A Zanzibar vacation offers diverse and bespoke island tours, world class snorkel and scuba dive reef sites and the enlightening historical and cultural experiences of Stone Town.
Zanzibar accommodation is top notch, featuring hotels and Zanzibar resorts that offer up amazing levels of luxury.
The three main islands off the mainland of East Africa (Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia islands) are full of energy, each with its own appeal. They’re perfect for relaxing after a safari in Tanzania or Kilimanjaro climb. Zanzibar is the biggest and busiest of the three and is rich in history.
Pemba is less of a mainstream tourist attraction and the quiet island of Mafia lies to the south of Zanzibar.
Hotels & Resorts in Zanzibar
The 10km beach between Bwejuu and Jambiani Village starts relaxed and low key north of Bwejuu, swells with backpackers and kite surfers in Paje, then tapers off gradually into equally understated Jambiani. Zanzibar hotels and resorts offer travellers a wide range of luxury accommodation options.
The sleepy village of Kiwengwa lies on Zanzibar Island’s north-eastern coast, roughly half way between Nungwi and Chwaka. Large, all-inclusive Zanzibar hotels and stylish upmarket lodges dot Kiwengwa’s long, immaculate beach, which runs nearly unbroken all the way north to Matemwe.
150 km south of Zanzibar Island lies the third largest isle in the archipelago, Mafia. In fact, Mafia Island is so far removed and has so many smaller satellites of its own, that it’s really a miniature archipelago in its own right.
Matemwe, and neighbouring Kigomani, are the northern-most villages on Zanzibar’s east coast. A quiet fishing community under gently swaying palms, Matemwe village lies half concealed behind a modest line of beachfront Zanzibar resorts, which range from simple cottages to plush private villas.
On Zanzibar Island’s northernmost tip, the once sleepy village of Nungwi is still the traditional centre of dhow building on Zanzibar. An old favourite among backpackers and hippies, the scene has transformed in recent years with hotels, bars, hostels and dive centres now lining the sandy shoreline in a near continuous strip southwest to Kendwa. Zanzibar resorts and Zanzibar hotels are brilliant options for opulent Zanzibar accommodation in the area.
About 50km northeast of Zanzibar Island lies the archipelago’s second largest landmass, Pemba. Pemba has forever been Zanzibar’s most green and fertile isle, and most of the cloves for which Zanzibar is famous are grown here. The annual harvest runs from July to January when the scent of drying cloves lingers on every passing breeze.
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