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About Zanzibar

With pristine white sand beaches, azure waters and laid back beach bars, Zanzibar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine after an action packed safari. UNESCO listed Stone Town is rich in history and culture, with a labyrinth of narrow streets, ancient buildings and bustling bazaars and Nungwi in the north is a beautiful beachside resort with plenty of bars, restaurants and local markets.

Zanzibar, ‘the spice island,’ has an extremely interesting history and culture as it was the centre of the slave and spice trades in the 1800s. Zanzibar is one of the most fascinating places in East Africa, despite a heavy increase in tourism since the early 1990s. Thanks to an ambitious and far-reaching preservation programme funded by UNESCO and the Aga Khan Foundation, many famous old buildings have been restored, or are in the process of being renovated.

No visit to Zanzibar would be complete without a visit to the spice plantations. Delight your senses on a guided tour, and learn about the assortment of spices such as cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadfruit, jackfruit, vanilla and lemongrass, and their various uses. It was the wonderful spice plantations that brought the beginnings of Zanzibar’s infamous slave trade dating back to the 1840’s.

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Zanzibar Tours

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Zanzibar Hotels

If you are planning a Zanzibar holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Baraza Resort & Spa Zanzibar

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

One of Zanzibar's most exclusive resorts, Baraza evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. The 30 palatial villas have luxury interiors, hand carved furniture, stunning en suites and private terraces complete with plunge pool. The resort boasts a number excellent dining options including the Sultan's Dining Room. Guests can head to the Dhahabu Bar & Lounge for perfect sundowners after a long day at the beach! Located on Paje beach on Zanzibar's southeast coast - named as one of the top 30 in the world by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

Diamond Dreams of Zanzibar Zanzibar

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Located on the East Coast of Zanzibar, Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar is superb 5 star all inclusive Resort nestled in the midst of exotic gardens on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. The exclusive and elegant atmosphere of the hotel is perfect for guests avid of a perfect hideaway.

Matemwe Lodge Zanzibar

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering superb diving and snorkeling, and beaches of the finest white sand, Matemwe's secluded location and famed relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal place to unwind. Each suite has a private veranda with a hammock and couch, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Sandies Neptune Pwani Beach Zanzibar

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Friendly and spacious, Sandies Neptune Pwani Beach is a retreat that has been meticulously created, emulating traditional Zanzibar style, using the best in local design, interiors and furnishing.

Sultan Sands Resort Zanzibar

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

It is a uniquely constructed magical Africa resort, with a choice of 76 rooms built in African style rondavels. The rooms are spacious and has a great range of facilities.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Zanzibar Tailor made suggestions

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