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  • What are some good Zanzibar souvenirs, where to find them?

    Posted by Charles Seth on February 22, 2020 at 12:31 PM


    I am coming for one month in Zanzibar; I wanted to go to the market to buy some local gifts. What are the favorite souvenirs would you advise me to buy?


    Noel Mgeni replied 2 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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    Noel Mgeni

    February 22, 2020 at 12:43 PM

    Dear Seth,

    One of the favorite souvenirs to buy in Zanzibar is the Maasai jewelry which is colorful beadwork that forms bracelets, anklets, necklaces, and more. Apart from the jewelry there are also lots of Maasai handicrafts, including wood carvings, baskets, and colorful fabrics.

    There are a lot of unique goods in Zanzibar Island. Here are some of the must-have souvenirs to pick up in Zanzibar Tours:

    1. Oils and spices. Zanzibar Island is known for the flavors and spices. You can get these at the Darajani Market in Stone Town or you will probably see them for sale as you are wandering around the island.

    2. Tanzanite. It is the symbol of Tanzania. It is a very expensive and rare, blue precious stone. It can only be found in the northern part of the country – Arusha. It is very valuable all over the universe. If you are visiting Tanzania before heading to Zanzibar, there is a tanzanite museum named The Tanzanite Experience in Arusha.

    3. Coconut oil. This is much cheaper in the supermarkets than in a souvenir shop. Avoid buying one with paraffin. It is cheaper but not a good one.

    4. Clothes with traditional bright prints. These will blow you away by the colors and prints here. You will not be able to resist taking some for your friends and relatives.

    5. Tea with hibiscus or lemongrass. The tea in Zanzibar is superb! The tea is usually of a really good quality and is a great treat to bring home.

    6. Local crafts. There are greatest paintings and handmade crafts. You can see a lot of fair trade shops that help the local poor population make some extra money with their skills given. You will pay 3 times more than in souvenirs shops but you will supposedly help the local population at large.

    Choose for yourself!

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