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Location

When you step off the boat or plane onto Zanzibar, you’re transported through time and place. Zanzibar is often referred to as a single island, whereas in fact, Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago of islands located 15 miles off the mainland coast of Tanzania. The mountainous and thickly-forested Pemba Island sits to the north, whilst the low-lying sandy spit of Mafia Island is to the South. Unguja Island is generally what people consider to be Zanzibar. Unguja Island has the sleepy but atmospheric World Heritage Site of Stone Town as its capital, powder white-sand beaches stretching the length of both the East and North coast. Visitors will enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water, shallow sandbars perfect for wading, rich marine life and islands that truly embody the “Hakuna Matata” way of life. Visitors also have the chance to truly escape and explore many small and nearly deserted islands within the archipelago, as well as the tiny fishing villages dotted along the coast for a real cultural immersion. Zanzibar is one of the world’s great cultural crossroads, where Africa meets Arabia meets the Indian Ocean, and visitors get to enjoy it all.

Diverse Activities

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 consider Zanzibar for your next luxury getaway. The ancient streets of Zanzibar Town, the quaint fishing villages and the countryside farmers tending fields of rice or clove plantations to give Zanzibar its “Spice Island” moniker, shows how diverse this group of islands are. Beyond the little-changed traditions, visitors see a very different landscape with idyllic beaches dotted with hotels, and the ocean acting as a playground for diving, snorkelling and kite-surfing. With its tropical tableau and unique culture, plus an active beach-party scene for those that want it, the Zanzibar Archipelago offers a diverse, fascinating and highly enjoyable East African Indian Ocean experience.

Accessebility

By air is the only feasible way to access Zanzibar from outside of East Africa, although there are few direct flights, it is super easy to hop over from Dar es Salam in Tanzania. There are daily flights from Dar es Salam to Zanzibar, with a flight time of approximately 25 minutes, flights to Zanzibar are both quick and frequent. There are also many boat options to Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania (Dar es Salam), it is advised to opt for one of the faster, more modern ferries for comfort and peace of mind while travelling. There are daily ferries and the trip duration on a more modern ferry is approximately 90 minutes, and boat is generally considered the most convenient mode of transport for accessing Zanzibar.

Sunshine, soft white sand, calm tropical Indian Ocean and the smell of spices on the trade winds, there is something mysterious and evocative in the name Zanzibar. It is somewhere featured on most bucket-lists and for many visitors is considered a stand-alone destination. However, due to ease of access, Zanzibar also works beautifully alongside an East African safari in mainland Africa, eg. Tanzania or Kenya. With direct, light aircraft flights and convenient connection times, you can get from breakfast in the bush, to dinner on the beach with complete ease.

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Where To Stay in Zanzibar

Explore some of our highly recommended lodges within our Zanzibar Collection.

White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa

White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa

Paje
The Manta Resort

The Manta Resort

Pemba Island
Essque Zalu

Essque Zalu

Nungwi
Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island
The Palms

The Palms

Paje
Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe

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