Zanzibar Holidays

Sarah Fox

Zanzibar is a wonderland of spectacular and pristine beaches and an ideal destination for a romantic honeymoon or wedding. It’s year round glorious sunshine is perfect for those looking to relax and get away from the stresses of day to day life. Zanzibar is highly regarded as a snorkelling and diving hotspot as the languid tropical waters are home to a fantastic coral life. It is a fabulous location for tantalising holiday.

  • Sarah Fox

Contact one of the experts at Mahlatini to help you plan your trip of a lifetime to Zanzibar.

Overview of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is plotted just east of the coast of Tanzania and a suitable twin centre with a Tanzania Safari combining adventure and relaxation with minimal travel time between. The impeccable beaches are lined with palm trees and replenished with the cool turquoise waters of the ocean making it more like paradise on earth. As an independent or combined holiday Zanzibar will please all of its guests.

Besides being a beach lover’s paradise Zanzibar has many different experiences to offer travellers. Famed as ‘the spice island’ the part this island played in the past as a major port on the trade routes simply adds to the allure and exotic appeal of Zanzibar.

Taking a spice tour allows you a greater insight into all of the different types grown on the island and you can get carried away on the heavy scent of vanilla pods, warming cinnamon and spicy pepper. Some tours will even provide you with a cooking lesson at the end so that you may take some of the magic of the spice island away with you.

Explore the local wildlife with a walk through Jozani Forest, home to some of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys - one of Africa’s rarest primates. Other animals you may encounter are small antelopes, bush pigs, curious chameleons and colourful butterflies. There are also dolphin tours running along the coast.

Stone Town

Experiencing Stone Town adds to any visit to Zanzibar. This UNESCO world heritage site is a labyrinth of alleys and passageways with a tumble down combination of architecture to admire. You will come across intricately carved doors, for which the city is famous, as well as absorbing some of the local culture and historical sites. The day can be rounded off by watching the traditional dhows sail in at sunset and visiting the night market, which is amazing; all the fishermen sell their cooked seafood from that day. It is so fresh and delicious... its a seafood lover’s dream!

The Islands

Pemba, Chole, Mafia and Chumbe are much more remote and ideal for those seeking a more quiet and private experience. Many of the lodges on these smaller islands have been set up to preserve and nurture the surrounding communities endorsing eco-friendly environments which in turn help the marine life and agriculture. The Tanzanian coastline must not be forgotten with its range of spectacular beaches and proximity to other parts of the country. Our experts have a strong favourite when recommending safari-beach combinations- Ras Kutani, located just south of Dar Es Salam it is ideal as a relaxing beach destination after a fruitful and adventurous experience along the Southern Circuit.

Saadani National Park – considered a melting pot of adventure and activity is situated along the east coast and is unlike anything else you could possibly discover along this shore-line. Set out as a beach destination this tropical park offers surf and safari in close proximity. Imagine heading out on an early morning game drive to explore the parks fantastic ecosystem and returning for an afternoon of snorkelling or relation on the idyllic beaches. Honeymooners and families alike will enjoy everything this park has to offer without venturing very far.

Sample Zanzibar Beach Holidays

Below are a set of sample itineraries to give you a flavour of each destinations highlights in terms of properties and attractions. Our travel specialists will listen to your requirements and tailor a bespoke itinerary to match your specific preferences and budget.

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for 7 nightsfrom £650 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Tanzania

This sample trip is an extension designed to be added onto the start or the end of a safari in Tanzania.  The chosen accommodations to feature are simply ideas; there are plenty of options to explore.

 

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Location
Recommended Accommodation
6 nights
Zanzibar
1 night
Stonetown

Customer Review

Holiday to Botswana and Zimbabwe during November 2014

Customer Review

Kwando Lebala camp was perfect. The accommodation was luxurious, the living areas comfortable and well situated with stunning views, the staff and managers were all exceptionally friendly and helpful and our guide - Partner and tracker - 'OT' were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and ensured tha...

