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Check out our travel themes to help choose or perhaps inspire you. There are endless opportunities to explore, activities and themes to consider and plenty of room for relaxation. With over 54 stunning countries to choose from the possibilities play like an uncontrolled imagination. Whether you are an adventure seeker rolling along a golden landscape, your eyes plying the plains for a spectacular sight of wildebeest, or you seek peace, relaxation and tranquility for a safaris, or you want to awaken your taste buds with culture rich cuisines and heritage, beautiful beaches or luxury filled experience, we are here for you. The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences that suites your preference.

 
 
 
 
 

ZANZIBAR ISLAND

On 26 April 1964, Tanganyika united with Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The country was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania on October 29th of that year. The name Tanzania is a blend of Tanganyika and Zanzibar and previously had no significance. Under the terms of this union, the Zanzibar government retains considerable local autonomy. Also, both countries speak the same language SWAHILI, despite having over 200 tribes and dialects. On this website we treat them separately for the simple reason that it is a semi-autonomous.

Zanzibar is the majestic spice island of the Indian Ocean. These are two main islands of Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island), and Pemba and about 51 other surrounding small islets. Zanzibar is a partner state in the United Republic of Tanzania with the Mainland. Pemba is the second largest island of the Archipelago, named Al-khudra "The Green Island” by the Arabic mariners. It is famous for its clove production and its channels offer some of the best diving experiences in East Africa. Zanzibar is famous for white sand beaches and pristine environment which make the country a leader for ecotourism. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, beach sports feature strongly. Windsurfing (including kite surfing), snorkeling, dhow cruises, kayaking, parasailing, and stand up paddle boarding can be enjoyed all the year round.

Unguja Island

Unguja, also known as Zanzibar Island, is the main island in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar. Unguja is the home for most of Zanzibar’s population. Nowadays Stone Town is the main port and commercial center of the whole Zanzibar. It also hosts many cultural events and festivals. Stone Town, part of Zanzibar City, is an old trade center, with mosques and winding lanes. The 1883 House of Wonders is a former sultan’s palace with a clock tower. The Old Fort now houses a cultural center and a stone amphitheater. Underground aqueducts fed hot water to the late-19th-century Hamamni Persian Baths.

Unguja is the island of the Zanzibar Archipelago that has the most developed tourism industry. This accounts for a substantial part of Unguja's economy. Agriculture (including the production of spices such as cloves) and fishing are other relevant activities. All along the east coast, most villages also rely on seaweed farming.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island, known as "The Green Island" in Arabic is an island forming part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, lying within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean. Pemba is located 5° South of the equator and 43° East of the prime meridian. It is 50 Nautical miles south of Mombassa and 25 miles off the Tanzanian Coast (Tanga). The Southern tip of Pemba is 22 miles from the northern most tip of Pemba.

In previous years, the island was seldom visited due to inaccessibility and a reputation for political violence, with the notable exception of those drawn by its reputation as a center for traditional medicine and witchcraft. There is a quite large Arab community on the island, who immigrated from Oman. The population is a mix of Arab and original Waswahili inhabitants of the island. A significant portion of the population also identifies as Shirazi people.

The most important towns in Pemba are Chake-Chake (the capital), Mkoani, and Wete, which is the largest city. The centrally located Chake-Chake is perched on a mound with a view to the west on a bay and the tiny Misali Island, where the tides determine when a dhow can enter the local harbor. Pemba is, with the exception of a strip of land along its eastern coast, a very fertile place: besides clove trees, the locals grow mainly ricecoconutbananascassava and red beans (called maharagwe in the Swahili language).

Pemba is home to several dive sites, with steep drop-offs, untouched coral and very abundant marine life. Pemba is also famous for its rich fishing grounds. Between the island and the mainland there is the deep 50 kilometer wide Pemba Channel, which is one of the most profitable fishing grounds for game fishing on the Swahili Coast.

Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island is an ecological showcase in the struggle to combine tourism and nature. Chumbe Island is a small privately owned island a few kilometers off of the main island of Zanzibar, known for its ecological innovation and exceptional coral reefs. Chumbe Island is an idyllic tropical island that is situated about 6 km west of the larger island of Zanzibar and about 30 km off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. A short boat ride takes you to this small, magical island where hospitality is not just a way of business, but a way of life.

Explore the island’s stunning coral reef sancutary and coral rag forest, rest assured in our exclusive eco-bungalows, savor traditional Zanzibari cuisine while supporting our conservation and education efforts.

 

The private island is surrounded by one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. This paradise is the perfect location for romantics and nature-lovers alike. Only a few steps separate the bungalows from the Indian Ocean.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island is located in the magnificient southern circuit of Tanzania and Zanzibar and is part of a fascinating array of parks, wildlife reserves and Indian Ocean islands.

