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Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago of historic Indian Ocean islands situated off the coast of East Africa. This is a place of beautiful, turquoise blue waters and shallow sandbars which is rich is history and has so much to offer for those seeking a fantastic holiday experience. These two unique islands entice discerning travellers who want to enjoy some quality down-time in an idyllic environment.

Watersports enthusiasts appreciate the sea here which is calm for most of the year, making it ideal for waterskiing, parasailing and wake-boarding. Kitesurfing is also increasingly popular. Keen snorkellers should head for the stunning Mnemba Marine Reserve where an abundance of sea life can be observed including moray eels, stingrays, turtles and barracuda. There are diving schools offering PADI courses for everyone from absolute beginners to more advance scuba divers. The northern part of the island is perfect for a spot of game fishing.

Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park is an amazing place which is best enjoyed by taking part in a guided walking tour. A knowledgeable ranger will lead you through the nature trails and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the Red Colobus monkey as well as a wealth of other indigenous wildlife.

Another guided tour well worth taking is the Stone Town Tour where you’ll learn more about Zanzibar’s cultural heritage and Indian, Persian, Arab and European influences. Visit the former slave market, the Sultan’s Palace, old forts and beautiful gardens. The narrow winding streets transport you back to a time gone by.

Zanzibar is also a perfect place to partner with another destination and enjoy a multi-centre trip – particularly as a relaxing holiday treat to enjoy pre or post safari.

If you’re thinking of trying Zanzibar for your next dream holiday, get in touch with one of the experienced and friendly travel experts at Designer Travel. We can tailor-make your holiday to this wonderful destination as we are specialists in the luxury travel market. We can arrange weddings, honeymoons, renewal of vows, activity breaks, twin-centre holidays or a vacation to wherever you want for however long you want. We are independent so we have access to a huge range of flights and accommodation options, plus we’re ABTA bonded and offer a full after sales service. Our travel experts love finding the ideal holiday for each and every customer which leaves them happy and wanting to book their next break with us again.

To get in touch, simply fill in the enquiry form or give us a call – we’re happy to help.

Key Highlights
  • This is an ideal destination for couples seeking a luxury break
  • Visit Stone Town to see the cultural centre, Old Fort and bustling markets
  • Take a guided walking tour through Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park
  • See if you can spot the Red Colobus monkey which is said to be endemic to Zanzibar
  • Take to the water and enjoy a spot of waterskiing, wakeboarding or kitesurfing
  • The Mnemba Marine Reserve is a wonderful place for snorkelling
  • Enjoy a leisurely dhow cruise before relaxing on a picture-perfect beach
  • Taxis and car hire are the most common ways to get around
  • Multi-centre trips can be arranged. Please contact us for details and suggestions
  • Zuri Zanzibar has a fantastic location by the beach

Travel Information

GMT +3 hours

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling

Climate Information

Situated near to the equator, Zanzibar offers almost year around sunshine with the heat of the sun tempered and cooled by strong sea breezes.

Brief showers are possible in November with longer rains in March, April and May.

Leisure & Activities

Stone Town
No trip to Zanzibar is complete without a trip to the historic Stone Town. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, it’s a maze of narrow alleys lined with houses, shops and bazaars. There are many historical buildings, several of them situated on the sea front. They include former Sultan’s Palaces, mosques and churches.

Beaches
Beach lovers will feel like they're in paradise as the powder white sandy beaches are spectacular on the east coast of the main island.

Chumbe Island
For a real escape visit Chumbe Island, the award winning coral island near Stone Town. Open all year except April and May when it is closed due to the long rains. Conditions are perfect for snorkelling, but scuba diving is not allowed.

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