Zanzibar Beach Holiday
Welcome to Zanzibar, the Spice Island
Combining cobbled streets, ancient stone houses and white-sand beaches, a Zanzibar holiday is truly unique.
Many travellers start their adventures in Stone Town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the former, flourishing centre of both the slave trade and the spice trade in the early 19th century. Today it is a diverse melting pot of cultures: Swahili, Arab, Indian, Persian and European elements come together in a unique experience for locals and visitors alike. A traditional spice tour through Stone Town comes well recommended; the fragrances of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg linger in the air, bringing with them a sense of an earlier partially-forgotten era.
From Stone Town, head to the coast for beach delights that include sunbathing, sunset dhow cruises, snorkelling and diving. Indeed, the reefs off Pemba and Mafia island, in particular, offer some of the most spectacular diving in the world. Coral reefs shine, almost neon in the azure water, while immense whale sharks make their way along the sandy seabed.
There’s much to experience on Zanzibar island that makes this more than just a beach or dive destination. Jozani Forest is the only national park home to the endangered red colobus monkeys. And a tour of Prison Island will introduce to you the giant Aldabra tortoises – historic in their own right.
When to Go:
Like any island destination, Zanzibar also has prime times to visit, particularly when it comes to diving visibility. If you plan on donning your scuba gear, the best time to visit is between July and August and in February and March when the water is at its clearest. It is a warm destination all year round, so the traditional dry season (June to October) which is so popular for a safari in East Africa, sees a lovely cool dry climate on the island. It is particularly hot between December and February but keen beachgoers lap up the rays on the many white-sand beaches.
Sail away into the setting sun on a traditional Zanzibar dhow cruise.
For true barefoot luxury, hop over to exclusive Mnemba Private Island.
Inhale the scents of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon as you embrace Zanzibar’s Portuguese heritage on a Spice Tour.
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Discover underwater landscapes filled with exceptional coral gardens and tropical reefs; explore an ancient wreck and even swim alongside a manatee!
Sail away into the setting sun on a traditional Zanzibar dhow cruise, one of the highlights of a trip to this exotic Indian Ocean island.
As the only national park on Zanzibar island, a walk through Jozani Forest is not to be missed. Spot red colobus monkeys and visit Mama Mtondoo, a mahogany tree thought to be over 200 years old.
For true barefoot luxury, hop over to tiny Mnemba Private Island to enjoy the best of island life in utter exclusivity and privacy.
A trip to Stone Town is not complete without a traditional spice tour. Inhale the scents of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon as you embrace a unique part of Zanzibar’s Portuguese heritage.