The Mafia Archipelago is scattered over the Indian Ocean 21 km off the Rufiji River Delta in central Tanzania. The largest of a score of islands, atolls and tidal sandbars, Mafia itself is approximately 50 km long by 15km across, and is surrounded by a barrier reef teeming with marine life. Almost half the coastline of Mafia, some 822km², has been gazetted a marine park by the Government. To date over 50 genera of corals, more than 460 species of fish and five different species of turtles have been recorded in the waters around Chole Bay.

Natural vegetation on Mafia ranges from tidal mangrove thickets and scrubby coastal moorlands to palm-wooden grassland and lowland rainforest. Magnificent baobabs are prominent along with the native Albizia. Patches of coastal high forest remain in localities all over Mafia; one of the most picturesque, the Chunguruma Forest, is a dense tree canopy interlaced with palms, lianes and epiphytes and has an abundant floor covering of ferns.

Other island fauna includes a colony of flying foxes, several species of bushbabies, a type of pygmy shrew and a monitor lizard known as kenge. Monkeys and squirrels are common.


An official bird list kept by Kinasi Lodge records sightings of more than 120 different species, including five different types of sunbird, living in and around the hotel gardens. There are also thought to be at least five endemic species of butterfly on the island.

 

 

While Mafia makes an ideal holiday for people interested in nature and outdoor activities, its big attraction for many visitors is that it remains locked in a time warp of the early 20th Century.

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago. Vamizi and the surrounding islands represent one of the world’s most important regions of bio-diversity and a sanctuary for some of the most significant and threatened wildlife habitats in the western Indian Ocean. Over 180 different species of coral and more than 300 species of reef fish have been recorded.

Blessed with a tropical climate and offering immaculate powder-soft beaches that rival those of the Maldives, Vamizi is the perfect escape for families and groups.

Seemingly endless stretches of wild, deserted beaches lend themselves to quiet hour-long walks, as pristine Indian Ocean waters lap along the coastline, enticing snorkellers and scuba divers to explore its kaleidoscopic reefs. Tuck into a mouth-watering castaway picnic, toast the sunset from a traditional dhow, try your hand at deep-sea fishing and welcome the seasonal arrival of baby green turtles as they hatch from protected sites along the island. This is a destination to be explored at your own pace. A setting to not only reconnect with loved ones but with yourself, and the opportunity to enjoy island living at its finest.

Mnemba Island

For true barefoot luxury, Mnemba Island is the perfect escape. Less than a mile in circumference, the island offers a remote and serene beach experience; surrounded by some of the best dive sights in Africa, guest can enjoy the company of prolific marine life, with turtle season around April to August time. Ardent divers will fall in love with the coral reefs around Mnemba and watersport enthusiasts will love the scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkelling. The island is ideal for honeymooners, remote, private and very romantic.

 

There are only 10 rooms at Mnemba, which offer rustic simplicity. The private island is surrounded by crisp white sands and lush tropical forest. 

Vundwe Island

Vundwe Island is a island and is located in Zanzibar Central/South, Tanzania. The estimate terrain elevation above seal level is 17 meters. Variant forms of spelling for Vundwe Island or in other languages: Nundwe Island, Wundwi, Vundwe Island, Nundwe Island, Vundwe Island, Wundwi.

Vundwe is relatively isolated and it is not a protected area, unlike the  nearby Kiwengwa/Pongwe Forest Reserve. The island has a high coral rag forest with tall trees like Adansonia digitata baobabs, which has, in recent years, started to be subjected to extensive clearing. This impacts the habitat of the Zanzibar red colobus, an endangered species of red colobus monkey which the island houses. The species population also declines because of poisonings.

Changuu Island

Changuu Private Island Paradise (Prison Island) has been described as a Small Paradise on Earth, with its private white beach surrounded by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The islet lies 3 ½ miles to the northwest of Zanzibar Stone Town, and it is oblong in shape, about ½ a mile and 250 yards wide at the broadest part. Getting there after a comfortable 20-minute boat drive from Stone Town by a traditional dhow (fishing boat) takes you to the most unique experience in life.
This peaceful island today drives us through its historical buildings to its past intense history. Today, Changuu Private Island Paradise has restored these historical buildings to make them living structures, adapted to new uses while preserving their authenticity. The prison ruins have now been converted into a bright living structure, offering a host of entertainment facilities, such as a café, boutique and library. The Mathew's Restaurant is an artfully restored building that was erected in the late 1890s; its wide veranda, enjoying the invigorating sea breeze, overlooks the irresistible swimming pool at which fresh water is available for the first time in the history of this islet. This awesome renovation has been achieved whilst maintaining the perfect balance between nature and culture.
For the most romantic breakaway, the 15 exclusive cottages built in the northwest of the island offer an unrivalled, luxurious experience; and in the southwest side of the island, the former Quarantine Area built in 1931 has been converted into 12 elegant sea-facing rooms. 

Only the ancient Giant Tortoises that inhabit the island, brought from Seychelles almost one century ago, are witnesses of the most private and exclusive experience.

