Zanzibar & The Coast

Zanzibar & The Coast

What better way to round off a safari adventure through Tanzania than to spend some time relaxing on one of its beautiful white sand beaches. Zanzibar is traditionally the destination that most people go for, but the Tanzanian mainland has an increasing number of superb beach options that are much smaller and quieter than the large resorts found on the "Spice Island". The emphasis when at the beach is very much on relaxation, enjoying the fantastic food (especially seafood) and sunbathing, however, there are plenty of activities to enjoy as well, especially on Zanzibar where many hotels boast their own dive and watersports schools.

Zanzibar tends to be home to the larger resorts often numbering 100 rooms or more, however, these are well spread out so you don't get the feeling of being overrun by other guests. Somewhere such as The Hideaway of Nungwi is a great option on the North of the Island and offers plenty do outside of the resort with a number of villages located close by. If you are looking for more villa style properties, White Sand Villas is an excellent option, as is Esque Zalu if you are looking for somewhere really opulent. On the mainland Ras Kutani is within a 2 hour drive of Dar-es-Salaam so is perfect for rounding off a trip before heading home and it offers a really tranquil place to relax. If you are looking for somewhere with more activities on the mainland Saadani River Lodge or Saadani Safari Lodge are excellent options.

Although the emphasis is on relaxation, Zanzibar in particular offers plenty to do for those looking to be more active. Diving schools cater for beginners looking to learn the basics right the way through to the experts and there are some fantastic dive spots to enjoy. For a more sedate way to enjoy the ocean, snorkelling is offered as are activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and walks along the beach. Kitesurfing is growing in popularity and there are an increasing number of places to learn this exhilarating sport. 

Spending time on the beach is a great way to end a busy safari trip and will allow you to relax and unwind before heading home. Connecting flights mean you can enjoy the whole day on Zanzibar before flying home. Do consider the mainland coast if you don't like big resort style hotels but there are a number of small, boutique options where you will really feel at home.


Marine life is rich with many corals, fish, turtles, dolphins and whales can be spotted seasonally. Jozani Forest is home to the endangered Red Colobus Monkey which can be viewed in its natural habitat here

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  • Surrounded by the ocean, Zanzibar is renowned for its seafood with most hotels offering a fantastic variety of fresh seafood menus. 
  • Known as the "Spice Island" for good reason, a visit to Stonetown, either for a day or on a 2 night stay will allow you to see the spice markets and enjoy the old Arabic architecture for which it is known.
  • Learn to dive at one of the many dive centres the hotels boast - the waters around the island are very clear and host a huge diversity of marine life.
  • Jozani Forest is home to Red Colobus Monkeys and makes for a great walk amongst the forest.
  • There are many markets, alleyways and superb Arabic architecture to explore while visiting Stone Town - make sure you pack a map so you don't lose your way.
  • Many of the superb lodges have a spa facility on site for expert pampering while you relax.
  • Take a walk through the local markets for the colourful 'Tinga-Tinga' style paintings which make great souvenirs.
  • For a bit of history, pop in to Stone Town's 'House of Wonders' opposite the Forodhani Gardens. The building is the largest and tallest in Stone Town and houses the Museum of History & Culture of Zanzibar & the Swahili Coast


  • January to March: Warm and dry, a lovely time of year to visit.
  • April and May: The long rainy season means this area is best avoided as the range of activities is severly limited.
  • June to October: The dry season is the most popular time of year to be here, excellent for activities.
  • November and December: Another good time of year to visit, but you can get some rain in November which limits the activities that you can enjoy.
  • Stone Town is well worth spending a night or two in at the start of a stay in Zanzibar rather than visiting for a day which can involve a lot of driving and missing some time at the beach. 
  • For true oppulence and privacy look at one of the villas at Esque Zalu or The Residence which will give you your own space to relax in away from the busier parts of the hotel.
  • The tides can be quite severe in Zanzibar in terms of how far out the sea goes. This depends on location and time of year so please speak to us and we can recommend where to go to avoid this.
  • Learn to kitesurf when you are here. There are some excellent schools for beginners and the winds are excellent for learning. 

&Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge

An exquisite island paradise off the north east tip of Zanzibar, Mnemba is regarded as one of the best beach destinations in the world.Ten luxury bandas dot the perfect white coral sand beach while traditional Zanzibari beach beds wait on the sand. Out on the reefs there is an abundance of marine life – almost 600 species of fish, and th...
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Baraza Resort & Spa

This is an award-winning villa-only resort in which all 30 villas are designed in classic Swahili style with dramatic arches, hand-carved furniture and private plunge pools.The resort comes with its own water club which offers a selection of high and low tide activities, from diving & sailing, to snorkelling & kite-surfing – and for t...
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Breezes Beach Club and Spa

An award-winning resort located on a seemingly endless white sandy beach provides total relaxation in spectacular surroundings. Family-owned and run, it offers both comfort and luxury.Accommodation is in a selection of rooms and suites all simply but elegantly decorated in shades of ivory and stone, with traditional wood carvings and hand-crafted f...
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Essque Zalu

An intimate boutique property in a natural cove with stylish, modern suites and villas set amongst beautiful gardens.Accommodation is in a mixture of suites and villas – these latter have three or four bedrooms and all come with a garden or ocean view plus a private plunge pool. There is a children’s club, large swimming pool and a spa ...
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Fundu Lagoon

