Unique Adventures on Zanzibar Beyond Beach Relaxation

Author: Mozzah Mauly

Traveling to the spice island of Zanzibar for more than two days? Here are a selection of unique adventures for those who want to explore more of the island than its beaches.

When was the first time you did something for the last time?

While the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar beaches make for an idyllic place to spend your holiday, the island boasts many thrilling activities for those who want to experience more than the sun and surf.

Here is a mix of activity ideas, perfect for different age groups and travellers, that are an absolute must-try during your safari and beach holiday in Tanzania. 

Quad Biking Fun

Ever imagined yourself riding on an AV by the beach, amid sugarcane plantations and rustic villages?

A quad biking adventure makes our top 10 things to do in Zanzibar if you love adventure and traveling off the beaten path.

On this fun day, you will roar through the secret places of the island, undiscovered by other tourists, stopping to refresh yourself with fresh fruit before ending your adventure with a ride along the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. 

Good to Know

  • You must have a driving license to ride a quad and carry an accompanying passenger
  • Tour can last for 2-3 hours depending on the route you choose
  • Wear  sunglasses, sports shoes and light cotton clothing including trousers for your comfort

Horse Riding

If you are someone who loves laidback adventures and wants to enjoy the serenity of the Zanzibar beaches, a horse riding experience in Nungwi is the perfect excursion for you.

Noted as one of the ‘Top 10 beaches of the world’, Nungwi beach is an ideal location to admire the sunset and swim in the crystal clear waters with your horse. You will enjoy a heavenly two hours of horse riding in this magical locale.

Travellers can tailor their adventure with different horse riding experiences:

  • Morning beach rides 
  • Sunset beach rides
  • Cultural village rides 
  • Rides with swimming in Nungwi
  • Northern explorer rides

Part of the horse riding cost contributes to the conservation of the horse and donkey sanctuary that also provides animal clinic service.

Sauti Za Busara Music Festival

Looking for experience with the locals and want to do something memorable beyond strolling on the Zanzibar beaches? Don't miss the Sauti Za Busara festival which unites musicians across Africa.

During this 4 day culturally rich event locals, travellers and musicians from all over gather at the UNESCO Heritage Site of Stone Town and celebrate exceptional musical performances.

Event Highlights 

  • More than 400 musicians perform more than 44 shows day and night
  • Carnival parade held around the Stone Town with an energetic festival vibe 
  • Collaboration performances of local and visiting artists 
  • Jam sessions organized at the after festival party 
  • Local community Busara Xtra fringe events 

Next expected event dates: 11th-14th February 2021

Swim With the Turtles

On Zanzibar, there are many ways to give back to nature.

The Baraka Natural Aquarium is a unique conservation centre, home to sea turtles that have been injured after having been caught in fishermen's nets. Here you can have the unique opportunity to swim with these gorgeous sea creatures before they are ready to head back to the ocean.

This adventure is ideal for families with children, couples and those interested in conversation. 

At the aquarium you can spend at least 40 minutes and: 

  • Admire, feed and swim the sea turtles 
  • Learn about the conservation efforts 
  • Take gorgeous photos with these delicate sea creatures

Taste Local Delicacies 

One experience that we wouldn’t want you to miss is tasting the equisite and exotic flavours of Zanzibar that reflects the melange of cultures that have influenced its people.

From strolling through the evening market at Forodhani Gardens with its wonderful aromas to the delicious lunch served on the spice tour, there are many occasions to indulge your taste buds. 

Some local food to savour in Zanzibar:

  • Urojo
  • Zanzibar pizza
  • Spice Garden lunch 
  • Fresh seafood 
  • Biryani or pilau
  • Date cake with caramel sauce 

Like to Have a Your Own Island Adventure?

Whether you are a foodie or a water sports lover, there is plenty of adventures to experience on Zanzibar.

If you're looking for a fulfilling beach experience on Zanzibar; one that gives you an adrenaline rush and then offers relaxation in the magical spice island, talk to us today.

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