Visit Zanzibar Island
The largest of all the islands in the archipelago, Zanzibar Island is home to turquoise waters, pristine white sand beaches, and the old and fascinating capital, Stone Town.
Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago
The largest of all the islands in the archipelago Zanzibar Island (Unguja) is 80 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide. It is covered in coconut plantations, spice farms and lush vegetation.
There are pretty roads through avenues of mangos and the forest at Jozani where endemic Kirk's red colobus can be seen. Everywhere you go you'll find small farming villages where chicken and children run all over the roads and you are welcomed with smiles.
The coastline has picture perfect beaches which at high tide look really idyllic but do be aware that Zanzibar is a very tidal island and swimming at low tide isn't always possible, however most properties have lovely pools to cool off in whilst the tide is out. The coral reefs are accessible by boat trips for snorkelling and diving and offer an abundance of marine life and turtles. At the back of the beaches small fishing villages shade under coconut palms. Little huts are sunk in snowdrifts of sand, fat ducks waddle about, fishing nets hang from crooked wooden racks and seaweed is spread out to dry. At high tide all the dhows sail in and lively bartering for the day's catch ensues.
The properties Audley use on Zanzibar are all very comfortable and some quite quirky but do be aware that the level of service and the standard of accommodation can be a little lower than expected. This is particularly noticeable if you have been on safari before heading to the beach as the service there is much more personal and prompt. The Zanzibari are lovely people and will attend to your needs but they are also very laid back and things may take a bit longer than you are used to!
Speak to someone who's been there
Start planning your activities trip by calling one of our Zanzibar Archipelago specialists on 01993 838 535
Accommodation in Zanzibar Island
The Residence Zanzibar
The Residence Zanzibar is situated on the south-west of Zanzibar near Kizimkazi village. Activities available include snorkelling, diving, kayaking, pedal boats, bicycle hire and deep sea fishing.
The Palms is exquisite. It is small, stylish and the staff are excellent. It is perfect for those looking for an exclusive, romantic getaway. We warmly recommend it.
Shooting Star Inn
Shooting Star is very simple and quiet, and the beautiful gardens offer a great shelter from the hot sun. The staff are really welcoming and will make sure you have an enjoyable stay.
Pongwe Beach Hotel
Pongwe is a peaceful, simple hotel. While perhaps not the best place for party animals, it is ideal for those who enjoy their food and want a relaxed beach experience.
Unguja Lodge is a breath of fresh air with it's unique room design and excellent hosts. Add to this the great food on offer, we feel that that Unguja is an ideal option in the south of Zanzibar and we warmly recommend it.
Matemwe is a small friendly hotel, built on a low coral cliff overlooking the ocean. The beach has dazzling snow white sand and is very picturesque with its small fishing village.
Kichanga is a simple lodge situated in an enviable position amongst tropical gardens above a white sandy cove backed by palm trees.
Located on the North-West coast of Zanzibar, Kilindi aims to take accommodation options to another level of luxury previously unfound on the island.
Fumba Beach Lodge
Fumba Beach Lodge is situated on a remote peninsula south of Zanzibar's Stone Town. It is set in a beautiful area that has been designated a Conservation Area.
The emphasis here is on luxury and high levels of service. The property has been beautifully designed with all modern comforts without losing a traditional African feel.
Echo Beach Hotel
We've had excellent feedback from our clients for Echo Beach Hotel. It's very Zanzibari, so don't expect a totally slick operation - it's all part of the hotel's charm.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa
Breezes is a great hotel for those who want international standards in a fabulous location. You can either spend your time relaxing on the beach or by the pool, or take part in one of the many activities the hotel organises for guests.