Zanzibar Beach Holidays

Overview

Zanzibar Island is one of the most famous islands in the world, thanks to its magnificent white sandy beaches dotted with palm trees, surrounded by the pure turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, historical old sites, endangered animals, and world-class lodgings. It is known as the African paradise since the majority of tourists who visit Tanzania prefer to end their holiday in these islands.

Zanzibar, Pemba Island, and various smaller islands make up the Zanzibar Archipelago. Zanzibar Island features a laid-back beach lifestyle, a range of activities, a vibrant culture, and a rich history. You can go on a spice tour or swim among tropical reef fish in the magnificent coral reefs. Zanzibar Island has all you need for a fantastic holiday. While in Zanzibar, take the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities. Your beach vacation safari includes beach leisure, cultural experiences, and history. The possibilities for exploring Swahili paradise are limitless. You can go to Old Stone Town, a medium-sized city with a diverse culture and history. The Sultan’s Palace has a lot to offer foodies and culture enthusiasts. There are plenty of additional intriguing locations to visit, such as the House of Wonders, Forodhani Food Markets, and Darajani, just to name a few.

Quick Facts about Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean. There are various relatively small islands and two major ones; they are Unguja (known commonly as Zanzibar), and Pemba Island. Mafia Island, which is part of Tanzania’s Mafia Archipelago, is situated further south. Life in the Islands is almost entirely different compared to that on the mainland of Tanzania in terms of politics, religion, food, and culture.

Another intriguing fact about the Zanzibar islands is that they are known as the Spice Islands due to their long and rich history of spice trading and abundance of spice farmlands. Stone Town, the most important part of Zanzibar’s capital, the Zanzibar city’s history, is a fascinating melting pot of diverse cultures. The Sultan’s Palace, the House of Wonders, and the Darajani and Forodhani food markets are well worth a visit for foodies and cultural enthusiasts. You could explore the Island of Zanzibar forever!

Like most East African countries near the Equator, Zanzibar has 12 hour days and nights. It has two rainy seasons: short and long. The long rainy season lasts from March to May, while the short rainy season lasts from November to December. Yet, for the most part, Zanzibar has hot summers and beautiful blue skies, allowing tourists to enjoy its magnificent sandy beaches

Best time to visit Zanzibar

Despite the two rainy seasons, Zanzibaris enjoy a good climate all year, which allows tourists who opt for a beach vacation to take advantage of the opportunities. Zanzibar’s long rainy season lasts roughly from March to May, following the blistering and incredibly steamy East African summer. 

Planning a trip during the rainy season for a beach vacation isn’t quite a great idea; the islands experience some fairly epic monsoons that will literally pour on your beach time. The short rainfall typically occur around November and December, but they aren’t quite as strenuous – they tend to appear in short, thunderous spurts and then fade back to a clear sky.

For the best Zanzibar vacation experience, we recommend that you include a visit to Zanzibar during the following months;

  • Best months – June to October
  • Sunny winter-to-Spring dry season is best for you if you’re allergic to heat
  • Other ideal months – Mid-December, January and February
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Activities and Excutions in Zanzibar

Spice tour

Make your own discovery behind the name ‘The Spice Island’ during this tour. Together with your guide, you will explore spice plantations where cloves, ginger, cinnamon, fruits, and nutmeg are grown.

Kite Surfing

Take the time to enjoy the Zanzibar azure with one of the most popular activities yet a relatively less expensive and more convenient sailing sports. Depending on your personal preferences, kite surfing can be done in Kiwengwa, Jambiani or Paje beach.

Stone Town Walk

The Stone Town tour, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is especially tailored for history buffs. You will not only learn about the Zanzibaris’ history, but you will also be able to shop in some of the local markets and tour the historic slave market.

Snorkeling and scuba diving

While in Zanzibar, you could pick this interesting activity at one of the many great reefs. Our favourite destinations for this activity are Nungwi, Stone Town, Jambiani, Paje, and Kiwengwa beaches.

Mountain bike excursion

The mountain bike tour provides you with up to 20 different options at various destinations and is designed to let you explore the next corner of your favorite destination while enjoying a ride and physical fitness.

Mnemba Island tour

This tour is known to be one of the most adventurous and fun among our former clients. We’ll cruise through stunning azure water to the most popular snorkeling spot in Zanzibar.

Go for Safari Blue

Safari Blue is a famous snorkeling tour that is considered a must-do safari for anyone visiting the Zanzibar Islands. During this excursion, you will visit three islands where you will be able to swim, snorkel, and have a delicious Barbeque.

Opt for Jozani Forest walk

Jozani Forest Walk is another top-notch yet most interesting activity to include in your must-dos while on vacation in Zanzibar. It is home to the rare Red Colobus Monkeys. Together with the fauna found in Jozani Forest, you’ll have the opportunity to study some unique medicinal plants found exclusively in this territory.

Prison Island tour

Also known as Changuu Island among the locals due to the popular fishes found in the area, the Prison Island is among the best islands to explore. The Island was a primarily used for rebellious slaves in the mid-18th century. As for now, the Island is a nature reserve for Giant tortoises that you can also feed.

Go for a Village tour

This tour provides you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about and comprehend the real lifestyles of the locals. You will interact with the locals and learn about the daily lives of the women in the village. Later in the afternoon, if you choose, you can help cook lunch and eat with the locals, as well as visit a nearby local market or school.

Getting to Zanzibar

If you are on the Tanzanian mainland, you have two alternatives for getting to the Spice Islands: ferry or plane. A trip from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s business center, to Unguja, the major island of Zanzibar, takes around 15 minutes. You can take a ferry for a terrific experience but not necessarily the cheapest, which can take up to 1 hour 45 minutes and covers a distance of roughly 77 kilometers depending on the ferry you use.

However, for visitors from outside Tanzania, there are plenty of international flight alternatives, including Nairobi, Doha, and Johannesburg. If you are travelling directly from the United States or Europe, the best option would be to fly to Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, Kenya, as both cities have regular flights to Zanzibar.

Mafia Island

The Mafia Island is believed to be the most popular tourist destination in the East African among the well-known small Islands. It is one of the six administrative districts of Pwani Region and also the third largest of Tanzania ocean territories.

While in Zanzibar or Pwani Region, a visit to Mafia will be one of the memorable excursions you’ll ever experience. With its lovely beaches and few tourists, this old-natural island is quite appealing. The ambiance is pleasant, and the locals are extremely friendly.

Mafia Island is located in the Indian Ocean and is part of Tanzania’s Mafia Archipelago. The Mafia Island Marine Park protects large swathes of the island’s southern shoreline and neighboring waterways. There are numerous coral reefs within the park, which are home to fauna such as whale sharks and sea turtles. In the south, beaches include the quiet Ras Kisimani, which is directly across the water from Bwejuu Island. The popular Utende Beach borders Chole Bay.

Getting to Mafia Island

There are two options: Flight and Boat

The Island’s small airport is mostly accessible by airplane from Dar es Salaam, while those preferring to travel by boat will depart from Nyamisati village on the mainland all the way to Kilindoni on Mafia Island. The second option, i.e. sailing, can take up to 4.5 hours.

For further information on how to include Mafia Island in your safari itinerary, please get in touch with us. Visits to Zanzibar, the Pemba Archipelagos, or a dream safari on the mainland can all be coupled with a tour to Mafia Island.

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