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

Mizingani Seafront Hotel
Mizingani Seafront Hotel
4 out of 5
Mizingani Road, Malindi district, Zanzibar Town
The price is $95 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
$95
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Zanzibar Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (298 reviews)
"Been staying at Mizingani for years…always nice. Large clean rooms in good location"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

Mizingani Seafront Hotel
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi
The price is $293 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
$293
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Nungwi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (437 reviews)
"Beautiful resort! The staff were friendly and very attentive at all times. Our Junior Suite with hot tub was fantastic. 3 suggestions: Should give out bottled water at the pool rather than in a cup Should not have smoking section at main restaurant right across from the opening to the buffet and ..."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive
Konokono Beach Resort and Isaraya Over Water Villa
Konokono Beach Resort and Isaraya Over Water Villa
5 out of 5
Michamvi, Michamvi, Unguja South Region, 72211
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Michamvi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (141 reviews)
"Amazing villas, excellent beaches with the best white sands. Customer service was world class: polite reception and catering service. Its is a must when visiting Zanzibar."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Konokono Beach Resort and Isaraya Over Water Villa
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.
Antonio Garden Hotel
Antonio Garden Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Kajificheni St, Zanzibar Town
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Zanzibar Town. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the WiFi in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (41 reviews)
"It is a great hotel with a nice garden and small pool. The staff is wonderful. They could spend more energy on their restaurant and chefs to expand and deepen their craft. Otherwise a pleasant relaxing place. They use toxic fuel for their tikki torches in the garden... makes no sense as it is smoky, ..."

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Antonio Garden Hotel
Jambiani Villas
Jambiani Villas
4 out of 5
Jambiani Kigibija, Jambiani, Zanzibar
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 our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (111 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 Jun 30, 2022

Jambiani Villas
Breeze Residence ApartHotel
Breeze Residence ApartHotel
2.5 out of 5
Kiwengwa, Cairo, North East Coast, Zanzibar, Kiwengwa, Unguja North Region
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 our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"The Masai are so polite, helpful and friendly. Very nice people"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Breeze Residence ApartHotel
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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