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Nungwi Beach Zanzibar | Beaches in Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar | Beaches in Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar

The African continent is home to a wide range of stunning beaches. With the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast and the Indian Ocean on the eastern part of the continent, beach lovers cannot get enough of that African surf and sand. And while there are many breathtaking options to choose from, the world-famous beaches of Zanzibar are definitely worth taking a closer look at.

Situated on the east coast of Africa, Zanzibar boasts its colorful history as an important trade center during the spice trade of the 16th to 17th centuries. The Tanzanian island still boasts its production of spices like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon but it has also become an up and coming destination for beach-goers. 

Situated on the east coast of Africa, Zanzibar boasts its colorful history as an important trade center during the spice trade of the 16th to 17th centuries. The Tanzanian island still boasts its production of spices like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon but it has also become an up and coming destination for beach-goers.  One major beach destination on the island is Nungwi Beach situated at the north-western tip of the island. It is home to powdery white sand, crystal blue waters, and exotic flora and fauna.

Best Beach Resorts Around Nungwi


Enjoy views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access five minutes from the traditional fishing village of Nungwi. Built in the traditional Zanzibar style with Makuti palm leaf roofs, our resort features an outdoor freshwater pool, fitness center, water sports, live entertainment, and spa facilities.


Z hotel is the original boutique hotel on zanzibar; opening in 2010, it brings casual relaxation blended with contemporary london–inspired design to the beaches of zanzibar providing the 21st century traveller with a fresh and original beach-holiday experience.To read more about the Hotel click the photo above.


The Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar is located on Nungwi Beach, a beautiful white-sand beach with crystalline waters that will make you feel like you're truly in paradise. This all-inclusive hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania, offers you an all-inclusive holiday with the exclusive services of RIU Hotels & Resorts.


Smiles Beach Hotel​ is found on the coastal fishing village of Nungwi, Zanzibar’s Northern tip coastline. Both Nungwi and the hotel boast the island’s famous white sand and crystalline water, placing you in the picture postcard location giving you memories that last for a lifetime. Click the Photo above to read more about the Hotel


Sandies Baobab Beach Zanzibar is located in Nungwi and features air-conditioned rooms. A private beach area and an outdoor swimming pool are offered. Guests can sample international and Mediterranean dishes at the on-site restaurant. Guests can access free WiFi in public areas. For more about the Hotel, click the photo above.


Embark on the vacation of a lifetime at Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort. Set on the gorgeous tropical island of Zanzibar in Nungwi, our resort is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or vacation with family and friends. To read more about the Hotel and other information, click the photo above or call us: +255 759 694 668.

Nungwi Beach Zanzibar - Other information

Taxis and Shuttles

Takes one hour from anywhere in town to Nungwi. Cost $40-$60. It is very easy to find one whether you are at the airport or anywhere else on the Island. You can email/WhatsApp: +255 759 694 668 for all your airport transfers in Zanzibar.

Local Bus

Called “Dala Dala”. Number 116 leaves every 10 minutes, until 18:00, from Stone Town market and takes 1.5 hours to Nungwi. Always packed with friendly locals, so you might end up with a little kid sitting on your knees 🙂. But it is Good experience.


Most ATM’s are in Stone Town, but also You can find an ATM in Nungwi next to the police station. Maximum redraw limit is 400,000 Shillings ($180) for one transaction. In case you need more cash, you can redraw several times.

Money Exchange

There are few exchange places in Nungwi and their rate is not as good as the rates in Stone Town. You will need Tanzanian Shillings for paying restaurants, bars and shops. However, for Hotels and Activities you will find a better rate paying Dollars.

Credit Card

The majority of respected hotels and activity centers accept cards as well as some restaurants. Usually with 5% surcharge that is imposed by the banks. Check ahead with your hotel in case you plan to pay by card.


Most hotels offer free WiFi as well as some of the restaurants. But you can also get a local simcard - the best beaing Vodacom or Zantel, at a very good price (the driver can help you); and there are good packages for internet.


Nungwi is very safe and crime rate is very very low, whether in tourist area or at the village. Use commonsense like everywhere else. Try to avoid walking alone in Ras Nungwi Beach also in day time. Do not go far at night.

Beach Boys

They only care about getting commission.They will take you to whoever pays them commission and tell you its the best place. Don’t ever give them deposit, because there is a good chance you will never see them again.

