Zanzibar Island is known as Africa’s tropical paradise, offering the world’s most beautiful beaches. Here, you find miles and miles of white sandy beaches dotted with palm trees, surrounded by the clear azure water of the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is part of the Zanzibar Archipelago together with Pemba Island and many other smaller islands. Zanzibar Island offers a laidback beach life, but also a large variety of activities, a colorful culture and a deep history. You can go on a spice tour or explore the amazing coral reefs and swim among tropical reef fish. Zanzibar Island has all the ingredients to make a memorable holiday. See our top Zanzibar Island itineraries.

This is how you stay!

Zanzibar island has several beaches and resorts in all four cardinal directions. But our personal preference is the east coast of Zanzibar, mainly because of its gorgeous and serene beaches, the many activities it offers and the various multi-cuisine restaurants, satisfying even the most picky taste palette. According to our travel experts, this side of the island offers you the overall best Zanzibarian experience.

A rich culture and history

The Zanzibar islands are named the Spice Islands, because of their rich history in spice trade and the many spice plantations. The historic Stone Town is an amazing mix of cultures. Food lovers and culture enthusiasts can visit interesting places, such as the Sultan’s Palace, the House of Wonders and the Darajani or Forodhani food markets. The opportunities are truly endless here!

Excursions and activities Zanzibar

Spice tour: walk with a guide through spice plantations where pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and fruit grows.
Kitesurfing: at the beaches Paje, Kiwengwa en Nungwi.
Mountainbike excursion
Stone Town excursion: stroll through the narrow streets of this lively town and visit some local markets and the former slave market.
Prison Island excursion: take a 30 minute boat trip to this island, which once was a place where slaves were detained. Nowadays it is a nature reserve for giant tortoises and a place to see the ruins of the former prison.
Safari Blue: during this excursion you visit 3 islands where you can swim, snorkel and have a nice BBQ.
Visit Jozani forest: a great jungle walk through the last indigenous forest on Zanzibar with lots of monkeys, like the rare red colobus monkeys.
Snorkeling and scuba diving at one of the many great reefs.
Cultural tour: this excursion gives you an insight in the way of life of the local people.
Mnemba Island tour: snorkeling trip to the most popular snorkeling spot in Zanzibar.