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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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Styles of Travel to Zanzibar

Upcoming Zanzibar Trips

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Big Five Safari Explorer - 36 days Nairobi 15 Oct 2016 USD $3,505 Big Five Safari Explorer - 36 days Map
Kenya to Cape - 43 days Nairobi 15 Oct 2016 USD $3,505 Kenya to Cape - 43 days Map
Great African Expedition - 57 days Nairobi 15 Oct 2016 USD $5,035 Great African Expedition - 57 days Map
Wildlife Express - 22 days Nairobi 15 Oct 2016 USD $2,065 Wildlife Express - 22 days Map
Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Nairobi 15 Oct 2016 USD $2,785 Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Map
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 Overland Safari Tours

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.

Nungwi Beach | Zanzibar | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Zebras & Zanzibar

11 days | FROM USD $1,435

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

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East Africa Encompassed

16 days | FROM USD $2,960

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

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Zimbabwe to Zanzibar

16 days | FROM USD $1,615

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

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Wildlife Express

22 days | FROM USD $2,065

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

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Zanzibar Safari Holidays

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 Beaches | Zanzibar | TanzaniaTailored To Suit You

Simply Zanzibar

5 days | FROM USD $899

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

Dhow boat Zanzibar | Tanzania | AfricaTailored To Suit You

Tanzania Safari & Beach

14 days | FROM USD $7,579

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

Zanzibar tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.53 out of 5 based on 19 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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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.

Zanzibar Travel Guide

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

Best time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Zanzibar

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

Top Travel Tips

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

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Zanzibar and info on getting your visa

Get to know Zanzibar

Recommended Reading

  • The Africa Bar
    by Nick Haes
  • Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar
    by Emily Reute
  • Zanzibar
    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 Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

Our winners have been announced! View the winners gallery..

Feelgood Competition Entry 'Like I was living the life I had always wanted'
When I travelled to Zanzibar I felt
Like I was living the life I had always wanted

“The people of Zanzibar are very culturally diverse, resulting in some of the most beautiful people I have ever encountered. I loved meeting and to - I...”

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