Restaurants in Nungwi

There is a huge number of tasty dining options in Nungwi. Most hotel restaurants on the ground and on the beach are open to non-guests. A prominent feature of the menu is fresh seafood, and we recommend trying the lobster, snapper, and jumbo prawns.  

Most restaurants close their kitchen around 21:30. An average dish around Nungwi will cost $7-$15. There are many good restaurants in Nungwi, so you can try a different one each day, and In most days, bars in Nungwi get empty before midnight. So, don’t get there late! On average, a beer will cost 6,000 shillings and a cocktail 15,000 shillings.

Local Food in Nungwi 

If you want to taste some real local food, check out Nungwi roundabout at night. Try some street food like Chipsi Mayai (omelette with fries), Zanzibari Pizza or Mishkaki (beef or chicken skewers) at one of the stands. This is where all local hang out for street food in the evenings.

Mama Africa and Cocoa also serve a variety of local food. Located just outside the Nungwi Inn hotel. Try the Pilau Samaki or Nyama (spiced rice with fish or beef), Mchicha (local spinach) or Makande (corn dish).

Mama Mia and Badolina.

Mama Mia offers good Italian dishes, and it is great for both lunch and dinner. They also have the best Gelateria in Nungwi where you can grab some homemade ice cream. Badolina good for vegetarian or vegan. Cozy environment, for a romantic dinner. Good selection of wines.

Fisherman's Grill

If you don’t mind spending a bit more, you will get the best quality here. Excellent food and fine selection of wines just in front of the ocean. With big variety on its menu, everyone will find something they like. Elaborated seafood and meat, cooked to perfection. One of the best restaurant in Nungwi Beach.

Langi Langi

Marhaba Restaurant - Seafood restaurant also serving local Zanzibari and international cusine very famous for our Traditional Zanzibari Dinner! The restaurant offers great atmosphere and delicious food with reasonable prices. It specializes in spicy Indonesian cuisine. Best plates are fish and seafood in Curry or Masala.

Top Bars in Nungwi

Mangis's Bar

Mangi's Bar and Restaurant is a Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly place is located in Nungwi, Zanzibar Archipelago. The address of Mangi's Bar and Restaurant is Nungwi Tanzania. If you want to go to the place or need any services, you can contact them directly. The phone number is +255 777 901 390,.

Z-Hotel Roof Top

Best place for a sunset drink. Let the day end in style with a breathtaking view. Watch the sun set over the ocean while enjoying a Dawa – our favorite cocktail. They feature a double-height beamed ceiling, spacious private terrace, 42inch lcd tv and best views across the indian ocean to the tanga mountains in the far distance.

Kendwa Rocks

If you are looking for a crowded party this is obviously the place. Every Saturday from 22:00 until the morning. It is located on Kendwa Beach. Taxi costs 20,000t Shillings each way and entrance fees are 20,000 Shillings. One of the best place to enjoy your evinings and relax, need any help? call us: +255 759 694 668.


Both are good, but Kendwa has the better beach, and the deeper water on the north-western strip means swimming is possible throughout the day; the island’s eastern beaches are almost all tide dependent.

With a population of about 5,563, Nungwi is the second- or third-largest settlement on the island, possibly smaller than Makunduchi.

The cost of taxo between stone town costs $30 – $50 and takes 1h. We can arrange transfer from from Stone town to Nungi at a very competetive cost. WhatsApp: +255 759 694 668

Zanzibar North-east Coast: the island’s prime location, most of Zanzibar’s top-end accommodation is set on the north-east beaches. The diving is excellent here, there’s not much tidal variation and the archipelago’s best reefs of Mnemba Island lie about a kilometre or half a mile offshore.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Zanzibar is $2,386 for a solo traveler, $4,285 for a couple, and $8,034 for a family of 4. Zanzibar hotels range from $38 to $217 per night with an average of $64, while most vacation rentals will cost $20 to $400 per night for the entire home.

Yes, but You will find that the best beaches in Zanzibar for swimming are located in the Northwest and Southeast parts of the island. This is because of a couple factors. One point to keep in mind when visiting Zanzibar is the tide. Daily, the sea alternates between high and low tides.

Swahili Swahili, the national language, is a composite of several Bantu dialects and Arabic that originated along the East African coast and on the island of Zanzibar. Swahili is the lingua franca of the country, and virtually all Tanzanians speak it.

