Located less than 20 minutes’ flight from mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar is a separate state within Tanzania, made up of Zanzibar Island itself and nearby Pemba Island.
Delve into its history and the island comes to life, revealing rich trade with Arabia, Persia and India over the last 2,000 years. The island offers a fascinating mix of cultures and a captivating history, but Zanzibar’s main attraction is its beaches.
There is a huge range of beach hotels on offer, from large all-inclusive resorts to small boutique lodges – there is something for everyone here but our favourites include, Pongwe Beach Hotel, Baraza Resort & Spa and Boutique Hotel Matlai.
The island’s activities are focused around the beach, with sunset cruises, snorkelling and diving trips offered from every lodge. You can swim with dolphins at Kizimkazi, see the giant sea turtles of Nungwi, and even visit the colobus monkeys of Jozani Forest if you are able to drag yourself away from the beach!
The island’s capital, Zanzibar Town, is a hive of activity. This honeypot of local culture attracts tourists into its central ‘Stone Town’, a myriad of narrow streets where travellers explore the town’s compelling architecture, haggle at market stalls and learn about the island’s fascinating history. A trip to the island is not complete without a night in Stone Town to appreciate the importance of this little place.