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Zanzibar Holidays

Leave the world behind in Zanzibar, draped with mesmerising shores and warm ocean breeze.  The perfect tonic following a safari or desert expedition, Zanzibar promises pure indulgence and paradise.

If you’re a keen diver, head to the archipelago, the most perfect all-year diving destination, for some of the most stunning underwater sights imaginable, before relaxing on a traditional dhow boat cruise along the coastline. For a more cultural experience, wander the markets of Stone Town and grab a bargain or two while soaking up the local atmosphere.

Zanzibar is the perfect partner to a safari holiday, either on Tanzania’s mainland or in Kenya. The golden sands and crystal seas provide the ideal contrast to the African plains and thriving wildlife. Spend at least four nights unwinding, forgetting that the rest of the world exists; you can also combine your trip with a visit to Pemba Island, north of Zanzibar, for ultimate, secluded luxury.

Destination Highlights
  • Dive the crystal clear waters to explore the stunning reefs and coral
  • Stroll through the narrow streets of historic Stone Town
  • Take a dhow cruise along the coastline
  • Lose yourself in the aroma of the spice markets

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Swimming pool

Baraza Resort & Spa

Zanzibar

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Baraza Resort & Spa
The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar

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The Residence Zanzibar
Swimming pool

Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club

Zanzibar

H&J Rating
Average: 3.5 (1 vote)
Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club
Swimming pool

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Zanzibar

H&J Rating
The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Time Zone

GMT +3

Flight Time

Approx.12–13-hours; indirect flights are available from UK Airports.

Currency

Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Visa Information

British citizens will be required to purchase a visa for travel to Zanzibar on arrival.

Language

English is widely spoken.

Health Information

Special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Zanzibar.

Things to do in Zanzibar

Few people who have visited Tanzania fail to mention the beauty of Zanzibar. The blindingly white beaches and cerulean waters you’re going to see here are a sight to behold. Once a key port during East Africa’s Spice Trade, you’ll find a fascinating mix of Arabic, Portuguese, African and European cultures and it provides the perfect add-on to an African safari. With jungle tours and mesmerising sunsets, you’re going to love every inch of The Spice Island.

  • Stone Town

    Situated on Zanzibar’s seafront, Stone Town is the heartbeat of this little island perched just off Tanzania’s coast.

  • Dhow Zanzibar

    Dhow cruises

    Those teal-blue waters will tempt you at every turn, as will the softly-billowing sails of the dhow boats drifting across the reef.

  • Seafood and spices

    Beautiful Zanzibar is the perfect backdrop to a meal, and its fine seafood restaurants more than live up to their surroundings.

Zanzibar

The best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool, dry months of spring. Another popular time to visit this tropical island is from December to March when it's hot and dry.

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Average weather in January

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Zanzibar
27ºC
89mm

Average weather in February

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Zanzibar
28ºC
56mm

Average weather in March

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Zanzibar
26ºC
153mm

Average weather in April

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Zanzibar
26ºC
401mm

Average weather in May

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Zanzibar
26ºC
255mm

Average weather in June

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Zanzibar
25ºC
68mm

Average weather in July

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Zanzibar
24ºC
48mm

Average weather in August

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Zanzibar
24ºC
47mm

Average weather in September

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Zanzibar
25ºC
50mm

Average weather in October

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Zanzibar
25ºC
97mm

Average weather in November

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Zanzibar
26ºC
226mm

Average weather in December

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Zanzibar
27ºC
194mm
  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “Take a visit to the Jozani-Chwaka national park during your stay in Zanzibar to see the red colobus monkey. As well as bush babies, Sykes monkeys and many more.”

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    “We chose to stay at the luxury five-star Residence Zanzibar after our long trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro for some rest and relaxation. If you want something really special, upgrade your room to a Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa.”

Types of Zanzibar holidays

The Beach at The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Zanzibar Safaris

Zanzibar Safaris

Frequently Asked Questions

Beaches in Zanzibar boast soft white sand and azure Indian Ocean waters. Many are fringed by coconut palms and spectacular cliffs. At low tide, the water becomes extremely shallow. Nungwi, Bwejuu, Dongwe and Pongwe are some of the best beaches here. while beaches in the far south are popular for diving. 

Zanzibar is not a safari destination; however, it offers an idyllic beach getaway that’s perfect for adding onto a safari trip in Tanzania or Kenya. For wildlife experiences, consider The Jozani Forest tour. You’ll see Red Colobus Monkeys, Bushbabies and exotic butterflies and birds.

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