At a glance

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town
  • Spice farms
  • Stunning palm-fringed beaches

Zanzibar holidays

Indian Ocean holidays on the exotic 'spice island'

The Zanzibar archipelago is a jewel in the Indian Ocean, just 60 miles off Africa's east coast. Few names evoke such a romantic image as the main ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar. The capital, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a fascinating maze of narrow streets, while on the east coast pristine beaches beckon visitors to the reef-protected warm waters as traditional wooden dhows sail by. Across from the main island, the small sister island of Pemba offers away-from-it-all escapes.

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +3 hours


Tanzanian shilling, although US$ are widely accepted

Flying time to destination:

10½ hours to Zanzibar via Nairobi

More facts

When to visit

Jan 32°c
Feb 32°c
Mar 32°c
Apr 30°c
May 28°c
Jun 28°c
Jul 27°c
Aug 28°c
Sep 28°c
Oct 30°c
Nov 31°c
Dec 31°c
Further climate information

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Kuoni Insider

If you are heading to Zanzibar after a Kenya safari, make sure to sit on the right hand side of the plane to try and catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro from above. It’s great to see the size of it from this angle.

I had high expectations when arriving in Zanzibar and it did not disappoint – the northern beaches really do rival the Maldives with their soft white sands. Watching the sunrise light the sky orange and watching the fishing boats on the horizon was the best way to start the day.

Melissa Fritchley
Personal Travel Expert, Cheltenham