Zanzibar Trips & Tours

Combine idyllic Zanzibar island with a safari adventure in East Africa with our range of Zanzibar trips and tours.



With beautiful beaches and the azure Indian Ocean, Zanzibar island is a little slice of paradise and has many stunning beach resorts including Kiwengwa on the east coast and Nungwi to the north. It also offers some of the best diving in the world, with vibrant coral reefs and a diverse range of sea life to spot on a boat tour including dolphins, turtles, whale sharks, and manta rays. The capital of the archipelago is Zanzibar City, and its old quarter of Stone Town is also an excellent place to discover the local culture, best seen on a Stone Town tour. A visit to a spice plantation is a must. And for a unique wildlife experience, head to Prison Island, home to endangered Aldabra giant tortoises.

Most of our trips to Zanzibar island 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 tours combining the best of Tanzania's national parks with a few days at the end in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar is the perfect culture, beach and safari adventure destination. From the wildlife-rich national parks of Kenya and Tanzania, meeting Maasai warriors and rounding it all off with a few days on the beaches of this tropical paradise. Explore Zanzibar island with On The Go Tours.

Zanzibar Overland Camping & Accommodated Safaris

The majority of our tours stop in Zanzibar for a few days of R&R as part of one of our longer overland camping safaris. These trips cross East and Southern Africa in a rugged overland truck, escorted by a two or three-person crew and staying in twin tents. Everyone in the group helps with setting up camp and cooking. We reach Unguja (Zanzibar island) by ferry and stay in a campsite right on the beach, perfect for spending your time here lazing by the Indian Ocean coast, and for heading out to explore Stone Town. Some of our Zanzibar tours also offer an Accommodated upgrade, if you'd prefer to stay in simple chalet accommodation, rather than camping!

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Tanzania & Zanzibar

10 days | FROM NZD $3,880

CAMPING SAFARI: Take in the best wildlife experiences that Tanzania has to offer, with included game...

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Tanzania & Zanzibar (Accommodated)

10 days | FROM NZD $4,406

ACOMMODATED SAFARI: Take in the best wildlife experiences that Tanzania has to offer, with included...

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Zanzibar & Tanzania

11 days | FROM NZD $4,008

CAMPING SAFARI: Take in the best of Tanzania including a 4-day Zanzibar beach break on this 11-day...

Overlanding Range

Zanzibar & Tanzania (Accommodated)

11 days | FROM NZD $4,532

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Take in the best of Tanzania including a 4-day Zanzibar beach break on this 11-day...

Overlanding Range

Masai Mara & Tanzania Explorer

13 days | FROM NZD $6,073

CAMPING SAFARI: Go in search of wildlife in Kenya's famed Masai Mara Reserve before exploring...

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Masai Mara & Tanzania Explorer (Accommodated)

13 days | FROM NZD $6,728

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Go in search of wildlife in Kenya's famed Masai Mara Reserve before exploring...

Overlanding Range

Nairobi to Zambia

21 days | FROM NZD $4,875

CAMPING SAFARI: Journey from Kenya to Zambia on this 21-day overland camping safari which also visits...

Overlanding Range

Nairobi to Zambia (Accommodated)

21 days | FROM NZD $6,710

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Journey from Kenya to Zambia on this 21-day overland accommodated safari which...

Overlanding Range

Zambia to Nairobi

21 days | FROM NZD $5,036

CAMPING SAFARI: Uncover the highlights of Eastern Africa on this 21-day overland camping safari which...

Overlanding Range

Zambia to Nairobi (Accommodated)

21 days | FROM NZD $6,305

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Uncover the highlights of Eastern Africa on this 21-day overland accommodated...

Overlanding Range

East Africa Explorer

24 days | FROM NZD $7,348

CAMPING SAFARI: Discover the best of East Africa, from wildlife to beaches on this 24-day camping...

Overlanding Range

East Africa Explorer (Accommodated)

24 days | FROM NZD $9,293

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Discover the best of East Africa, from wildlife to beaches on this 24-day...

Overlanding Range

Kruger to the Serengeti

29 days | FROM NZD $6,966

CAMPING SAFARI: Travel overland from South Africa to Kenya on this 29-day camping safari from Pretoria...

Overlanding Range

Kruger to the Serengeti (Accommodated)

29 days | FROM NZD $9,212

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Travel overland from South Africa to Kenya on this 29-day safari. Spot iconic...

