Zanzibar is the second most popular trekking destination in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro, and the contrast couldn’t be stronger. On Zanzibar trekking is the activity to do if you’re looking to explore the amazing natural and historical landscape without the fitness required to ascend peaks.
Zanzibar has perhaps one of the most interesting histories of any location in Africa. Its Stone Town is one of only a handful of towns protected by UNESCO in the world. There’s lots more of historical interest on the island, much of it requiring walking to get to.
This makes the island a great hiking destination for those interested in exploring the history of the slave trade and spice plantations here. A typical circular route starts from Forodhani Gardens and takes in highlights such as the Old Fort, Tippu Tip’s House and St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Those who come here for the natural beauty of the idyllic island won’t be disappointed by what’s on offer. The Masingini forest is home some amazing wildlife including the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey. You can also see this spectacular monkey in the Jozani Forest where organised half day hikes are available. The Jozani Forest shares a conservation area with the Chwaka Bay, both of which have well maintained trails that includes wooden bridges and the chance to switch between beach and rainforest in the duration of a short hike.
Walking the coast of the main island, Unguja, is a great way of exploring the spectacular beaches and takes between four and seven days to walk the complete coast of the island. The highest point on the island is just 120 meters and is popular with great views.