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Chumbe Island, Zanzibar


Zanzibar is an archipelago located just off the Tanzanian coastline, consisting of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Islands and several islets all dotted within the Indian Ocean.

Once the trading centre for the whole of East Africa, Zanzibar and its surrounding islands are part of a great coral reef stretching down Africa’s Indian Ocean coast. With its iconic beautiful sandy beaches and relaxing, friendly atmosphere it provides the perfect destination for a honeymoon or beach holiday.

Beach and Dhow, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar, Tanzania
View of Beach, The Residence Zanzibar, Zanzibar
The Residence Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Hermit crab, Chumbe Island, Zanzibar
Chumbe Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Why you should visit Zanzibar

Our Tanzania specialists love traditional Stone Town. With so many small alleys, it’s a great place to while away the hours and chat to the outgoing locals. Whilst for those looking for a beach holiday, the beautiful beaches of the east and north coast, as well as those on Mnemba Island, come highly recommended.

Zanzibar is best combined with a migration safari in Kenya or Tanzania or a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda. With several international airlines that fly in and out of Zanzibar, it is easy to connect with the surrounding countries.

Xanadu Villas, Zanzibar
Xanadu Villas, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Fish market on the beach - Zanzibar
Zanzibar, Tanzania

When to go to Zanzibar

Due to its close proximity to the equator the islands offer a good year round climate, but the best time to visit is during the dry months of June to October. November and December are great too, but have short rains, which are light and so should not hinder your beach experience.


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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.

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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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