Overlanding Range

Masai Mara to Kruger

31 days | FROM NZD $9,167

CAMPING SAFARI: Travelling from Kenya to South Africa, discover the diverse landscapes, rich culture...

Overlanding Range

Masai Mara to Kruger (Accommodated)

31 days | FROM NZD $12,191

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Travelling from Kenya to South Africa, discover the diverse landscapes, rich...

Overlanding Range

The Big Overlander Northbound

41 days | FROM NZD $8,921

CAMPING SAFARI: Set off from Cape Town in South Africa and travel north through seven countries to...

Overlanding Range

The Big Overlander Northbound (Accommodated)

41 days | FROM NZD $13,136

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Set off from Cape Town in South Africa and travel north through seven countries to...

Overlanding Range

The Big Overlander

43 days | FROM NZD $11,267

CAMPING SAFARI: Discover seven countries on this 6-week overland camping safari taking in the best of...

Overlanding Range

The Big Overlander (Accommodated)

43 days | FROM NZD $16,223

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Discover seven countries on this 6-week overland safari taking in the best of...

Private Zanzibar Trips

Perhaps you don't want to book a group tour, or aren't interested in a safari and just want to explore the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar? If this is the case, then our private Zanzibar package trips could be for you. The 5-day Simply Zanzibar tour enjoys plenty of time to relax on the beach, as well as a spice farm tour and a Stone Town tour. This is the old part of Zanzibar city, the capital of the archipelago. For more information about this trip, contact our Reservations team today.
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Simply Zanzibar

5 days | FROM NZD $3,025

PRIVATE TOUR: From the historic Stone Town in the old part of Zanzibar City to the magnificent white...

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Frequently asked questions about our Zanzibar Trips & Tours

Where is Zanzibar?

Zanzibar archipelago is located off the coast of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. It comprises two large islands (Pemba and Unguja) and numerous smaller ones. Unguja is the main island, often referred to as Zanzibar Island. The capital of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City, on Unguja. And our tours focus on the older part of the city, known as Stone Town. Although part of Tanzania, Zanzibar is semi-autonomous, with its own government and national assembly. Spices and tourism are the main industries of the archipelago, which is also renowned for its marine ecosystems and endemic wildlife, plus the rare Aldabra giant tortoises of Prison Island.

How should I spend my time in Zanzibar?

On our overland camping tours, we deliberately include lots of free time for you to explore the island as you see fit. There is an included spice tour and a sunset dhow cruise, but other than that, you're at leisure!

Some of the many activities we recommend are a visit to Prison Island and a dolphin tour to take in some of the region's marine life. You could also go for a hike in the archipelago's only national park - Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park. This is the largest surviving intact area of forest in Zanzibar, home to the endemic Zanzibar red colobus monkey and the Zanzibar servaline genet. It is also an Important Bird Area, as designated by BirdLife International. If the heavily persecuted Zanzibar Leopard (sadly presumed extinct) does persist, it is likely to be here.

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

The peak season for visiting Zanzibar island is June - October. These months offer the most reliable weather for exploring Stone Town and relaxing on the beach, with little or no rainfall and warm but not stifling temperatures. There is more information in our guide to visiting.

What do I need to pack for my camping safari to East Africa?

If travelling on one of our camping trips, we recommend you read our guide to overland camping safaris. You can also see a detailed packing list in the Trip Notes for each tour.

Some of the important items to remember are: sleeping bag, travel pillow, towel, Mosquito spray (with active DEET ingredient), your own personal first aid kit, torch, antibacterial wipes, a photocopy of your passport data, and your Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

What is the local payment for on your Zanzibar camping tours?

The local payment is a cost per person that needs to be paid in US Dollars cash only. It is this payment that in part covers the park fees and other inclusions such as meals as detailed on each tour page. The local payment also covers your arrival transfer and first night’s accommodation.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations in the US dollar, the local payment amount may be subject to changes. This payment will be collected by your tour leader at the Welcome Meeting on day 1 of your escorted tour. Our Reservations team can give you more information about the local payment, the cost of which can be found on each tour page.

How big are the groups on your Zanzibar trips?

On our overland Zanzibar trips and safaris, the maximum group size is 30, and these tours depart with a minimum of 4 passengers.

Will I be escorted by a tour guide in Zanzibar?

On our overland African safari tours in Zanzibar, you will be escorted by a three-person crew comprised of a qualified tour leader who will act as your guide, as well as a driver and cook.

