Zanzibar & Islands

Zanzibar

Nestled in the clear, sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, the exotic island of Zanzibar is the jewel in the crown of Eastern Africa. Famed for its white-sand beaches dotted with palm trees, it’s a popular barefoot destination for post-safari relaxation. A short, 20-minute flight from the mainland, Zanzibar has become relatively commercialised over time. However, the island retains a friendly, laid-back feel, and a deep sense of its rich spice-trade history. There are in excess of 200 places to stay ranging from humble beach lodges, boutique accommodations, to large ‘all-inclusive’ hotels and exclusive villas. From the meandering fishing villages and dhow-lined shores of the East Coast to the exclusive Mnemba Island and untouched Pemba, each area of Zanzibar and its outlying Islands has its own pros and cons.

We usually recommend between 3 nights and a week's stay on Zanzibar at the end of a safari. Zanzibar is easy to reach by scheduled flights from Northern Tanzania (for the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Highlands), Southern Tanzania (Selous and Ruahu) and Kenya (Masai Mara and Laikipia). The island’s main activities inevitably centre on the beach. Snorkelling on the coral reef, diving, and boat cruises are offered island-wide, along with the chance to see giant sea turtles and swim with dolphins. We also strongly recommend a visit to the wonderfully atmospheric Stone Town to soak up the sights and sounds.


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Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Our most popular Tanzania family safari including Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater & the Serengeti featuring good value camps with family rooms and swimming pools.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $5,286 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,077 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,742 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,077 per person economy class from London

Stunning all inclusive Northern Circuit safari combines some of Tanzania's finest safari lodges with an incredible private island beach resort.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $14,376 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $887 per person economy class from London

Superb safari and beach holiday combining the vast Selous Game Reserve with idyllic Zanzibar Island.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $4,657 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $950 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,641 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $950 per person economy class from London

5 days Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara safari in comfortable lodges & camps plus 5 days in a beautiful barefoot Zanzibar beach lodge

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Families from $4,224 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,521 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Mnemba Island Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Beautiful Private Island
- Great Scuba Diving
- Luxurious accommodation

The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Beautiful Gardens & Beach
- Excellent Facilities
- All villas with private pools
- Massive infinity pool

Matemwe Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Relaxed Beach Lodge
- Lovely Beach
- Lush tropical Gardens
- 12 bedroom lodge

Pongwe Beach Hotel

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Family-friendly
- Superb water activities
- Luxurious dining experience
- Suites with private plunge pools

Anna of Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Barefoot luxury beach retreat
- Fresh water swimming pool
- Excellent hospitality

Matemwe Beach House

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Wide range of activities
- Private villa and staff
- Superb diving centre

Breezes Beach Club

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Popular beach resort
- Excellent Facilities
- Fantastic service
- Specialised Diving Centre

Fundu Lagoon

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Excellent diving centre
- One of the best adventure beach locations
- Access to the beautiful Mesali Island

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 499 reviews

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  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

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Areas within Zanzibar

Characterised by the significant tidal range across the island, Zanzibar’s coastal areas vary in feel. The meandering fishing villages and dhow-lined shores of the East Coast and the South Eastern Michamvi Peninsulas are particularly peaceful havens on this otherwise busy island. Swimming off the Eastern Coast is often restricted by far-retreating tides, but high quality lodges compensate for this with lovely swimming pools, and relatively low visitor numbers make for enticing tranquillity. The Fumba Peninsula, tucked away on the South-West coast, may not be quite as beautiful, but the beaches are less prone to tidal change. On offer here are delightful, low-key activities including swimming with dolphins, trips to the beautiful coral island of Chumbe and the ancient Jozani forest, home to the rare Colobus monkey.

Less susceptible to the tides, Northern Zanzibar offers a dynamic contrast. The area around Nungwi has become a bustling tourist hub with many hotels, myriad restaurants and an abundance of water sports. Although Nungwi’s increasing development means it may lack the untouched charm of neighbouring areas, the setting is nevertheless idyllic and excursions from the fully equipped diving centre, and to Nungwi turtle sanctuary, are among the island’s genuine highlights.

For a high-end, exclusive experience, Mnemba island is located just off Zanzibar’s north-eastern tip. With simple but luxurious accommodation at Mnemba Lodge, and arguably the best beaches in Africa, this is an unpretentious but top notch retreat, albeit with a price tag to match. Some 50km further north sits the untouched island of Pemba with its handful of visitors, small number of lodges, and distinctly traditional feel. In contrast to Zanzibar’s bustling tourist trade, Pemba’s economy still relies largely on fishing and agriculture. Mangoes, cloves and seaweed are farmed here, and traditional fishing dhows are a common sight. Though diving off Pemba may be best suited to those with experience, it is second to none, with coral reefs and abundant marine life to explore. Boat trips to offshore islands are also possible.

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