Prison Island had been, centuries ago, a prison for slave trade; at the end of the 19th Century, it became the Quarantine Station for Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika territories. Moreover, when there were no quarantined passengers, it was the favourite resort of Zanzibaris to enjoy the suntan and bathing. Today, the intense history of this quiet island can be seen and enjoyed throughout the many natural and cultural activities and possibilities that the island offers. If that is your option, relaxing can be the main activity at Prison Island; lie by the pool facing the magical Stone Town of Zanzibar, and let time pass…

 

Making the best of this natural and cultural paradise, join the nature trails through the dense tropical forest, organized by the friendly management of Prison Island, with entertaining lectures on fauna and flora, the Giant Tortoises and the projects for their welfare, as well as an illustrative journey through the history of the islet through its artfully restored buildings.

Explore the clear sea, a thousand species of fish, with sea turtles that swim around just two yards from the shores with incredible corals. To protect these treasures, collecting shells from this island is forbidden.

 

In the incomparable setting of the Prison Ruins, under the clear and unspoiled African skies, enjoy the legendary venues of cultural dances with the most romantic candlelit dinner.

Day trips to Zanzibar Stone Town are the perfect chance to discover the Swahili culture, a happy mix of Africa and Arabia. Explore the winding narrow streets of Stone Town, classified as World Cultural Heritage, with ancient buildings, superb balconies, amazing sculptured doors, mosques, palaces and Livingstone’s House, among many other remarkable features.

Tumbatu Island

Tumbatu Island is the third-largest island that makes up the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar. The island is located off the north-west coast of Zanzibar's main island, Unguja. The inhabitants of Tumbatu island on the North-East coast of Zanzibar lives an isolated life and the island is powered entirely by solar panels, allowing them to be independent.

Everyone who is not from Tumbatu, even people from Zanzibar, needs a written permit by the village eldest to enter the island. This trip is a rare opportunity to experience something really authentic. Tumbatu, has more than 20,000 inhabitants but no functioning roads or cars.

Uzi Island

Uzi is a small island in the south of Zanzibar’s main island Unguja. Little has changed in Uzi during the last centuries. Most of the island's 5000 people are fishermen and farmers. Visitors to Uzi can experience pristine rural Zanzibar like it cannot be found elsewhere on Zanzibar’s main island Unguja.

The island is located in the Menai Bay Conservation Area which forms an important ecosystem of mangrove forests, sea grass beds, islands with fresh water forest, coral reefs and a large diversity of plants, land and water animals, including dolphins, African Sea Eagles, and protected marine turtles - a heaven for anyone enjoying nature.

A visit to Uzi might include a guided ecological tour to the Sea Turtle Lagoon and mangrove areas, and visiting Uzi village where traditional activities such as weaving, carving, henna painting, local crafts, seaweed farming and home cooking can be experienced.

UZI ISLAND ECOTOURISM & CULTURAL TOURISM

For those interested in ecotourism and cultural tourism Uzi Island has a lot to offer!

The Menai Bay, which since 1997 is a protected area, forms an important ecosystem of mangrove forests, sea grass beds, islands with fresh water forest, coral reefs and a large diversity of plants, land and water animals, including dolphins, African Sea Eagles, and sea turtles.

On the beach, some 2 km west of Uzi Village, we have created a Sea Turtle Lagoon on a 2500 sqms terrain, where marine turtles are kept, both for educational purposes, particularly for local children and youth, and as a major environmental tourists attraction in Zanzibar. We buy all turtles from local fishermen who without our intervention would slaughter the turtles to sell their meat. We keep the turtles in the lagoon for a limited time and release then them on the open sea between Unguja and Pemba, where chances are lower that they will get caught again.

Bawe Island

Elegantly lying 5 miles off Zanzibar Stone Town, a 30-minute boat ride, Bawe Tropical Island is an island not bigger than a football pitch. A beautiful island that takes the breath away; acres of lush, sexy paradise haven so skillfully done that you will think it all happened naturally.

Arrival at Bawe is something truly unforgettable; a spectacular private island, a haven of peace and silence, cut off from the chaotic outside world. 
This lost corner of the world offers a very elementary place with no air conditioning. When choosing Bawe, simplicity, anonymity and freedom are the determining factors for the guests - 30 people cut off from the rest of the world, for whom clothing is optional… Ofcourse, it is your private stretch of sandy beach with barely anyone on it. Only footprints; maybe your own.

Life is so sleepy on this island… It is said that the clock strikes twice – the second time is for those who weren’t awake for the first.
Bawe is the love beach. Simply too good to be true.
Relax on the beach, pampering yourself with a massage and a delicious cocktail. Relax, forget about the madness of the day-to-day life. That is the main activity at Bawe Tropical Island. 

