Zanzibar

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What Regions or Countries to Combine

Zanzibar is usually part of a bigger East African safari itinerary featuring other top destinations such as Kenya’s Masai Mara, Tanzania’s Serengeti and even Uganda and Rwanda’s gorilla trekking destinations. You’ll access the island via Zanzibar International Airport, located in Stone Town and served by flights from Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Once you have arrived, take a taxi to your accommodation or enjoy the services of your hotel’s shuttle bus.

Masai Mara

The game viewing in Kenya’s flagship reserve is great all year round but if it’s the wildebeest migration you want to see then travel between June and October: it’s one of the best times to travel to Zanzibar for the weather and diving and it’ll coincide with some of the most dramatic events in the migration – the June to August river crossings.

Serengeti

The Serengeti is similarly blessed with excellent all-year-round game viewing but the wildebeest herds arrive in the eastern and southern Serengeti from November onwards, moving to the centre and west in February and face the crocodile-filled Grumeti and Mara Rivers by late June. Many Serengeti camps are seasonal ones, set up specifically for the migration and you’re assured of front row seats to all the drama.

Gorilla Trekking

Whether it’s the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda or Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that you choose to trek for gorillas, you’ll be hiking through the jungle in tough, wet and muddy conditions. What better way to reward yourself than with a few days on a golden beach? Ask us about combining a gorilla trek with a Zanzibar holiday and find out first-hand!

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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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