Zanizbar, also the Spice Isles of Unguja, Pemba (Zanzibar) and Mafia, off the East Coast of Tanzania, have always been known to be the perfect place to unwind after a safari or trek up Kilimanjaro, Or simply a romantic destination for honeymooners. What is not as widely known about these islands, is that they are home to some of the world’s critically endangered species – red colobus monkeys, bottle-nose dolphins, whale sharks, dugong and even the ancient coelecanth which scientists thought disappeared off the face of Earth with the dinosaurs! The islands are perfect for families as well as senior citizens as there is plenty do so – from the active water-sports, diving and snorkeling, to swimming with dolphins, or taking a leisurely sunset cruise in a traditional sailing dhow. The water is warm, beaches are beautiful, excursions are numerous and historic Stone Town, the archipelago’s capital, is a hub of activity – old stone crumbling buildings with elaborate doors and balconies, and narrow streets teeming with bazaars and bicycles, a wonderful marketplace, old sultans palaces and the site of the infamous slave trade.

What makes Zanzibar special?

What makes Zanzibar different to other tropical island destinations is the eclectic mix of sun, sea, sand and spice. But there is much more – vivid history, culture and a variety of excursions that makes this one of the most popular all-round beach destinations for people of all ages and interests. Apart from this, a whole range of endangered species can be found in the warm tropical waters around the archipelago – from bottle-nose dolphins and green turtles to the once assumed extinct coelecanth!

Zanzibar also hosts annual festivals and events drawing people from all over East Africa and the world.

Accommodation in Zanzibar

Mahali Zanzibar

In Swahili Mahali means ‘the spot’. We have no doubt that our small resort is on the best location in Paje, Zanzibar, Tanzania. It is located right on the beachfront and has a pool, air-conditioned rooms and free WIFI. The ocean’s tidal changes that bring in cooling winds make Mahali the perfect getaway for both a relaxing and a thrill-seeking holiday. We also have a restaurant with panoramic ocean view, a cozy beach bar and we even have our own private strip of beach.

Zan View Hotel

At Zan View Hotel there are 12 spacious rooms of which 5 doubles are with sea view, and 4 budget single / double rooms. All rooms and suites have air-conditioning, private bath and washroom. Our facilities include restaurant, sun deck and bar as well as many cozy corners where you can relax in private while enjoying the breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean and our beautiful garden. There is access to the beach (50 m) where there are sunbeds for guests. They also provide personal assistants for walking you to the beach. The hotel has a curios shop where they offer different types of local artworks such as carvings made from ebony and other exotic woods, as well as T-shirts, towels among other items.

Sunshine Hotel

Opened in 2010, the Sunshine Hotel is located by Matemwe village, on Zanzibar’s east coast. Situated on a lovely stretch of white beach, it’s a bright and lively place to stay, popular with young couples. The seafront plot here is flat and sandy, and planted with flowers and shrubs.

Matemwe Retreat

Matemwe Retreat is one of the most exclusive lodges on Zanzibar, arguably the ultimate in private luxury. Located on the east coast, across from Mnemba Island, it has just four spectacular villas. Each villa has its own rooftop plunge pool and access to a beach that is exclusive to guests at Matemwe Retreat.

Jafferji House

Opened in 2012, Jafferji House is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Stone Town. This building was the childhood home of locally renowned photographer, publisher and tour operator, Javed Jafferji. He wanted to transform his home into a hotel without losing its historic charm and style.