Dotted in the glistening Indian Ocean, 60 miles off Africa’s east coast lays the jewel-like island of Zanzibar. The Island’s capital, Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with palm fringe beaches, sugar white sands and azure warm waters, serving as your castaway island retreat after a thrilling safari holiday in Tanzania.
Zanzibar is a beach lover’s paradise, with Nungwi on the northern end of the island featuring a palm-fringed coastline and is where you will find the turtle conservation pond with green and hawksbill sea turtles as well as coral reefs offering the chance for exceptional snorkelling experiences. While on the southeast of the island, there’s the village of Bwejuu, which has been voted as one of the top island beaches by Conde Nast Traveller.
This idyllic island getaway is so much more than meets the eye, there’s plenty of sightseeing to do, as the island’s capital, Stone Town has architecture and history from all over the globe, such as African, Arabian, Indian and European influences. Stroll past catholic cathedrals, colonial-style houses and authentic Hamamni Persian baths in just one day. The island is known for its spice trade, and a great way to learn all about the local culture is to go on a tour that will take you around the winding streets to show you first hand about the production and trade of the spice industry.
If the thrill of your safari holiday has you wanting more, Zanzibar is home to a micro national park that you can explore. Jozani Forest is home to Red Colobus Monkeys, 50 different species of butterflies and 40 species of birds.
The northeast coast is one of the best areas to stay on your Zanzibar holiday, with beautiful beaches, high-end resorts and hotels. Nungwi is excellent for diving and is your gateway to exploring the neighbouring Mnemba Island, which is home to green turtles, while Kendwa offers a more vibrant nightlife scene. Zanzibar is blessed with pool villa accommodation and all inclusive packages, making your island getaway extra special after an adventurous safari holiday.
How many days do you need in Zanzibar?
Enjoy a week-long holiday in Zanzibar, where you can soak up the sunshine, enjoy water sports and indulge on delicious cuisine for a much-needed break after thrilling game drives in Tanzania.
When is the best time to visit Zanzibar?
How long is a flight from the UK to Zanzibar?
A flight from London to Zanzibar is 12 hours and 45 minutes.
What language is spoken in Zanzibar?
Languages spoken in Zanzibar are Swahili, Arabic and English.
What currency is used in Zanzibar?
What is the time difference in Zanzibar?
Zanzibar is 2 hours ahead of the UK.
Do I need a visa to visit Zanzibar?
British passport holders need a tourist or business visa to visit Tanzania. For advice and information please see the FCO website here.