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Jambiani, Zanzibar

Situated on the southeast coast of Zanzibar, Jambiani is a quiet small village with a laid-back vibe, it’s relatively unspoilt with beautiful and secluded beaches, as well as exciting activities. It’s a great place for a perfect relaxing break on the island.

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Main Attractions

Jambiani Beach

The beach at Jambiani is about 7km long, featuring powdery white sand, crystal-clear turquoise water, and swaying palms.  Its expansive inlet of shallow water is perfect for a wide range of activities such as snorkelling, diving, and surfing. Jambiani Beach is also a perfect place to indulge in windsurfing or kitesurfing due to its stable seashore winds.

Blue Lagoon

Located in Dongwe, just 15minutes drive from Jambiani, Blue Lagoon is one of the best snorkelling spots on the island, featuring beautiful corals and fish species. The depth range is between one to four metres and the underwater world is visible enough to explore.

The Rock Restaurant

Visit the Rock, a renowned restaurant situated on a rock, right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, for delicious food prepared with local ingredients. It offers stunning views of the ocean and its surrounding areas.

Jozani Forest

Located just 15 minutes by car from Jamibiani, Jozani Forest is a great place for nature lovers. The forest is home to the extremely rare Red Colobus Monkey and other monkey species, as well as a variety of bird species. You can take a day trip to the forest to explore its natural environment.

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Best Time to Visit

You can visit Jambiani all through the year, but the best time to visit and enjoy your holiday on the island is between June and October.

  • High Season: June to October
  • Low Season: March-May
  • Best weather: September – October
  • Worst weather: mid-March to late May, November

Unique Experiences

  • Throughout the year: The season doesn’t affect swimming, the calm beaches in the village of Jambiani are ideal for swimming.
  • Fishing is also a great activity to enjoy throughout the year in Jambiani.
  • Season Dependant:  Scuba diving off the coast of the island occurs from July to August and February to March

Popular Activities

  • Fishing: Jambiani is an ancient traditional fishing spot in Zanzibar, and you will find a variety of fish species in the water such as Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin, Tuna and Barracuda. You can join the fishermen and sail out to the deep waters for big game fishing.
  • Biking tour: Indulge in a biking adventure to explore the village of Jambiani and its surrounding. This is also a great way to explore the daily life of the locals and learn more about their culture.
  • Scuba Diving: You’ll find some of the finest corals in Jambiani. It’s a great diving spot with an impressive marine life such as turtles, porcupine, stingray, octopus, frogfish and sea horse.
  • 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.


  • The last Omani Sultans left in 1963 and Zanzibar only then joined with mainland Tanganyika to form Tanzania.
  • Of all the ghosts and demons, fable has it that Popo Bawa is the most fearful. Look out!

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