The spice isle of Zanzibar is the star attraction of Tanzania's tropical islands, with spectacular diving, crisp white beaches and a unique blend of Swahili and Arabian influence: the residue of around 2,000 years of sea-trading. Zanzibar city and historic Stone Town are set pieces on any itinerary; here you'll embark on spice tours and find a wide variety of hotels, both old and new - many of which are marked by the island's heritage through their distinctive architecture.
To experience Zanzibar's dreamy beaches, steal away from the city bustle to the coast. The palm lined beaches and warm Indian Ocean waves lapping the sand is nothing short of idyllic. Water sport activities abound, with snorkelling and diving the gateway to bright coral reefs and vivid marine life, while a number of luxury resorts dot the coast. To take-in the best holidays to Zanzibar Island have to offer, the East Coast is a sure bet for picture-postcard beauty, with the area around Chwaka Bay particularly noteworthy. Sticking to the coast, travel to the southwestern end of the island to Kizimkazi; the main attraction here is the chance to see bottlenose dolphin - best seen from October to February.
Travelling inland you'll find Jozani Forest, a unique attraction on the island. Housed within the Chwaka Bay National Park the forest is all that remains of the lush vegetation that once carpeted most of the island. There's a real sense of history attached to it and plenty of walking trails to explore. Jozani's main draw is Kirk's red colobus monkey, a colourful primate that remains endangered. It's hardly the only inhabitant however, with the rare Ader's duiker, Sykes monkey and a plethora of birdlife to take-in.
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With a magnificent stretch of beach and spectacular ocean views, Shooting Star Lodge is an excellent property situated on Zanzibar's northernmost peninsula.
Found on the quiet north east coast of Zanzibar, experience spectacular diving in the surrounding coral at Matemwe Lodge.
A charming boutique hotel situated on the stunning Bwejuu Beach enjoy strong service and cuisine, and relax at the well-appointed spa.
A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this seductive retreat offers a number of facilities, comfortable accommodation and a number of activities.
Found on the cliffs overlooking a magnificent lagoon, relax in your luxury villa and enjoy delicious local food at the Sama Restaurant.
Set on a stunning beach on Zanzibar's north west coast enjoy spectacular service, magnificent scenery and a relaxing beach break away.
Less than a mile in circumference, experience barefoot luxury with this island escape. There's the chance to see turtles, when in season, explore outstanding coral reefs, and indulge in laid back island life.
Set on Zanzibar's stunning east coast, go snorkelling in the reef just offshore, enjoy delicious meals and relax in comfort at Pongwe Beach Hotel.
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