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.
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Zanzibar
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
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
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
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.
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.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
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 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 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
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Zanzibar.