Zanzibar

The exotic Zanzibar archipelago lies 25km off the east coast of Tanzania, and comprises of Unguja, Pemba and an array of small, tropical islands.

Arab and Persian traders arrived here during the 8th century and by the 17th century, Zanzibar was an important port on the spice, ivory and slave trading routes. Governed over the centuries by various sultans, the Portuguese and later, the Sultanate of Oman, Zanzibar became a British Protectorate in the late 19th century.

Famous European explorers like Livingstone visited before launching their explorations into the “interior”. The old Stone Town is a UNESCO Heritage listed site and a tour of the town reveals its complex history and dark slaving past, as well as graceful Zanzibari architecture. The maze of narrow streets are lined with elegant coral stone houses – which give the town its name – and feature ornate balconies and intricately carved wooden doors. You can visit the Sultan’s Palace, the Arab Fort, the Old Dispensary and the Livingstone house.

The northern and eastern coasts of the island are home to beautiful, peaceful beaches that boast a number of excellent resorts, which makes Zanzibar a perfect place to conclude an East African safari. The island also boasts white sand beaches, clear, turquoise water, and beach hotels offering barefoot luxury; a relaxing conclusion to any East African safari. The island is easily accessible and there are direct flights from Nairobi and the United Arab Emirates.

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Why should I visit Zanzibar?

  • An exotic archipelago ideal for a post-safari beach break
  • Sensational beach resorts
  • Idyllic palm-fringed coastlines
  • Clear waters and coral reefs perfect for scuba diving or snorkelling
  • Dhow cruises
  • Historic Stone Town
  • Spice plantation tours
  • Rare red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

Zanzibar’s climate is quite similar to that of mainland Tanzania, with the best time to visit being between June and October, when skies are clear and the weather is dry. Underwater visibility is also at its peak during these months. From March to May, you can expect tropical downpours almost daily, while in November and December, there is also some rainfall.

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Best luxury accommodation in Zanzibar

The following are some of the hotels and resorts that we recommend in the Zanzibar region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Baraza Resort and Spa

Exotic Baraza Resort and Spa combines Arabic, Swahili and Indian design elements, providing unparalleled luxury on the unspoilt southeastern shores of Zanzibar Island.

Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel occupies the grand former home of a wealthy merchant in the heart of Stone Town, and is one of the city's most attractive and atmospheric small hotels.

Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House is an exquisite and peaceful boutique hotel set amid the hustle and bustle of ancient Stone Town

Konokono Beach Resort

Konokono Beach Resort boasts one of Zanzibar Island's most secluded and spectacular locations, set on a lush peninsula overlooking a turquoise bay.

Maru Maru Hotel

In the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town, Maru Maru Hotel is set inside a lovingly restored townhouse steps from all the attractions of this ancient city.

Mnemba Island Lodge

Just off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar is the exclusive and romantic Mnemba Island, less than 1.5 kilometres in circumference.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

A magnificent internationally renowned luxury hotel with the attractions of World Heritage-listed Stone Town at your doorstep.

Shooting Star Lodge

A small family-run resort, Shooting Star Lodge overlooks a dazzling stretch of white sand on Zanzibar Island's idyllic northeast coast.

The Z Hotel

The Z Hotel is an absolutely stunning boutique resort close to the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island steps from powder white sand and the azure Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

This award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town is within walking distance to all the sights. Expect antiques, Persian rugs, rich silks and beautifully carved

Tanzania FAQ

The perfect spot to relax at the end of an African safari is the exotic island of Zanzibar – just a short flight from Tanzania’s mainland. Surrounded by palm-fringed, white-sand beaches and glittering turquoise waters, the island has a wealth of five-star luxury beach resorts to choose from. Visitors can also learn about the island’s fascinating history in historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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