Nearby the islands, discover mythical treasures:

Day trips to Zanzibar Stone Town are the perfect chance to discover the Swahili culture, a happy mix of Africa and Arabia. Explore the winding narrow streets of Stone Town, classified as World Cultural Heritage, with ancient buildings, superb balconies, amazing sculptured doors, mosques, palaces and Livingstone’s House, among many other remarkable features.

Spend a day at Bawe’s sister island, Prison Island, which is a contemporary style island resort for nature lovers, with a tortoise sanctuary for the Giant Aldabra Tortoises and artfully restored 19th Century colonial buildings.

This once upon a time Quarantine Island was formerly owned by an Arab and used as a private place of detention for slaves. It was bought by General Mathew's and the jail (recently fully restored) was built in 1893 as a central prison in Zanzibar. It was, however, never utilized as such. The island was later on the Quarantine Station for Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika territories. There are small gazelles in the bush and birds and fauna which are not to be seen in other parts of Zanzibar.

Latham Island

Latham Island, known locally as Fungu Kizimkazi, Fungu Mbaraka is a small, relatively isolated island in the Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania which is historical under the Government of Zanzibar since 1898. After the Arab who had the right to collect wreckage there in the reign of seyid Barghash who was the (Sultan of Zanzibar). The island was featured on an early sixteenth century Portuguese map. It derives its present name from the East Indian man Latham who rediscovered it in 1758.

Latham Island – Prime Fishing Destination

Fishing Latham Island offers the ultimate fishing experiences and  holds dear to many anglers. Markedly for one incredible species of fish, the Giant Dogtooth Tuna. Incredibly this island has produced some World Record size Dogtooth Tuna over the past few years. It is no wonder that anglers around the world dream of getting the opportunity to fish this fantastic oceanic island. Furthermore the Island and surrounds also produces some good Swordfish. Known in Latin as “The Gladiator of the Sea”, the Swordfish will test your skills as an angler and will put up a tremendous fight. We target Swordfish by trolling rigged “natural deadbeats” with light sticks or by drifting.

Best Seasons

We fish Latham during the calmer months of October through to mid December. Than again from late February through to end of April.

Fundo Island

Fundo Island is located off the northwest coast of Pemba Island, one of the two main islands of Tanzania's Zanzibar Archipelago. It is one of the larger minor islands in the archipelago, and the largest of those surrounding Pemba. Fundo Island is nine kilometers in length, though barely a kilometer in width, and is surrounded by a reef.

Together with the smaller Njao Island, which lies immediately to the north, and several smaller islands to the south, Fundo forms a natural barrier and breakwater for the harbor of the town of Wete, which lies six kilometers to the east.

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Beaches

Zanzibar is famous for white sand beaches and pristine environment which make the country a leader for ecotourism. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, beach sports. Zanzibar is famous for white sand beaches and pristine environment which make the country a leader for ecotourism. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, beach sports feature strongly. Windsurfing (including kite surfing), snorkeling, dhow cruises, kayaking, parasailing, and stand up paddle boarding can be enjoyed all the year round strongly. Windsurfing (including kite surfing), snorkeling, dhow cruises, kayaking, parasailing, and stand up paddle boarding can be enjoyed all the year round.

Be enchanted with its idyllic natural beauty where the sun gently caresses the white powdery sands as the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean create a striking contrast.

Nungwi Beach

Nungwi beach is Zanzibar’s most popular tourist destination, nicknamed ‘Jambo Square’ because of the relatively recent boom in foreign visitors. Some beaches supply their own sunshine regardless of what’s in the sky above. Nungwi, on Zanzibar’s northernmost tip, has the kind of white coral sand that seems to glow, even after nightfall. The beach belongs to the large and lively fishing village of the same name with bars, restaurants and nightlife where backpackers and locals mingle with five-star resorters.

For all its bustle, it can still feel secluded. Nungwi’s expansive coastline is wide open for swimming and snorkeling in some of Africa’s most pristine, reef-rich waters. It’s one of the rare Zanzibari beaches untroubled by severe undulations of high and low tides, making it perfect for all-day water activities.

Deep sea fishing near Nungwi is top-notch, with opportunities to catch kingfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna and enormous striped marlin from the Indian Ocean. There are plenty of activities on offer -- walking tours, sunset cruises, diving excursions and parasailing to name a few -- but all it really takes is a sunset sighting of traditional dhow boats bobbing in the sea to be captured by this enchanting African beach.

Kendwa Beach

Zanzibar’s most beautiful beach with powdery white sand, azure waters and a thriving coral reef, the exotic spice island of Zanzibar is the most idyllic of tropical destinations.

Kiwengwa Beach

Kiwengwa is set on a beautiful, long beach, much of which is occupied by Italian-run resort hotels, which is why it is also call the 'Little Italy' of Zanzibar. It is perfect beach to enjoy the exclusive peace of Zanzibar.

Bongoyi Beach

White sand, underwater treasures and a peaceful relaxed atmosphere await, as you mingle on the bongoyi beach with locals and backpackers.

