Zanzibar Travel Guide

Zanzibar is an exotic spice island paradise with unrivalled pristine beaches. It’s capital, the Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site and the cultural heart of this Indian Ocean jewel. This coastal town is a mix if cultural influences with weathered historic buildings, Sultan’s palaces, labyrinthine alleyways and intricate architectural designs.Once in Zanzibar you can wander around the vibrant markets, visit the former slave market and old forts. After which you can relax at one of the rooftop restaurants for a refreshing drink or a bite. There is so much for visitors to see and do in Stone Town. Zanzibar pristine beaches offer a perfect beach holiday or a tonic following a safari. Some of the best beaches here include Nungwi on the northern part and Bwejuu on the south-eastern coast. Spend your time simply relaxing, trying your hand at snorkeling among other watersports, pampering spa treatments and indulge in dinning and winning. You can also take time to explore nearby small farms that grow cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla and grow cloves. A spice tour will make you understand why Zanzibar is referred to as the Spice Island.

  • 2 nights Zanzibar Serena
  • Essque Zalu Zanzibar
  • Park Hyatt Zanzibar
  • Diamonds Star of the East
  • Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar

Perfectly situated on the sea-front of Stone Town, and fringed by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Hotel is a haven of quietude and lavishness amongst the bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence, setting it apart as one of the finest hotels in Zanzibar.
Peak Season 455 per person
High Season 405 per person
Low Season 365 per person

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique destination nestled in a natural cove on the island's north-eastern coast overlooking the Indian Ocean. Choose from 40 individual suites and 9 villas all with picturesque views over the tropical garden or the ocean. The suites are crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork, and housed under a traditional pitched Makuti roof.

Sitting majestically on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, a designated UNESCO heritage site, Park Hyatt Zanzibar provides the ultimate haven amongst Stone Town's labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques, and famed Zanzibari doors. The hotel is housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a building steeped in history, grace and mystique with a story dating back to the 17th century. The new and purpose built Zamani residence connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old with new, historic with contemporary.From the spacious, elegant guest rooms, authentic cuisine and spectacular views to the oceanfront infinity pool, Anantara Spa, fully-equipped fitness center and exceptional meeting, event and private function facilities, Park Hyatt Zanzibar offers both discerning business travelers and luxury holiday makers rare, intimate and unforgettable experiences

Diamonds Star of the East is a magnificent luxury, private sanctuary of 11 exclusive villas with their own plunge pool and a tastefully furnished terrace just 5 minutes from Nungwi beaches. Villas also feature a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and the supreme view over the Indian Ocean and the famous Zanzibar sunset.The villas are named after eleven of the most precious gems in the world to match the modern and contemporary African style architecture. Personal butler service, a private beach, and unmatched all-inclusive services accommodate the most discerning traveller with ultimate comfort, privacy and luxury.Literally everything and anything you could dream of is catered for at the very highest level of all-inclusive services including access to all facilities, restaurants and bars of Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est.Please Note: This hotel property may offer both all-inclusive and room-only rates. Please read the rate description information carefully and contact us if you have any questions about what’s included in the room rate.

Best Time to Visit Zanzibar

There is no “right” time—warmer months mean picnics and parks, but also crowds. During colder months skies are grey, but there are fewer tourists. There are events year-round, from outdoor summer concerts to holiday extravaganzas in the winter.

Zanzibar Weather

January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 41°F (5°C). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 68°F (20°C).

Zanzibar Transportation

The ever-expanding metro and RER train systems transport Zanzibarians just about anywhere they want to go. It’s cheap and efficient; a single ticket costs $2 and day passes start at $14. Taxis and buses are also easily accessible, but locals will walk or grab a Vélib bicycle if they don’t have far to go.

Know Before Visiting

Zanzibar is a diverse, evolving city, so leave many of the Hollywood stereotypes at home. Try to speak French a bit and dress a little nicer than usual, but in the end, relax. Even Zanzibarians wear sneakers—albeit fashionable ones.


English & Swahili


Type E


Shilling (Tzs)