Zanzibar

The exotic Zanzibar archipelago lies 25km off the east coast of Tanzania, and comprises of Unguja, Pemba and an array of small, tropical islands.

Arab and Persian traders arrived here during the 8th century and by the 17th century, Zanzibar was an important port on the spice, ivory and slave trading routes. Governed over the centuries by various sultans, the Portuguese and later, the Sultanate of Oman, Zanzibar became a British Protectorate in the late 19th century.

Famous European explorers like Livingstone visited before launching their explorations into the “interior”. Ancient Stone Town on Unguja Island is a maze of narrow streets, coral stone houses, mosques and bazaars. You can visit the Sultan’s Palace, the Arab Fort, the Old Dispensary and the Livingstone house.

The northern and eastern coasts of Unguja with their beautiful, peaceful beaches, boast a number of excellent resorts, which makes Zanzibar a perfect place to conclude an East African safari. Unguja Island is a short flight from Dar es Salaam.

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Zanzibar Stone Town and Beach Resorts Highlights

  • An exotic archipelago ideal for a beach break
  • Idyllic palm-fringed coastlines
  • Clear waters and coral reefs perfect for scuba diving or snorkelling
  • Dhow cruises
  • Historic Stone Town
  • Spice plantation tours
  • Rare red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest

When To Go

Zanzibar’s climate is quite similar to that of mainland Tanzania, with the best time to visit being between June and October, when skies are clear and the weather is dry. Underwater visibility is also at its peak during these months. From March to May, you can expect tropical downpours almost daily, while in November and December, there is also some rainfall.

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Zanzibar Accommodation

The following are some of the hotels and resorts that we recommend in the Zanzibar region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Baraza Resort and Spa

Exotic Baraza Resort and Spa combines Arabic, Swahili and Indian design elements, providing unparalleled luxury on the unspoilt southeastern shores of Zanzibar Island.

Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel occupies the grand former home of a wealthy merchant in the heart of Stone Town, and is one of the city's most attractive and atmospheric small hotels.

Maru Maru Hotel

In the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town, Maru Maru Hotel is set inside a lovingly restored townhouse steps from all the attractions of this ancient city.

The Z Hotel

The Z Hotel is an absolutely stunning boutique resort close to the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island steps from powder white sand and the azure Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

This award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town is within walking distance to all the sights. Expect antiques, Persian rugs, rich silks and beautifully carved

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Tanzania Overview

Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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