Safari and Zanzibar Extensions

Tanzania offers a winning combination: some of Africa’s best wildlife safaris plus stunning tropical beaches. Besides the Serengeti’s famous wildebeest migration, there are other world-class safari locations here. For wildlife safaris in Tanzania, consider three areas: the famous ‘northern circuit’, the wild parks in the south, and the remote parks of western Tanzania:

  • Tanzania’s ‘northern circuit’ is the country’s wildlife showpiece. The great Serengeti hosts what many would call the best wildlife safari in Africa: the migration of around 1.5million of wildebeest. Nearby Ngorongoro Conservation AreaLake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park all provide outstanding wildlife safaris. However, all can also be very busy with people.
  • In southern TanzaniaSelous Game Reserve is arguably the largest in Africa, and combines well with the hotter, drier Ruaha National Park. Both offer very authentic wilderness experiences, based out of small lodges using open-topped 4WDs – and so vie for the accolade of the best wildlife safari in Tanzania.
  • Western Tanzania appeals for superb and contrasting wildlife safari experiences, with only a few other travellers around. ‘Old Africa hands’ will gravitate to the buffalo and lion in Katavi National Park or the chimpanzees in the thickly-forested Mahale Mountains National Park. However, it usually takes more time and expense to reach these parks than the north or south of the country.
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Enjoy Wildlife Safari from Zanzibar

If you want to visit the most famous parks of Tanzania (Serengeti and Ngorongoro, plus Manyara or Tarangire) and have a few days in Zanzibar this is the perfect tour for you. It only spends one night in Serengeti, which we usually think it's too little, but if your time frame is short and you really want to visit this amazing park, then it is the right choice for you.After the safari, you can enjoy some rest and enjoy the amazing Zanzibar island. Serengeti to Zanzibar is also a possibility and this is one of the most Popular destination. The trip is though time consuming even by air it is worth taking a shot. From cafes to Hotels there are different parts of the city of Zanzibar that can be explored. Zanzibar, is therefore one stop shop for entertainment and enjoyment for which the Island is known.

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Climb Kilimanjaro from Zanzbar

The Lemosho Route is often considered the most beautiful of all the trekking trails up Mount Kilimanjaro. It is one of the newer routes on the mountain and shares a portion of the same path as Machame route, although it holds a few advantages over that route that definitely make worth considering, particularly for travelers who have some extra time. Starting the western flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate, the Lemosho Route wanders its way up one of the more remote sections of the mountain. The trail takes hikers through a beautiful rain forest where they might have the chance to spot wildlife along the way. From there, the path wanders out onto the Shira Plateau, crossing it from west to east on relatively flat and easy to walk terrain.

Mikumi is Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park. It’s also the most accessible from Dar es Salaam. With almost guaranteed wildlife sightings, it makes an ideal safari destination for those without much time.Since the completion of the paved road connecting the park gate with Dar es Salaam, Mikumi National Park has been slated to become a hotspot for tourism in Tanzania. Located between the Uluguru Mountains and the Lumango range, Mikumi is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania and only a few hours drive from Tanzania’s largest city. 

When you are visiting Zanzibar and/or Dar Es Salaam, Mikumi National Park is only a short flight away. From Zanzibar we fly daily to the great National park in Tanzania. In 50 minutes you will be in the middle of the bush and the amazing wildlife.The possibilities are unlimited… a quick Day Safari, Flying out of Zanzibar early morning, a full day game drive with a bush lunch included, and before the sun sets over Zanzibar, you will be back, or even more perfect, spend a few nights… so you can explore and feel the real African Bush experience.

MIKUMI - fourth largest national park in Tanzania


Safaris to Mikumi usually start from Dar es Salaam, and your point of entry for the country is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). In most cases, your tour operator will pick you up from the airport and handle all further ground operations or domestic flights.

Mikumi is a four-hour drive away from Dar  and can easily be visited as a weekend get-away. However, most people visit Mikumi en route to Nyerere or Ruaha. The only scheduled flights to Mikumi are with Safari Air Link which offers a daily connection to Ruaha, Selous, Dar and Zanzibar.

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Mikumi & Zanzibar Safari FAQ

June to October is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park. During the dry season, the wildlife concentrate around waterholes and rivers – making it easier to spot them.

A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, a roughly 4 hour drive. Also road connections to Udzungwa, Ruaha and (dry season only) Selous. Charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses run from Dar to park HQ where game drives can be arranged.

