Zanzibar Resorts & Hotels
Zanzibar lies off the Tanzania coast, only 25 miles away. But it seems like a completely different world. Zanzibar is actually the collective name for a number of islands including Pemba and Mnemba islands. A stay at one of the many Zanzibar hotels offers the perfect end to a Tanzania safari. It offers an alluring mix of beautiful white beaches, palm groves and spice farms. All 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 intricate wooden carved doorways.
The Zanzibar resorts offer powder-white beaches shaded by palm trees. 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. There are also a range of excursions on offer: dhow sunset cruises, tours to the spice farms, or to see the colobus monkeys in Jozini forest. Or even swimming with dolphins if your resort is 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 March and rain falling in November. More substantial rains fall in April and May and so many of the resort hotels close. (This long rain extends over much of Tanzania, so April and May are not a popular times to visit anyway.) June to October remain hot but less muggy.
Getting to Zanzibar
There are now some good flight connections into Zanzibar with Ethiopian airlines from Europe and there is a three-times weekly flight direct from Johannesburg. Many of the smaller Tanzania airlines such as Precision and Auric Air connect Zanzibar with both the northern safari parks via Arusha and also the southern parks of Selous and Ruaha (from June onwards).