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Zanzibar - the Spice Island

Tanzania Safaris - Zanzibar
Tanzania Safaris - Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a short hop away from the Tanzania mainland with easy flight connections to all the major tourist centres.

With picture postcard beaches, superb diving and deep sea fishing, a traditional Swahili culture steeped in history and the atmospheric alleyways of Stone Town, this Spice Island has something for everyone and makes the perfect beach destination to relax after your Tanzania safari on the mainland or as a Tanzania Safairi destination in its own right.

There is accommodation to suit all budgets, a variety of excursions easily arranged from Stone Town and a good infrastructure.

Tanzania Safaris - Zanzibar
Tanzania Safaris - Zanzibar

Stone Town (Zanzibar Town) itself can be a hive of activity with traders demonstrating timeless negotiating skills along the narrow shopping streets or can be the sleepiest town imaginable depending on the time of day.

Worthwhile excursions for Tanzania safari visitors include a city tour which brings home the true horrors of the days of slavery, visits to spice farms, outlying islands such as Changuu island with its giant tortoises, the endangered red colobus monkeys at Jozani forest and swimming with dolphins at Kizimkazi in the south.

There are several festivals throughout the year in Zanzibar, notably Eid el Fitur at the end of Ramadhan (usually end of November but depends on the full moon), the Sauti Za Busara Swahili Music Festival in February and the Zanzibar International Film Festival in July.  All fascinating experiences for Tanzania Safari visitors.

The beaches and surrounding Indian Ocean waters of Zanzibar are superb for Tanzania safari visitors, whether you are the outdoor water sports enthusiast, or someone looking for some R&R. Personal favourites include Kendwa and Nungwi beaches, Matemwe, Kiwengwa, Bweju and the private islands of Chumbe and Mnemba.

Contact us at Aurthentic Tanzania Safaris and ask for recommendations for beach hotels and resorts and the very best diving options. A good idea to gain a greater insight into the island is to split your time on Tanzania safari between different beaches and Stone Town. Full suggested itineraries available on request for all budgets.  Visit our Authenic Tanzania Safaris itineraries page for example Zanzibar holidays.

Tanzania Safaris - Zanzibar
Tanzania Safaris - Zanzibar