Top Choice Music in Zanzibar Town

Sauti za Busara

A cultural landmark in Zanzibar since 2003, Sauti za Busara is one of the biggest festivals of its sort in East Africa, showcasing music and musicians of all genres – taarab, jazz, Afro-pop or bongo flava – from acr…
Top Choice Festival in Mombasa

Mombasa Carnival

Street festival, with a month of music, dance and other events.
Sports in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Safaricom Marathon

It’s one thing to run a marathon to the encouraging screams of people, but it’s entirely another to run it sharing the course with elephants, rhinos and the odd lion! Established in 2000 to raise funds for wildlife …
Cultural in Makunduchi

Mwaka Kogwa

Mwaka Kogwa is a four-day festival held in Makunduchi, usually in late July. It's a distinctly Zanzibari event and thought to originate in Zoroastrianism. During the festivities villagers have mock battles, with men…
Sports in Diani Beach

Diani Rules

This entertaining charity sports tournament, in aid of the Kwale District Eye Centre, is held at Diani Sea Lodge around the first weekend of June. It’s more an expat event than a tourist attraction, but if you’re st…
Religious in Lamu Island

Maulid Festival

Marking the birth of the Prophet Mohammed, this festival has been celebrated on the island for over 100 years and much singing, dancing and general jollity takes place around this time. On the final day a procession…
Cultural in Zanzibar Town

Zanzibar International Film Festival

Zanzibar's film festival celebrates and nurtures arts from East Africa and Indian Ocean countries as diverse as India, Iran and Madagascar. For 16 days venues around Zanzibar Town host a wide range of screenings, pl…
Sports in Lamu Island

Lamu Yoga Festival

Can't make it to India? Practise yoga in the Indian Ocean instead. First held in 2014, this festival spills across Shela, Manda and Lamu, and includes workshops, classes and meditation. It culminates in one big beac…
Cultural in Kampala

Kampala City Festival

One of East Africa's biggest street parties is held early each October with floats and performers celebrating Ugandan culture. Traditional and contemporary art, fashion and music are all showcased over multiple stag…
Cultural in Zanzibar Town

Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival

A long weekend of words and music – jazz, blues, poetry and storytelling – every year, with performances at the Old Fort and Livingstone Beach Restaurant in Zanzibar Town.