Aerial View Zanzibar Beach at Zuri
Zanzibar Island's

Best Safaris

Zanzibar Island, the “Spice Island,” is, in fact, more than an “island” it is an archipelago of stunning tropical Indian Ocean islands.

Easily accessible and a total paradise – don’t delay – treat yourself and go to Zanzibar now! You will not regret it!

An absolute paradise; consisting of many small islands and two larger ones; Unguja (the main island and referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island.

Zanzibar; this most historic of island paradises; full of atmosphere, spice plantations, and beautiful beaches and just a short hop from the mainland of either Tanzania or Kenya. Think beautiful, clear, turquoise waters, patches of reefs, miles of palm-tree fringed white sandy beaches with a heady mix of Swahili and Arabic culture and history.

Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar Island
An aerial view of Xanadu Villas Zanzibar
An aerial view of a Zuri Zanzibar Dhow
A Dhow boat with guests enjoying sailing
Zanzibar Island

The Spice Island's capital, Stone Town, is a historic centre and World Heritage Site. Rich in history and culture, this jewel of an island capital consists of cobbled, tiny winding lanes lined with traders, crumbling palaces, and mosques giving the muezzins' call to prayer at daybreak. Stone Town is fascinating. A true Swahili and Arabic fuel for the senses.

Zanzibar, while well-known, is not tourist saturated, and it offers stunning beaches for those that savour this idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago.  "If I'd been a Victorian explorer, I'd have thought, Sod it, I'll stay here" ~ Jeremy Clarkson on Zanzibar, which he further described as having history and soul!  Well, we couldn't agree more. Zanzibar is a fantastic honeymoon, anniversary or family vacation destination and a great end to a safari on the mainland. There is plenty to do in Zanzibar, from spice tours to forest tours, snorkelling, or diving, with both Pemba Island and Mafia Island being particularly good for diving. Mafia Island is famous for its abundance of whale sharks from October to March.

In recent years, tourism has overtaken the spice trade in the economy, but these Islands retain a rustic charm. So essentially there are many places to relax, and plenty of fantastic accommodation options suit everyone's needs. Some high-end beach resorts like Zuri Zanzibar and The Residence offer opulence and refined barefoot luxury. In contrast, others provide more lodge-style accommodation similar to those on the safari circuits, such as Kilindi and Mnemba Island Lodge. In addition, the boutique and exclusive villas at Xanadu offer complete personalised services and are typically all-inclusive, a firm favourite of Safari Guru for honeymoon vacations. Some of the Zanzibar properties are unique in that they are a hybrid of all three, offering suites, rooms and villas throughout its beautiful gardens and beachfront access, such as Zuri. Personal villas with private chefs abound, and don't think you need a large group, or deep pockets, to take advantage of this intimate, exclusive style. These villas come in different sizes (accommodating two people upwards) and are privately run. True Zanzibarian warmth.

For those seeking the culture and intrigue of the Island, a stay in enchanting Stone Town is a real treat. Here you can choose accommodations to match your style and tastes. From the historic, unique, atmospheric 19th-century mansion, built-in Swahili-Arabian style boutique hotels of Emerson Spice to the equally charismatic, romantic yet slightly more conventionally elegant Kisiwa House. Or the more luxurious beach/town retreat of the five-star Omani-styled Park Hyatt. Don't be fooled by the chain name of this luxury hotel; it has real character too.

Indeed, in our view, and depending on your holiday wishes, a mix of a stay in Stone Town and beach property is an absolute 'best of both worlds' option.

What experiences does Zanzibar Offer? There is plenty of beach relaxation, cultural opportunities and fresh delicacies for the foodies! The warm Indian Ocean offers spectacular energetic fun, the turquoise waters perfect for diving, snorkelling, fishing, dhow boats sunset cruises, paddle boarding and sport fishing! To visit Zanzibar island offers real food for the soul and a proper immersive break from the realities of the daily grind!

With space, social distancing and private experiences being even more sought after, a private villa is a wonderful option for any travelling party, couple or small family to multigenerational friends and extended family.  In fact, it may well be one of our favourite accommodation options on the islands. 

Let us share more details about Zanzibar Island with you, and current Zanzibar Island Packages and where is best for you.

Zanzibar Island's Best

Experiences

Aerial view of Zuri Beach Zanzibar

Diving Zanzibar Island

The exotic Zanzibar archipelago lies 25km off the east coast of Tanzania and includes Unguja, Pemba and an arrangement of small, tropical island sanctuaries. The northern and eastern coasts of Unguja including beautiful and timeless beaches boast many excellent resorts, which makes Zanzibar a perfect place to conclude an East African safari, and offering some of the world best scuba diving off ...

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Watery Playground

While the islands' waters are well known to experienced divers and those wanting to try the sport, but there are other activities above the waves. Zanzibar offers fun in the sun for the whole family.

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Water Fitness in Zanzibar
Zanzibarian selling bread in Zanzibar during cultural tour

Stone Town Zanzibar

Stone Town Zanzibar is a melting pot of cultures; various invaders have influenced its rich history – and visitors can see the authentic mix of African, Arabic, and European traditions. There are cultural experiences and other adventures to be had on the islands, but Stone Town is the sole and beating heart of the bustling community.

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Private Villa Experience

With space, social distancing and private experiences being even more key in 2021/22 a private villa is a wonderful option for any travelling party, couple or small family to multigenerational friends or extended family.  In fact, it may well be one of our favourite accommodation options on the islands. 

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Private Beach setting at Zuri Zanzibar
Zanzibar Island's Best

Itineraries

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Tanzania Highlights Safari

Join Jean Wethmar, the founder of Glam Girls LUX Travels in Africa, where she is your wonderful host to a select group of travellers for her Tanzania Highlights Safari.  Jean's trips are a private group of travellers, typically lady travellers with the same wanderlust and spirit of adventure, that she has. On occasions we include the men in our lives on our travels, this maybe one of those occa...

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Family Safari Specialists

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