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Zanzibar

Tanzania

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Quick Guide

  • Swahili
  • Tanzanian shillings
  • 9 hrs
  • +3 hrs

Zanzibar – it’s exactly as it’s name sounds: fun, frivolous, fantastical, far-off…

The Tanzanian island sits just off the East African coast and is fast becoming a tourist hot spot. The north end of the island is a haven of beach resorts, from the luxury to the low-end, with all of the associated restaurants, souvenir shops, and all-night-party places. That’s not to say it’s not an endless amount of fun!

Those looking for something a little more untouched will find plenty to their liking along the east side of the island, where fishing villages still dot the coast.

Divers and snorkelers will be spoilt for choice with the endless coral reefs to explore. Get up close and personal with the jungle residents – specifically the red Colobus monkey – in Jozani Forest. Or just spend your time exploring beach after perfect beach and watch the local dolphins glide by.

Zanzibar has a fascinating history, and beautiful relics of it can be seen all over the island. Stone Town is the heart and soul of Zanzibar Town, with it’s old cobbled streets and Arabic architechture. Beit el-Ajaib and Mtoni Palaces, as well as the Old Fort are fascinating well-preserved buildings that tell stories of Zanzibar’s past. The Kidichi Persian baths are also well worth a visit to see how the royal Persians spent their time.

Zanzibar Key Facts

  • Swahili
  • Tanzanian shillings
  • 9 hrs
  • +3 hrs

Average Climate

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Nearest Airports

  • Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ)
  • Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR)
  • Mafia Airport (MFA) - 69 miles
  • Wawi Airport (PMA) - 69 miles

Where To Stay

Our guide to the best hotels in Zanzibar.

Kasha Boutique Hotel

Matemwe
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Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Paje
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Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge & Spa

Bububu
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Mizingani Seafront Hotel

Zanzibar City
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Maru Maru Hotel

Zanzibar City
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Z Ocean Hotel Kihinani

Bububu
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Green and Blue Ocean Lodge

Matemwe
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Warere Beach

Nungwi
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Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Nungwi
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Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa

Pingwe
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Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa

Kiwengwa
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Villa Kiva Boutique Hotel

Matemwe
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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel

Nungwi
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Arabian Nights Hotel

Paje
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Ocean Paradise Resort & Spa

Pwani Mchangani
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