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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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Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

5 star

The luxurious villas of Zanzibar White Sand are dotted about the sprawling grounds of the resort and overlook the pristine, palm-fringed beach at Paje and the Indian Ocean.

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Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort

5 star

The first Design Hotel in Zanzibar, this collection of fifty-five thatched roof villas, clustered to reflect a traditional African village, is secreted away alongside one of the best stretches of silky sand beach on the Tanzanian archipelago.

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The Residence Zanzibar

5 star

Elegant and palatial villas with private pools are found dotted amid a vast swathe of secluded, tropical ocean-front gardens, where monkeys play in the palm trees, at The Residence Zanzibar.

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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.

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

5 star

The luxurious villas of Zanzibar White Sand are dotted about the sprawling grounds of the resort and overlook the pristine, palm-fringed beach at Paje and the Indian Ocean.

Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort

5 star

The first Design Hotel in Zanzibar, this collection of fifty-five thatched roof villas, clustered to reflect a traditional African village, is secreted away alongside one of the best stretches of silky sand beach on the Tanzanian archipelago.

The Residence Zanzibar

5 star

Elegant and palatial villas with private pools are found dotted amid a vast swathe of secluded, tropical ocean-front gardens, where monkeys play in the palm trees, at The Residence Zanzibar.

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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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