Take a walk along the white sand beaches of Zanzibar. A two-hour boat ride off the shore of Tanzania lies the island of Zanzibar in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar beaches are some of the best in the world.
The bright blue waters reminded me of Negril, Jamacia, and the bright white sands made me think of Koh Lipe Thailand. Zanzibar is as beautiful as either of those destinations but still had a less developed feel to it.
We traveled in an off-season for the island of Zanzibar but found ourselves often the only tourists on the Zanzibar beaches. During the off-season, there are great hotel deals in Zanzibar to be found, and you will have the beach almost to yourself. We didn’t mind being the only ones, but it’s rare for a place with such raw beauty.
Along with the sand and water, the traditional boats called ‘dhows’ added some charm to the Zanzibar beach scenes. Zanzibar is thought to have some of the oldest boat building roots in the world’s history. Making crafts for the sea has always been an important industry in Zanzibar.
The boats in operation today look as I would imagine they would centuries ago when Zanzibar was in its prime. The old wooden boats look aged and weathered, and the sails look as if they were taken from the set of Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
We spent three nights soaking up the sun on the Zanzibar beaches as part of our 43-day overland safari with Acacia Africa traveling from Nairobi to Cape Town.
If you are looking at taking a safari on your own, we’d recommend booking with Tour Radar and getting on an Acacia Africa operated overland.
*We would like to thank Acacia Africa for inviting as guests on such an amazing opportunity. As always, the content & opinions expressed here are entirely our own.*