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Fishing dhows in Zanzibar

Zanzibar Archipelago holidays 2023 & 2024

With its white sands and turquoise waters, the Zanzibar Archipelago is an ideal place to unwind following a safari in Tanzania. You can spend your days snorkelling and diving among coral reefs, sailing on a traditional dhow and absorbing the Swahili culture. Our specialists, having visited Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island and the Mafia Islands many times, can help you plan a holiday to Zanzibar that takes in the archipelago’s highlights.

There’s more to this string of islands than basking on palm-fringed beaches. Once a hub for spice traders, history here goes back 2,000 years. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Stone Town, the Zanzibari capital, where you can wander winding alleys leading to spice markets and see piles of cinnamon and nutmeg lying in the sun. Exploring the green interior of Pemba Island, you might come across farmers tending their crops. And, on the Mafia Islands, watch as fishermen make and mend their nets in tiny coastal villages.

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Suggested tours for Zanzibar Archipelago

These tours give you a starting point for what your holiday to Zanzibar Archipelago could entail. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

Suggested activities for Zanzibar Archipelago

Whatever your interests, our specialists will build activities into your trip that connect to how you want to experience Zanzibar Archipelago.

  • Diving in Pemba
    Diving around Pemba

    Diving in Pemba

    Pemba Island

    Diving in Pemba

    A conservation area was set up around Misali Island in 1998 following El Niño which had a bleaching effect on corals elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. Misali retained its dense coral cover and coupled with its dramatic drop off reefs have made it a fantastic location for diving.

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  • Sailing Safari
    Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

    Sailing Safari

    Stone Town

    Sailing Safari

    The bay has a number of uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.

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  • Jozani Forest Tour
    Kirk's red colobus monkey, Jozani Forest Tour

    Jozani Forest Tour

    Stone Town

    Jozani Forest Tour

    You walk through the nature trail of the forest which is a habitat for many species of animals and birds. It is famous for its red colobus monkey — a very rare species.

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