Combine the idyllic island of Zanzibar with a safari adventure in East Africa with our range of overland camping safaris, tailor-made holidays and beach breaks.

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. 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 holidays 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
Zimbabwe to Zanzibar - 16 days Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 26 Aug 2017 USD $1,292 was $1,615 20% off Zimbabwe to Zanzibar - 16 days Map
The Big Overlander - 47 days Nairobi, Kenya 08 Jul 2017 USD $4,405 The Big Overlander - 47 days Map
Great African Expedition - 57 days Nairobi, Kenya 08 Jul 2017 USD $5,035 Great African Expedition - 57 days Map
Wildlife Express - 22 days Nairobi, Kenya 08 Jul 2017 USD $2,065 Wildlife Express - 22 days Map
Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Nairobi, Kenya 08 Jul 2017 USD $2,785 Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Map
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Zanzibar Overland Safari Tours

Nungwi Beach | Zanzibar | AfricaZebras & Zanzibar - 11 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Zebras & Zanzibar

11 days | FROM USD $1,435

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

Masai men under Acacia trees | Kenya East Africa Encompassed - 16 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

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...

Running Cheetah | African Safaris | AfricaWildlife Express - 22 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Wildlife Express

22 days | FROM USD $2,065

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

Gorillas | Uganda | AfricaGorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Gorilla Trek and Tanzania

25 days | FROM USD $2,785

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

Lioness and Cub | Safari | AfricaWildlife, Falls and Beaches - 27 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Wildlife, Falls and Beaches

27 days | FROM USD $3,775

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

Leopard in a tree | African Safaris | AfricaKenya to Kruger - 33 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Kenya to Kruger

33 days | FROM USD $2,785

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

Herd of Elephants | Africa Safaris | AfricaBig Five Safari Explorer - 36 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days | FROM USD $3,505

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

Okavango Delta | Botswana | AfricaAn African Adventure - 37 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

An African Adventure

37 days | FROM USD $3,055

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

Table Mountain | Cape Town | South Africa | AfricaKenya to Cape - 43 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Kenya to Cape

43 days | FROM USD $3,505

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

Zebras | African Safaris | AfricaThe Big Overlander - 47 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

The Big Overlander

47 days | FROM USD $4,405

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

Lions in Samburu National Park | Kenya | AfricaGreat African Expedition - 57 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Great African Expedition

57 days | FROM USD $5,035

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

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 4.54 out of 5 based on 24 recent reviews — See All Zanzibar Reviews

Our tour guide, Makenzy, was really amazing.

Our cook, John, surprised us with a very good food every single day.

Our driver, Tom, was also amazing.

These three people really made our trip.”  

Pui Mei Hung • Submitted 29 Mar 2017

Hess was amazing. He was very organized and efficient. Very impressed by his people skills and his ability resolve issues and avoid any conflicts. I know that some of our group thought that he was not well organized or interactive enough. I learned that they were young and this was their first time traveling with a tour. We have traveled several times with Gate One, Roads Scholars, and Affordable Asia, so we have extensive experiences in which to make a comparison. Hess was highly organized, what they took as complacent, was his astute awareness as to when to back off and let us have alone time or chances to interact with each other. Everything we requested was accomplished. How he kept it all straight is beyond most people's abilities. One of the best guides we have ever had. ”  

Kathryn Owen • Submitted 16 Mar 2017

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

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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.

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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.

Useful Online Resources:

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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