An archipelago off the east coast of Africa, Zanzibar is all turquoise waters, sweeping white-sand beaches and old-world ruins. The Swahili trading post of Stone Town retains much of its old-world charm in elaborately carved doorways and crumbling sultans’ palaces.

When to go

Spring and November are known for their heavy rain, so visit between June and October for dry and balmy climes. Zanzibar is also ideal for sunny winter breaks, with sizzling temperatures and limpid waters.

Food & Drink

A riotous collision of indigenous, Portuguese, Indian and Arabic cuisine, food in Zanzibar is truly unique. Harking back to the region’s trading past, aromatic spices are cherished here: find them dusted over freshly-caught seafood or mixed into hearty home-cooked stews. For delicious local fare, head to Stone Town, where delicious scents waft from family-run hideaways and elegant kitchens. Our favourite is Lukmaan, which serves unpretentious local meals in a laidback setting.

Not to miss

Delve into the bronze-arched House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace, and admire the treasure trove of historical artefacts within.

Nightlife

Zanzibar’s nightlife is lively and eclectic, befitting a tourist destination that doubles as a university hub. Sip on a cocktail as you watch the sun sink over the horizon, dance the night away in vibrant clubs or join the locals in relaxed seaside bars. Away from the resorts and lounges, Garage Club plays afro-funk and reggae into the small hours.

Where to stay in Zanzibar

Speckled with luxury villas and relaxing retreats, the north of the island is all coastal villages and gorgeous beaches. Further south is also a treat, with lush forests, white-sand coastlines and an array of boutique hotels.

How to get there

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport serves flights to domestic or seasonal international hubs. If flying from London, you will need to change at Dar.

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10 great reasons to head to Zanzibar

A getaway to Africa usually conjures up ideas of safari holidays; however, the island destination of Zanzibar - part of Tanzania - couldn’t be more different. It offers everything the discerning traveller could ever ask for, as well as being a place of unique culture and charm. Here’s why a stay at one of our Zanzibar hotels should be on your holiday list.
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