Small, privately owned and set on a beautiful beach on Pemba Island in the Zanzibar archipelago, Fundu Lagoon, is a paradise only accessible by boat. This resort offers barefoot luxury in a Tanzanian setting – there are 18 generous tented safari style bungalows, some are directly on the beach while others are on the hillside, all offer a spec...
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Hideaway of Nungwi

Stretching over 10 hectares and with sea views from most of the resort, Hideaway of Nungwi has 100 luxurious rooms set in beautiful, manicured gardens. The Indian Ocean sparkles from sunrise to sunset and the gleaming white melt-between-your-toes sands isn’t half bad either. Fill your days with snorkelling, kayaking or exploring the exotic is...
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A unique retreat where couples come to get away from it all and relax in tranquillity and privacy.  Secreted within tropical gardens the resort's white domed pavilions are intimate sanctuaries of minimalist style with an open, natural feel, butler service, plunge pools and baraza lounge.While Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean provide the oppor...
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Escape to a tropical paradise on a quiet stretch of the Zanzibar coastline at this collection of barefoot luxury chalets and villas. Set in lush gardens next to a white sandy beach the intimate, relaxed atmosphere is conducive to whiling away the days but there are also plenty of opportunities for activity too. Matemwe is close to Mnemba Atoll...
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Ras Kutani

Set on a beautiful beach in a quiet area south of Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian mainland, Ras Kutani is a barefoot hideaway at which to relax after your safari adventures. For those who prefer a more active stay there are facilities for sailing, wind-surfing, snorkelling and fishing. Adjacent to a fresh water lagoon, the resort is on a four kilome...
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Thanda Island

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise for you to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends.Situated off the coast of East Africa, Thanda consists of  a five bedroom villa featuring everything you would want from an extravagant beach house, including an indoor aquarium, Steinway grand piano...
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The Palms

Located on what is recognised as one of the best beaches in the world, Bwejuu, this resort on the south-east coast of the island is a true Robinson Crusoe experience.White sand, deep blue sea, constant sunshine, tropical gardens, private thatched bandas on the beach and just six luxury villas, each with their own large verandah, butler and private ...
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The Residence Zanzibar

One of the newest resorts on the island and a ‘Leading Hotel of the World’, this is a haven of opulence and sophistication throughout its one & two bedroom villas.Although each villa is decorated with facets of the island’s African and Omani heritage, they still have every modern amenity as well as their own private swimming p...
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The Tides Lodge & Villa

The Tides Lodge is set on a secluded beach on the Tanzanian mainland yet is easily accessible from the country's main safari parks.  With no other hotels or lodges nearby guests can enjoy miles of deserted sand, free of hawkers and are able to swim all day as, unlike much of Zanzibar, the tide does not fluctuate much.The lodge is very laid...
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Z Hotel

The Z Hotel is located in Nungwi in the north of the island, a popular area of hotels, restaurants, shops and bars. The beach here is not as tidal as some areas of Zanzibar so it is possible to swim at low tide and the hotel faces west for wonderful sunsets over the ocean.  The rooms are contemporary and colourful with amenities such as a safe...
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Zanzibar may conjure exotic images of white sand beaches and spice plantations but the capital Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers the visitor a dose of history and culture. The Zanzibar Palace Hotel is located amongst the atmospheric, winding streets and within walking distance of the colourful markets and museums.Occupying an early 2...
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Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Right on the seafront overlooking the turquoise waters of the Zanzibar Channel, this boutique hotel has been painstakingly restored and sits elegantly amongst landscaped gardens.Each guestroom is cool and white and focuses on the traditional attributes of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence. As well as intricately carved fretwork and...
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Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Opened in 2014 this all villa resort is set on the beautiful white sands of Paje beach on the south-east coast of Zanzibar. Created by one of Africa's foremost designers Zanzibar White Sand Villas and Spa is a place to relax and recharge.The one and two bedroom villas, plus a five bedroom villa for larger families or groups are wonderfully priv...
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Zawadi Hotel

Set atop a cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, this laid back, luxury all villa retreat is perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.The resort occupies one of the most coveted locations on the island and is the newest addition to the prestigious Zanzibar collection, which includes the awa...
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Classic Tanzania & Zanzibar

Days: 13 | From: £3,395 per person based on two sharing
Combine beach and bush for the ultimate luxury holiday to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Spend your days in Tanzania wildlife spotting with the knowledge you'll be returning back to sumptuous accommodation. Then make your way over to Zanzibar and mark your spot on the pristine w...
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Tanzania Bush and Beach

Days: 13 | From: £4,295 per person based on 2 people sharing
Enjoy the delights of both the beach and a safari on this exceptional itinerary. Begin your holiday by first embarking on a couple of days of safari in the magical Selous Game Reserve where you can spot all kinds of incredible animals. Next, its time to head on to the white sandy beac...
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Explore Southern Tanzania

Days: 14 | From: £4,480 per person based on sharing
Explore Southern Tanzania on this exceptional itinerary, which will take you to two of the country's best reserves, as well as stopping off at the beach for some rest and relaxation. Brief Overview: 3 nights Siwandu Camp 3 nights Jongomero Camp 5 nights Ras Kutani 2 overnight flights
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Kenya Safari & Zanzibar Beach

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Baraza Resort & Spa Take a look at the beachfront at the resort
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Kilindi Lodge Immerse yourself in the luxury of Kilindi on Zanzibar
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Ras Kutani Retreat to the beach for the ultimate in luxury and relaxation
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