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    The birthplace of rock icon Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar is a jewel in the Indian Ocean. It is not just one island but an archipelago of over forty, scattered off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. With powdery white beaches, tracts of forest and a distinctive culture, this is the place to come for a holiday with a difference.

    The largest island, Zanzibar Island, is the most developed with lively beaches lined with hotels. But there are quieter spots too, where you can simply lie on the sands and relax. Urguja, the capital, is a cultural melting pot of Arab, Moorish, Persian, European and Indian influences. Stone Town, its old quarter, makes a fascinating spot for a stroll, its maze of streets dotted with fine palaces, mosques and houses from the colonial era.

    Zanzibar was once known as the Spice Island and farmers still grow fragrant vanilla, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. A guided spice tour is a real must; a delightful way to explore the hidden corners of this fascinating place.

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The birthplace of rock icon Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar is a jewel in the Indian Ocean. It is not just one island but an archipelago of over forty, scattered off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. With powdery white beaches, tracts of forest and a distinctive culture, this is the place to come for a holiday with a difference.

The largest island, Zanzibar Island, is the most developed with lively beaches lined with hotels. But there are quieter spots too, where you can simply lie on the sands and relax. Urguja, the capital, is a cultural melting pot of Arab, Moorish, Persian, European and Indian influences. Stone Town, its old quarter, makes a fascinating spot for a stroll, its maze of streets dotted with fine palaces, mosques and houses from the colonial era.

Zanzibar was once known as the Spice Island and farmers still grow fragrant vanilla, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. A guided spice tour is a real must; a delightful way to explore the hidden corners of this fascinating place.

Local Information

Language:
English and Swahili
Currency:
Tanzanian shilling or US dollar
Local time:
GMT +3 hours
Local airport:
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Flight time:
10 hours 30 minutes

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Featured hotels

Melia Zanzibar

5 star

This spacious resort covers an estate measuring more than forty acres on Zanzibar’s eastern coast.

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Breezes Beach Club & Spa

5 star

Charming and relaxed this friendly, comfortable, eco-aware, family run hotel enjoys a wonderful location on Bwejuu Beach, a beautiful stretch of white sand on Zanzibar’s east coast.

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Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar

5 star

A glorious fifty acres of lush forest and secluded beach are part of this stunning resort surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Guests stay in white-domed pavilions, each with a private plunge pool and incredible sea views.

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Fundu Lagoon

4 star

An enchanting retreat on an island off Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon offers barefoot luxury with a castaway feeling.

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Featured hotels

Melia Zanzibar

5 star

This spacious resort covers an estate measuring more than forty acres on Zanzibar’s eastern coast.

Breezes Beach Club & Spa

5 star

Charming and relaxed this friendly, comfortable, eco-aware, family run hotel enjoys a wonderful location on Bwejuu Beach, a beautiful stretch of white sand on Zanzibar’s east coast.

Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar

5 star

A glorious fifty acres of lush forest and secluded beach are part of this stunning resort surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Guests stay in white-domed pavilions, each with a private plunge pool and incredible sea views.

Fundu Lagoon

4 star

An enchanting retreat on an island off Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon offers barefoot luxury with a castaway feeling.

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Local Information

Language:
English and Swahili
Currency:
Tanzanian shilling or US dollar
Local time:
GMT +3 hours
Local airport:
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Flight time:
10 hours 30 minutes

Weather

40

30

20

10

0

J F M A M J J A S O N D
10 9 9 7 8 9 9 9 10 9 10 10
Average daily hours of sun

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