Is Zanzibar a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?

According to the 2022 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, Tanzania scores an F rating for LGBTQ+ traveller safety, ranking 185th out of 203 countries.

Same sex marriage is illegal and there are no constitutional or worker protections in place for the LGBTQ+ community, although there is limited criminalization of violence against LGBTQ+ individuals. 0 - 25% of consulted citizens consider Tanzania a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. Any acts of homosexuality are liable to imprisonment from 30 years to life, and indecent behaviour in regard to homosexuality earns up to 5 years in prison. Please note that as Zanzibar sets its own laws, the punishments for homosexual acts are slightly different to mainland Tanzania, but they are still imprisonment.

This does not mean members of the LGBTQ+ community shouldn’t visit Tanzania or Zanzibar, but precautions should be taken when travelling. As long as you use common sense, travelling in Tanzania and Zanzibar shouldn’t be a problem.

The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travellers to the country.

Can I drink the tap water in Zanzibar?

The tap water on Zanzibar island is not safe for travellers to drink and should be avoided as it could make travellers unwell, including in Zanzibar City and Stone Town. This includes avoiding drinks with ice, and eating salads that may have been washed in the tap water. Stick to filtered and bottled water, making sure bottles are sealed.

I heard that there is a strict plastic bag ban in Tanzania?

You heard correct. Single use plastic bags were banned in Tanzania in 2019, to help reduce pollution and conserve Tanzania's incredible environment. This ban also extends to Zanzibar. Passengers arriving at any airport can face on-the-spot fines for bringing plastic bags into the country. This includes plastic bags in both your checked luggage and carry-on luggage, as well as duty-free plastic bags.

We strongly recommend avoiding packing any plastic bags in your luggage before you travel to Tanzania. You should also remove any items purchased at departure airports from your bags before boarding. Double check your luggage before disembarking in Tanzania and leave any plastic bags on the plane. There is an exemption for ziplock bags used to carry liquids for travelling, though you must make sure not to discard these in Tanzania.

Will I have to pay more as a solo traveller to Zanzibar?

On our overland camping tours, solo travellers will be matched up with another solo traveller of the same sex, with whom they will share a tent. If there is no other solo traveller of the same sex on the tour, you will have a tent to yourself at no extra cost.

What is the current travel advice for Tanzania and Zanzibar?

As a United Kingdom-based company, we follow the latest up to date travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO). You can see the latest travel advice and local laws for Tanzania and Zanzibar island and archipelago here.

The Spice Island

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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The Best of our Zanzibar Trips

Famous for its tropical beaches, biodiverse marine ecosystems and vibrant spice markets, Zanzibar is the perfect place to while away a few days after a bucket-list safari to Kenya and Tanzania. Here are the highlights of a visit to the archipelago, from the tortoises of Prison Island to a memorable spice tour.

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Stone Town

You'll definitely want to visit Stone Town, the old part of the archipelago's capital and the cultural centre. It's a warren of narrow streets and historic buildings in which to lose yourself on a walking tour. The smells of local spices punctuate the air as you stroll through bazaars on a Stone Town tour, and Zanzibar's multicultural heritage is evident with African, Indian, Arab and European influences mingling.

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Spice Farm & Spice Tour

Spices are Zanzibar's most famous export, and much of the archipelago is given over to spice plantations. One of the most popular activities for travellers to the region is to visit a spice farm or plantation. Cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg are just some of the spices grown, and it's also a good opportunity to get out into the countryside to see a different side of Zanzibar.

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Coastal dhow cruise

Dhows are elegant Arab sailboats that have become symbolic of Zanzibar and the laid-back way of life here. Sailing serenely around the archipelago, they have also become popular with tourists, who can book a peaceful cruise. Engines are used to take you around 1km from shore, before the sail is erected and you can enjoy a serene sunset - such an amazing experience!

aldabra giant tortoise - zanzibar

Prison Island

A former slave prison with a troubled history, Prison Island is now a particularly beautiful slice of Zanzibar and a good place to visit on a Zanzibar day trip. A 30 minute ferry from Stone Town, it is characterized by crystal clear, calm seas that are perfect for snorkelling. And Prison Island is famous for the large population of Aldabra giant tortoises - second only in size to their cousins of the Galapagos. Native to the Seychelles, they were first brought to Zanzibar in 1919 and are now protected.

Need more information? Check out our ONLINE ZANZIBAR TRAVEL GUIDE!