Family Activities in Zanzibar | Jumbari Family Safaris

Family Activities in Zanzibar

Why plan a family holiday to Zanzibar

Located off the east coast of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Archipelago offers an island escape to family travelers. The island’s historical ties to the old spice trade have left a cultural wonderland waiting to be discovered. Make your way to Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the Indo-Arabian architecture dotted through the labyrinth of streets that make up this ancient town before heading to the beach. Here, activity-filled beach days await your family, from ocean safaris and sunset dhow cruises to lazy beach days soaking up the sun. 

Family-friendly activities in Zanzibar


Historical Tour

Follow the trail of sultans and explorers on a guided historical tour of Stone Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, a guided tour through Stone Town will give you and your family a deeper insight into the rich cultural heritage and history of Zanzibar. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets to discover Indo-Arabian architecture, vibrant markets and delicious culinary delights.  A tour of Stone Town will take you past some of the town’s top sites, including the Sultan’s Palace Museum, House of Wonders and the Old Fort.


Marine Safari

Explore Zanzibar’s underwater world on a diving or snorkeling expedition. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean archipelago are home to colourful coral reefs and a wonderful array of marine life, from turtles to moray eels. One of the most popular spots for a marine safari is Mnemba Island, a short boat ride from the northern coastal town of Nungwi. Although Mnemba is a private island, your family can enjoy snorkeling along the coast of this marine reserve.

farmers hand presenting a fresh nutmeg fruit cut in half displaying the mace and nut in zanzibar

Spice Tour

Discover the ‘Spice Island’ on a guided tour of a spice plantation and gain first-hand insight into why traders traveled the globe to reach the shores of Zanzibar. Let your guide take the lead as you wander through the lush organic farmlands where you can smell, taste and touch a variety of spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, as well as tropical fruits.

Lengthening Shadows

Sunset Cruise

Board a traditional dhow and set sail on Zanzibar’s tropical waters at sunset. These handcrafted wooden vessels are constructed using the same traditional techniques from centuries past and offer an undeniably memorable experience for families traveling to Zanzibar. The 3-hour cruise invites you to sit back and relax and enjoy a variety of refreshing drinks and snacks as the sun dips below the horizon.

Book your family holiday to Zanzibar

Our expert consultants have taken the hassle out of planning your Zanzibar holiday with our collection of eco-friendly Zanzibar Family Vacations that include resorts with specialised children’s programmes, as well as kiddy-friendly menus and activities for the whole family. Start planning your responsible Zanzibar family holiday today.