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Introducing Zanzibar

Discover some of Tanzania’s best beaches on a honeymoon or romantic getaway to Zanzibar – a unique honeymoon destination and the perfect respite after a hot and dusty game safari on mainland Africa.

Encircled by snow-white beaches, gin-clear turquoise waters and lush coral gardens, the exotic and welcoming ‘Spice Islands’ of the Zanzibar Archipelago are just a hop, skip and jump from the Tanzanian mainland.

Once ruled by sultans and slave traders, Zanzibar was an important base for European missionaries and explorers planning expeditions into the African interior.

It was from here that David Livingstone planned his last foray into Africa, describing Zanzibar as: “ ... the finest place I have known in all of Africa”. It is also the location where journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his search for Livingstone and from where Sir Richard Burton began his search for the source of the Nile River.

What to do and see in Zanzibar

Unwind on a choice of palm-fringed, powder-soft beaches, go diving above offshore coral reefs, hike through pristine rainforest and soak up the island's heady mix of Arab, Persian, Indian, European and African traditions.

Explore narrow labyrinthine alleyways crammed with Arab-influenced architecture in the atmospheric old capital of Stone Town – the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Discover bustling bazaars, mosques, palaces and grand Arab mansions decorated with ornately carved brass-studded doors and enclosed wooden verandas that closely resemble the medinas of the Arabian Peninsula.

Check out the castellated battlements of the 16th century Arab Fort, the marble-floored rooms of the Beit-el-Ajaib (House of Wonders), the sultan’s personal artefacts at the Beit al-Sahel (the Sultan's Palace) and the wooden balconies at the sumptuous four-storey Ithna’asheri Dispensary.

Elsewhere, tour famous spice plantations dotted with the remains of Omani palaces, hike the Jozani Forest, home to the indigenous red colobus monkey and take a fast-ferry to some of the offshore islands such as Mnemba Atoll and its world-class diving reef.

Island Hopping in Zanzibar

Zanzibar also boasts several small offshore islands — Chumbe, Pemba and Mnemba Atoll — that are perfect for day trips, including several islets just a short boat ride from Stone Town. These include Bawe and Prison islands, both featuring excellent snorkelling.

Where to stay

Zanzibar offers a wide choice of honeymoon accommodation options, from luxurious 5-star resorts to charming guesthouses. Live like a sultan among antiques and Persian rugs at the Zanzibar Serena Inn, regarded as the best hotel in Zanzibar, located on the Stone Town waterfront.

Alternatively, try the Beyt al Chai, an atmospheric former teahouse, or the Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, set on the shimmering white sands of Nungwi Beach.

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about hotels in Zanzibar at TripAdvisor.

Best time to visit Zanzibar

The best time for a Zanzibar honeymoon is any time between June and February, with an average daytime high of 30°C.

From December to March are the hottest months, with a high of 32°C. There are two rainy seasons in Zanzibar: occasional short but heavy showers in November and December, with more pronounced rain during the ‘green season’ in April and May.


Zanzibar is located in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and separated from the mainland by a 35m-wide channel.

Getting there

Zanzibar is just a 20 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam International Airport. By ferry, Zanzibar is 2-hour trip from the mainland, depending on sea conditions.

Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 23 August, 2017


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