Jambiani est une ville située dans le sud-est de Zanzibar, petite île proche des côtes tanzaniennes. Petite cité typique, elle est sûrement l’une des plus attractives de l’île. Pittoresque et ancien petit village de pêcheurs, on y retrouve des maisons en pierres ainsi que des lodges sympathiques, bien loin des grands hôtels trop touristiques.

What to do in Jambiani

There’s plenty to do to pass the time. Here are just a few of the must-do things to do or see!

Jambiani beach: sumptuous with its fine sand and turquoise water, where you can swim or stroll along the water’s edge. At 8 kilometres long, it’s probably the most beautiful in Zanzibar ! And in the evening, you can’t miss the fantastic sunset.

Jambiani is an authentic place that is not yet very well known to the general public.

The villagers live off fishing and nature. Living simply, they make many of their own products. See for yourself! Soap making, coconuts recycled to make canvases… The locals are very manual workers.

The people of Jambiani are very modest and live in an authentic environment, surrounded by the makuti-roofed houses so typical of the island of Zanzibar.

  1. Visit the village and spend some time with the locals to immerse yourself in their culture.
  2. If you’re a water sports enthusiast, one thing’s for sure: you won’t be bored. Take advantage of this privileged spot for kite surfing. Wide beach, fairly windy (not unpleasant when it’s very hot). An ideal place for kitesurfing or windsurfing. And if you like diving, you’ll be able to see the magnificent marine life and colourful coral reefs.
  3. Hire a bike to go to Pajé and the surrounding area. You’ll be able to visit these charming little villages and watch football matches in the evenings, a very friendly experience for the locals.
  4. Wandering from one beachside bar to another, enjoying a good cocktail or eating local specialities overlooking the water will be wonderful and probably unforgettable moments.
  5. Take part in the local economy by buying seaweed for the production of food condiments and soaps (for toiletries and household cleaning).
  6. In September, there’s the Watersport Festival. A whole weekend is devoted to concerts, sports competitions (football, volleyball), goat races and many other activities.
  7. Go on an adventure in a dhow, the traditional fishermen’s boat! You’ll have the chance to go to the coral reef in the Indian Ocean and why not go snorkelling to see the starfish!

Jambiani Beach

This is quite simply one of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar, with its white sand and transparent water. What makes it different from other beaches is that there are very few rocks in the water, unlike the beaches in the north of Zanzibar.

One thing’s for sure: you won’t be stepping on any sea urchins on this beach!

Restaurants in the village

When it comes to restaurants, you won’t be disappointed. All you have to do is go to the beautiful beach and you’ll find a wide range of restaurants offering a wide range of products to sample.

Here’s what you’ll find in the restaurants:

  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Oven-baked pizzas

One of Jambiani’s flagship restaurants is The Rock, aptly named because it was built on a rock in the sea. It’s renowned for its unique 360-degree views and unforgettable scenery.

If you have a weakness for fish, we recommend that you go to Casa del Mar, which serves some of the best food on the island.

One of the great advantages of Jambiani is its proximity to all the activities. Most of the time you can get there on foot, which is a real luxury… No need to take a taxi or bus.

Jambiani is one of the pearls of Zanzibar. If you’re on the island, you’ll be obliged to visit at least once. Whatever you want to do, you won’t regret it.

How do I get there?

The village of Jambiani is easy to get to: just leave Stone Town, the historic heart of Zanzibar, and you’ll be there in just 2 hours.

When should you visit Jambiani?

The Zanzibar archipelago is a place to relax, which is why it is often advisable to go there after a safari in Tanzania or afterclimbing Kilimanjaro .

The Off Road team offers a number of Tanzania tours, including a visit to Zanzibar to round off your stay.