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Our lodges in Zanzibar

White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa

White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa

The Manta Resort

The Manta Resort

Pemba Island
Essque Zalu

Essque Zalu

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island
The Palms

The Palms

Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge


Why we recommend Zanzibar

  • Escape to this collection of blue water islands for 5* rest and relaxation
  • Explore the tropical white sand beaches and unrivalled coral reef snorkelling
  • Wander the streets of Stonetown, immersing yourself in its history and culture
Map of Zanzibar
About Zanzibar

Sunshine, soft white sand, calm tropical Indian Ocean and the smell of spices on the trade winds. There’s something mysterious and evocative in the name Zanzibar; it’s somewhere featured on most bucket lists. Zanzibar is considered by most visitors as a stand-alone destination, perfect for those after out and out relaxation and rich marine life. Zanzibar also works beautifully alongside an East African safari in Tanzania and Kenya. With direct light aircraft flights and convenient connection times you can get from breakfast in the bush to dinner on the beach with ease.

Often referred to as a single island, Zanzibar is in fact a semi-autonomous archipelago of islands off the coast of Tanzania. The mountainous and thickly forested Pemba Island sits to the north and the low lying sandy spit of Mafia Island to the south. However, Unguja Island is what you think of as Zanzibar, sleepy but atmospheric Stone Town its capital, powder white-sand beaches running up the east coast and along the north coast, rich in marine life and embodying the ‘Hakuna Matata’ way of life.

Unguja is just ten minutes flight from Dar es Salaam, or depending on the boat an easy ferry ride from the mainland. Pemba and Mafia are best accessed by air for international visitors and have but a tiny fraction of the tourism industry of their larger sister. Each of these islands couldn’t be more different to each other, they offer a truly varied experience and to find out which would be best for you give the specialists at True Luxury Travel a call.

Accommodation across the archipelago ranges from the larger and more luxurious beach resorts – flush with facilities and high levels of service, here you’ll be expected to wear shoes for dinner – to your classic Zanzibar beach front banda – simple and comfortable but no need to pack a pair of shoes! We believe every visit to the islands is benefitted by a short stay in Stone Town, enjoy dinner on the roof top of your hotel as the sun sets over the harbor and the streets become abuzz with the nightly markets.

Zanzibar has long attracted tourists to its beautiful beaches but with world class diving, deep-sea fishing, luxury boutique resorts, culture and history, there are many reasons to think of Zanzibar for your next holiday.

Snapshot of Zanzibar

Capital city: Stonetown
Flight time: 12hrs from UK
Language: Kiswahili
Population: 1.3 million
Religions: Islam
Sun hours / day: 8
Max. temperature: 24
Min. temperature: 23

Seasons in Zanzibar

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Peak Mid Low
Where to go

Mafia Island

If you looking to explore somewhere new for a little rest and relaxation, we think Mafia Island is the perfect destination for some barefoot luxury. Whether is nature trails to enjoy the native trees, animals and birdlife, cultural visits to villages to understand local village life and watch skilled craftsmen at work, or sailing in traditional dhows over crystal blue waters, Mafia Island is the ideal place to find your feet again.
If diving is your thing, Mafia Island and its reefs are renowned as a world-class diving destination, with some of the richest reefs in the world, and an unparalleled diversity of tropical fish.

This unsung treasure is wonderfully calming and tranquil, far from the crowds of more familiar beach destinations.


Located on the Southeast coast of Zanzibar, Paje is a relaxing and stunning area to visit and it certainly lives up to the idyllic Indian Ocean dream. There is a consistent offshore breeze throughout the year, creating a comfortable temperature and the perfect weather conditions for learning to kite surf. During low tide, the lagoon is shallow and sandy and the surrounding reef protects the lagoon from the waves.

Paje is a 40 minute drive from Stone Town and built in Swahili style, Paje encompasses Swahili tradition through its track roads and friendly local atmosphere.

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. The Island is characterised by its stunning shades of blue waters and shifting sands. Interestingly, Pemba is very different to Zanzibar itself, as it remains large undiscovered, with long stretches of sands and untouched uninhabitable islands. It is home to idyllic pristine beaches and turquoise water, as well as healthy coral reefs providing some of the best diving in East Africa. Inland, the island is rich and fertile, lush with fruit and spice trees. Those who make the trip to this beautiful island are seldom left disappointed.

Stone Town

If Zanzibar Town is the archipelago's heart, Stone Town is its soul. It's magical jumble of cobbled alleyways make it easy to spend days wandering around and getting lost - although you can't get lost for long because, sooner or later, you'll end up on either the seafront or Creek Rd.

Nevertheless, each twist and turn of the narrow streets brings something new - be it a school full of children chanting verses from the Quran, a beautiful old mansion with overhanging verandas, or a coffee vendor with his long-spouted pot fastened over coals.

Along the way, watch the island's rich cultural melange come to life: Arabic-style houses with their recessed inner courtyards rub shoulders with Indian-influenced buildings boasting ornate balconies and latticework, and bustling oriental bazaars alternate with street-side vending stalls.

Zanzibar (Unguja Island)

Unguja is the largest and most populated island of the Zanzibar archipelago. It is highly popular destination for diving and snorkelling, ringed by some the best coral beaches in Africa. It is a unique and authentic beach destination; more intimate and personal than other popular coastal destinations, as it leaves the crowds behind. The lodges work in harmony with the natural environment, blending in with the pure white sands and clear turquoise seas. If you like exploring on land you will find a thriving local culture. And if you just prefer to relax by the pool, you will be amazed at the beautiful surroundings.

Practical info


Tanzanian Shilling (TZS), however US dollars are the widely used currency within the tourism industry.
Credit and Debit cards: Credit and debit cards are accepted at all lodges that you are staying in. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted throughout Tanzania. American Express and Diners Card are not widely accepted. Debit cards featuring the Maestro and Electron signs are widely accepted. We recommend only travelling with a credit card as a backup due to high surcharges and theft.

Travelling with Children

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Passports and Visas

Passports: Required and must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Tanzania. You must at least have 2 blank pages facing each other are required for Tanzanian immigration use.

Visas: A valid Visa is required for nationals whose country requires a Visa (including the United Kingdom and the United States). Visas can be obtained from the Tanzanian High Commission or at any designated entry points. We advise you get your visa prior to travelling to Tanzania to avoid airport queues. If you wish to buy your visa at the airport then you will need $50 – make sure you have the right amount as they will not give you change.


We advise that you consult with your doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.

Make sure that your routine vaccinations are up to date including, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), influenza and Polio vaccinations.
We advise Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations.
Consider Hepatitis B, cholera and Rabies vaccinations.
Yellow Fever: The Tanzanian Government requires everybody over the age of 1 to have a valid vaccination certificate if you are arriving from a country (even in transit) with a Yellow Fever risk.
Malaria: Prevention is recommended for all areas under altitudes of 1800m. If this is where you will travel, you are recommended to take precautions year round. Speak to your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets such as Malarone or Doxycycline and avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellent.


Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover.

You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.


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A = Maximum average temperature (C)
B = Minimum average temperature (C)
C = Average rainfall (mm)

Zanzibar's climate follows that of Tanzania very closely but tends to be a little more humid. The rainy seasons in Zanzibar are during the months of March, April and May, and then again in November and December. Rainfall is unusual, and skies are blue in the months of January, February, June, July, August, September and October.


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Rainfall ( mm ) 89 56 162 255 255 68 48 47 50 97 226 154

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