A land of spices, warm waters, pearly beaches, and rich marine life – it’s no surprise that the Zanzibar Archipelago is a tourist destination. The main island, Unguja, (commonly known as Zanzibar) is part of a mesmerising chain of islands situated 40km offshore of Tanzania. No longer East Africa’s best kept secret, Zanzibar sees visitors making a beeline for its shores after their safari on the mainland. The South Coast offers a welcome respite from the crowds and is the least populated part of Unguja.
Small stretches of sand are interspersed by rocky beaches, while the Menai Bay Conservation Area just off the coast offers superb snorkelling and diving in its clear waters. Kizimkazi, lauded as the oldest populated part of the island, is one of the best places on the island to visit and swim with bottlenose dolphins, while nearby Dimbani is home to one of East Africa’s oldest mosques.
The South Coast is a comfortable drive from Stone Town and the airport. Visitors can make use of a traditional daladala, hire a car, or take a taxi. Snorkel and dive in the Menai Bay Conservation Area, swim with bottlenose dolphins, learn about local customs, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the quietude that is Zanzibar’s southern coastline.
- The south coast is far away from the packed beaches of Zanzibar’s tourist hotspots
- Not a far drive from the airport and within easy driving distance of Stone Town, so guests can make a day trip
- It’s rocky shorelines and small stretches of sandy beaches offer walk-in snorkelling
- Guests can enjoy learning about traditional ways of life or simply revel in some well-deserved R&R and solitude
- This is an excellent point from which guests can swim with bottlenose dolphins