With time being a constraint for most travellers to Zanzibar, many struggle on what to do besides visiting Stone Town or relaxing at the beach of their resort. There are many other things you can do if you have just one day to spare. In this article, I will look at things you can do in the south-east part of the island.
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
Jozani forest is the only national park in Zanzibar. It is most popular for the Zanzibar red colobus monkeys, and is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the monkeys in the world. Conservation efforts have seen the number of monkeys rise though, so you can get some great pictures in the forest. The monkeys are wild but you can still get pretty close! They also say that there’s a “Zanzibar leopard” that lurks in the forest, but mainly comes out at night. I never saw it, so you don’t need to worry about any guest appearances when you’re walking in the forest. Near Jozani forest is a mangrove swamp you can access via a wooden bridge. There is a tortoise sanctuary as well that you can visit.
This is a fishing village on the southern coast. It’s very popular because of the dolphin tours. You can take a tour out early in the day, and view bottle-nose and humpback dolphins. They say you can get out and swim with the dolphins. Just bear in mind these are wild animals and they’re not exactly going to wait for you to join them in the water! Other things to see in Kizimkazi include the massive baobab trees and a 12th century mosque, which is said to be the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa.
The beach! Seriously though, this village hugs one of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. But the story of Jambiani village is not one of pristine beauty, but one of a people who have struggled to get access to the most basic forms of accommodation and education. Like most villages in Zanzibar, it is very very poor, and will show you what reality looks like for most of the Zanzibari people. Many seek work in the town, but this option is not accessible to most, particularly women. Take some time to get in touch with locals, and see what life is really like on the island.
Ever imagined having lunch on a rock in the middle of the water? Well,the Rock restaurant is where you need to go. If there’s a low tide, you can walk across, but if the tide is high, a boat will take you across. The food is nothing short of amazing, but it’s not easy on the pocket! It’s a great experience however, so it’s worth every penny!