Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline is magical, with tranquil islands and sleepy coastal villages steeped in centuries of Swahili culture.
Here, Zanzibar offers a space to relax and rejuvenate. Its powdery beaches are backed by palm trees and massive baobabs, and warm crystal blue waters that are famed for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Take an easy walk through the old town to experience the culture and history - visit the old slave quarter at Stone Town or browse the heavenly spice markets. In the evenings, sample delicious fresh seafood caught fresh that day.
Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and little has changed in the last 200 years. The grand old Arabian homes lining the narrow streets and winding alleys give the city its own unique charm. Stone Town is also the port for trips out to Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island, where stories are told of rebellious slaves.
What to Expect
Zanzibar is a great escape for couples and the solo traveler alike. We have range of handpicked accommodation, suited to any taste and environment.
Each area of the island has something different to offer, and there are many stunning boat trips available to the smaller islands off the main coast, such as Changuu Island.
South of the island is where you’ll find golden sand and coral reefs – a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving. It tends to be less busy in the south, so if you’re looking for a real getaway, head south.
The north is home to the islands nightlife and is a popular tourism hotspot. Here, the ocean is beautifully warm, and you can spend the day relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean. Then in the evening, head into town for a wide choice of restaurants and entertainment.
If you’re looking for a little water action, head east for kite surfing and water activities. There are beautiful beaches here again, and this side of the island offers a more laid-back vibe.
Back over to the west is where you’ll find Stone Town. The windy roads and cobble streets take you through an architectural history of the town, leading down to the markets and traditional restaurants. Stone Town is also the place to pick up a boat trip for one of the smaller island excursions.
It takes no more than an hour to cross the island, and you can travel by scooter or taxi. But if you want an early start on the kite surfing or boat tour, you could well consider taking in two different spots. However you decide to spend your vacation, we can assist with hotels, transfers and day tour bookings.
All transfers to and from the airport to your hotel, including transfers from your previous climb or safari if part of your Travel Tanzania itinerary.
Travel Tanzania can arrange day tours to Jozani Forest Tour, Prison Island, Safari Blue excursions on request.