Zanzibar is an exotic island paradise, encircled by some of the world's most amazing beaches. Lounge on the sugary white sand, swim in the crystal waters, and dive and snorkel through the stunning coral reefs; Zanzibar is the perfect way to end an adventurous holiday in Africa.
The country is a haven for honeymoon trips, family holidays and those in need of some rest and relaxation after the action-packed safaris of the outback. We can recommend a wide variety of luxury hotel options, ranging from honeymoon hideaways to boutique beach lodges.
For those looking for more adventurous wildlife experiences, Zanzibar's oceans are brimming with an incredible array of marine life. World class snorkelling and diving provide the opportunity to swim with shoals of dazzling fish, float alongside the giant whale sharks that frequent the waters, and see pods of playful dolphins frolicking nearby.
Beyond the palm-fringed coastline and clear blue skies, Zanzibar is an historical and cultural gem. With an eclectic mix of African, Arabic, Indian and European influence, its towns are vibrant hubs of food, markets and attractions.
Explore the world heritage site of Stone Town, the most important trading port in the Indian Ocean. The maze of alleyways are filled with colourful bazaars of clothing and spices, and you'll discover why Zanzibar is nicknamed 'the Spice Islands'.
Turn a corner to see the amazing Sultan's Palace, the Portuguese Fort or the house of David Livingstone, before spending the afternoon soaking in a steaming Persian bath.
It's worth spending some time on the more relaxed islands of Pemba and Mafia, two breathtaking destinations that remain untouched by mass tourism
Pemba Island is cloaked in alluring forest and lush valleys, offering an authentic Swahili experience away from the crowds. Since Pemba receives fewer tourists than Zanzibar's main island, the locals are just as curious about your life as you are of theirs, and you'll have the opportunity to experience some special cultural exchanges.
Mafia Island is completely laid-back, unspoiled and often described as how Zanzibar was, 30 years ago. Its unbelievably crystal blue waters are rich in wildlife, and the diverse array of marine, mangrove and coral reef ecosystems are protected within a spectacular marine park.