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“The Top 10 Experiences for Adventurers in Sansibar”]
There is always something going on at home. Whether with the guys or my work, I’m always on wire – I love that and can’t help it. The idea of going from 100 to 0 on holiday and lying idle on the beach for two weeks is totally alien to me – maybe you feel like that?
And yet today I present you a destination that is known above all for one thing: endless, paradisiacal sandy beaches and coconut palms that blow in the wind – of course we are talking about Sansibar.
Sansibar is located only about 50km off the coast of Tanzania and can be reached by plane from Dar es Salaam in half an hour. Thanks to the great domestic flights, you can also fly directly from Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport and plan a few days of paradise before or after your safari or Kilimanjaro ascent. I can only recommend this – some of my most beautiful holiday experiences I will connect with the island forever. That you don’t just have to lie on the beach in paradise, I prove to you with these ten highlights, which you simply have to experience in Sansibar.
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1. Going on a dive
The islands of the Zansibar archipelago are among the best diving areas in the world, especially the islands of Mnemba and Pemba. Did you know that you can do easy dives even without a diving certificate? You can dive up to 10 meters under supervision into the underwater world of the coral reefs and watch the colorful activity of the fish, turtles and whale sharks.
2. A traditional boat tour
Photo: Imke Stahlmann
A trip with a traditional dhow boat has very little to do with sunbathing on a yacht – it’s all the more fun. Dhowboats are available for up to 30 people, but I definitely recommend to drive with a very small one. A very special experience is such an excursion at sunset.
3. Snorkeling in the reef
Another option of the boat trip is to pack the snorkeling equipment and simply hop into the water in a suitable place. Everywhere you can discover the seagrass fields of the locals, and sometimes also the sponge and coral farms of the aquaculture project of Marinecultures. The organization is committed to sustainable fishing and the protection of the precious ecosystem – more information about the project and how you can support it, you can find
4th Local Village Tour
Photo: Revaz Ardesher
Life on Sansibar is particularly exciting, as the island has been under the influence of various cultures for centuries. India, Great Britain, Arab countries and Tanzania combine to create a special-class cultural cocktail. On a Local Village Tour, such as in Jambiani, you’ll meet locals who tell you about life on the island and show you how to cook, work and craft. The hospitality of the locals is simply unbeatable.
5. Visit to the Turtle Centre
Almost all sea turtle species are threatened with extinction. In Nungwi, on the northern tip of Sanzibar, there is a shelterwhere volunteers have the opportunity to raise the endangered sea turtles and learn all about the unique animals. But you can also just come as a visitor – your entrance fee goes into the continuation of the station.
6. Cycling in Jozani Forest
Photo: Marc Veraart
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is the island’s only national park, and especially famous for the red stub monkeys that roam the treetops of the rainforest. You explore the forest on your bike and on foot and get very close to the wildlife – besides the monkeys, you can expect chameleons, turtles and dik-diks, a small native deer species. Longer bike tours are also possible – if you can handle the tropical heat, Sansibar is simply a unique cycling destination.
7. Spice Tour
Photo: David Berkowitz
Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla and black pepper – Zansibar is world famous for its spices and your trip wouldn’t be complete without an extensive spice tour. You visit plantations, learn about harvesting and extracting spices, and applying them in the kitchen and traditional medicine. They are also the perfect souvenir and souvenir to relive the holiday feeling at home.
8. Swahili Cooking Class
Appropriately, I can only recommend a cooking course. You’ll soon notice that Sansibar is all about fish and coconuts – both essential components of local cuisine. The mixture of Swahili, Arab and Indian influences brings out very special dishes, you will benefit from the newly learned cooking skills for a long time to come.
9. Windsurfing and kitesurfing
Photo: Konstantin Zamkov
Sansibar is the perfect place if you are looking for a lot of water action, because the winds here are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Both sports require a little practice and knowledge of the wind conditions, but there are numerous surf schools on the island where you can learn the basics.
10. Underwater Room
Remember my absolutely favorite hotel experience in Sansibar, the Underwater Room at Manta Resort? Definitely take a night or two and book this room, because in an even better way you can’t experience the underwater world of Sansibar!
As you can see, you can also be active on the dream beach, and find a varied balance to the stressful everyday life at home. I hope I really liked Sansibar with my top 10!