Dongwe Beach

The beach lining Dongwe beach is comprised of pure, white sand and is perfect for swimming or a long walk.

 

Dongwe Beach Bungalows

Situated on the exotic white beaches of Zanzibar's east coast, Dongwe Beach Bungalows offers you a relaxing “home away in home” atmosphere with a blend of individual service and facilities of a hotel.

Page Beach

Paje Beach has In recent years become one of the most popular holiday destinations of Zanzibar, while being cheaper when compared to the north. This white sandy dream beach in the south-east of Zanzibar is popular with water-sports fans from all over the world.

Butiama Beach

Relax in a hammock on your spacious veranda on the magical Mafia Island, Zanzibar as the evening breeze caresses you and the sun gently sets. Each one of the bungalows at Butiama Beach is beautifully furnished with unique furniture - hand crafted from the hardwoods of retired sailing dhows, and decorated with kikois – charming, colorful hand woven cotton sarongs. Choose from a double, twin or a roomy family bungalow.

Take one of the kayaks and explore the beach front, or go further afield ... Mafia has some of the world’s richest reefs, as well as being a meeting place for various turtle species and many oceanic fish. Scuba dive, fish and swim with the world’s largest fish - whale sharks. Discover the native trees, animals and birdlife, take excursions to experience local village life, watch skilled craftsmen at work, or go sailing in a traditional dhow.

 

Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Kua on Juani Island; get a taste of history at Kisimani; or head to Chole Island, where you will gain a fascinating insight into the traditional life of a peaceful and industrious village community as well as experience their different flora and fauna including the rare Comores fruit bat. Take a drive to the north of the island, and explore Mafia’s miles and miles of secluded pristine beaches.

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Spice Tour

Spices from Zanzibar are famous around the world and a holiday to Zanzibar would be incomplete without a visit to the spice plantations. The spice tours are actually quite informative and good value. Spice tour is probably the best way of seeing the countryside and meeting members of rural communities. the very popular village for spice tour is Kijichi or Kizimbani, approximately 5 kilometers from Stone town. The tour starts from 8:30 am and takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the activities to be done.

You will be overwhelmed by the abundance of botanical species growing in these gardens – exotic spices, fruits and vegetables.

 

Many of the spices have medicinal properties and are still used by the local population to cure certain maladies. Savor different spices, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla or black pepper. Taste a variety of fruits ranging from the rose apple to the guava. Some rare plants like henna, perfume tree and lipstick tree are used for their value in preparing cosmetics. Pretty much all the ingredients of the average kitchen spice rack are represented – cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, ginger, chilies, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla – the list goes on and on.

Stone Town

The Old Dispensary (now known as the Stone Town Cultural Center) is a grand four story building with a set of decorative balconies. The Old Dispensary (now known as the Stone Town Cultural Center) laid in 1887; the building was only completed in 1894. Built by Tharia Thopen, one of Zanzibar's richest men to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria; it served as a dispensary during colonial times but fell into disrepair in the 1970’s and 1980’s. It is one of the Stone Town buildings that have been successfully restored, in this case with funding from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Old Fort

The Arab Fort (Old Fort) is situated next to the House of Wonders and was built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Omani Arabs. It is a large building with high, dark brown walls topped by castellated battlements. The Arabs used the fort to defend themselves against the Portuguese and against a rival Omani group. In recent years it has been partially renovated to house the Zanzibar Cultural Center. In an inner courtyard lies a stone-built amphitheatre that hosts performances of local music and dance, such as Taarab, Zanzibar’s most popular form of music. There is a small tourist information office, a gift shop.

Hamamni Persian Baths

Built by sultan Said Barghash in the late 19th century, the Hamamni Persian Baths were the first public baths in Zanzibar. Although they are no longer functioning, they are maintained in near-perfect condition. There is a nominal entrance fee, which goes towards the upkeep of the building. Explanatory plaques are situated at salient points around the baths and chambers.

Darajani Bazaar

Though pristine beaches are what most tourists think about when they think about Zanzibar, spending some time walking around the Darajani market is a fantastic way to learn about the culture of Zanzibar and to observed local lifestyle. If you visit Stone Town, spend an hour navigating Darajani Market for an awesome experience.

The shopping strip is a fun walk, however, the things available in the bazaar are mostly imported from China and India.

Butterfly Center

The Zanzibar Butterfly Center is the largest butterfly enclosure in East Africa.  The tour can take 30 – 40 minutes where you can inspect the tiny butterfly eggs, touch and hold the hungry caterpillars and watch them nibble away at the leaves. Admire the beauty of the butterfly pupae before witnessing the butterflies hatching and opening out to become a butterfly. see many of Zanzibar's exotic butterfly species and witness, close up, every stage of their amazing life-cycle.

