Zanzibar

Why Go?

A Dream Beach Holiday in Zanzibar

Travel to Zanzibar and you arrive at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Zanzibar has long been at the centre of the Indian Ocean experience and its name evokes images of spice markets, golden beaches and white-sailed dhows on a clear turquoise sea. Happily, even today this is still true. Much of the coast is unspoilt, its scattered islands are havens for marine life and you can mix cultural tours with the lazy beach life and still have time for water sports and swimming with dolphins.

A Zanzibar holiday is a sensory one: you can go on spice tours, taste local cuisine and walk the cobbled streets of Stone Town, a World Heritage Site complete with colourful markets and local flavours. And then there are the beaches, ideal for luxurious beach vacations but also home to some of Africa’s best dive sites as well as easy snorkelling reefs and a wide range of water sports.

There’s plenty of accommodation too. One of the world’s classic romantic travel destinations, Zanzibar specialises in luxury beachfront cottages and exclusive boutique hotels for honeymooners and discerning couples. Families on the other hand will be tempted by Zanzibar’s range of family-friendly hotels with baby sitters, kids’ activities and safe-swimming beaches.

Accessible from travel hubs Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar combines easily with East Africa’s top safari destinations such as the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. You can even reward yourself with a few days on the beach after a wet and muddy gorilla trek in the rainforests of Uganda or Rwanda.

Although Zanzibar can be a stand-alone holiday, we’d recommend that it’s part of a larger safari itinerary. Browse our tried-and-tested tours and our recommended accommodation or simply contact us for assistance with planning the perfect Zanzibar travel experience.

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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Hit the Beach

Encircled by golden beaches, Zanzibar delivers the quintessential beach experience – go for an early morning stroll & then retire to a shady hammock to recharge. Head north & east for Zanzibar’s best beaches.

2. Dive the Reefs

Zanzibar’s coral reefs & those of its outlying islands are justly famous for their pristine nature & amazing diversity; the snorkelling is great & several lodges specialise in scuba diving – ask us for more information.

3. Get on the Water

Zanzibar was made for water-lovers: its lodges offer sailing, kayaking, kite-surfing, water-skiing & wind-surfing as well as fishing trips & sedate sunset dhow cruises.

4. Get on Two Wheels

Hire a motorbike or scooter for the day & explore the island at your own pace, stopping off for a lunch & chat with the locals.

5. Tour Stone Town

The historic capital of Zanzibar is a world heritage site & home to a beguiling atmosphere of local markets, crumbling colonial architecture & cobbled back streets.

6. Visit a Desert Island

Mnemba is a tiny island about a kilometre off north-east Zanzibar; its reefs provide excellent snorkelling & diving & the island is also a nesting site for turtles.

7. Order a Table for Two

Zanzibar’s exotic pedigree & luxurious accommodation have long made it a favourite for romantic travel; several lodges specialise in honeymoons & offer indulgent suites & private dining – ask us for more information.

8. Bring the Family

Several Zanzibar hotels & beach lodges welcome families with children; you’ll find large family rooms, swimming pools, kids’ activities plus warm, shallow & safe ocean swimming with made-for-sandcastles beaches.

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