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Destination

Zanzibar Holidays

Escape to paradise and leave the world behind

Draped with mesmerising shores and refreshed by a gentle ocean breeze, Zanzibar is the perfect tonic following a safari or desert expedition and promises pure indulgence in paradise.

If you’re a keen diver or snorkeller, head to the archipelago – a perfect all-year diving destination – for some of the most stunning coral reefs and underwater sights imaginable. Alternatively, relax on a traditional dhow boat cruise along the exquisite Indian Ocean coastline. Or, for a more cultural experience, meander along the streets and wander through 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 soft white sands and turquoise crystal seas provide the ultimate contrast to the African plains and thriving wildlife scene. Spend at least four nights unwinding on this stunning island, and you'll forget 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, 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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