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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Tucked away in the Kiponda area of Stone Town, Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored Zanzibari house.
Tucked away in the Kiponda area of Stone Town, Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored Zanzibari house. Owners Co and Frans aim to provide a truly personal service, getting to know guests themselves and making sure they are well looked after.
Each of the nine bedrooms has its own character, but all are decorated in Swahili style, a blend of African and Arabian. Carved dark wood, stained glass, and jewel-coloured drapes are dotted around the hotel, giving it a modern-day Arabian Nights feel. The traditional style and decor of the Palace is combined with a few modern luxuries, so it's possible to soak up the traditional atmosphere of the town, without loosing too many 21st century comforts. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and twenty-four hour room service, and the staff aim to ensure that "all of our clients are treated like Sultans and Sultanas". Every room has a DVD player and guests can take their pick from the hotel's extensive DVD library if they just want a quiet night in.
There is a small restaurant and bar area on the ground floor and a new spa adjacent to the hotel which offers massages, pedicures and manicures if you need a bit of pampering! The hotel is also located very close to the main shopping streets and is within easy walking distance of restaurants, cafes and bars.
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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