Zanzibar, with it's rich culture and fantastic beaches, is one of the highlights of East Africa.

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The islands of Zanzibar stir the imagination and conjure up images of magical Arabian nights, the scent of spices on the evening air and spirit of ages gone by.

The island of Zanzibar (also known as Unguja) is known as the Spice Island because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it has always exerted a powerful fascination over the imagination of the world, out of all proportion to its size. The island is about 85 Kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide at the widest point. Most of the population live in the highly fertile North and West. The East of the Island is not suitable for farming and is covered in coral, but the beaches and reefs make it ideal for fishing villages and tourist resorts.

Stone Town is the oldest section of Zanzibar Town and is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes, ancient stone houses, Arabian arches, heavy carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows, overhanging balconies and a fascinating selection of bazaars, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves. Stone Town is the only functioning historical city in East Africa and remains much the same today as it was 200 years ago. Enjoy as a standalone africa vacation or as an addition to a safari.

Zanzibar is one of the best ways to begin or end your Tanzania safari experience.

Featured Zanzibar lodge maps

236 Hurumzi map: In the heart of Stone Town, 236 Hurumzi rises above standard accommodation by providing elegant, traditionally furnished, airy rooms and a Tower Top Restaurant with a view of Zanzibar.
Beyt al Chai Hotel map: Beyt Al Chai is a beautiful boutique hotel in the Zanizbar Stone Town Built on 3 floors, this traditional house was at one time a tea house.
Blue Bay Hotel map: Bluebay Beach Resort is situated on the finest wide, white, sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar.
Blue Oyster Hotel map: Blue Oyster Hotel overlooks the turquoise-blue Indian Ocean waters and white sandy beaches of Jambiani on the east coast of Zanzibar.
Breezes Beach Club map: Breezes Beach Club is situated along a pristine beach on the East coast of Zanzibar. It is a romantic hotel with personalized service and attention to detail.
Chumbe Island Lodge map: The whole of Chumbe Island is a nature reserve surrounded by incredible coral gardens.
Dhow Palace Hotel map: The Dhow Palace, with its Arabian archways, authentic Zanzibari antiques and ornate ornaments, was originally an Omani mansion dating back to the 1870s.
Flame Tree Cottages map: Flame Tree Cottages is situated on the northern tip of Zanzibar, on the beautiful turquoise coastline of Nungwi.
Fumba Beach Lodge map: Situated on one of Zanzibar's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Fumba Beach Lodge is a luxurious and peaceful hideaway, offering a perfect blend of casual elegance and friendly, first class service.
Fundu Lagoon map: Fundu Lagoon is an exclusive beach resort on the remote island of Pemba immediately north of Zanzibar, spread over 18 acres.
Matemwe Bungalows map: Matemwe is renowned for its friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, lush tropical gardens, fine white sand, intimate swimming pools, massages, and magnificent food.
Mbweni Ruins Hotel map: Mbweni Ruins Hotel is set in botanic gardens by the ocean and is 10 minutes from Stone Town or from the Airport on the western side of Zanzibar.
Mnemba Island Lodge map: Mnemba Island, off the north coast of Zanzibar, is one of the most romantic and exclusive coral atoll islands in the world.
Ocean Paradise Resort map: Ocean Paradise Resort overlooks Mnemba Island and the turquoise Indian Ocean.
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel map: Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel overlooks the Indian Ocean and is nestled in lush gardens which open up to some of the finest and most unspoilt beaches on the island.
Sultan Palace Hotel map: Sultan Palace is one of the few five star hotels in Zanzibar. It is built in Arabic Zanzibari style and is a romantic, private and peaceful lodge.
Sunrise Hotel map: The Sunrise Hotel is set in lush gardens and is a delightful small hotel on the beach. There is a genteel, old-fashioned atmosphere about the place.
Tembo House Hotel map: Tembo House Hotel is situated on the picturesque seafront in the heart of Stonetown. This magnificent old historic building has had many functions in its time.
The Palms map: Sultan Palace is one of the few five star hotels in Zanzibar. It is built in Arabic Zanzibari style and is a romantic, private and peaceful lodge.
Zanzibar Beach Hotel & Resort map: The Zanzibar Beach Hotel & Resort is located on the north eastern corner of Zanzibar close to Mnemba island, one of Africas finest diving locations.
Zanzibar Serena Inn map: The Zanzibar Serena Inn is one of the most luxurious and scenically located hotels in Stone Town.

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