Forodhani Park

Forodhani is a popular waterfront on the heart of Zanzibar town. Every evening, it is filled with people wishing to cool down from the heat of the day by tasting a collection of delicacies and grilled foods and finishing up with cool cold drinks. There are dishes brought by Arabs (Omanis, Yemenis and Persians), Indian, Europeans and even Chinese. But most popular dishes are Pilau, Biryan, Chicken chips, Zanzibar mix (Urojo) and Zanzibar Pizza. Forodhani Park for amazing view of the sea as well as a nice breeze to cool you down.. Forodhani is a no miss for everyone.

Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys

Jozani forest lies about 35 km south-east of Zanzibar town. It contains about 100 tree species from a total of 43 families. One of the most famous and endearing residents of the Jozani National Park is the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey. Found only on the main island of Zanzibar, the Zanzibar Red Colobus is recognized as a separate species and is said to be endemic to Zanzibar. A visit to Zanzibar is not compete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2000 remaining in the world. Colobus Monkeys are leaf-eating arboreal spices and spend most of their time in trees. It is somewhat surprising to find, therefore, that the opposable thumb deemed most essential for dexterous arboreal primates, is reduced to a mere stump in the Colobus family (hence the name Colobus-from the Latin for “deformed”).

Pemba Flying Fox

The Pemba flying fox has a charismatic fox or dog-like face which is covered with a coat of bright auburn fur. These bats represent the largest fruit bats in the world. Although they weigh just about 400 – 650g, their wings can span over 5.5 feet across. They live in large social colonies of up to 850 individuals. Their diet consists mainly of fruit such as figs, breadfruit, and mangoes, as well as nectar, pollen, flowers, and leaves. They are an important species for seed dispersal because they carry fruit and plant seeds in their digestive system to other parts of the island. The conservation of this bat instills a sense of pride and progress in the local people who actively participate to preserve their local environment.

Wildlife

Zanzibar boasts an abundance of flora and fauna. The verdant dynamism of Jozani National Park, the rainforest endemism of Ngezi and the coastal profusions of endangered mangrove offer a compelling experience to our visitors. In deed there is a wide variety of birdlife, and a large number of butterflies in rural areas that make Zanzibar a unique destination in the world. 

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Dongwe Ocean View

Panoramic views of the magnificent Indian Ocean from luxurious air-conditioned accommodation right on the beach makes for one of Zanzibar’s best ocean view hotels. A sumptuous resort with its unique blend of contemporary and Tarran-style décor.

Lose yourself in thoughts and dreams while floating in a suspended rattan cocoon. Dongwe Ocean View is all about being spoiled, spoiling yourself.


Featuring thatched roof huts with relaxation beds, an outdoor pool and wooden deck with sun loungers, all overlooking the color moody Indian Ocean: blue, green, turquoise, indigo.

Known for our local and international cuisine, and a mere 5 minutes from our world famous The Rock of Zanzibar restaurant, we’re a smiling, caring group looking after your every comfort. Our first wish is to connect when needed.

The resort offer all trip transfers you will need during your stay, and a variety of island excursions.

Activities? Oh yes! Beach volley-ball, reef walking, paddling, dhow trips, wind &kite surfing, and scuba diving all easily done on the door-step.

Sultan Sands Island Resort

Sultan Sands Island Resort is situated next to its sister property, Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa on the wide, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa on the east coast of the island. Sultan Sands Island Resort has its own unique character. An inspired blend of Swahili and Arab architecture and décor creates a relaxed ambience, while first-class amenities and facilities ensure complete comfort.
With its idyllic beach position, relaxing pool and wonderful choice of leisure and dining options, Sultan Sands is the perfect island getaway. Sultan Sands guests also share many facilities with Bluebay Beach Resort, including the famous Oasis Spa and the One Ocean Dive Center.

DINING 

At Sultan Sands the wining and dining venues are equally impressive, offering delicious local specialties as well as Far-Eastern and European favorites. The main Mwambao Restaurant is ideally located next to the pool and enjoys panoramic ocean views and a soothing sea breeze. Buffet breakfasts, lunches and themed dinners are all served at Mwambao depending on the chosen meal plan. Far Eastern Fusion cuisine is available on the beach at the Kivuli Bar & Restaurant while the poolside Mawimbi Bar is the perfect oasis to take a break from the sun and indulge in a cocktail. The Casablanca Lounge is a traditional coffee bar, which transforms into a night-club after hours.

WEDDINGS & ANNIVERSARIES

There can be few more romantic settings to begin the rest of your life! Whether it’s an intimate poolside gathering, or a large sit-down reception on the moonlit beach, Bluebay’s wedding planning experts will take care of every detail to ensure your special day is a memorable success. Please complete the form below so we can send you a proposal.

HONEYMOONS

Just the word ‘Zanzibar’ conjures up images of tropical romance, of Sultans and Princesses from centuries past, of spice markets and moonlit beaches. On your honeymoon at Bluebay you will thoroughly pampered by our friendly team; your job is just to unwind: enjoy intimate walks along the beach; indulge in blissful spa treatments; or savor mouth-watering cuisine and sip cocktails under the stars.

