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Zanzibar Hotels and Flights

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£645 per person

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Leave the world behind

Draped with mesmerising, powdery shores, on this island beach retreat the pace of life is dictated by nothing but gently lapping waters and the warm ocean breeze. We love Zanzibar for its hassle-free, no-rush vibe. Leave the rest of the world behind and focus on what really matters, like just how vibrant the turquoise of the Indian Ocean really is and how soft the sand feels between your toes.

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Things to do in Zanzibar

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Highlights of Zanzibar

Snorkelling and Scuba-diving

Zanzibar is edged by reefs so blessed with coral and marine life you could be in an aquarium. Go under the water to swim with schools of fish in every colour of the rainbow, graceful gliding turtles, and gentle but giant whale sharks. The shallow waters are great for snorkelling and various dive centres run PADI scuba diving courses; there could not be a better place to learn.

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. Join an excursion on a hand-crafted wooden dhow and set sail for a seafood feast on a sand bank, a boat-side swim, or a romantic evening cruise silhouetted against the sunset.

Seafood and Spices

Beautiful Zanzibar is the perfect backdrop to a meal, and its fine seafood restaurants more than live up to their surroundings. The island's rich trading history has brought Arabic and Indian influences to its cuisine, making it a delicious blend of cultures, freshly caught fish, and locally grown coconuts and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Stone Town

Seafront Stone Town is the island's heartbeat, with its cobbled alleyways, coral stone houses, sultan's palaces, mosques, and courtyards. At the centre of the spice and slave trades in the 19th century, its architecture reflects Swahili, Indian, Arabic, and European cultures. Explore the narrow streets to discover street vendors, singing schoolchildren, and bustling bazaars.

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Our favourite time to go to Zanzibar

Weather

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
27°C
89mm
FEB
28°C
56mm
MAR
26°C
153mm
APR
26°C
401mm
MAY
26°C
255mm
JUN
25°C
68mm
JUL
24°C
48mm
AUG
24°C
47mm
SEP
25°C
50mm
OCT
25°C
97mm
NOV
26°C
226mm
DEC
27°C
194mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
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Dry Season

Zanzibar has two main dry periods: January to February and June to October. January and February are hotter and a perfect retreat from the UK winter, while June to October offer slightly cooler temperatures. 

Our Favourite Season

Zanzibar’s warm tropical climate and cooling sea breeze barely change all year round. We love to visit in January to February, when the island is at its warmest, and June to October, when temperatures are pleasant and rain rarely falls. 

Rainy Season

Zanzibar has two rainy seasons: mid March to late May and November to December. If you do decide to visit at one of these times, November and December is a better option, with short, sharp showers swiftly followed by sunshine.  

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
27°C
89mm
FEB
28°C
56mm
MAR
26°C
153mm
APR
26°C
401mm
MAY
26°C
255mm
JUN
25°C
68mm
JUL
24°C
48mm
AUG
24°C
47mm
SEP
25°C
50mm
OCT
25°C
97mm
NOV
26°C
226mm
DEC
27°C
194mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Stone Town

Dry Season

Zanzibar has two main dry periods: January to February and June to October. January and February are hotter and a perfect retreat from the UK winter, while June to October offer slightly cooler temperatures. 

Our Favourite Season

Zanzibar’s warm tropical climate and cooling sea breeze barely change all year round. We love to visit in January to February, when the island is at its warmest, and June to October, when temperatures are pleasant and rain rarely falls. 

Rainy Season

Zanzibar has two rainy seasons: mid March to late May and November to December. If you do decide to visit at one of these times, November and December is a better option, with short, sharp showers swiftly followed by sunshine.  

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
27°C
89mm
FEB
28°C
56mm
MAR
26°C
153mm
APR
26°C
401mm
MAY
26°C
255mm
JUN
25°C
68mm
JUL
24°C
48mm
AUG
24°C
47mm
SEP
25°C
50mm
OCT
25°C
97mm
NOV
26°C
226mm
DEC
27°C
194mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Kiwengwa

Dry Season

Zanzibar has two main dry periods: January to February and June to October. January and February are hotter and a perfect retreat from the UK winter, while June to October offer slightly cooler temperatures. 

