Zanzibar Resorts & Hotels
Zanzibar lies off the Tanzania coast, only 25 miles away. But it offers a completely different ambience. Zanzibar is actually the collective name for a number of islands. Including Pemba and Mnemba islands. A stay at one of the many Zanzibar resorts or hotels offers the perfect end to a Tanzania safari. It offers an alluring mix of beautiful white beaches, palm groves and spice farms. All this is mixed with a rich trading history and culture.
Zanzibar itself is a bewitching place! The rich green valleys are filled with the aroma of spices. Whilst historic Stone Town, once the capital of a vast Arabic empire, is an atmospheric maze of narrow streets, street markets and coral stone steps.
The Zanzibar resorts around the coast offer powder-white beaches shaded by palm trees. There are also a range of excursions on offer. Such as dhow sunset cruises, tours to the spice farms, or to see the monkeys in Jozini forest. The waters are warm and the coral reefs are great for snorkeling in their turquoise coral waters. There is excellent diving from the Zanzibar resort hotels in the north and east of the island. Or you can enjoy swimming with dolphins from your resort in the south.
See our selection of Zanzibar Resorts below
You might like to stay at the lesser known Pemba Island. This is only a 30 minute flight from Zanzibar. Or opt for one of the smaller islands such as Mnemba Island – which offers the ultimate private island retreat – or Mafia Island. The atmospheric ruins on this latter island are a the legacy of the centuries-old trade routes of Persian dhows.
Best time to visit Zanzibar?
The climate in Zanzibar is tropical and warm all year round so there is not much of an off-season. There’s a hot humid season from November to April and rain falling in November and again in April/May. (But this long rain extends over much of Tanzania. So April is not a popular time to visit anyway.) June to October remain hot but less muggy.