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How to Spend 2 Days in Zanzibar City

How to Spend 2 Days in Zanzibar City

A visit to Zanzibar’s capital is a must-do for travelers in the region, though checking off the city’s highlights in two days can be tricky. From Stone Town tours to islet day trips, here are our top tips for optimizing 48 hours in Zanzibar City.

Day 1: Sightsee in the City

**Morning:**Start off in Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s oldest district, to discover landmarks such as the Old Dispensary, Old Fort, and House of Wonders. Guided tours offer immersive insight into the UNESCO-listed town’s history; opt to zip around by bike or wander around on foot for a more intimate experience.

**Afternoon:**Now that you’re familiar with the past, widen your perspective with a glimpse of present-day life in Zanzibar City. Whether you’re curious about local cuisine or interested in the city’s modern industries, you have options. Half-day cultural tours typically include meals and round-trip transport.

**Night:**Unwind with a curry dinner in the old town, followed by an evening stroll along the waterfront. Or, sip a sunset aperitif on a hotel terrace overlooking the ocean. Bars, clubs, and lounges offer revelry into the wee hours, though be respectful of the local Islamic culture.

Day 2: Explore the Island

**Morning:**Spend your second day taking advantage of the capital’s convenient connections to wider-archipelago attractions. Relax on tropical beaches, sail to scenic islets, watch wildlife in nature reserves, or explore rural villages, benefiting from a range of half- or full-day tours available from Zanzibar City.

**Afternoon:**Many tours continue into the afternoon, though not all include lunch. If you find yourself back in town with time to spare, pick up fresh snacks at Darajani Market, or spend a few hours checking out alternative city attractions, such as the Princess Salme Museum or the Cultural Arts Centre.

**Night:**Take in your final sunset views across the Zanzibar Channel as you sample street food at the Forodhani Gardens night market. If you’re flying out the same evening, private transfer services offer customizable departure times to suit your schedule, allowing you to optimize your last hours in the Zanzibari capital.

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Stone Town Private Walking Tour

Stone Town Private Walking Tour

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It’s fascinating to explore historic Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—but it’s easy to lose your way in the area’s maze-like, narrow streets. To stay oriented and ensure you don’t miss key highlights, join a private guide with deep knowledge of local culture. It’s fully personalized to your preferences, whether you’re shopping for local textiles, interested in history, or learning about Stone Town’s unique architecture.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar

Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar

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Visit the historic Stone Town of Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided, half-day tour from Zanzibar. With an experienced guide to lead the way, you’ll explore a blend of African, Arab, Indian, Persian, and European cultures, following narrow streets shaded by elegant balconies and verandahs. See the former slave market, the Sultan Palace, and a series of beautifully-carved wooden doors, with a 30-minute shopping break to browse for some of Zanzibar’s most distinctive souvenirs.
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  • 3 hours
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Zanzibar Shared Departure Transfer

Zanzibar Shared Departure Transfer

Enjoy a hassle-free shared transfer from your hotel in Zanzibar to Zanzibar International Airport for your departure flight. This transfer will pick you up from your hotel in one of the following areas: Stone Town, North Hotels, North East Hotels, Central Hotels, South East Hotels, Fumba, Mangapwani or Chuini Hotels (based on Tour Option selected) and drop you off at the airport. This tour includes all taxes, fees and handling charges.
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  • 1 hour
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