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Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island is known as Africa’s tropical paradise, offering the world’s most beautiful beaches. Miles and miles of white sandy beaches dotted with palm trees, surrounded by the clear azure water of the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar Island is part of the Zanzibar archipelago together with Pemba Island and many smaller islands. These islands are also called the Spice Islands because of its rich history in spice trade and many spice plantations.

Colourful corals and culture

Zanzibar Island offers laid-back beach life, but also an diversity of activities and a colourful culture and history. The old Stone Town is amazing mix of cultures. Food lovers and culture enthusiasts can visit interesting cultural places like Sultan’s Palace, the House of Wonders and Darajani or Forodhani food markets. You can go on a Spice Tour or explore the amazing coral reefs and swim among tropical reef fish. The opportunities are endless. Zanzibar Island has all the ingredients to make a memorable holiday. Check the Zanzibar Island itineraries.

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Zanzibar features

  • Crystal white sandy beaches
  • Palm trees
  • Azure blue Indian Ocean
  • Beautiful coral reefs
  • Tropical climate
  • Friendly people
  • Good service
  • Beautiful nature
  • Delicious food
  • Culture and history in Stone Town

Excursions and activities Zanzibar

  • Spice tour: walk with a guide through spice plantations where pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and fruit grows.
  • Kitesurfing: at the beaches Paje, Kiwengwa en Nungwi.
  • Mountain bike excursion
  • Stone Town excursion: stroll through the narrow streets of this lively town and visit some local markets and the former slave market.
  • Prisoner Island excursion: take a 30 min. boat trip to this island, which once was a place where slaves were detained. Nowadays it is  a nature reserve for giant tortoises and a place to see the ruins of the former prison.
  • Safari Blue: during this excursion you visit 3 islands where you can swim, snorkel and have a nice BBQ.
  • Visit Jozani forest: a great jungle walk through the last indigenous forest on Zanzibar with lots of monkeys, like the rare red colobus monkeys.
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving at one of the many great reefs.
  • Cultural tour: this excursion gives you an insight in the way of life of the local people.
  • Mnemba Island tour: snorkeling trip to the most popular snorkeling spot in Zanzibar.

Travel time to Zanzibar

A flight from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar takes only 20 minutes. You can also combine Zanzibar with a safari on the mainland. The distance from Arusha (safari capital) to Zanzibar is about 420 kilometres.

  • Arusha to Zanzibar: € 285 (one way)
  • Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar: € 90 (one way)
  • Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar: € 350 (one way)

Zanzibar facts

  • Total surface 1554 km2 (965 mi)
  • 85 km (53 mi) long and 20-30 km (12-19 mi) wide
  • Zanzibar lies 35 km (22 mi) off the coast
  • Population 1,3 million
  • Language: Swahili & English
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling

Travel tips from our experts about Zanzibar

Zanzibar is not only exceptionally beautiful but there is also a lot to do on the island, from cultural experiences to scuba diving and sailing trips. Some people just like to stay for a few days, for others 3 weeks is not long enough.

Our advice:

How long to stay in in Zanzibar? At least 5 days

Which hotel? Blue Reef Sport & Fishing lodges in Jambiani. We think Jambiani is the most beautiful beach in Zanzibar. There is also a small village nearby with many restaurants where you can eat.

Best time for kitesurfing in Zanzibar

Zanzibar if a perfect location for those looking for great kitesurfing. The best time for kitesurfing is:

  • December till mid-March
  • June till October