagine a magical garden where the royal elite would entertain their guests. Today, the sandy beach behind the palace is used by local fishermen as a sort of informal shipyard, where they build and fix their traditional wooden fishing dhows using only hand tools.

Entrance fee: 5000 Tanzanian Shillings

Amusement Parks in Zanzibar


The Kariakoo Amusement Park was opened in 2014 by the Zanzibar Social Security Fund. The Kariakoo Amusement Park is open from Friday to Sunday starting from 4 pm. Travelling with children in Zanzibar is a good idea since Zanzibar is a very child-friendly and welcoming place for families. Kariakoo Amusement Park and water park has a dozen of rides. The park is run by the local fire department, so it is very safe. There are also food and toy stalls.

The play grounds at Kariakoo have a small entrance fee of 1000 Tanzanian Shillings, which is around 50 Euro cents.

Fun City Kigamboni


This is a water park located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Fun City Kigamboni is a good place for adults and children to hangout. You have time to relax and enjoy your day and see your kids play, and there is good food to eat, variety of slides, pools and games.

The entrance fees on weekends range between Tanzanian Shillings 17,000 to 19,000.

More Places to Visit in Zanzibar


The economy of Zanzibar island is almost exclusively agricultural; fertile soils is limited to the western half of the island. The chief commodities produced as cassava, sweet potatoes, rice, corn, plantains and cacao. There is also the dairy industry.

There is a sizeable fishing industry in Zanzibar. The island's few manufactures include clove oil and woven goods. Artisans make objects of wood, ivory and metal. Lime is the only mineral source. The main imports are food items and fuel; the principal exports are cloves and copra.


There is variety of local and international restaurants in Zanzibar. The hotels offering international food include Poa Restaurant, Blue Ocean Restaurant and Bar, Sunset Bar at the Africa House, Joshi's, the Silk Route, Krishna Food House and Tangawizi Bistro Zanzibar among others.

Architectural Buildings

Stone Town Architecture tells the story of the history of Zanzibar. Walking around Zanzibar's famous Stone Town is an architecture buff's delight - the variety of building styles on view provides a whistle-stop tour of the island's long and varied history. Arab mansions with high, blank white walls sit next to the lacy wooden balconies and colourful stained glass windows of grand Indian residencies. If you look hard enough, you will even be able to glance further back in history and find some remnants of the heyday of the Swahili civilisation, which ruled supreme in this part of Africa as long as the 10th century. Some of Stone Town's most commonplace architectural features have fascinating stories to tell.

Art Galleries

Zanzibar has a variety of art galleries which are worth visiting. Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery is one of the many art galleries in Zanzibar. The women of Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery transform traditional henna body arts in to paintings and prints. Using a centuries old tradition of adorning women's hands and feet for celebrations such as weddings and festivals, the artists translate the patterns of the body art on to canvas creating a new and soon to be iconic art style through their elaborate paintings.

Night Life at Zanzibar

Enjoy a Candle Lit Dinner at Langi Langi Beach Bungalows


Named after the aromatic flower, Langi Langi Beach Bungalows is located in the beautiful island of Zanzibar. A resort in Nungwi village on North Coast, the most central accommodation and tourist destination. The resort is situated on the northern tip of Zanzibar facing the Indian Ocean.

The available suites include a Suite with sea view, a Superior Suite with sea view, a Standard Double or Twin Room with garden view. Guests love this excellent location. The Langi Langi has facilities such as a free parking, an airport shuttle, Shuttle service, food and drinks. Activities and entertainment at Langi Langi include diving, snorkelling, a beachfront, a swimming pool and water sport facilities.

The Beach bungalows prices begin from $102.

Mingle With the Locals at Gerry's Bar

Gerry's bar is located on a beautiful, tranquil beach here in Nungwi, away from the 'main strip' and the hustle and bustle of the centre of Nungwi. It is the perfect place to chill, relax and enjoy the powdery tropical island beaches of Zanzibar! Go for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean waters or lie back on their private beach area and chill with an ice cold cocktail in your hand! It does not get better than this.

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A Trip of a Lifetime

Visiting Zanzibar for a trip will add more life to your years as there is a lot to learn, enjoy and remember. You do not want to miss out on a trip to Zanzibar. Soak in the culture and plethora of things this place has to offer and be richer by experiences and memories. Happy vacationing at Zanzibar to you and your friends or family!