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An idyllic island paradise and the jewel of east Africa

Zanzibar is an exotic utopia painted with rich orange sunsets, soft white sandy beaches, dazzling coral reefs and ocean waters the colour of gem stones. 

The dreamy beaches are the perfect place to relax after an adventurous safari exploration in Tanzania, Kenya or Rwanda, however your wildlife encounter don't end on the east African mainland. 

Zanzibar boasts world-class snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and diving opportunities (including PADI diving courses). During these excursions around the island’s coral gardens, you have the chance to meet bright shoals of fish, green turtles, dolphins and whale sharks.

Although swimming with dolphins is extremely popular, this activity can be damaging to the pods which live in these waters. If this is something you would like to experience, we would advise only to participate in low season (when there are fewer tourists and therefore fewer boats), and to book through Wayfairer so we can recommend a reputable provider.

Back on land, there are plenty of activities such as mountain biking, hiking, stand up paddling trips through the mangroves, bird watching and day trips to Jozani Forest, where you’ll find the Jozani Chwaka National Park.

This park is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world for the Red Colobus monkey, and you’ll also come across Sykes’ monkeys, bush pigs, Suni antelopes, elephant shrews, Ader’s duiker, chameleons and brilliant butterflies.

There are also a number of fascinating day trips around Zanzibar and its islands. Visit Prison Island (where rebel slaves and quarantined yellow fever patients were once held), Mnarani Turtle Sanctuary in the north of Zanzibar, or take a tour of a local spice plantation.

There are endless things to do, however the star of Zanzibar is its perimeter of pristine beaches, each one with its own distinct personality. 

Recline on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand and gaze out at the sparkling turquoise Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is the ultimate beach holiday destination and its tranquil shores are the perfect place to relax and unwind. 

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Best times to go to Zanzibar's Beaches

Zanzibar is warm and sunny for most of the year, though the best weather falls between June and September when the ocean is calm and clear. The island also experiences a short and long rainy season. November and December is the short wet season characterised by quick, daily downpours which are unlikely to affect your trip and can feel quite refreshing in the heat. The long wet season runs from March to May, bringing heavier daily downpours which restrict activities, delay travel and bring stifling humidity to the island too.

There are lots of lively festivals and events taking place on Zanzibar throughout the year. Some of the best to look out for include Sauti za Busara in February (east Africa’s best Swahili music festival and a hive of African culture), the obscure battles and hut-burning of Mkawa Kogwa (a celebration of the Shirazi New Year in July), and the Zanzibar Beach and Watersports Festival in September.

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Zanzibar Holidays Featuring Zanzibar's Beaches

Zanzibar's beaches are an amazing highlight on many of our luxury east African itineraries. Have a romantic getaway on our Kenya & Zanzibar Honeymoon, indulge in pure opulence on our Luxury Kenya & Zanzibar Holiday, and combine incredible safaris with blissful beaches on our Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar Holiday, Northern Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Holiday, and our Selous & Zanzibar Holiday.

A few days on the beach is the perfect tonic after an adventurous safari jam-packed with cultural experiences and wildlife encounters. A trip to Zanzibar is best experienced toward the end of your east Africa holiday, when you can take time to simply relax on the beach and discover spectacular sea life. 

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Accommodation in Zanzibar's Beaches

Zanzibar is a romantic haven for honeymooners and couples, although it also has plenty to offer families with child-friendly resorts and fun-filled activities. Accommodation options range from intimate private chalets on remote beaches, to luxurious hotel rooms with infinity pools spilling out to spectacular ocean viewings. Choose from the stunning villas with private plunge pools of The Residence Zanzibar, the famously luxurious suites at Hotel RIU Palace Zanzibar, or the secluded private villas of Unguja Lodge.

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