The Zanzibar archipelago consists of over 50 islands – which vary from tiny outcrops to the larger, more populated islands of Zanzibar (more properly called ‘Unguja Island’) and Pemba. The beaches are often stunning: powdery white sand, shaded by palm trees. The sea is shallow, but venture further out into the sparkling, turquoise water and you’ll find coral reefs for great snorkelling and diving. The larger islands are lush and highly fertile and everywhere the air is suffused with the aroma of fruit and spices; it’s an intoxicating, exotic atmosphere.
Popular as a post-safari choice, a Zanzibar holiday can also be a great stand-alone escape. The island offers an exceptional diversity of accommodation, from simple beach lodges and small boutique hotels to all-inclusive beach resorts and even the odd luxury hotel.
For those in search of a remote island getaway, Tanzania has two other gems: Mafia Island, a long-time favourite of diving aficionados, and the newly accessible hideaway of Fanjove.
Zanzibar beach holidays
Options for a Zanzibar beach holiday are many, but broadly, the island can be divided into five: Nungwi in the north, the east coast, the south-east, the west coast, and a few offshore islands.
Two or three hours’ drive from Stone Town, the village of Nungwi marks the northernmost tip of Zanzibar. Surrounded on three sides by turquoise-blue ocean, Nungwi has long been a magnet for visitors seeking paradise. Come for some good diving and beaches, and proximity to a lively village where there’s always a lot going on.
Zanzibar’s east coast is lined with long, powder-white beaches. To the north, numerous small resorts boast similar beaches, yet all are quite different. Offshore you’re find the magical Mnemba Island – the ultimate island lodge for those who can afford it!
Continuing along Zanzibar’s south-east coast, the beaches remain stunning: powder-white sand with a barrier reef, lots of palm trees and a significant tidal range. The villages become a little sleepier and more relaxed as you head south, and Jambiani, in particular, is very relaxed indeed: for an authentic visit to a friendly village, you can’t beat it.
In south-west Zanzibar, the Fumba Peninsula is a very laid-back and friendly corner of the island, with two good lodges, while offshore is the award-winning eco-resort on Chumbe Island.
A 30-minute flight north-east of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island is comparable in size, but far more traditional in outlook, and tourist numbers here are tiny. Apart from a handful of honeymooners, most come for the diving, which can be excellent – although it’s really best suited to advanced divers.
Equally magical, although not part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, is the Mafia Archipelago. More remote, and quieter, than many places on Zanzibar, Mafia Island offers some superb diving and snorkelling in its own marine park, served by just a few small lodges. And new on the Tanzania beach holiday scene is Fanjove Island, an ideal spot to wind down after a safari in southern Tanzania.
What to expect on a Zanzibar beach holiday
Sun, sea and sand: a Zanzibar beach holiday offers these in abundance. Zanzibar’s beaches differ, but almost all feature crystal-clear waters lapping at the edge of powdery-white sand that trickles through the toes. Be aware, though, that many beaches have large tidal ranges; at many, especially on Zanzibar’s east coast, swimming is possible only when the tide is in.
Zanzibar offers some excellent snorkelling, and world-class diving – which is centred around Mnemba Atoll to the north-west, and the Menai Bay Conservation Area, to the island’s south-west. But even if you’re not a water baby, the chance to view the coastline from a traditional wooden dhow is not to be missed.
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TVZNZ01: STONE TOWN TOUR
This is an interesting three – hours very guided tour which takes you to most historical sites in this wonderful Spice Island of Zanzibar. You will visit Zanzibar town market (opened 1904).
Here you will be able to see and buy, tropical fruits and spices ( if you wish). You will also feel the pulse of Zanzibar and hear different dialects being spoken by the people at the market.
From there you will proceed to Old slave Market which now stands the Anglican Church of Christ built by Bishop Edward Steers in 1874 on the site of the old slave market. Remember Zanzibar was the Slave Centre Market in Africa up to 6th June 1873. You will see tiny and dingy room where the slaves were kept (Slave Chambers) before sent for the auction table which was placed in the Old slave market. You will then be driven or walk (optional) to National Museum of Zanzibar the (House of wonder built in 1883) to see many interesting relics from the time of the Sultans as you will remember Zanzibar ruled by Sultanate of Oman for couple of years, and also details of the early Explores.
Then a drive along the beach road up to Forodhani Gardens where you will see the Old British Consulate(the house where the body of late Dr. Living stone was kept and later sent to Britain), the Arab Old Fort built (1700), High Court Building, Old German Consulate, Africa House – (former English Club) Tip Tip House, kelele Square, OldBritish Consulate, Orphanage Home, Forodhani Gardens, Sultan Palace (Palace Museum). Also you will be luck to watch former French Hotel in Zanzibar ,Custom House, Old Dispensary, Old Harbor are among the topic in this guided tour in Zanzibar.
Afterwards a leisure walking through the narrow streets of Stone town (old part of Zanzibar town) where most of the houses date back to more than 250 years. In this part of town you will find a lot of exotic small bazaars and shops. Meet Zanzibari People doing their local shopping ( they are very friendly and assistance) Finally you will be taken to Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar in (1880) and Dr. Living stone House built in (1866 )
TVZNZ02:SPICE TOUR 3HRS
This is another Extra ordinary Excursion which is not only a Tour but it is very rare experience which Prove out why Zanzibar is referred to as the “Spice Island”,Tropical fruits, spices and other rare species of plants are among the different vegetation to be seen , tested and smelled in this very guided tour. This Three hours guided tour begins and end up at your hotel ,sea port or Airport via Kidichi, Kibweni Palace (Sultan rest House) to view the Persian Baths built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan (first Sultan of Zanzibar) for his wife Princess Shehrzard (grand daughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia). At Kizimbani Village you will visit Spice and tropical fruits Farms to see smells and test varieties of Tropical fruits & Spices. Zanzibar offers many Fresh Spices including (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black peppers, roots gingers ,vanilla sticks,lemon grass , nutmeg) and many others, Tropical Fruits like ,jack fruit, bread fruit, pineapples, bananas, coconut,mangles,malay apples ) and many others. Rare plants such as henna bush,Ylang lang (the perfume tree), anator (lipstick tree) are to be seen. Clients shall see the local peoples at their pulse and have opportunity to make good photographs.
TVZNZ03: 4 NIGHTS/ 5 DAYS SPECIAL PACKAGE -min 2 PAX
Meet and greet at Zanzibar airport then picked up to Tembo hotel for 1 night. LATER guided stone town tour which they will be taken to all historical site then they will have time for shopping.
Transferred to sunset kendwa resort at north for 3 night on bed and breakfast basis
Earlier in the morning at 6:30am they will be taken to kizimkazi village where they will meet special boat and guide special for dolphin house tour which last for three hours. After dolphin tour they will be taken to Jozan forest for red monkeys and mangrove tour which last for two hours
Morning after breakfast they will be taken to guided stone town tour where they will meet their special boat for sprison island trip tour, After prison island tour , they will be taken to spice farm for spice plantation tour and having chance of buying fresh spice from the farm.
Half day relaxing on the beach which later transferred to airport for your flight
COST $ 1230 PPS
The package include
All road and water transfers *All tours & excursion *HB Accomodation
All entrance fees and conservation fees *All entrance fees at historical sites and conservation areas
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