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.