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Zanzibar Holidays

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

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

£2,199 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

£1,759 pp

Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Club
Swimming pool

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Zanzibar

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,689 pp

The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Time Zone

GMT +3

Flight Time

Approx. 12 hours; indirect flights are available with Kenya Airways and British Airways via Nairobi from London Heathrow.

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

Health Information

Special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Zanzibar.

Things to do in Zanzibar

Zanzibar Island provides the perfect add-on to an African safari, offering utterly beautiful white sand beaches, caressed by the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean, as well as a unique cultural experience. Once a key port during East Africa’s spice trade era, you’ll find a fascinating mix of Arabic, Portuguese, African and European cultures. With fantastic diving, jungle tours and mesmerising sunsets, you’re going to love every inch of the Spice Island.

  • Stone Town

    Stone Town

    Immerse yourself in the culture of Stone Town on the far eastern side of the island. Visit the Old Fort of Zanzibar and wander around the colourful Darajani Market, which spills out from the main building. It began in over a century ago and is steeped in history as well as a flavour of the island’s culture today.

  • Dhow Zanzibar

    Dhow cruising

    The perfect way to watch the sunset, dhow cruises can be booked and boarded in Stone Town. The perfect romantic end to the day, enjoy a drink with your loved one as the sky changes colour above. It’s possible to combine the cruise with snorkelling too.

  • Seafood and spices

    Beautiful Zanzibar is the perfect backdrop to a special meal, and its fine seafood restaurants more than live up to their surroundings.

  • Archipelago Diving

    A diving paradise for the experienced, clear waters, coral reefs and glorious fish are ready to be discovered. Hundreds of species hide beneath the surface, with green turtles also making plentiful appearances on dive trips.

  • Forest Explorations

    Head inland to the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, the only place in the world where colobus monkeys reside. Spot more than three dozen species of birds on the Forest Nature Trail and follow the boardwalk to see the mangroves.

Best time to visit Zanzibar

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Average weather in January

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Zanzibar
27ºC
89mm

Average weather in February

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Zanzibar
28ºC
56mm

Average weather in March

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Zanzibar
26ºC
153mm

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Zanzibar
26ºC
401mm

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Zanzibar
26ºC
255mm

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Zanzibar
25ºC
68mm

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Zanzibar
24ºC
48mm

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Zanzibar
24ºC
47mm

Average weather in September

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Zanzibar
25ºC
50mm

Average weather in October

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Zanzibar
25ºC
97mm

Average weather in November

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Zanzibar
26ºC
226mm

Average weather in December

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Zanzibar
27ºC
194mm
  • Gina, Destination Specialist

    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

    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

    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.”

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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