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Zanzibar Island Vacation

Zanzibar Island Vacation

$2560 / per person
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Where to Go in Zanzibar

Zanzibar Island, also known as Unguja, is by far the largest and most famous of the islands that make up the Zanzibar Archipelago. Zanzibar has such a diverse coastline that there are plenty of different experiences across the main island, from the vibrant culture in the south to idyllic barefoot luxury in the north. There is plenty to see beyond stately palm trees, white beaches, and water the color of malachite – we’ve collected the best places to visit based on our numerous visits

Off the main island are also a series of much smaller islets that offer a more exclusive, away-from-the-crowds experience and are perfect for honeymooners and romantics. We take a look at where to go in Pemba, Mafia, Chumbe, and Mnemba below.

First, a look at the different areas of Zanzibar, where to go, and what to expect at each:

Zanzibar East Coast: home to the island’s best and most idyllic beaches, the east coast is home to a wide range of lodges and hotels but the tidal aspect of the Indian Ocean may mean you have to walk to go swimming or snorkeling.

Zanzibar North Coast: as a rule, the further north on Zanzibar you go, the more private and less crowded the beaches are. The north coast is also least affected by the tidal range.

Zanzibar North-east Coast: the island’s prime location, most of Zanzibar’s top-end accommodation is set on the north-east beaches. The diving is excellent here, there’s not much tidal variation and the archipelago’s best reefs of Mnemba Island lie about a kilometer or half a mile offshore.

Zanzibar South Coast: the further south you go on Zanzibar, the more populated it becomes. And with people, comes culture – head south for cultural and spice tours along with more opportunities to engage with the locals.

Zanzibar South-East Coast: there are plenty of beaches and resorts in the southeast of Zanzibar but the tidal range is more marked than other regions.

Zanzibar West Coast: there are fewer lodges on Zanzibar’s west coast and it feels a little more remote but it is, of course, home to Stone Town, located on the island’s central-west coast.

Stone Town: Zanzibar’s historical capital No visit to Zanzibar would be complete without exploring the narrow, cobbled streets of Stone Town, a World Heritage Site and former capital of the main island. There are several places of interest scattered around town, not least Beit el-Ajaib (House of Wonders), a former sultan’s palace. Absorb the history, culture, and cuisine of this former slave and ivory port on guided tours, or simply wander around at your own pace.

Zanzibar’s ‘Other’ Islands

Some of the best places to go in Zanzibar take you even further into the African island experience. The Zanzibar Archipelago is dotted with spots that have never made it onto the global map – we love sharing these secret treasures with clients who enjoy an authentic and laidback beach vacation.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Old Stone Town
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8.30AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 7.30PM
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light
  • Included
    Airport Pickup
    Airport Transfer
    Mountain Guide
    Park Fees
    Professional Guide
  • Not Included
    Rescue fees

Tour Plan


Day 1: Arrive at Matemwe Beach House

Your tour begins in Stone Town, Zanzibar, where you are collected and transferred to Matemwe Beach House on the east coast of the island. Matemwe is a private beach villa with lovely tropical gardens and views of the Indian Ocean. With two large bedroom suites as well as a mezzanine level that is perfect for accommodating two children, these luxury villas are ideal for families or small groups.

Days 2 - 5: Tropical island vacation in Zanzibar

Wake up totally refreshed and ready to enjoy your island holiday with friends and family. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, canoeing, and reef walks. A personal butler and chef are on hand to ensure your family is well taken care of while they enjoy the beach. If you are in the mood to simply relax, enjoy spa treatments and massages in your bedroom, relax in a quiet nook on the daybed, have a leisurely swim in the pool, or order a fruity drink from the bar. Beach bats, kites, Frisbees and snorkeling gear will keep children entertained, and you can also embark for a nearby sandbank island for breakfast or a delicious seafood barbeque. Excursions to other parts of the island can easily be arranged and on day four, you will embark on a full-day tour of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s cultural and historical heart, including a trip to Prison Island. Stone Town is a maze of old buildings protected by brass-studded doors, with some streets not having changed for centuries. The smell of cloves and other spices permeates the sultry air – Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island’ and for decades was the center of the region’s marine trade.

Day 6: Return to Stone Town

A vehicle transfer returns you to Stone Town where you can continue with onward travel arrangements.

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