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Zanzibar is situated 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of the national capital Dar es Salaam and approximately 370 miles (595 kilometers) southeast of Nairobi.
To enjoy some time outdoors along the coast, set aside a day or two to explore several of the most idyllic beaches and lookout points in Zanzibar. Nungwi Beach and Paje Beach are two of the more popular spots for sunbathing in this coastal location. Other fine beaches worth checking out are Kendwa Beach and Kiwengwa Beach.
In the vicinity of Zanzibar, there are many scenic protected preserves that are well worth hiking through. Among the more significant of these in the area are Prison Island and Chumbe Island. Jozani Forest Reserve and Chapwani Island are just a couple of the other beautiful spots in the area.
This destination has carefully preserved many of its old, important buildings including Slave Market and Livingstone's House. For some more history lessons, it’s also valuable to tour the other monuments and heritage buildings in the vicinity of Zanzibar.
The old defense buildings in this area are well worth exploring for those interested in military history. The Old Fort played an important role in keeping out enemy invaders throughout the years, but today is a peaceful and welcoming attraction for travelers from all over the world.
Forodhani Gardens is one of the most frequently visited green havens around Zanzibar. Follow the paths through botanical displays, read a book, or just relax in the shade. This park is the perfect match for all moods and seasons.
The Anglican Cathedral is a long-standing place of worship that is well worth checking out. Visit this heritage building to explore its cultural significance and then take your time to study its design.
A trip through the beautiful aquatic displays of the Mnarani Natural Aquarium is the perfect way to get acquainted with the incredible creatures of the deep. Explore the aquarium’s various zones discovering new species along the way; but remember to take your time, the slower you go the more species you’ll discover!
The House of Wonders is a great place for those wishing to delve a little deeper into the Zanzibar area.
Located in Stone Town, this hotel is steps from Shangani Beach, Hamamni Persian Baths, and Marahubi Palace. Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens are also within 5 minutes.
This Pwani Mchangani resort is on the beach, 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Mapenzi Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kiwengwa Beach and Mnemba Island. Kendwa Beach and Mnarani Natural Aquarium are also within 20 mi (32 km).
This Kiwengwa resort is on the beach, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Kiwengwa Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mapenzi Beach and Mnemba Island. Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Beach are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Located in Stone Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Malindi Mosque, House of Wonders, and Forodhani Gardens. Old Fort and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Zanzibar Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Malindi Mosque, Forodhani Gardens, and House of Wonders. Shangani Beach and Old Fort are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Nungwi, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach, and Mnarani Natural Aquarium. Mnemba Island is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) away.
Located in Matemwe, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Mnemba Island, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mapenzi Beach and Kiwengwa Beach. Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).
This Zanzibar hotel is located near Nungwi Beach. Another nearby point of interest is Kendwa Beach.