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There can be few names that stir the imagination as effectively as Zanzibar; an island of the exotic and mysterious, where Arabia meets the Dark Continent. This is where centuries of visitors from the ancient trading nations of the Indian Ocean have left their mark culminating with the Omani’s hedonistic ways carrying into the beginning of the 20th Century.

It is it’s fading past which really fascinates today’s visitors. There are strangely atmospheric ruins dotting the island, including palaces, bath houses, old towns and the harem for the Sultan’s concubines. A constant reminder of an fascinating chapter in the island’s history.

The old quarter of Zanzibar is Stone Town which is time-worn and atmospheric; a muddle of tiny streets, heavily carved woodwork, big studded doors and overhanging balconies. It is a welcoming town too and strolling through tiny back streets, past spice sellers, tailors and darkened doorways one is met with ready smiles and a reassuring sense of quiet acceptance.

Many of the older buildings have become dilapidated, although efforts are now being made to gradually restore them, but this adds further to the atmosphere. For those willing to respect local customs, an unobtrusive visit to the old dhow port provides a stunning glimpse into the traditions of Zanzibar.

Beyond the town are the treasures of chattering villages, verdant forests and glorious beaches. A visit to the spice plantations, a lasting legacy of the Omani influence, is probably on every visitor agenda and, with a good guide, it is fascinating experience. Certainly a stay in town should, without doubt, be balanced by a stay on the coast.

Walk along empty beaches, past unchanged fishing villages with dhows and outrigger canoes pulled up on the sand, snorkel on the reef or dive amongst the glorious fish and coral gardens offshore and it really is not difficult to imagine why Zanzibar has held such appeal for so long.



Explore the diverse range of landscapes Tanzania is home to on this luxury safari. Stay in 2 amazing accommodations to grasp a taste of culture and game within Tanzania. Finish off the holiday in a stunning beach resort in Zanzibar.
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Chill out on this luxury honeymoon holiday to Zanzibar. You will be staying in two of the most luxurious resorts the island has to offer. Relax and make the most of the spa treatments the resort offers or for the more adventurous get stuck in to the fantastic water sports available.
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This amazing holiday to Tanzania and Zanzibar gives you a combination of safari and luxury. Explore the wildlife and lands of Tanzanzia before unwinding in a luxury resort in Zanzibar to finish this amazing experiences.
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Found on the South West coast of Zanzibar, The Residence has an exclusively isolated location for pure luxury and rejuvenation, alongside the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
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Baraza is typically Zanzibarian - Arabia, Africa and India combined to style an exotic, harmonious boutique resort that radiates a mix of intricacy within minimalistic beauty.
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&Beyond Mnemba is a private tropical island just off the north-east coast of Zanzibar. It is a small island dedicated to barefoot luxury and offering the most idyllic setting for a very exclusive holiday.
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Elewana Africa, the award-winning hotel group and hospitality company that owns and manages safari and beach properties in Tanzania and Kenya, recently acquired the five-star Kilindi Resort on the northwest coast of Zanzibar.
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Anna of Zanzibar combines personalized service with a relaxed atmosphere. With only four luxurious suites, this boutique hotel offers privacy and exclusivity, ensuring that guests enjoy a truly unique holiday experience.
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Set on a beautiful beach on the south-west coastline of Pemba, Fundu Lagoon is accessible only by boat. It is the epitome of "shabby-chic" and a stylish yet totally relaxed exclusive beach resort.
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      • Flight Time:Approx. 10 hours (via Dar es Salaam or Nairobi)
          • Time Difference: GMT +3 hours
              • Language: Arabic, Swahili & English
                  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling, although US Dollars are also widely accepted (often at an inferior rate!).
                      • Area: 1,020 square miles
                          • Total coastline: Approx. 150 miles
                              • Population: Approx 1 million
                                  • Capital: Stone Town

    Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year. The heat of summer is seasonally often cooled by windy conditions, resulting in pleasant sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coasts. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round, but officially, summer and winter peak in December and June respectively. Zanzibar is blessed with an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine daily. Short rains can occur in November but are characterised by short showers which do not last long. The long rains normally occur in April and May although this is often referred to as the ‘Green Season’, and it typically doesn’t rain every day during that time.

    Zanzibar enjoys an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine daily throughout the year and the only real time to avoid travelling to the island is April & May when the heavy rains occur. The peak season is July & August as people combine a safari in Kenya or Tanzania with the island. The months of September & October plus January & February are excellent months to travel with great temperatures and perfect sea conditions.

    Health & Vaccinations

    We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. You will also need a Yellow Fever vaccination before entering Zanzibar. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

    Passport & Visa

    British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders require a visa that can be obtained upon arrival into Zanzibar. As the island of Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania, there is no need to obtain a second visa if your itinerary will include both Tanzania & Zanzibar or Pemba Island – simply obtain a multiple entry visa.

    Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Zanzibar. Call us on 01778 382764.