Wildlife in this quiet national park includes elephant, giraffe, buffalo, Burchell’s zebra, sable, eland, Liechtenstein’s hartebeest, lion, leopard, spotted hyena, and jackal. You can also find yellow baboons near Kiboga, at the southern end of the park.

3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles), it’s on of the largest park in Tanzania. Location: 283 km (175 miles) West of Dar es Salaam, this park can be visited with Selous, Ruaha and Udzungwa national parks.

Mikumi national park is named after the popular dominant Palm tree species that is commonly found at the park called Borrassus Spp. The tree is exceptional in that it grew at the park but with no stems seen from anywhere in the village. The park also shares its name with the village which is named after the park.

From May 2021 a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate with QR code is required for all travellers using a sample collected within 96 hours before arrival to Tanzania. Fully vaccinated travellers are also required for a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate with no exception.

minimum of three days should be what you allocate for your Zanzibar holiday. There is so much that you can do and enjoy in Zanzibar, from simply walking on fine white sand beaches to scuba diving in the Indian Ocean as well as the spice tour among so much more.

Yes, you can drink alcohol in Zanzibar, but be discreet. If you drink in the appropriate places and respect the local Muslim culture, having a few drinks is fine.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Zanzibar is $2,386 for a solo traveler, $4,285 for a couple, and $8,034 for a family of 4. Zanzibar hotels range from $38 to $217 per night with an average of $64, while most vacation rentals will cost $20 to $400 per night for the entire home.

The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the archipelago’s dry season, from July to September, which is a very popular time to travel. However, it’s worthwhile travelling at most times of year, with balmy temperatures between 28°C and 34°C and sunshine the norm.

How to Get to Tanzania?

There are three major international airports in Tanzania

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)situated between Arusha and Moshi, this is the most common entry point into the country for those exploring the Northern Safari Circuit that includes the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara. 

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)a good option for those visiting Dar es Salaam or the Southern Safari Circuit that includes Selous Game Reserve, and Ruaha National Park. 

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ): for those heading straight to Zanzibar, this airport is just 5km (3.1 miles) outside of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s capital.

Most visitors access Tanzania by plane. As Tanzania has a limited selection of international flights, visitors typically arrive via Dubai, Amsterdam or Johannesburg, South Africa and take a connecting flight.

STUDENT VISA50 (Single 3 Months)

In Most cases, Passport, If you are visiting Tanzania, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive. If you are a resident in Tanzania, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive. Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Pretty Easy, there are roughly roughly 40 nationalities may visit the country for tourism without obtaining a visa, for short stays. However, all other foreign citizens traveling to Tanzania or Zanzibar for tourism or leisure need a visa. The Tanzania online visa for tourism is quick and easy to obtain.

Countries allowed for visa-free travel to Tanzania
  • Antigua & Barbuda.
  • Anguilla.
  • Ashmore & Certie Island.
  • Bahamas.
  • Barbados.
  • Bermuda.
  • Belize.
  • Brunei.
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  • Zanzibar: The Island of Spice. …
  • Mnemba Island: An Exclusive Escape. …
  • Pemba Island: Honeymooners’ Paradise. …
  • Mafia Island: A Hidden Gem. …
  • Chumbe Island: A Protected Coral Reef Sanctuary. …
  • Chole Island: A Peaceful Haven.

YES, and Kendwa Beach is the best; This is one of the few beaches on Zanzibar where the tide doesn’t really change, which means the clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.


Kizimkazi Beach; The best of Zanzibar’s beaches can be found on the south coast. Kizimkazi beach is where you’re guaranteed to see beautiful bottlenose dolphins in the ocean. Head to Kizimkazi if you wish to snorkel, dive or swim with the amazing creatures and other marine species in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar has more than 25 beautiful, white, palm fringed beaches, the sea is warm, and the atmosphere is easy.

 Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island. It is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 km (16–31 mi) off the coast of the African mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones

SERENGETI TRIPS TANZANIA by Air packages are available year-round, subject to availability of accommodation and internal flights. INCLUSIONS: All logistics starting and ending at Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar International Airport, all light-aircraft flights within Tanzania, private road transfers from airport to hotel in Zanzibar, all park fees and taxes, shared safari activities, all meals and house drinks on safari, and half-board basis (breakfast and dinner included) on Zanzibar, and medical evacuation insurance. EXCLUSIONS: International flights to Tanzania, Tanzania entry visa, inoculations, gratuities, additional activities, meals and drinks.

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