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6 THINGS TO DO IN ZANZIBAR

Baobab Blooming and Fruit

December (blooming) | May (ripe fruit) • nature

The circumference of some specimens of baobab exceeds 10 m and its fruits can reach a length of up to 54 cm!

Pemba Flying Fox Breeding Season

January–August • nature

See a breathtaking sight as these huge bats take to the air, launching off en-masse as they depart for their evening hunt...for fruit

Marine Turtle Nesting Season

February–July • nature

Watch these baby-turtles in a once-in-a-lifetime struggle for survival!

Butterflies

May–July | December–January • nature

Admire these gentle creatures and inspect their lifecycle in a magical garden or butterfly farm or in their natural environmen—Jozani Forest

Carambola (Birimbi, Star Fruit)

April–June | October–December • food

When you cut across it, this fruit looks like a 5-pointed star

Tamarind

May–June • food

This typical African fruit is used in many cuisines around the world in sauces, marinades, chutneys, drinks, and desserts

21 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Baby Red Colobus Monkeys

not in rangeJanuary–February • nature

Meet these cute animals at Jozani Forest in Zanzibar

Beach Season

not in rangeJune–February • activity

Visit outstanding beaches along the eastern or northern coasts with fishing villages, tropical palms, and mangrove forests washed by the Indian Ocean

Eid al-Fitr

not in range • event

This is a time of giving charity and alms—two of the five pillars of the Islamic faith

Mwaka Kogwa Festival

not in range • event

Celebrate the Persian New Year in Zanzibar which has neatly been incorporated into tradition

Jahazi Literary and Jazz Music Festival

not in rangeSeptember 02–04, 2017 • event

Spend a long weekend of jazz, blues, poetry, and storytelling in Stone Town

Sauti za Busara (Swahili Music & Cultural Festival)

not in range • event

Three nights of a rich variety of non-stop live African music at the Old Fort

Baby Giant Tortoises on Prison Island

not in rangeMarch–April • nature

This colony of Giant Tortoises is the biggest and most gorgeous attraction of this picturesque island

Coconut Crabs on Chumbe Island

not in rangeJune–March • nature

These giant arthropods quickly climb coconut palm trees and easily crack open their favourite food—coconuts. It is incredible and even a little scary

Swimming with Dolphins

not in rangeJanuary–February | June–October • activity

Swimming side by side with these friendly creatures in their natural habitat is unforgettable

Spice Harvest and Tours

not in rangeJune–October • food

Clove, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, lemon grass, vanilla, black pepper, cardamom, saffron... This wonderful aroma spreads through the whole island!

Diving and Snorkeling

not in rangeJune–March • activity

One of the best diving destinations of the world

Shoki Shoki (Lychee and Rambutan)

not in rangeDecember–January | June–August • food

Exotic fruit which captivates with its sweet and fragrant taste

Cycling

not in rangeJune–October | January–February • activity

Bike routes winding Zanzibar will let you discover the island's real treasures

Kitesurfing

not in rangeJanuary–February | June–August • activity

Experience the joy of kiteboarding and kitesurfing in Paje

Bullfighting on Pemba Island

not in rangeAugust–February • event

It is not as bloody as the Spanish version nor as cruel as the Portuguese, but quite a picturesque spectacle

Humpback Whale Watching Season

not in rangeJuly–November • activity

Have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these majestic creatures in Zanzibar!

Green Cardamom Harvest

not in rangeMarch–April | October–November • food

Green cardamom is not only a flavorful spice for cuisine, but also hosts a wealth of healthy benefits!

Cashew

not in rangeOctober–February • food

Some say Zanzibar's cashew is the best on the African continent

Durian

not in rangeNovember • food

Try this exotic juicy "King of Fruit" known as Durian

Breadfruit and Jackfruit

not in rangeJune–August • food

Breadfruit is a great gift for fans of unusual fruits

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing

not in rangeAugust–October • activity

This is a truly blessed season for fishermen!