Ocean Paradise Resort

The middle class resort offers a varied and friendly service. The beautiful gardens, surrounded by big palm trees, offer a magnificent view over the crystal clear Indian Ocean. Its beautiful surroundings are what give the hotel its charm, thus they take great measures to take care of the environment and preserve it for future generations.

 

The resort lies nestled in a natural palm grove, along the beautiful beach of Zanzibar’s north-east coast only an hour’s drive away from Stone Town and the airport.

Zanzibar Serena Hotel

A stunning oceanfront setting. Interiors adorned in Arabic and Swahili opulence. Warm, gracious hospitality and alluring culinary journeys. Zanzibar Serena Hotel in Stone Town offers all of this and more.

 

The hotel is tucked into the Zanzibar seafront, amidst the exotic sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors and bright bazaars of Stone Town. Comprised of two historic buildings designed in traditional Swahili style, this lavish retreat captures the elegance of a grander era.

Honeymoon Suite

Abounding in cushion-covered Lamu beds, softly lit by brass lanterns, and enjoying a private sitting room and a delightfully spacious panelled balcony with Indian Ocean panoramas and its own double hammock, the Honeymoon Suite also boasts an unashamedly romantic ensuite bedroom subtly presented in soft creams and ocean blues.

ACCOMMODATION

STYLISH STONE TOWN 

A union of coastal elegance and classic Swahili design and décor, the 51 room and suites at Zanzibar Serena Hotel reflect the grace, beauty and heritage of this ancient seaside city. All accommodations, from our Standard Rooms to the spectacular Presidential Suite, are created to be a quiet haven and an escape from bustling modern life and the heat of Stone Town. High ceilings, shuttered windows and cool white walls create a sense of airiness. Arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps and traditionally carved basket weave furniture with ceramic inlays infuse each room with a sense of Swahili charm. Wood louver doors give way to private balconies with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views.

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge is situated on an exclusive island just 4.5 kilometers off the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar in the azure Indian Ocean. Surrounded by an atoll of breathtaking coral reefs, it boasts some of Africa’s most wonderful dive sites.

Mnemba is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world, offering a privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline.

Accommodation

Each of the 10 private beach bandas on Mnemba Island has a spacious veranda and is hidden in the shade of a tropical beach forest, fringed by the pristine beaches that halo the Island. A palm-covered walkway leads to an en-suite bathroom with shower and basin. Zanzibar is famous for its intricate, detailed woodcarvings and the scrolled headboards adorning the beds are created by some of the Island’s most skilled artisans.

Sheer unpretentious paradise, the architecture of Mnemba Lodge offers a rustic exclusivity and privacy unparalleled on the African coastline. Thatched dining and sitting/bar areas have beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular coral reefs beyond.

Honeymoon Offer at Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island is where ‘barefoot luxury’ gets its meaning. A small private island-dotted with 10 bandas offering complete privacy, idyllic beaches, turquoise lapping ocean and the best diving and snorkeling in Zanzibar right on your doorstep.

The Palms Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s most exclusive, private resort with just six villas in a personalized and intimate setting…. the perfect, romantic getaway. The Palms is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility…a place to stimulate the senses and experience the very best of the Island of Zanzibar. The Palms is one of the world’s most romantic all-inclusive resorts, says Travel + Leisure.

Zanzibar, the magical Island where the fusion of Arab, African and European cultures has created a pace of life, a style of cuisine and a colorful tapestry of architecture , heritage, myth and magic that is found nowhere else in the world.

Weddings & Honeymoons

What could be more enduringly romantic than to celebrate your union on a pristine sandy beach on the mystical spice Island of Zanzibar with a mesmerizing view of the Indian Ocean under celestial blue skies? With rose-colored sunsets and a palm fringed untouched beach, The Palms is the perfect romantic getaway in Zanzibar to celebrate your special occasion.

Honeymoons

The Palms is an ideal retreat for honeymooners, with special surprises during your stay. This beautiful and private resort has a romantic charm and offers a number of memorable venues and facilities just perfect for two.

 

Weddings

The Palms can arrange the private symbolic “Island beach ceremony” of your dreams. If this sounds like the way you would like to mark and celebrate this special occasion, The Palms can organize your perfect romantic symbolic wedding beach ceremony.

This private resort is the perfect venue for those who may want to rent the entire place for their own special wedding celebration with friends and family.

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RESTAURANTS

TRUE TASTE OF ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar food tells much about the history of Zanzibar, reflecting a number of different influences from many different places around the world. In Zanzibar you will enjoy the diversity of our cuisine whereby spices, fruits, and sea foods are 100% fresh. There are several restaurants serving special cuisine: Indian Cuisine, Chinese Cuisine and Swahili cuisine

Fat Fish Bar,

Fresh fish caught locally. The expansive mangrove-pole terrace is cantilevered over the beach, affording diners uninterrupted views out to sea and a welcome breeze. The local fishermen's daily catch determines the extensive menu, and is served freshly grilled or in spicy curries. Sunset drinks are equally popular and there's also a satellite TV for catching up on international sporting events.

