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Nungwi, Zanzibar

Nungwi is one of Zanzibar’s spectacular fishing villages, filled with five-star luxury resorts, breathtaking scenery and a wide range of water activities. It’s renowned for its white sand beach, which was recognized in 2014 as one of World’s best beaches. The traditional fishing village is located at the northern tip of the island of Unguja.

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Main Attractions

The Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond

Located in Nungwi near the lighthouse, the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond is a natural tidal pool located behind the beach in the coral rock. The conversation shelters hawksbill and green sea turtles in the lagoon. There’s also a small aquarium for sea turtles called “Jambo Square” in Nungwi.

Nungwi Beach

This picture-perfect beach lined with wide palms makes Nungwi a favourite place for tourists every year. It’s relatively quiet most of the time, and it offers a wide range of things to do such as paragliding, Jet Ski, surfing and scuba diving. It’s a great place to relax and unwind if you are looking for seclusion before returning to the other parts of the island.

Dr. Bulugu Gallery

Dr. Bulungu Gallery features a wide range of art and crafts – original paintings created by the local artists in Nungwi. Here you’ll find a collection of unique paintings and artworks in different sizes. It’s definitely a place to visit while in Nungwi.

Tazari Caves

Located just outside Nungwi, Tazari Caves are underground caves in Zanzibar covering an area of more than 100km2. The caves are said to be the biggest in Zanzibar and one of the largest limestone caves in Tanzania. They are situated just a short distance from the ocean shores. The interior part of the caves features large cone-shape stalactites and stalagmites, you will also see crab spiders and bats. It’s a must-visit while in Nungwi!

How to get here

  • Fly: From Dar es Salaam, you can fly to Pemba or Zanzibar and take a dala-dala to Nungwi.
  • Drive: You can reach Nungwi via dala-dala, public bus or taxi from Stone Town.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Nungwi is between June and October and from December to February.

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

Unique Experiences

  • Throughout the year:  Tourists can visit Nungwi any time of the year if they want to mingle with the locals, fish and spend quality time for those who want to be alone.
  • Season Dependant: Water sports are ideal between July – August, and February – March

Popular Activities

  • Fishing
  • Watch how the locals make dhows at the dhow boatyard.
  • Snorkel in the colourful coral reef.
  • Scuba Diving
  • Jet Ski

For more fun in Zanzibar, we suggest you search and compare tours we have available on the Island.

  • 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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