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Zanzibar Holidays

Holidays in Zanzibar

Zanzibar holidays provide the ideal marriage between perfect beaches and scenic islands. Spreading out into the desirable Zanzibar archipelago, it offers a mesmerising mix of nature and humanity. Inhale the heady mix coming from the spice stalls in Stone Town, head inland to the Kichwele Forest Reserve or settle back on one of the finest beaches along the east coast of the island.

With an archipelago known for its hundreds of species of fish, divers and snorkellers will put this Tanzanian island at the top of their list to explore. Foodies will love sampling the mix of spices that enhance many of the country’s best dishes. Keen wildlife enthusiasts can meet giant tortoises on Changuu.

Luxurious activities on holidays in Zanzibar

Hayes & Jarvis specialises in creating unique holidays to suit each individual client. With dozens of destinations available worldwide, we provide those extra touches that turn a holiday into a memory to be savoured. From an adventurous diving trip to a lazy and romantic break with your loved one, our expertise will steer you towards the trip you desire.

A Zanzibar holiday combined with Tanzania provides a chance to savour the finest safari locations in the world. If you’re keen to visit South Africa, our Cape Town and Zanzibar multi centre tour ticks both boxes in style. The Masai Mara game reserve is another highlight of South Africa and forms part of our Kenya Safari and Zanzibar experience.

Destination Highlights
  • Relax on a dhow cruise
  • Browse the Darajani Market
  • Enjoy snorkelling and diving
  • Unwind on incredible beaches
  • See rare colobus monkeys
  • Visit Zanzibar’s Old Fort
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, vibrant town holds 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 Mount Kilimanjaro, for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. If you want something really special, upgrade your room to a Luxury Ocean Front Pool Villa.”

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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Guide Price

£1,749 pp

The Residence Zanzibar
Swimming pool

Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club

Zanzibar

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Average: 3.5 (1 vote)
Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club
Swimming pool

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Zanzibar

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The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

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, as such; 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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