Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, the main island) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, it is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs and the magic of historic Stone town is said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa, and is a World Heritage Site.
Zanzibar's rich history has been influenced by the Arabs, Persians, Indians, Portuguese, British and local tribes from the African mainland and this shows in the architecture. Stone Town is a place of winding lanes, ornately carved wooden doors, circular towers, raised terraces and beautiful mosques. Important architectural features are the Livingstone house, the Guliani Bridge, the House of Wonders and the Aga Khan's Old Dispensary Building.
Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, is steeped in history and an outstanding example of cultural fusion and harmonisation. It was recently and deservedly recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Few places evoke such romance as the fabled spice islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia -sleepy islands with beautiful unspoilt beaches and lush tropical vegetation.
..romance, mystery, stunning beaches....
The very name brings to mind intrigue, adventure on the high seas and tales of pirates and traders. Today, the “Spice Island” retains all of its romance and mystery and combines it with a collection of boutique accommodation that make it a perfect place to unwind and relax.
Existing ruins comprise of 15th to 19th Century palaces, towns and mosques.Many an explorer stayed on in Zanzibar and the houses where Livingstone and Burton lived can still be seen today.
The maze of narrow streets lined with old houses and remarkably intricate carved doors draws visitors to the Old Stone Town. A walk through the alleys and then through the bustling souk transports visitors back in time and 19th century explorers like Livingstone, Stanley, Burton and Grant come alive.
Tucked along the shore you will find stunning beaches with pampering resorts where the hustle and bustle of every day life fade away and relaxation becomes the priority of the day.
Activities on a Zanzibar Beach Holiday:
Diving - The islands are known for some of the best diving sites in the world, thanks to the rich marine life and clear waters. Zanzibar has several dive companies which offer PADI courses and certification.
Zanzibar Diving - there are a number of diving operations, most of them on the north and east coasts.
The best months for diving are October to March, though for non-divers, the period between May and October will offer the best weather. There are six major dive sites and innumerable lesser sites, all excellent.
Zanzibar holidays can be added to a Tanzania safari or enjoyed as a stand-alone beach holiday. The astoundingly white beaches of Zanzibar's east coast lead out to turquoise coral waters, great for snorkelling and diving. The climate is tropical and suitable for a beach holiday at any time of year.
Fishing - There are several great fishing spots around Zanzibar, the best is probably the Pemba channel.
Spice Tours - These are tours in and around Stone town and take in the spice plantations, historic and cultural spots around the town
Getting to Zanzibar
Kenya Airways and KLM fly into Zanzibar daily from Nairobi, Kenya, .
Many other international airlines fly to Dar es Salaam, a city on the coast of mainland Tanzania, from where you can take a local flight to the island or choose to cross over by ferry. The trip by sea last approximately 2 hours.
Best time for a Zanzibar Beach Holiday:
late December, January and February is Zanzibar’s short dry season and the hottest time of year. It’s normally around 29°C but can get as hot as 39°C. The weather is very calm, humid and the ocean is flat like a mirror.
April-May is the time when heavy rain is most likely. If you do not mind sheltering when there is a torrential downpour it can be a magical time to be here, as the earth and wildlife heaves a sigh of relief as its thirst is quenched.
June to September is the coolest driest time of year. In July the Kusini trade winds may sometimes bring leaden skies and wild spectacular seas. But they also bring humpback whales, the best chances to see them are July, August, September.
Beach Holidays in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a small archipelago made up of two islands of Unguja and Pemba, located in the Indian ocean off the coast of East Africa, about 25 miles from the Tanzania coast and 6 degrees south of the equator.
These exotic islands are one of the best honeymoon destinations and also make for a relaxing beach holiday after a Safari in Tanzania or a Kenya Safari.
Zanzibar Beach Holidays may easily be combined with a Kenya Safari or a Safari in Tanzania,
or simply a Beach Holiday in Zanzibar at any one of our recommended properties.
Please see all Zanzibar Beach Resorts under 'Properties'.
Some options for a Safari and Zanzibar Beach Holiday are offered below.
Tanzania Safari with Zanzibar Beach Holiday
10 Nights 11 Days Tanzania Safari Holiday with Zanzibar Beach – Safari in Tanzania’s famous game reserves of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire and witness the huge diversity of wildlife. Continue reading →
Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Beach Holiday
7 Nights 8 Days Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Beach Holiday
This short private safari covers the highlights of Tanzania with a 3 night tour to Lake Manyara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, and 4 nights beach holiday in Zanzibar at the Shooting Star Beach Resort. Continue reading →
Tanzania Selous Safari
Duration: 9 Nights 10 Days – inclusive of internal flights & Zanzibar Beach
With untouched scenery and rich havens of wild game, southern Tanzania makes for some of the most spectacular safari experiences in Tanzania. Based in luxury tented camps, this spectacular adventure captures the very essence of Africa. Continue reading →
Kenya Safari Zanzibar Beach Holiday
5 Nights Kenya Safari – Road Safari
4 Nights Zanzibar Beach Holiday
Enjoy an exhilarating Kenya Safari before relaxing by the pool of a Zanzibar resort Continue reading →
Located on the East Coast of Zanzibar, Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar is a superb
5 star all inclusive Resort nestled in the midst of exotic gardens on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. Continue reading →
Unguja Lodge Zanzibar
• Exquisite and remote Indian Ocean hide-away
• 7 luxury sea view Villas
• 3 luxury Baobab Villas with airconditioning and own plunge pool Continue reading →
The Zanzibari Beach Resort
A breath of fresh air in the north of the island: private, quiet, relaxing and luxurious. Location: The Zanzibari is a boutique hotel located in Nungwi on the North Eastern tip of Zanzibar..a premium hotel, with a focus on privacy … Continue reading →
Paradise Beach Resort Zanzibar Holiday
Paradise Beach Resort Zanzibar Holiday
Paradise beach hotel resort is a 4 star seafront hotel located on the East coast of Zanzibar, just 35km from Stone Town, a Unesco World Heritage site. Continue reading →
Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa Zanzibar Holiday
Situated on the North-Western coast of Zanzibar, Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa, is located on a non-tidal beach in a secluded corner of Zanzibar. Continue reading →
Shooting Star Beach Resort Zanzibar Holiday
Relax and hide yourself on a romantic holiday in one of the Monsoon Villas with private swimming pool, star-gazing roof terrace and open-air bath tub. Shooting Star Beach Resort is located on the northern end of the Kiwengwa Beach, on the north-east coast of Zanzibar. It is a 45 minutes drive from the airport and Stonetown. Continue reading →
Zanzibar Beach Holiday at Fundu Lagoon
Exclusive & Luxurious – Exotic Location – situated on a beautiful beach on Pemba Island for your Zanzibar Beach Holiday or Honeymoon. Continue reading →
KARAFUU BEACH RESORT & SPA ZANZIBAR
A luxury hotel on a Zanzibar Beach Holiday on the east coast of Zanzibar, located on a stretch of palm-fringed beach with white sand and dazzling blue water. Continue reading →
Fumba Beach Lodge Zanzibar
Nestled in the southwest of this exquisite island, Fumba Beach Lodge is situated only 30 minutes drive from Zanzibar’s International airport in Stone Town.
26 whitewashed Zanzibari style en-suite bungalows with their own verandas are scattered along the beach ensuring private views of the Indian Ocean. Continue reading →