Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is an exotic archipelago in the Indian Ocean – a place full of mysterious history! As the birthplace of Swahili, it harkens back to the enchanted stories of beautiful princesses and powerful sultans. The island is renowned for its spice plantations with scents of carnations and frangipanis everywhere you go. Palm-fringed beaches, turquoise waters up to the horizon and wonderful coral reefs await you here!

It is one of East Africa’s finest beach destinations and can easily be combined with a safari on the mainland. The island with a large choice on accommodations holds something for everyone – regardless of whether you are looking for seclusion and relaxation, hustle and bustle, or simply want to learn more about its history. Watersport activities are plentiful including diving, snorkeling and kite-surfing.

Zanzibaris (the inhabitants of Zanzibar) are used to visitors and they have been welcoming guests for more than 2000 years thanks to the monsoon winds which enabled trade between Arabia, India, Persia and Zanzibar. Today, the majority of Zanzibaris are Muslims, and especially in Stone Town, you can hear the siren calling people to prayer several times a day.

Most beaches in Zanzibar are influenced by the tidal movements. Depending on the time of the day, you may be able to sink your toes into the white sand, or the sea might be a short trek away. If it is low tide and the water only reaches up to your knees at most, you have the unique chance to take a closer look at the coral riffs by foot. We highly recommend a beach hotel that comes with a swimming pool.

Main Facts

offshore island in Tanzania
reachable by plane & ferry
size: 1,660 km²
capital: Zanzibar City

Best Time

all year around – except April and May
humpback whales pass by: August and September

Activities

Kite-Surfing
Snorkeling & Diving
Boat trips to sandbanks and coral reefs in traditional dhows
Cultural tours to ancient ruins and fishing villages

Perfect for travelers...

who are looking for a variety of accommodation options (quiet, fun, …)
who are looking for accommodations with character and Swahili charm
who like to explore some history and ancient sites

Further Details – Zanzibar Island

Where is Zanzibar Island and how can you get there?

Zanzibar is suitably located on the shores of Tanzania – just 43 km east of the mainland. The name “Zanzibar” actually refers to the entire archipelago of historic Indian Ocean islands, including Pemba and various smaller ones that are semi-autonomous, but not the island of Mafia. The largest island in the Zanzibar archipelago is Unguja – known as Zanzibar itself.

The airport of Zanzibar is located 7 km outside the city center of Stone Town and is the arrival point for both international and domestic flights. Zanzibar can easily be reached with a direct flight from Arusha and Dar es Salaam. Of course, the domestic airlines also connect from any national park on the mainland with some stops along the way. It is also possible to reach the island on a 3-hour ferry ride from Dar es Salaam.

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Sandra

As an adventurous European travel is in my blood! Tanzania is a fascinating country with so much to explore! It’s a pleasure to share my insider knowledge and offer first-hand advise. I take the time to listen to your ideas and create a unique safari adventure out of these – tailored to your indivudal requirements and designed just for you!

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Michael

Let me show you my stunning home country and discover the true Tanzania – authentic and first-hand with a native at your side! As a Tanzanian myself, I am intimately familiar with the local conditions. With my experience in the bush and my passioan for wildlife, I will happily design an itinerary based on your travel interests.

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Zanzibar’s Beaches

Zanzibar is a large island with various beaches who offer a different beach holiday. Have a look at the various beach options here.

Overnight Options

Scroll through our selection of beach resorts on Zanzibar Island – each personally visited and reviewed! Depending on your travel preferences and budget, we will recommend the perfect accommodation stay for you!

Activities & Daytrips

Maybe relaxing and sunbathing at the beach sounds a bit boring? Zanzibar Island has lots of activities to offer: for water enthusiasts and travelers interested in ancient ruins. Check out our favorite ones here!