If a laid-back, palm-fringed, sandy white beach utopia is what you are after, Zanzibar is your paradise. Just off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar island is the number one beach location in East Africa. Clear turquoise waters, lush plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture, this island is a retreat of simplicity and opulence alike.
Zanzibar is the epitome of relaxation, spending lazy days by the pool, sipping cocktails by the beach, diving in warm waters or enjoying a sunset Dhow cruise. Apart from historic Stone Town, with its labyrinth of narrow streets, Zanzibar is known for its spices and pristine coral reefs. With excellent dive conditions, warm water and good visibility, the seas surrounding the island are an ideal location for divers of all levels.
Inhabited by Portuguese navigators and later by the Omani Arabs, Zanzibar has a fascinating history of slave trade, Arab influence and European explorers making for contrasting architecture and outstanding cuisine.
Zanzibar embodies the ideal location to escape the stresses of modern-day life and soak in the simplicity of good food, fresh air and plenty of sunshine. Step back in time to a place unadulterated by demanding technology and clock-watching. Explore magnificent coral reefs, paddle clear waters and absorb the calming island breezes while sipping cocktails along the shore. The people of Zanzibar are friendly and welcome a bike ride through their fishing villages or an extra member on their beach football team.
Just a few degrees south of the equator it is no surprise that Zanzibar is a tropical haven. The island is an all-year-round winner in terms of climate with evening lows between 20˚C and 25˚C and average day-time temperatures around 30˚C. February can get exceedingly hot and humid. Rainy season falls between March and May, which can get in the way of beach activity enjoyment and make cycling excursions a hassle.
From high-end luxury to quality affordability we’ve hand-picked some of Zanzibar’s best resort locations to guarantee you the best island getaway yet. Whether it’s a diving trip, honeymoon or family vacay, here are our most popular Zanzibar packages as loved by our returning clientele and island experts.
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Although a tourism hub, Zanzibar island is largely of Muslim religion. When not on the beach or lazing around your hotel, be mindful to dress respectfully and revere the local traditions. The friendly nature of locals embrace greeting as an important cultural nuance, so learn a few local greetings and use them liberally. Island time is a little slower than Western time. When in Zanzibar, be prepared to embrace the laid-back pace of life. This might mean waiting a little longer for your food, and not getting anywhere on the scheduled time, but we guarantee that clock-watching won’t get you anywhere around here.
Zanzibar’s east and north-east coast are home to the island’s best and most idyllic beaches, with a wide range of resorts and hotels. The north-east beaches are known for luxury holiday offerings and excellent diving. Pemba, Mafia, Chumbe and Mnemba are a series of small islets off the main island, offering exclusivity away from the crowds, perfect for honeymooning and romantic retreats.
The ever-popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town is a fusion of cultures, languages and unique architecture. Over the centuries, it has evolved from a small fishing village to a thriving hub of trade.
Zanzibar accommodation ranges from comfortably simplistic to luxuriously opulent. With décor an eclectic combination of Arab architecture, meticulously carved wooden pieces and African inspired features, Zanzibar resorts bring a new spin to island style. Most resorts include a hearty breakfast and sparkling pool to laze around while sipping cocktails. Whether choosing a simplistic beach bungalow or luxury villa, Zanzibari hospitality will be at the forefront of your stay.
Surrounded by incredible Indian Ocean waters and unadulterated coral reefs, it is no surprise that Zanzibar offers a starry-eyed experience of snorkeling, swimming, diving and exotic sunsets. Visit the tortoise sanctuary on Prison Island and take a traditional dhow cruise to explore the Menai Bay conservation area, which is home to magnificent humpback and bottlenose dolphins.
Zanzibar effortlessly combines tropical beach bliss with a historically rich and culturally diverse experience. No visit to the island would be complete without experiencing the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Stone Town, following the trails of the sultans, slaves and explorers through winding alleys of the historic town. Also known as the Spice Island, Zanzibar’s spice farms host fascinating plantation tours. Indulge your senses as you feel, smell and taste a variety of flavours and learn how to cook traditional foods with these local ingredients.
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Whether you’re wanting to cycle through fishing villages, dive shipwrecks or learn to cook with local spices, we can tailor make your trip to suite your exact interests, ticking off your bucket list items one at a time.
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