Beach

Destination

Zanzibar Holidays

Leave the world behind

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
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT +3
  • 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.
  • Flight Time Approx.12 hours; Indirect flights are available with Kenya Airways and British Airways via Nairobi from London Heathrow.
  • Health Information Special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Zanzibar.

Top Tips from our Experts

Gina

Destination Specialist

“Mix up your beach stay and spend a night in historic Stone Town. Once home to Freddy Mercury, this exciting town holds the UNESCO world heritage site status.”

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

“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

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.

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

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,119 pp

Baraza Resort & Spa
The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,749 pp

The Residence Zanzibar
Swimming pool

Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club

Zanzibar

H&J Rating
Average: 3.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£1,529 pp

Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club
Swimming pool

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Zanzibar

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,679 pp

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

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