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Head to the spice islands! The lure of Zanzibar is legendary and worthy. From exotic Stone Town, a city with a fascinating history that invites you to explore its narrow streets, to palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs, Zanzibar is a complete change of pace from mainland Tanzania. Enjoy wonderfully relaxing days at the fine white sandy beaches, enjoy the book you never got around to read, take in the views of the spectacular turquoise sea, take long walks along the beach, swim with dolphins or discover the magnificent marine life and striking coral formations.

Read our handy travel tips to help you make the most of your Zanzibar holiday.

Zanzibar Travel Tips

Located south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys warm tropical weather throughout the year. Read an overview on the best time to visit.

Best time to visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar is famously known as the Spice Island all over the world. Pepper, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg and many more spices are found here. Naturally, many great and often exceptional restaurants are to found on the island, making this one of the culinary hot spots in all of Africa. Read our Zanzibar restaurant guide for more information on where to eat.

Zanzibar restaurant guide

Since tourism is the largest source of income in Zanzibar, the island is completely safe for visitors. However, it is always a good idea to follow some basic safety rules. Discover the top tips from our experts.

Safety in Zanzibar

Themes

  • Adventure
  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Wildlife

Highlights

  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Swimming With Dolphins
  • Coral Reefs

Places to Stay

Baraza

Style: Boutique

Baraza is imaginatively designed to capture the Sultan Palace days gone by.

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Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Style: Beach Resort

Breezes Breezes is an attractive fusion of a mid-sized beach hotel which retains an intimate feel and features four restaurants, five bars and an impressive spa facility.

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Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Style: Beach Resort

Breezes Breezes is an attractive fusion of a mid-sized beach hotel which retains an intimate feel and features four restaurants, five bars and an impressive spa facility.

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Matemwe Lodge

Style: Boutique

Matemwe Lodge is a small, intimate lodge situated on a rocky cliff above a magnificent stretch of beach in north-east Zanzibar, with great views of the spectacular Mnemba Atoll.

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Matemwe Retreat

Style: Boutique

Matemwe Retreat is located on a stretch of private land, just north of Matemwe lodge and right opposite the Mnemba Atoll.

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Poolside at Mchanga Beach Resort in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Mchanga Beach Resort

Style: Boutique

Located on a peaceful stretch of the Kiwengwa Beach in north-eastern Zanzibar, Mchanga Beach Lodge is surrounded by calmly swaying palm trees and white sandy beach.

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Mnemba Island Lodge

Style: Boutique

Situated on an intimate private island just off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar and surrounded by its own atoll of…

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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Style: Boutique

Pongwe Beach is a small hotel set on a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar with exclusive access…

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Sunshine Hotel

Style: Boutique

Located in Matemwe, in the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, the Sunshine Hotel is a charming lodge situated on a magnificent…

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The Palms

Style: Boutique

The Palms on the southeast coast of Zanzibar in nestled between tropical gardens and a wonderfully white sandy beach. This…

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Zawadi Hotel

Zawadi Hotel is located on the southeast coast and is a 60-minute drive from the airport. Perched atop a cliff,…

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Activities in Zanzibar

Other Included Activities

Stone Town cultural walk: Discover the streets, architecture, art, markets, daily life and places of interest in the old city by foot (3 hours)

Other Included Activities

Traditional Dhow Sunset Cruise: Enjoy sightings of the old city from a different perspective from the ocean side. Sit back, relax and enjoy drinks & homemade snacks (2 hours)

Other Included Activities

Aromatics & Spices discovery: A fascinating yet passive close up view of Zanzibar’s spice trade, including a visit to an aromatics distillery (3 hours)

Activities at Mnemba Island Lodge

Safari activities at safari lodge, water sport at Mnemba Island (scuba diving – 2 dives per day – full PADI certification required, snorkelling, kayaking, flyfishing, sundowner dhow cruise, and windsurfing)

Activities at Matemwe Retreat

Snorkeling with boat (one trip per person), guided reef walks and guided cultural village walks, private room attendant service

Activities at Matemwe Beach House

Snorkeling with boat (one trip per person), guided reef walks and guided cultural village walks, private room attendant service

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