Jambiani is a sleepy fishing village flanked by a stunning beach with an intricate maze of seaweed plantations. It is one of the oldest parts of the main island in the Zanzibar archipelago. Wander through the village and along the beach to get a glimpse into one of the island’s most traditional parts.
Sunbathe on the stunning Jambiani Beach to enjoy the year-round hot weather. April and May are particularly wet months. Note the huge difference in appearance between high and low tides. Local women dressed in sarongs collect seaweed at low tide. The exportation of seaweed is an important part of the local economy.
Take a trip on a traditional wooden sailboat, known as a dhow, out on the water. Ride the boat to the area’s coral reef and go snorkeling to see the range of colorful aquatic creatures. Spot coral, starfish and even octopuses.
Stay at one of the guesthouses and lodges flanking the beach. Notice that many locals walk barefoot on the sharp rocks of the village’s main road. Away from the beach, you are expected to dress fairly formally out of respect for the local Muslim culture. Rent bicycles or scooters to navigate the quaint alleys of the village.
Embark on a guided tour of the Tangawizi Spice Farm to learn about spices used in typical Zanzibar meals. Take a Tangawizi Cooking Class to find out about Jambiani cuisine. Local meals are often made up of such ingredients as fried fish, pilau rice and coconut milk. Purchase seafood from the stalls in the village.
The town is on the southeastern part of the main island of Zanzibar. Drive southeast for 33 miles (53 kilometers) to get here in around 1 hour from Zanzibar International Airport near Zanzibar City. Get around the small village on foot. See nearby highlights, such as the Jozani Forest, the Muyuni Forest and the town of Paje.
Jambiani offers a picturesque insight into local customs and topography.