Zanzibar Vacation

Zanzibar Vacation Overview

Zanzibar; the romantic, exotic archipelago, reminiscent of Arabian nights and Indian Ocean indolence. Only 15 minutes flight from the mainland, the wonderfully sleepy island of Zanzibar is one of East Africa’s finest beach destinations, surrounded by coral reefs with idyllic beaches lined by huge sweeping palm trees. Zanzibar beaches are the obvious addition to a safari on mainland Tanzania, or should we say that a short safari is the obvious addition to your Zanzibar holiday, with the beautiful Selous less than an hour away.

Where to stay in Zanzibar can be daunting; with so many hotels, and a lot of tourist traps, it really takes a conversation with the experts to sort the wheat from the chaff and find a beach lodge which is just right for you. From years of visiting and revisiting the most pristine spots on the island, we can guide you to the best places to stay. Though many visitors spend a night or two in Stone Town, the charismatic island capital, the real attraction of is its glorious coral sand beaches, and the fantastic snorkelling and diving. Tourism has eclipsed spice trading as the main form of income, but islands retain their rustic African charm despite the developments of the last decade. Zanzibar is a land apart, entirely charismatic and well worth a visit.

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Discover Zanzibar: The Spice Island

Cap off your Tanzanian safari adventure with a Zanzibar vacation package that transports you to the tropical shores of “the Spice Island.” With its blend of cobbled streets, ancient stone houses, and pristine white-sand beaches, Zanzibar offers a truly unique experience, perfect for romantic getaways, beach vacations, and honeymooners seeking an unforgettable escape in Africa.

Explore Stone Town: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Begin your Zanzibar journey in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in history. Once the epicenter of the slave and spice trades in the early 19th century, Stone Town now stands as a vibrant melting pot of cultures. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Swahili, Arab, Indian, Persian, and European influences as you wander through its narrow streets. Don’t miss the chance to embark on a traditional spice tour, where the tantalizing aromas of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg evoke the island’s storied past.

Embrace Beach Delights

From Stone Town, venture to the coastline for an array of beach delights. Bask in the sun on pristine white sands, embark on sunset dhow cruises, or dive into the crystal-clear waters for unforgettable snorkeling and diving experiences. Explore the vibrant coral reefs off Pemba and Mafia islands, where marine life thrives in abundance, from shimmering fish to majestic whale sharks gliding through the azure depths.

Discover Natural Wonders

Beyond its stunning beaches, Zanzibar is home to remarkable natural wonders waiting to be explored. Journey into Jozani Forest, the only national park where endangered red colobus monkeys roam freely amidst lush vegetation. Embark on a tour of Prison Island, where you’ll encounter giant Aldabra tortoises, iconic inhabitants steeped in history and charm.

Best Time to Visit

For optimal diving visibility, plan your Zanzibar vacation between July and August or February and March, when the waters are at their clearest. The island enjoys warm temperatures year-round, with the dry season (June to October) offering a cool and pleasant climate, ideal for exploring both on land and underwater.

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Zanzibar Beaches - The best beaches in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, renowned for its stunning coastline and pristine beaches, offers an array of tropical paradises waiting to be discovered

Nungwi Beach & Kendwa, North Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach & Kendwa, North Zanzibar

Nungwi and Kendwa beaches, nestled on the northern coast of Zanzibar, offer a captivating blend of crystal-clear waters and pristine white sands, making them the epitome of the idyllic Indian Ocean beach experience. Unlike the tidal beaches found elsewhere on the island, Nungwi and Kendwa provide uninterrupted access to the turquoise waters throughout the day, perfect for leisurely strolls or refreshing swims. With a range of accommodation options, from luxurious resorts to charming boutique hotels, these beaches beckon travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation amidst breathtaking natural beauty and a laid-back coastal atmosphere.

Matemwe, North East Zanzibar

Matemwe, North East Zanzibar

Located slightly to the east of Nungwi and Kendwa, Matemwe Beach offers a serene escape amidst Zanzibar’s coastal splendor. While the area may experience tides unlike its more northern counterparts, Matemwe’s untouched beauty and recent emergence on the tourism scene make it a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Despite growing popularity, Matemwe still retains its charm, offering moments of tranquility and pockets of Indian Ocean paradise, especially when the tide is in. With beach lodges providing unbeatable prices, Matemwe invites travelers to experience the allure of Zanzibar’s eastern coast in its purest form.

Pongwe, East Zanzibar

Pongwe, East Zanzibar

Nestled along the east coast of Zanzibar, Pongwe Beach stands out as a haven of tranquility and luxury. Unlike many east coast beaches affected by tides, Pongwe enjoys a unique position in a concave break in the coastline, ensuring a non-tidal experience for visitors. While it may not offer expansive beach walks, Pongwe compensates with its secluded ambiance, providing a little slice of paradise away from the crowds. For those seeking privacy and relaxation without breaking the bank, Pongwe emerges as the ultimate destination, offering unparalleled value and a sense of understated luxury that defines the essence of Zanzibar’s east coast.

Paje & Dongwe, South East Zanzibar

Paje & Dongwe, South East Zanzibar

Located on the mid-east coast of Zanzibar, Paje offers a plethora of accommodation options, making it a favored destination for travelers seeking luxury and comfort. Alongside Dongwe, Paje boasts long, sweeping beaches that embody the classic allure of the Indian Ocean, albeit with occasional tidal fluctuations. Despite this, Paje presents a range of super luxury and intimate options, making it a top choice for those seeking a truly indulgent escape. From lavish resorts to secluded hideaways, some of Zanzibar’s most beloved accommodations can be found in this area, offering a truly spoiling experience amidst the beauty of the Indian Ocean paradise.


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