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The largest of all the islands in the archipelago Zanzibar Island (Unguja) is 80 kilometers long and 30 kilometers 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 Rock Restaurant, North of Dongwe beach. ZanzibarThe 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 snorkeling 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!

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Suggested itineraries featuring Zanzibar Island

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Zanzibar Island, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Zanzibar Island

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    Places in and around Zanzibar Island

    Accommodation choices for Zanzibar Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Zanzibar Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Zanzibar Palace Hotel,Stone Town

      Zanzibar Palace Hotel

      First Class

      Tucked away in the Kiponda area of Stone Town, Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored Zanzibari house.

    • Zanzibar Serena Hotel, Stone Town

      Serena Inn

      First Class

      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.

    • Baraza, Zanzibar Island

      Baraza Resort & Spa

      Deluxe

      Baraza is a unique boutique resort built in a distinctive Swahili design. There are Indian and Arabic influences clearly present too in the curated antiques, handmade Zanzibari furniture and elaborate architecture.

    • Shooting Star Lodge, beach bar

      Shooting Star Lodge

      Medium

      Pretty and peaceful, this beachside lodge on Zanzibar’s northeast coast provides simple but relaxing accommodation in spacious cottages. With friendly hosts and tasty Zanzibari food, it makes a rewarding end to a safari, but can also be a welcome escape in its own right.

    • Kilindi, Zanzibar Island

      Kilindi

      Deluxe

      Overlooking the sparkling sea, sprinkled with traditional dhow boats, the focus at Kilindi Zanzibar is on great service, exclusivity, fantastic fine dining and rooms that are so lovely you won’t want to leave them.

    • The pool at Unguja Lodge, Zanzibar Island

      Unguja Lodge

      First Class

      Unguja Lodge is a small boutique hotel set amongst baobab and mango trees at Kizimkazi on the southern tip of Zanzibar. Perched on a low coral cliff, it's just a 50 meter walk from an idyllic sandy beach.

    • The Residence Zanzibar, Zanzibar Island

      The Residence Zanzibar

      Deluxe

      The Residence Zanzibar is a beautiful property situated on the southwest coast of Zanzibar near Kizimkazi village. The villas are spread out across the property, each with its own private pool and sunbathing decking area for complete relaxation.

    • Pool, Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar Island

      Breezes Beach Club & Spa

      First Class

      A stay at Breezes Beach Club & Spa makes for a true Zanzibari experience. Set on soft white sands, it offers guests the chance to completely unwind whilst still providing a good range of activities for those who need a break from the beach.

    • Pool and view, Matemwe Bungalows

      Matemwe

      First Class

      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.

    • Essque Zalu, Zanzibar Island

      Essque Zalu

      Deluxe

      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.

    • Pool at Pongwe Beach Hotel

      Pongwe Beach Hotel

      Medium

      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.

    • Beach dining at The Palms, Zanzibar Island

      The Palms

      Deluxe

      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.