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Bwejuu, Zanzibar

Bwejuu is a quiet seaside fishing village on the island of Unguja, located in the southeast coast of the island.  It’s an unspoilt oasis of tranquillity for travellers seeking privacy and a serene atmosphere.

The village is located on the southeast of the Island of Unguja, a part of Zanzibar Archipelago, right on the east coast – and south of the Michamvi Peninsula.

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How to get to Bwejuu

  • Fly: The major airport of Zanzibar – Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, as well as Dar es Salaam International Airport, are located close by and offers tourists more flight connections.
  • Drive: From Dar es Salaam, you can take a ferry to Zanzibar, and then take dala-dala to Bwejuu. From Zanzibar Airport, you can take a minibus, taxi or dala-dala to Bwejuu. It takes approximately one hour from Zanzibar Airport to the village of Bwejuu.

Main Attractions

Bwejuu Beach

Bwejuu is well-known for its picture-perfect beach, fringed by lanky palms strongly rooted to the ground and seafront restaurants & bars. The beach was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. It’s a major attraction in the village, attracting several tourists who indulge in a wide range of activities including sailing, fishing, snorkelling, and sea diving.  The beach is also a great place to go sunbathing due to the tropical climate of the region.

Local Seaweed Farms

There are several seaweed farms located around the village, as many locals indulge in seaweed farming due to the shallow and warm waters of the bay at Bwejuu. You can take a tour of the seaweed farms to learn more about how the islanders work at sea at the first low tide of the day.

The Party village of Paje

Located on the east coast of Zanzibar Island, Paje is not far away from Bwejuu.  The small village is well-known for its long strip of powdery sand and turquoise waters, and its collection of beachfront accommodation, clubs, and bars. Several clubs on the beach host parties in the evenings where you can enjoy a variety of drinks mingle with other tourists and locals and dance till daybreak.

Jozani Chwaka National Park

Take a day trip to the popular Jozani Chwaka National Park, which is renowned for the rare red Colobus monkey and a variety of other monkey species, duikers, bushbabies, and many bird species. It’s the only national park in Zanzibar and it’s located about 35km from Zanzibar town itself. However, it’s situated within close proximity from Bwejuu, just off the road to Paje.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bwejuu is during the warm and dry spring months between June – October.  You can also visit Bwejuu is between December – April, but it usually hot and stiflingly humid during this time.

  • High Season: June – October when the weather is warm and the temperatures are comfortable.
  • Low Season: March-May
  • Best weather: September – October
  • Worst weather: mid-March to late May, November

Unique Experiences:

  • Throughout the year:  You can indulge in guided private tours to several attractions around or close to the quaint fishing village of Bwejuu. Seaweed Farming is a well-known activity in Bwejuu. Visit to watch the women farmers in Bwejuu pick seaweeds at low tide on the sea and dry them out in the sun.
  • Season Dependant:  Water activities such as scuba diving is ideal between July – August, and February – March. You can go diving in March and kitesurfing from June to October, or mid-December to March.

Popular Activities:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • sunbathing
  • A tour of the local seaweed farms of the bay
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sea Diving, and several more.

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  • Time zone: UTC / GMT +3
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TSh, often written as =/)
  • Driving: left-hand side of the road
  • Power Outlets: 220V-240V 50Hz. Plug types are ‘Type D & G (British)’
  • Closest (air)ports: Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ), 6 km from Stone Town, full name Abeid Amani Karume International Airport and the ferry terminal for the ferries from Dar es Salaam and to Pemba.
  • WIFI and internet widely available but do not expect uninterrupted service.
  • Many banks, ATMs and Foreign Exchange offices.
Best time to visit

Zanzibar has a tropical climate and can be visited year-round. But for a sunny experience, it is best to avoid the rainy seasons from mid-March to the end of May and  then the ‘short rains’ November.

If you visit Zanzibar specifically for diving, it is good to know the diving on the north coast is excellent from June to October, and the south coast is best between November and March.

Sights and sounds

The archipelago has changed hands many times over the centuries and the history of the islands and the town is imprinted upon the people and the place.

The old Stone Town is made up of a warren of twisting narrow streets, lined with curio and antique shops, locally made clothing and souvenirs, and friendly Zanzibaris offering tasty treats and refreshing fruit juices or ice-creams.

The House of Wonders and the Old Fort offer a glimpse into Stone Town’s past. The well maintained Forodhani Gardens along the seafront offer a lovely spot to relax and watch the people, the waves, and the boats. At night the gardens host hundreds of locals and tourists eating, socialising and enjoying the balmy outdoors

There is so much to see and do, more than you could wish for.

Wander the picturesque lanes of Stone Town and feel its history; shop for souvenirs, beautiful local clothing, antiques, and treasures. Visit the spice and fresh produce market, as well as the seafood market. Marvel at the architecture. Enrich your knowledge of the local history with a visit to the Slave Market. Ask yourself ‘what lies behind the most beautiful doors, ornately carved with brass knockers and décor?’ Each door a sign of social standing.

Learn how to dive, or take in the underwater world snorkelling in the magnificent marine parks. Or fancy a romantic sunset cruise on a traditional dhow?

Take in sunset drinks on a rooftop whilst listening to the calls to prayer as evening settles in.

Search for the endangered Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey on your way to the spice plantations.

Feast on local foods, and taste the influences of Zanzibar’s history.

And don’t forget to soak up the African sun.

Dining and Dietary Considerations

Zanzibar’s cultural influences are reflected in the myriad choices open to you. Middle Eastern traders, migrants from India, Portuguese invaders and of course the Eastern African. A right melting pot of flavours, tastes, and aromas presented by craftspeople using the fabulous and fresh local ingredients from the sea, land and aromatically seasoned from locally grown spices.

Expect seafood as you’ve never experienced, fruits and vegetables new to the palate.

From fine dining restaurants to local cafes, you can find something for all pockets. Don’t miss the food stalls in Forodhani Gardens along the seafront where you can sample the best street food Zanzibar has to offer. They pop up every evening so you can try the freshly caught seafood and other delicacies prepared on demand, grab a pancake dessert, and wash it all down with a freshly squeezed sugar cane juice for an excellent Zanzibari experience.

Religious and Cultural considerations

Over 95% of Zanzibaris practice the Islamic faith with Hindu and Christian in the minority.

Whilst not extreme at all, there are cultural do’s and don’ts:

  • Shoes should always be removed when entering a home and place of worship
  • Dress modestly in public. Bikini is fine when at your beach resort, but dress modestly when visiting for example Stone Town
  • Topless sunbathing is illegal

In some public places, the consumption of alcohol is not allowed.

When photographing people, always ask permission first and agree on payment if required. As a general rule, ask.

Cost of Living

Zanzibar is an in-demand destination with facilities for all wallets. This is true for accommodation, transport, food and excursions.

This is what you can expect to pay in Tanzania for:

  • Domestic beer (0.5-litre bottle) in a supermarket – 2,552TSh
  • Imported beer in a supermarket (0.33-litre bottle) – 3,833TSh
  • Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) – 3,313Tsh
  • A bottle of coca cola / pepsi (0.33-litre bottle) – 1305TSh
  • A small bottle of water (0.33-litre bottle) – 857TSh

Bargaining is expected. Local traders and service providers often have 2 prices: one for locals and the other for visitors.

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