Holidays to Zanzibar

Travel to Zanzibar with On The Go Tours

With pristine white sand beaches and the azure Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is a little slice of paradise, and has many stunning beach resorts including Kiwengwa on the east coast and Nungwi in the north. It also offers some of the best diving in the world, with lush coral reefs and a diverse range of sea life including dolphins, turtles, whale shark and manta-rays.

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Most of our trips to Zanzibar are part of longer overland safaris in East Africa, where we stop for a few days of R&R on this idyllic island. We also offer a 5-day beach break in Zanzibar and holiday combining the best of Tanzania's national park with a few days at the end in Zanzibar.

Top Zanzibar Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Wildlife Express - 22 days Nairobi, Kenya 04 Mar 2017 USD $1,033 was $2,065 2-for-1 Wildlife Express - 22 days Map
An African Adventure - 37 days Cape Town, South Africa 04 Mar 2017 USD $1,528 was $3,055 2-for-1 An African Adventure - 37 days Map
Kenya to Kruger - 33 days Nairobi, Kenya 04 Mar 2017 USD $1,393 was $2,785 2-for-1 Kenya to Kruger - 33 days Map
Zebras & Zanzibar - 11 days Nairobi, Kenya 04 Mar 2017 USD $718 was $1,435 2-for-1 Zebras & Zanzibar - 11 days Map
Kenya to Cape - 43 days Nairobi, Kenya 04 Mar 2017 USD $1,753 was $3,505 2-for-1 Kenya to Cape - 43 days Map

Zanzibar Overland Safari Tours

Zebras & Zanzibar

11 days | FROM USD $1,435

The perfect combo of action and idyllic island relaxation! Option to &...

East Africa Encompassed

16 days | FROM USD $2,960

Go wild on this game viewing adventure through the best of East From...

Zimbabwe to Zanzibar

16 days | FROM USD $1,615

Starting off at the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, travel in...

Wildlife Express

22 days | FROM USD $2,065

Take a walk on the wild side. Track the African elephant, lion, and on...

Gorilla Trek and Tanzania

25 days | FROM USD $2,785

From the wilds of the Masai Mara, to gorillas in Uganda, safari in the...

Wildlife, Falls and Beaches

27 days | FROM USD $3,775

Starting in Nairobi and ending at the thunderous Victoria Falls, take...

Kenya to Kruger

33 days | FROM USD $2,785

Enjoy a real African adventure, from Nairobi to Johannesburg. Check of...

Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days | FROM USD $3,505

Adventure overdrive. Trekking for gorilla, game-spotting, kicking back...

An African Adventure

37 days | FROM USD $3,055

See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled and...

Kenya to Cape

43 days | FROM USD $3,505

Embark on an overland journey across almost half the African A heady ...

The Big Overlander

47 days | FROM USD $4,405

Experience the contrasts and raw appeal of this majestic continent up...

Great African Expedition

57 days | FROM USD $5,035

An epic expedition that heads south from Kenya via Uganda to Cape trek...

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What better way to complement an adventurous overland safari expedition than with a few days relaxing on pristine sand beaches with plenty of water-based activities for those looking to keep their energy levels up? That's why we include 3 nights in Zanzibar on a number of our overland safari itineraries where you can choose where on the island you wish to stay and the standard of accommodation - opt for basic beach hut charm or glamorous resorts with our tour leader there to assist.

Zanzibar Safari Holidays

Zanzibar Beaches | Zanzibar | TanzaniaSimply Zanzibar - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Simply Zanzibar

5 days | FROM USD $995

From the historic Stone Town in the old part of Zanzibar City to the 5...

Dhow boat Zanzibar | Tanzania | AfricaTanzania Safari & Beach - 14 days MapTailored To Suit You

Tanzania Safari & Beach

14 days | FROM USD $8,035

A perfect combination of safari and relaxation, visiting Lake Manyara...

Discover the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar on a 5 day holiday with your choice of departure date and accommodation or combine some beach time on the island with a week's safari in Tanzania visiting the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Zanzibar tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.56 out of 5 based on 18 recent reviews — See All Zanzibar Reviews

Our tour guide Peter was great! Very friendly and knowledgeable when asked questions along the way. It was just a shame that he couldn't come with the group to the Serengeti. ”  

Emma Farkas • Submitted 9 Aug 2016

Kapillar, Joseph and Steven did an amazing job.

The meals were delicious, there was lots of food and a great variety, Joseph and Kapillar worked hard to accommodate all the different diets.

The group brought a variety of personalities, with many different travel styles and expectations. Kapillar did an amazing job of balancing the needs of everyone. He was very patient when some guests were challenging, and he always had a smile on his face.

Our tour was enhanced 100% because of the guides we had. They were approachable and smart, and brought a great dynamic to the group. If we come to Africa again, we will be asking for this team! ”  

Brianne Niles • Submitted 4 Aug 2016

Extremely knowledgeable, humble and helpful. He always went out of his way to help us during this tour.”  

Rajashree Majumdar • Submitted 25 Jul 2016

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The spice island
Stone Town and the Spice Plantations

Zanzibar has a fascinating history as it was the centre of the slave and spice trades in the 1800s and UNESCO-listed Stone Town, with its labyrinth of narrow streets, ancient buildings and bustling bazaars, is at its cultural heart. Known as The Spice Island, no visit to Zanzibar would be complete without a visit to the spice plantations, a true delight for your senses.

Zanzibar Travel Guide

All you need to know when planning your Zanzibar holiday from visas to when to go.

Stone Town is a great place to visit in Zanzibar

Best Places To Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Zanzibar

Best time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Zanzibar

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Zanzibar and info on getting your visa

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Recommended Reading

  • The Africa Bar
    by Nick Haes
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    by Emily Reute
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    by Giles Foden
Did you know...?

Facts about Zanzibar

  • The shortest war in history took place in Zanzibar - it was between the UK and Zanzibar and lasted 38 minutes.
  • Freddie Mercury, late frontman for the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar and lived there until he was a teenager.
  • Zanzibar is home to the Coconut Crab, the largest crab on earth, which can weigh up to 4kg and measure 1 metre.

Zanzibar Travel Advice:

We stay well informed of current travel guidance for Zanzibar and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online Travel Resources for Zanzibar:

REFER TO: Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Zanzibar Tourist Organisation site and the latest Zanzibar Weather Updates from the BBC.

Zanzibar Dreaming

The azure waters and soft white sands of Zanzibar offer an idyllic end to an action packed safari or a relaxing interlude during one of our longer overland adventures. 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, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg, and their various uses. It was the spice plantations that brought the beginnings of Zanzibar’s infamous slave trade dating back to the 1840s, which you can learn all about on a tour of historic Stone Town.

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