Zanzibar has the prerequisites of an exotic island – sun, sand and exotic charm. Even the name holds a magical tone.
As the last stronghold of the African slave trade and the main growing area for cloves, the island has a ruthless side and yet the other side is the fragrance of paradise. The ruling sultans of this magical Zanzibar spice island used their wealth to build grandiose palaces and bath houses.
Zanzibar is a beautiful island, dotted with amazing beaches and secret coves while the interior is green; covered with growing cloves and cinnamon tree plantations. Ruins of palaces, baths and ancient mosques are scattered throughout the island and are a reminder to a bygone era of Sultans and slavery. The whole coast is surrounded by coral gardens that are embedded in turquoise tropical waters.
Zanzibar is a perfect add on to complete your Tanzanian safari, we usually recommend between 3 days and 7 days at one of Zanzibar’s beach hotels and this can then be followed by a night or two in Stonetown, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Zanzibar’s premier city.
It is possible to fly to Zanzibar from Arusha or for the more budget conscious it is possible to take a ferry from Dar Es Salaam.
Some of our most favoured accommodation on the Island:
Evergreen Bungalows is a small and relaxed family-run beach hotel located on the eastern side of the exotic east African island of Zanzibar. Situated in a palm garden directly on the beach, it overlooks the beautiful fine white sands and coconut palms of Bwejuu Beach.
Evergreen Bungalows … Zanzibar Bungalows
Blue Oyster Hotel
This is a small German owned hotel in the village of Jambiani. It does not offer the resort experience (i.e. no swimming pool/spa), but, for a fraction of resort prices, gives guests the chance to stay on a beautiful and unspoilt stretch of Zanzibar’s eastern coastline.
Blue Oyster … Blue Oyster Zanzibar
At the very northern tip of Zanzibar, Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel sits on a beautiful stretch of white-sand coastline. It’s a popular, high-quality hotel which has resort-style facilities – including internet access, large swimming pool, watersports centre and games area.
Ras Nungwi … read more
Additional highlights of the island:
- For nature lovers, a trip to Jozani Forest, the last remaining rainforest on the island is recommended. It is also the habitat of the rare Red Colobus monkeys.
- From the port of Stone Town you can take a boat to the Changu Island, also known as Prison Island, because there is still the ruins of an abandoned prison.On the island you can snorkel and admire giant tortoises.
- A popular destination is the Persian Baths of Kidichi, of Sultan Sayyid Said built in the early 1800′s as a gift for his second wife.
- Also interesting are the Mangapwani slave caves where slaves were loaded onto ships through an underground tunnel network, primarily heading to the Middle East.
- The most famous tour is the Spice Tour, here you are driven to the spice gardens and plantations on the island. You will see cinnamon, cocoa and pepper trees and shrubs as well as many other spices. The guide explains the particular fruit as well as their processing and local uses. This scenic excursion should not be missed.
- On the way is the old Sultan’s Palace (Palace Maruhubi), a truly intersting site including the Sultuns personal harem for 99 ladies.
- It is worth a trip to the south coast of the island, more specifically, to the fishing village of Kizimkazi. From there you can take a boat trip to the reef, where wild dolphins often frolic in the immediate vicinity of the boat. The Captain will allow you to jump into the water and swim with the dolphins.
- Read more about Zanzibar’s major city which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site …. Stonetown, Zanzibar