Zanzibar

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Nungwi Beach
Immerse yourself in an interesting mix of African, Arabian, Indian and European culture in this island off Africa’s eastern coast. Visit its beautiful beaches too.

The exotic island of Zanzibar has been populated for more than 20,000 years. See the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, with a millennia of blended history of Swahili, Arabian, Indian and European cultures. Relax on beaches with soft white sand and clean blue waters.

Many Stone Town buildings were constructed during the 1700s and 1800s. See architecture made of coralline ragstone and wood from the area’s mangroves. The Old Fort overlooks the Indian Ocean, built on the site where a Portuguese church once stood. Next to it is the House of Wonders, housing the Beit El-Ajaib National Museum. Gaze up at its wide verandas and imagine its days as the mansion of a wealthy sultan. In front of these buildings, stroll along the walkways in Forodhani Gardens, where fishermen and artisans display their products.

Walk to the Anglican Church to learn about the region’s past as a Slave Market. Inside are displays describing this history as well as a memorial to David Livingstone, the missionary, explorer and avid abolitionist. Outside is the artwork Memory for the Slaves, depicting five slaves in chains.

Travel north to Nungwi, which has one of the island’s favorite spots for sun and sand, Nungwi Beach. Visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium, where local residents and conservationists have established a center to rescue and nurture hawksbill and green turtles and release them to the ocean every February. Spend a month or more here as a volunteer or swim with the turtles in a protected lagoon during a daytrip.

Paje Beach on the eastern coast has extreme tides, resulting in long stretches of sand when the tide is out. Rent equipment to try kite surfing. Scuba near Mnemba Island off the northeastern shore.

Ferry to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam in about 2 hours or fly to Zanzibar International Airport, about a 15-minute drive south of Stone Town. Rent a car to travel conveniently around this relatively small island.

Where to stay in Zanzibar

Melia Zanzibar
Melia Zanzibar
5 out of 5
Kiwengwa, Kiwengwa
The price is £328 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kiwengwa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (186 reviews)
"We had a wonderful time. Property has gorgeous views of the ocean and beautiful gardens. Staff always read to help with a smile on their face. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2022

Melia Zanzibar
Hotel Riu Jambo - All Inclusive
Hotel Riu Jambo - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Nungwi Road, North Coast Zanzibar, Nungwi, Unguja North, 73107
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Nungwi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Beach are located nearby. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
"Excellent place, beautiful people. Beeches the best Reservations to restaurants very difficult, something to improve"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2022

Hotel Riu Jambo - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi
The price is £423 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Nungwi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (418 reviews)
"Service and beach activities"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2022

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Breeze Residence ApartHotel
Breeze Residence ApartHotel
2.5 out of 5
Kiwengwa, Cairo, North East Coast, Zanzibar, Kiwengwa, Unguja North Region
The price is £67 per night from 17 Aug to 18 Aug
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Kiwengwa. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"Loved the fully equipped kitchen & beautiful pool, allover resort settings. Absolute treat for me as a german was the sourdough bread & cheese in the little resort shop. Great staff & friendly owners ( - ;"

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

Breeze Residence ApartHotel
Jambiani Villas
Jambiani Villas
4 out of 5
Jambiani Kigibija, Jambiani, Zanzibar
The price is £142 per night from 17 Aug to 18 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach villa in Jambiani. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (108 reviews)
"We loved everything about our stay here! The villas are amazing! You have your own front space that is looking at the ocean. The beach was so beautiful right in front of us. Anytime we had a problem they helped us immediately. Everything was so Beautiful and clean! I’m pretty sure this is my favorite ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2022

Jambiani Villas
STF Beach Apartments
STF Beach Apartments
Kumba Urembo, Kiwengwa, Unguja North Region
The price is £97 per night from 17 Aug to 18 Aug
Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest and Kiwengwa Beach are located nearby. Discover genuine guest ...
STF Beach Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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