Zanzibar itinerary

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. It consists of several islands, located in the Indian ocean. The largest island – Unguja is also referred to as Zanzibar Island.

Zanzibar is known for its production of spices, raffia palms, and stunning nature. The islands attract thousands of tourist every year with their rich flora and fauna, paradise beaches, water sports, like dhow cruising, snorkeling, and scuba diving, cultural sites, wildlife tours, and spice tours.

Zanzibar is a tropical paradise and a great travel destination for adventurers as well as honeymooners.

Zanzibar honeymoon

Our seven-day Zanzibar honeymoon itinerary (things to see and things to do)

DAY 1

In Dar es Salaam, we took a ferry to Zanzibar (Unguja island). After a two-hour ride, we reached our destination – Zanzibar city. We had already rented a car online, so we pick it up and we were already on our way to Kiwengwa – a lovely village on the northeast coast of Zanzibar, where we had booked a room.

Dar es Salaam Tanzania

We arrived at Kiwengwa at around 1 PM. We checked in at the comfortable Zan View Hotel, unpacked, and went to the beach. The weather was pretty bad, but that didn’t stop us, nor did it affect our mood. We were happy to be there, to walk on the white sand, to swim in the turquoise sea. <3

Zanzibar Zan view hotel

Tropical fruit

Zanzibar sea view

Later in the afternoon, we visited a local fruit vendor, stocked up on fruit, and enjoyed the tropical flavors on the hotel terrace overlooking the ocean. It was pure joy! 🙂 <3

DAY 2

We woke up, had breakfast at the hotel, and then we drove to Zanzibar’s number one beach resort – Nungwi, located in the far north of the island. It was raining, but we had a nice beach day anyway. 🙂

Nungwi beach Zanzibar

Tropical Smoothie Zanzibar

Nungwi beach

DAY 3

It is said that the best beaches of Zanzibar are located in the northern part of the island. Nonetheless, we decided to explore the southern part of the island as well.

Our first destination for the day – Kizimkazi, a small fishing village, known for daily dolphin watching boat trips. Our hotel manager told us to take the tour early in the morning since that’s when the bottlenose dolphins are most active. As we hate waking up early, we reached our destination no earlier than at noon. We decided to take the dolphin tour anyway. We were floating in the waves for more than an hour, but sadly we didn’t get to see the dolphins. No matter, it was still an exciting adventure. 😉

Zanzibar beach children

Kizimkazi beach Zanzibar

Kizimkazi dolphin tour

Afterwards, we continued our trip up north. We drove by the ocean and near Paje we spotted a gorgeous secluded beach. We decided to check it out.

Paje beach Zanzibar

Further north we made a stop in Dongwe and in Pongwe, where we saw the well-known Rock hotel, which is built on a rock and surrounded by the sea.

Zanzibar beach

Pongwe Rock hotel Zanzibar

We saw quite a few beautiful beaches on that day and all of them were almost completely unpopulated. If you ever decide to visit Zanzibar, we advise you to take at least a day to explore the southern part of the island – it’s totally worth it! 😉

DAY 4

Kendwa and Nungwi beach day! 🙂 On our fourth day on Zanzibar, we took a long walk on the beach. We walked all the way from Kendwa to Nungwi, occasionally stopping to take a dip, have a drink, or to take some photos. 🙂

Kendwa beach

Kendwa Zanzibar hotel

DAY 5

We returned to one of the secluded beaches between Kendwa and Nungwi, which we had discovered the day before and had a nice beach day. 🙂

Nungwi Kendwa Zanzibar

Zanzibar beach North

Nungwi Zanzibar

Zanzibar sea

DAY 6

Another beach day in Kendwa. 🙂 In the afternoon, we relaxed at the hotel.

DAY 7

We packed our bags and drove back to Zanzibar City. There, we dropped off the car and took a short boat ride to Changuu Private Island – also known as Prison Island.

First, we visited the Tortoise sanctuary, a shelter for Aldabra giant tortoises. We learned a lot about this vulnerable species, we observed them and were even able to feed them. It was a wonderful experience. <3

Prison island tortoise sanctuary

Changuu island turtles

Afterwards, we went to the beach and enjoyed the nice weather for the first time since we’ve arrived in Zanzibar.

Prison island Zanzibar

Changuu island beach

After two hours, we had to return to Zanzibar City. We took a ferry to Dar es Salaam. It was time to go back home, towards new adventures. 😉

♥ Top romantic experience

We always strive to find a secluded corner, a part of the beach, where we can be alone. For us, having a private beach ‘party’ is the most romantic thing ever. 🙂 On Zanzibar, we managed to find more than one secluded beach – the fact that we were there during the main rainy season might have had something to do with it. 🙂 From all the uninhabited beaches, we liked a small bay between Kendwa and Nungwi the best. <3

Zanzibar romance

♥ Top adventure

The Kizimkazi dolphin tour was pretty exciting – in our case mostly due to the bad weather. 😀 It would have been even more exciting if we had actually seen the dolphins. 🙂 Well, better luck next time. 😉

Are you wondering about the daily budget, the best time to go, visa and immunization requirements, local customs, currency, electricity standards, safety tips and where to stay? Here you can find out all you need to know before visiting Zanzibar (coming soon).

Have you already been to Zanzibar? We invite you to share your top romantic experience and top adventure in the comment section below. 😉

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