Reasons to Visit
Zanzibar, an island located just off Dar es Salaam, is blessed with a coastline of picture perfect beaches. There are miles of white sand leading into shallow turquoise water lined with offshore reefs and dotted with small fishing villages sheltering under
At high tide all the dhows sail in to the various beaches and harbours on Zanzibar and lively bartering for the day’s catch ensues. Cruising around the islands on a traditional dhow boat is one of the best ways to experience Zanzibar.
Mafia is the site of Tanzania’s first marine national park, covering 800 square kilometres and with over 460 species of fish and fantastic corals. There are a wide variety of dive and snorkel spots in the Archipelago with something to offer for all abilities.
There are some very busy beaches, backed by large resorts which we don’t use. We have driven all round the island and found quiet beaches with small boutique hotels and simple lodges. We’ll drive you across the island to these and you can relax in peace.
Flanked by the sea, Stone Town is exotic and steeped in Swahili history. Laden dhows sail in to the port, crumbling buildings cast shadows over labyrinthine streets and the smell of spices fills the air. Much of Stone Town was built in the 19th Century and remains unchanged to this day.
The most commonly found turtle in Zanzibar is the green turtle, followed by the hawksbill. Both nest in Zanzibar and Pemba is one of the best places to see them. There are several projects being run to help protect these endangered animals and their nesting sites.
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Africa and The Indian Ocean
The Serena has an unbeatable location overlooking the Indian Ocean but remaining in the heart of town. It is a superb hotel from which to explore and is a peaceful place to relax if the hustle and bustle of Stone Town gets a bit too much.
The Zanzibar Serena Inn has a superb location in the Shangani area of Stone Town. The main building was originally the External Communications headquarters, built in the early 20th century by the British colonial administration. The next-door house is much older and was originally known as the Chinese Doctor's Residence. The explorer David Livingstone stayed here before one of his journeys to the African mainland. Now, both of these buildings have been sensitively and superbly converted into arguably Stone Town's top hotel.
Perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean, the Serena Inn is luxurious and enticing. Large studded doors lead you through to marble floors, intricately carved staircases, Arabic arches and international-style rooms. All rooms are en-suite and air conditioned and many have spectacular sea views. There is a beautiful terrace with large swimming pool, fine restaurant and coffee shop. All the staff are attentive and friendly. At dusk, big dhows often sail past the hotel - it's a beautiful sight. With Stone Town right on your doorstep the Serena is an ideal place from which to explore.
Much of Stone Town was built in the 19th Century and remains unchanged to this day. There is no room for cars in these streets, so they’re perfect for exploring on foot.
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