Our Favourite Season

Zanzibar’s warm tropical climate and cooling sea breeze barely change all year round. We love to visit in January to February, when the island is at its warmest, and June to October, when temperatures are pleasant and rain rarely falls. 

Rainy Season

Zanzibar has two rainy seasons: mid March to late May and November to December. If you do decide to visit at one of these times, November and December is a better option, with short, sharp showers swiftly followed by sunshine.  

Avg Max TempAvg Rainfall
JAN
27°C
89mm
FEB
28°C
56mm
MAR
26°C
153mm
APR
26°C
401mm
MAY
26°C
255mm
JUN
25°C
68mm
JUL
24°C
48mm
AUG
24°C
47mm
SEP
25°C
50mm
OCT
25°C
97mm
NOV
26°C
226mm
DEC
27°C
194mm
Our Favourite Time
Rainy Season
Find more about Nungwi

Dry Season

Zanzibar has two main dry periods: January to February and June to October. January and February are hotter and a perfect retreat from the UK winter, while June to October offer slightly cooler temperatures. 

Our Favourite Season

Zanzibar’s warm tropical climate and cooling sea breeze barely change all year round. We love to visit in January to February, when the island is at its warmest, and June to October, when temperatures are pleasant and rain rarely falls. 

Rainy Season

Zanzibar has two rainy seasons: mid March to late May and November to December. If you do decide to visit at one of these times, November and December is a better option, with short, sharp showers swiftly followed by sunshine.  

Excursions in and around Zanzibar

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Flight Information

There are a number of carriers flying from the UK to Tanzania.

Direct Flights: There are no direct carriers to Zanzibar.

Indirect Flights: Kenya Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly to Tanzania and Zanzibar from London Heathrow via Nairobi. Kenya Airways has an unrivalled route network making any safari and beach combination possible. Oman Air & Qatar Airways also have access into Tanzania (including the island of Zanzibar) via their respective hubs.

Departure Taxes: There is an International departure tax of US$ 48, however this is usually included in the cost of your flight ticket. Please contact your airline if you are unsure.

Please note that from 01st July 2015, a new tax system proposal has been brought into effect for passengers visiting Zanzibar & Pemba Island:

  • A US$1 per person per night 'infrastructure tax' has been implemented. This will be requested from you upon check-in at your hotel/resort so please prepare for this in advance.
  • There are also calls to add a US$1 per person departure tax (in addition to the existing taxes already included in your air ticket) for all travellers departing from airports and seaports. You will be asked to pay this directly upon departure at the airport or seaport so please prepare for this in advance.
  • The proposal also looks to increase the current airport safety fee from US$8 to US$9. You will be expected to pay this dollar on departure so please prepare for this in advance.

Visa Information

British passport holders are required a visa to enter Tanzania. We recommend you obtain this prior to travel , however it is possible to obtain a single entry visa on arrival for US$ 50. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Tanzania. Please contact the Tanzanian High Commission for up to date country and visa information on 0207 569 1470.

Currency

The official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, which cannot be bought or sold outside Tanzania. You can change US Dollars, UK Pounds, and Euros at banks and currency exchanges when you get there. US Dollars are widely accepted; you will need them to purchase visas when you arrive and pay for park entry fees.

How to get your currency

A combination of US Dollars and Tanzanian Shillings is the best option for your holiday in Tanzania. Make sure you get undamaged, newer dollar bills; many places do not accept those printed before 2005. Most high-end hotels and safari lodges accept Visa and MasterCard, but restaurants and shops do not usually accept credit cards. Cash machines can be found in larger towns and airports. Traveller's cheques are not commonly used and can be expensive and time consuming to change.

Currency code

TZS

Tipping

Tipping is common practice in Tanzania and safari rangers and guides as well as hotel staff rely heavily on tipping.

You should tip driver guides and trackers approximately $15 per day per person and always tip porters and hotel staff approximately $1 per service they perform for you. Whenever possible, give your tips directly to the staff you want to thank.