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Visit Jambiani

Learn to cook with a range of spices and see the women in sarongs collecting seaweed at low tide in this traditional village.

Jambiani is a sleepy fishing village flanked by a stunning beach with an intricate maze of seaweed plantations. It is one of the oldest parts of the main island in the Zanzibar archipelago. Wander through the village and along the beach to get a glimpse into one of the island’s most traditional parts.

Sunbathe on the stunning Jambiani Beach to enjoy the year-round hot weather. April and May are particularly wet months. Note the huge difference in appearance between high and low tides. Local women dressed in sarongs collect seaweed at low tide. The exportation of seaweed is an important part of the local economy.

Take a trip on a traditional wooden sailboat, known as a dhow, out on the water. Ride the boat to the area’s coral reef and go snorkeling to see the range of colorful aquatic creatures. Spot coral, starfish and even octopuses.

Stay at one of the guesthouses and lodges flanking the beach. Notice that many locals walk barefoot on the sharp rocks of the village’s main road. Away from the beach, you are expected to dress fairly formally out of respect for the local Muslim culture. Rent bicycles or scooters to navigate the quaint alleys of the village.

Embark on a guided tour of the Tangawizi Spice Farm to learn about spices used in typical Zanzibar meals. Take a Tangawizi Cooking Class to find out about Jambiani cuisine. Local meals are often made up of such ingredients as fried fish, pilau rice and coconut milk. Purchase seafood from the stalls in the village.

The town is on the southeastern part of the main island of Zanzibar. Drive southeast for 33 miles (53 kilometers) to get here in around 1 hour from Zanzibar International Airport near Zanzibar City. Get around the small village on foot. See nearby highlights, such as the Jozani Forest, the Muyuni Forest and the town of Paje.

Jambiani offers a picturesque insight into local customs and topography.

Top hotels in Jambiani

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jambiani Villas
Jambiani Villas
4 out of 5
Jambiani Kigibija, Jambiani, Zanzibar
£129
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

Nestled on the beach, this Jambiani villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Jambiani Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Paje Beach. Kuza Cave is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (72 reviews)

"It is a very new building (the Kusini property apartments) thus very nice to stay in."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2019

Jambiani Villas
Fun Beach Resort
Fun Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Jambiani, Jambiani, Unguja South Region
£87
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

Nestled on the beach, this Jambiani lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuza Cave, Jambiani Beach and Paje Beach. Bwejuu Beach and Dongwe Beach are also within 9 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)

"Amazing! Perfect for relaxing quiet getaway"…"

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019

Fun Beach Resort
Pakachi Beach Resort & Hotel
Pakachi Beach Resort & Hotel
2 out of 5
Paje Road, Jambiani
£43
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Nestled on the beach, this Jambiani hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jambiani Beach, Paje Beach and Kuza Cave. Bwejuu Beach and Dongwe Beach are also within 9 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (45 reviews)

"Loved the customer care. Staff very committed to helping you. Went over and above to play with the children. Pool inviting. Small resort but 5 star. Good chef with choices. Food was a bit expensive when same meal in stone town was much cheaper but all resorts marked up food. So going to another reort ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

Pakachi Beach Resort & Hotel

Popular things to do in Jambiani

Jambiani Beach
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Jambiani Beach

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Cycle like a local, go snorkeling near rocky outcrops and beachcomb through the seaweed harvest along this secluded haven of tranquility.

Top activities in Jambiani

Dolphins & Jozani Forest in Zanzibar
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Dolphins & Jozani Forest in Zanzibar

£57

This is a great combination of the two activities. Doplhins spotting and Jozani Forest Walking Tour. Your adventure starts from the fishermen village of Kizimkazi and you will see a foresight of fishermen at the shore while you are on the motorboat going to view, snorkel and spot some dolphins.

Stone Town & Prison Island in Zanzibar
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Stone Town & Prison Island in Zanzibar

£57

A great combination of the two activities that formed a unique full Stone Town’s History and Nature tour In Stone Town: discover the ancient life of the city of the suspended weather, culture and their folklore.

Half-Day Tour of Jozani Forest
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Half-Day Tour of Jozani Forest

£46

Venture into the jungle of Jozani Forest to spot the area's red colobus monkeys as they swing and howl in the trees. Wander down a trail through this protected area and spot some of 50 species of butterflies, 40 types of birds, as well as a few endangered animals.

Spices & Stone Town Tour in Zanzibar
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Spices & Stone Town Tour in Zanzibar

£57

Explore the narrow alleys and winding streets of Stone Town on this historic look at Zanzibar's oldest neighborhood. Check out spice bazaars and palaces, see where rock legend Freddie Mercury was raised, and pay a visit to a 19th-century church built atop the site of a former slave market.

The Rock & Blue Lagoon Half Day Tour
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The Rock & Blue Lagoon Half Day Tour

£67

The Rock, a world-famous restaurant, known not only for its extraordinary location, but also its fabulous food inspired by the natural resources, a twist of Zanzibar and Italian love. The Rock located in the south east, on the Michamwi Pingwe peninsula.

Zanzibar Ferry Terminal Departure Transfers.
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Zanzibar Ferry Terminal Departure Transfers.

£17

Enjoy an air conditioned vehicle private transfer from your hotel or resort in Zanzibar to the ferry terminal. On Departure you will be met by the driver who will escort you to the waiting vehicle and transfer you to the Ferry terminal.

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Oct 12, 2019

Jambiani is so friendly and very safe to walk around. It is safe at night and women in particular do not need to be afraid to walk after dark on the beachThe main roads for driving are just about ok but the side roads are not good at all. Take taxis.