Namaste

Opposite Sensation Divers, this relaxed coffee shop is something of a haven. Run by the wife of Sandro from Fat Fish, this is a calm, restful escape from the music and games of the beach. In spite of bordering Amaan Bungalows car park and the village throughroad, the outside terrace is perfectly pleasant. It is comfortable inside, and the coffee's pretty good too! 

Blue Sea Restaurant

Approached from South Beach, this is the first of this coast's clutch of raised seafront restaurants. Recommended by many for its seafood, its barbecued fish, octopus, barracuda and tuna are all popular (US$5.50–8), along with fresh fish kebabs with 'pineat butter' or hot sauce. Crab and lobster are reasonably priced at US$10 and US$19 respectively, whilst those tired of fish can sample delights from the pizza oven (US$4.50–6.00), or taste local curries (US$5.50– 2.00). A high proportion of dishes boast 'Julian' vegetables. Cocktails (US$2.50–4.00) accompany most meals here with the 'Nungwi Mama' – dark rum, Kahlua and pineapple juice – a house special. 

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Zanzibar Travel FAQs

Here are a list of frequently asked questions to help you travel.

What is the Visa requirement to travel to zanzibar?

YES, tourist visa required.

Visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens obtain visas before traveling to Tanzania, but visas are also available at ports of entry upon arrival.

A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page is required. Visitors who enter on visas must present a roundtrip ticket and demonstrate they have sufficient funds for their stay.

Be prepared to show your passport and explain your visa status when entering or departing Zanzibar or when traveling around the mainland.

Can I get internet access in Zanzibar?

Yes. There are numerous internet cafés across the island and most hotels and many cafés and restaurants offer free WIFI to their customers.

Zantel is definitely the best choice for those who need good Internet speed. It has good coverage all over the island of Zanzibar, no matter where you connect from Stone Town to north or southern part of the island. I used Zantel also in Arusha and works well on the coastal area of Tanga.

There are several different usb modems for sale by Zantel. If you use Windows it doesn’t matter which one you buy, however Mac users be careful. I use the latest Macbook Air and my first choice was fast 3g modem priced 60 000 TSH. This type is not compatible with Mac computers so don’t buy this one. Stick was also tested on Macbook pro model and also didn’t work. If you have Apple computer buy HUAWEI EC122 model.

Do I need travel insurance before traveling to Zanzibar?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Trailblazer Travelz are highly recommended to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

 

Is it safe to drink Zanzibar water?

The water is chlorinated, so local people can drink water from the tap with no problems. However, there are some small strains of local E. coli present in the water, which may cause diarrhea to new visitors. While your body develops immunity, bottled water is recommended for the first few weeks.

Are credit cards accepted in Zanzibar?

VISA and Mastercard are very widely accepted in small businesses and restaurants.

It is advised not to use your credit card in Zanzibar due to the rampant credit card fraud on the island.

Which International languages are widely spoken in Zanzibar?

Languages. Zanzibaris speak Swahili (Kiswahili), a Bantu language that is extensively spoken in the African Great Lakes region. Swahili is the de facto national and official language of Tanzania. Many local residents also speak Arabic, French and/or Italian.

What is the currency of Zanzibar and tips for foreign exchange?

The local currency is Tanzanian Shilling (Tzs). Many hotels require payment in US$, in particular for accommodation, but also for food and drink and for tours. Taxis and car rentals are also paid in US$. You do need Tzs for petrol in case you hire a car, and if you go shopping in the villages (you get better prices when you pay in Tzs). Tzs come in notes of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 shillings. Coins used here are 500, 200, 100 and 50 Shilling.

Best place and rates to exchange US$ to Tzs are the EXCHANGE BUREAUS in Stone Town, the banks offer bad exchange rates, the exchange rates at hotels are even worse. Currently the exchange rate is Tzs 2240 per US$ (March 2018). You get the best rates for notes of $ 50 and $ 100, don’t exchange smaller notes. You can also exchange Euro, GDP, ZAR and other currencies at the exchange bureaus. NB: US$ notes printed before 2006 are not valid in Tanzania/Zanzibar!

Can I use my Mobile/Cell phone while in Zanzibar?

You can buy a simcard from a choice of service providers at a small kiosk outside the airport arrivals hall, or in Stone Town.

Are ATMs in Zanzibar and can I use them?

ATMs are only in Stone Town. There are NO ATMs outside of Stone Town, with the exception of Paje.

Is Tipping customary in Zanzibar

In Tanzania/Zanzibar, it is customary to provide guides, waiters and other service personnel a tip. The personnel expect a tip, but it is of course up to you how much you will give.

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