7 Best souvenirs from Zanzibar

Best souvenirs is very important from every country. Easiest way is to buy fridge magnet with some standart figure from country. Obviosly is it not the worst choise, bet lets be more creative and bring things which really bellong to visited country. Not made in china :).


Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island,” so be sure to pick up some locally grown spices like cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. This one is obvious one. Same time it is the most trickies one. You will find spice everwhere in Zanzibar. If you are interested in some the most standart spice you basically buy almost everywhere and you get good enough quality. Speaking about a bit rare one is difficult. We dont reccomend buying rare spice in spice farm since they could be staying there for a very long time. Except cases when are labeled with expire date or better packing date. Overal the best place to buy spice in Stone Town marker. Join us in stone town tour and find out more

Spice in zanzibar

Handcrafted Wooden Items

Zanzibar is famous for its intricate woodwork. Look for hand-carved wooden masks, figurines, and furniture. Probalbe the best one is to bring massay people. Human sculpture with red motives. When purchasing handcrafted wooden items in Zanzibar, it’s essential to verify the authenticity and quality of the piece. Check for any damage, inquire about the type of wood used, and appreciate the artistry that goes into each creation

beautiful handmade wooden painted figures Masai at Zanzibar market, Africa


Zanzibar offers a wide range of jewelry, including beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings made from locally sourced materials. The best on is Tanzanite due it’s name (daaa) and it is crazy popular among local. It is minded in norht Tanzania. Perfect gem for ring or neclacke.

Beautiful Diamond purpe gemstone tanzanite amethyst cushion cut pear shape teardrop drop dangle diamond earrings.

Kangas and Khangas

These are traditional Swahili cloths with beautiful patterns and designs. They are often worn as wraps or used as tablecloths. They are very cultural thing and also popular among locals too. They could express some emotion or try pass some message

Paintings and Artwork

Zanzibar has a thriving art scene, and you can find local paintings and artwork that capture the island’s beauty and culture. Who would want to bring a small painting of massai or some safari. There are a lot of tallented painters in Zanzibar

Local Snacks and Foods

Some local snacks like dried fruits, nuts, and Zanzibari sweets make for excellent edible souvenirs. Please dont buy durian. It is forbiden in many hotel and could couse you a lot of problems. Better buy some dried fruits with good packaging. Just be sure to check customs regulations regarding food items before bringing them home since some countries highly forbit bringing anyt type fruit (even banana). Our reccomendation is cassava chips which are a popular snack in Zanzibar. They are thinly sliced and deep-fried, resulting in a crunchy and slightly sweet chip

Local Coffee (kahawa) and Tea

Zanzibar produces coffee and tea, which can be a delightful gift for coffee and tea enthusiasts. This one could be suprise for someone since Tanzania doesnt sound like coffe country, but it produces quite a lot in norhtern part of country. Zanzibari coffee often has a medium body with a well-balanced acidity. The flavor profile can vary, but you may encounter notes of fruitiness, floral undertones, and mild spice hints, which can be influenced by the local soil and climate

When shopping in Zanzibar, it’s a good idea to explore local markets and interact with local artisans. Bargaining is common in markets, so be prepared to haggle over prices. Always visit local markets and avoid buying from street vendors. Additionally, make sure to check the customs regulations of your home country to ensure that the items you’re bringing back are allowed.

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