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Zanzibar Factfile

Timezone:
EAT (UTC+3)
Language:
English, Swahili
Currency:
Tanzanian Shilling
Best time:
Year round destination
Flights:
9 hours from Europe
Visas:
Required, call for info

Sample Itineraries

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Zanzibar Specials

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Wedding Anniversary Special

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25% discount on your villa rate on meal plan booked

On arrival guests will receive: an exotic fruit bowl, 1 beach bag, 1 local pareo "Kitenge", a sunset Dhow cruise with canapes and soft drinks.

Terms & Conditions

Combinable with all offers. Excludes Festive Season 22 December 2012 to 06 January 2012.   Wedding Anniversary must take place within 1 month before or after stay or during stay.  Copy of Marriage Certificate must be sent to the hotel before arrival date or shown at check-in. Valid for 1st wedding anniversary and every next 5 years.

Valid Dates

01/01/2014 to 22/12/2014

07/01/2015 to 22/12/2015

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Free Nights Offer

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Stay 4 nights and only pay for 3 nights

OR 

Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5 nights

Terms & Conditions

Not combinable with any other offer.

 

Valid Dates

07/01/2015 to 30/04/2015

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Stay 4 Pay 3 or Stay 7 Pay 5

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Terms & Conditions

Cannot be combined with any other offer

When staing in one of the Monsoon Villas yo will also receive a free upgrade from Bed and Breakfast to Full Board meal plan and a 15% discount on all spa treatments.   This offer can also be applied in high season (Jul and Aug) when staying in the Monsoon Villas.  

Valid Dates

01/09/2014 to 20/12/2014

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Safari Specials

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50% Bride Discount

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Groom pays full rate and bride pays 50% of accommodation rate for the whole stay

Terms & Conditions

Excludes family suits, family rooms and villas

May not be combined with other offers or long stay rates

Minimum 2 night stay 

Valid Dates

01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014

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Stay 6 nights or more and receive 30% discount

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Linger for 6 nights or more at any combination of andBeyond Lodges in Kenya or Tanzania and pay 30% less. 

Terms & Conditions

Cannot be combined with any other special offer

Valid Dates

01/10/2014 to 31/12/2014

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Long Stay Discount for 4/5 nights

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Spend 4 or 5 nights in any of the andBeyond Lodges in Africa and pay less.

20% discount for stays in South Africa and Namibia

10% discount for stays in Kenya, Tanzania or Botswana

Terms & Conditions

Cannot be combined with any other offer 

Valid Dates

01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014

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Honeymoon Specials

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Short Stay Honeymoon Offer

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Honeymooners will receive:

  • Welcome cocktail & special decorated room on arrival
  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine in ice bucket
  • 1 massage for the bride and 1 massage for the groom
  • 10% off on all spa treatments during the stay
  • 10% off on lobster dinner

Terms & Conditions

Minimum stay of 3 nights.

Not combinable with any other offer.

 

Valid Dates

07/01/2015 to 30/04/2015

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Honeymoon Bouquet Offer

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In addition to the all-inclusive package, honeymooners will also recevie:

  • On arrival: a vanilla frangrance cold towel, a welcom Champagne cocktail and a bouquet of flowers for the bride.
  • Fresh flowers and Méthode Champenoise in the pavilion room on arrival
  • One-hour couple massage at Ushwari Relaxation Pavilion during stay
  • An assigned dedicated Kilini Butler for the duration of their stay
  • All room service
  • 7 different intimate evening dining options
  • Romantic beach dining experience
  • Private dining in your Pavilion any night that you choose, with the Head Chef catering to your culinary needs
  • A 'Turndown Surprise' on the final evening

Terms & Conditions

Offer applies to couples who have been married for 9 months or less

Offer can be combined with all other existing offers

Marriage certificate to be presented on arrival

Valid Dates

01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014

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Honeymoon Offer

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Honeymooners will also receive:

  • Free airport pick up
  • Sparkling wine or cocktail on arrival
  • Complimentary snorkelling trip to Mnemba Island and intro kite surfing lesson

 

Terms & Conditions

Stay must be a minimum of 6 nights

Valid Dates

01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014

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Family Specials

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Family Offer

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When staying a minimum of 6 nights, 2 children under 12 can stay free of charge when sharing with their parents.  

Terms & Conditions

Cannot be combined with any other offer. 

Valid Dates

01/09/2014 to 20/12/2014

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