Zanzibar

Travel Guide
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

Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort and Spa
Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
Malawi Road, Zanzibar Town, Mjini Magharibi
The price is $233 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Zanzibar Town hotel is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Prison Island and House of Wonders. Nakupenda Beach and Old Fort are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (57 reviews)
"My stay was wonderful but I booked sea view room then on site they allocated me forest view room"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2021

Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort and Spa
Melia Zanzibar
Melia Zanzibar
5 out of 5
Kiwengwa, Kiwengwa
The price is $312 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
Nestled on the beach, this Kiwengwa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest and Mapenzi Beach. Kiwengwa Beach and Pwani Mchangani Beach are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (176 reviews)
"Everything is very slow and u need to ask more than twice for them to do or get you something"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Melia Zanzibar
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi
Fully refundable
The price is $279 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Nungwi, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kendwa Beach, Nungwi Beach, and Nungwi Natural Aquarium. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (326 reviews)
"Incredible property, everything was well maintained and beautiful. Room was clean and had everything you needed. Pool/beach area was perfect. Tons and tons of seating. Staff were AMAZING!! Best service I have ever received from any all inclusive I have ever stayed at. Buffet was high quality restaurant ..."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

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 $68 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kiwengwa Beach and 11.7 mi (18.9 km) from Mnemba Island.
4.6/5 Exceptional! (17 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 Jun 18, 2021

Breeze Residence ApartHotel
Jambiani Villas
Jambiani Villas
4 out of 5
Jambiani Kigibija, Jambiani, Zanzibar
Nestled on the beach, this Jambiani villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jambiani Beach, Paje Beach, and Kuza Cave. Bwejuu Beach and Makunduchi Beach are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (101 reviews)
"Great place right by the beach. Very tasty breakfast every morning and a lot to choose from. Staff is super helpful and friendly. Thanks for all the help, a specially to Monika and Natalia. Highly recommended!"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

Jambiani Villas
Simba Apartment Hotel
Simba Apartment Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Mainroad Bwejuu, Bwejuu, Unguja South Region
The price is $73 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Offering direct access to the beach, this Bwejuu aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paje Beach and Bwejuu Beach. Jambiani Beach is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
SUPER OBIEKT
"Fantastyczny obiekt, czysty, uroczy, bardzo miła obsługa, wielce pomocni właściciele, cudowny basen bardzo duże i wygodne pokoje, świetne łóżka, klimatyzacja, codzienne atrakcje w barze, POLECAM"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Simba Apartment Hotel
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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