Zanzibar lies off the Tanzania coast, only 25 miles away. But offering a completely different ambience from the mainland. Zanzibar is actually the collective name for a number of islands. Including Pemba and Mnemba. A stay at one of the many Zanzibar hotels or resorts offers the perfect end to a Tanzania safari. It offers an alluring mix of beautiful beaches, palm groves and spice farms. 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 hotels around Zanzibar’s coast offer powder-white beaches shaded by palm trees; snorkeling and diving in their turquoise coral waters. There are also a range of excursions on offer. Such as dhow sunset cruises, tours to the spice farms, or to Jozini forest, depending on where you stay. The waters are warm and the coral reefs are great for snorkeling. There is excellent diving from the Zanzibar hotels in the north and east of the island. Or enjoy the opportunity to swim with dolphins from your resort in the south. See our selection of Zanzibar Resorts…
You might like to stay at the lesser known Pemba Island. Which is a 30 minute flight from Zanzibar, or one of the many smaller islands such as Mnemba Island – which offers the ultimate private island retreat – or Mafia Island. The atmospheric ruins on this island mark the legacy of being on the trade routes of Persian dhows for centuries.
The climate in Zanzibar is tropical and warm all year round. With a hot humid season from November to April and rain falling in November and again in April/May.