The picturesque archipelago of Zanzibar lies around 20 miles off-shore from mainland Tanzania. It’s made up of dozens of islands and tiny islets, but the most famous is Unguja – which is now commonly referred to as ‘Zanzibar’. Serving up sugary sands, crystalline waters, lush forests and time-stamped towns, Zanzibar holidays offer a real tropical escape. And, if you want to see more of Tanzania, hopping over to the mainland couldn’t be easier.
Measuring just 24 miles wide and 52 miles long, the island of Zanzibar isn’t big – but it certainly packs a punch. The rich interior features indigenous forests, filled with chirping birds and cheeky monkeys. Spice farms are bursting with all sorts of plants, such as vanilla, nutmeg and black pepper. Coastal mangroves are ideal for kayaking adventures. And UNESCO-listed Stone Town is home to soaring cathedrals, grand mosques, vibrant markets and maze-like laneways.
But the island’s stunning beaches are the main draw of a holiday to Zanzibar. Powdery white sands are brushed by the bath-warm Indian Ocean, while the bright coral reefs are teeming with marine life. You can snorkel with colourful fish, seahorses and turtles, go on dolphin-watching trips, and try your hand at kite-surfing. Or you could simply relax on a sun-soaked beach, with a good book and an ice-cold beer.
And your Zanzibar trip doesn’t have to end there. Why not book a multi-centre holiday, to explore Tanzania further? You could go on an epic safari in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater. Or, if you like a challenge, you could even climb Mount Kilimanjaro – then enjoy some well-earned downtime on Zanzibar’s sandy shores. Whatever you’re planning, our Travel Specialists will help you create the perfect itinerary for your Zanzibar holiday.
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