The beautiful island of Zanzibar
is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind. Located just 40 km off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar Island is referred to locally as ‘Unguja’
and is known as the ‘Spice Island’
Enjoy miles of unspoiled white sand beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar offers a multitude of beach resorts and lodges for those looking for a pre-or post-safari break, whether it's for some rest and recovery on the beach, or time to explore the vibrant reefs and marine life under the waves.
Beach areas depend on which side of the island you’re on:
On the east coast at low tide it forms a wide band of white that runs out to the seaweed farms and, finally, to the deep water channel and the barrier reef. At high tide, the waves come right up to the edge of the palm-covered land.
Up north, azure waters and white sands await those that stay there, with no real difference between the high and low tide.
The west coast offers small beach areas, but beautiful sunsets!
No matter which beach you choose, you can be assured you’ll be surrounded by that laid back island attitude that is the spirit of Zanzibar!
The old part of the town, known as Stone Town, is composed of a network of shady, winding, narrow alleys between old stone buildings with ornately decorated entrances and balconies. Numerous tiny shops here sell everything under the sun. Along the seafront are several hotels, the old Sultan's Palace (House of Wonder), the old fort and multiple restaurants. Take a stroll through Stone Town as you marvel at the Arabic architecture in Stone Town and the exotic spice markets.
Recommended day trip:
Spice tour – Walk through the spice farm with your guide. Touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits.
Stone Town tour – Explore the markets and places like the Slave Market and the Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders and the Sultans' Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort and Dispensary.
Safari Blue snorkel trip – Full day excursion on a traditional sailing dhow and explore Menai Bay, an official Conservation Area. Home to beautiful uninhabited islands, the area is stunning, frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.
Kizimkazi boat trip – Board dhow and set sail on the Indian Ocean where you can get as close to 10 meters from the dolphins. Kizimkazi is home to large numbers of bottle-nosed and spinner dolphins, beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish.
Scuba diving – A must for any diver!
Other islands in the Zanzibar Archipelago - Mafia
, are still untainted, offering you the chance to experience an exotic, relaxing and unforgettable Indian Ocean island holiday.