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  02 August 2019       Tripindigo       5 min read

Travelling with kids is no easy task! Thus you always want to be prepared and for your trip and research a new destination as thoroughly as possible.  The worst thing you can be is unprepared, with bored and screaming brats in a new location. If you looking to have a stress free trip to Zanzibar with the whole family, it might be useful to have a  look at these activities to keep the kids entertained! 

Tips For A Stress-Free Vacation In Zanzibar With The Kids

Experiencing Zanzibar with kids is a ton of fun! The Island has fun-filled and educational activities that will keep children of all ages entertained! But before we get into activities, here are a few tips to make your day trips go just a little smoother. 

You can make the trip easier for your kids by using the following tips and tricks:

  • Travel time can get pretty boring for kids so don’t forget to bring your kids’ favourite portable gadgets like a tablet so that they can play games on it when they’re bored.
  • Take some of their favourite snacks along with you!
  • Choose kid-friendly activities that are age-appropriate for your brood.

Here are some kid-friendly activities in Zanzibar that you should definitely try.

13. Fun Activities For Children To Add To Your Zanzibar Itenary

1. Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

Visit the tranquil Jozani Forest and find the rare red colobus monkeys, as well as 50 various butterfly species and 40 species of birds.

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

2. Explore Stone Town

Stone Town is full of history and Zanzibarian Culture. Go to the Old Fort and visit the beautiful Palace Museum, or the National Museum (commonly known as the House of Wonders) to learn about the history of the place.

View Our Stone Town Travel Guide For More Info.

3. Prison Island

Changuu Island or Prison Island is full of adventure for kids of all ages. Take the Historical tour and educate the children about the rich history of Prison Island and rebel prisoner captives. Visit the colony of giant tortoise imported from the Seychelles Islands. Relax and enjoy a picnic on the picturesque beach. 

4. Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

The Butterfly Centre should be on every Zanzibar traveller's list! Here you will find an interactive butterfly exhibit in the form of a tropical garden filled with hundreds of butterflies indigenous to Zanzibar. Enjoy a guided tour and level up your knowledge on these beautiful creatures and their life cycles. Or browse the park at your leisure and enjoy the sites. Also, stop by the cafe for some yummy treats and snacks.

Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

Butterfly world via Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, Image Source: Facebook.Com

5. Swim With Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins is an activity for every bucket list, young and old! Dolphins are friendly creatures so swimming with dolphins at the Kizimkazi Beach Village is a wonderful experience, especially for kids! You also have the option of snorkelling with bottlenose and humpback dolphins.

Swim with the dolphins

Swim with dolphins

6. Nungwi Beach

Numgwi Beach is one of Zanzibar's most popular beaches. With great scenery and a tranquil vibe, it's a wonderful place for families to relax and enjoy the island sun. The soft sand, clear blue sea, and breathtaking sunset make the experience unforgettable. Activities like kitesurfing and diving are also easily accessible from the beachfront!

7. Dhow Trip

Dhows are wooden sailboats used in Zanzibar, other Indian Ocean islands and as far as the Red Sea. These sailing boats have been around for centuries and historians are still at odds as to whether they were invented by Arabs or Indians. Hire a dhow for the morning, evening or the day and go sailing, snorkelling and sunset or sunrise. There are also numerous dhow trips available with entertainment, barques and fresh food, while you sail to surrounding Islands and sites. 

Dhow Trip

Safari Blue, Image Source: SafariBlue.Net

8. Mnemba Island

A tiny secluded Island located off the shore of Uguja, Mnenba is a true gem of Zanzibar. This green turtle refuge might be small but there is so much to see. Sail to Mnemba, and indulge in kayaking and swimming or even scuba diving and snorkelling for the bigger kids. A great day out or location to spend a few nights with the family.

9. Zanzibar Kilosas Conservation

Primarily a conservation project aimed at preserving natural fauna and flora of Zanzibar, The Kilosas Conservation is also home to numerous animals and bird species. Here families can feed and touch numerous species of monkeys, antelopes, chameleons, deers, and lemurs!

10. Street Food Tasting

For all the food enthusiasts, Zanzibar offers fresh, cheap, and tasty street food, which can be an authentic and enriching experience for both adults, and children. Kids always want a snack and in this way, they get an education on local Zanzibarian food and culture, while they stuff those cure little faces.We highly recommend trying Chapatis, Urojo Soup, Chipsi Mayai and Zanzibar Tea!



Start Planning Your Family VayCay

With tons of entertainment for the whole family, why not make Zanzibar the next destination for that much-needed family holiday. And if you need some extra time for yourself, bring grandma along to watch the kids while you soak up some Vitamin D!

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