A visit to the spice islands of Zanzibar works particularly well as a relaxing end to a safari in Tanzania or Kenya and our itinerary ideas are the product of extensive travel in the region. Once here, you can immerse yourself in colourful local history and culture or explore underwater and discover some of the world’s richest marine life. We can recommend a number of excellent dive sites along with passionate and knowledgeable local guides, and we work with hotels whose owners we know personally. If you’re looking for a really remote escape, we’ve also discovered a number of small lodges on the Mafia Islands.
Ideas for your trip to Zanzibar Archipelago
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Zanzibar Archipelago, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Search for wild dog, lion, elephant and buffalo on game drives in Selous Game Reserve.
Enjoy a sunset boat trip along the Rufiji River, looking out for hippo, crocodiles and waders.
Follow animal tracks and learn about smaller wildlife species on guided bush walks.
Relax on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and explore the island’s spice farms.
Enjoy a quieter safari outside of the peak season when visitor numbers are lower.
Search for rhino in Lake Nakuru National Park.
Explore the open plains of the Masai Mara in search of Africa's big cats.
Relax on the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar.
Enjoy the superb snorkelling and diving in the Mafia Archipelago.
Relax on a private island complete with pristine white beaches.
Visit one of Zanzibar's famous spice plantations.
Explore Stone Town's winding streets, learning about the region’s mix of Arabic and African cultures.
The highlight of this trip is the gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, an unforgettable experience!
You can also explore more of Rwanda's beautiful countryside and search for golden monkeys on a second guided hike.
Finish your adventures with time relaxing on Zanzibar's white sandy beaches and swimming in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Track mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar.
Explore the fascinating Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya, famous for its excellent population of rhino.
Visit the Sweetwaters Chimp Sanctuary and Northern White Rhino conservation project.
Game view in the world famous Masai Mara, an excellent place to spot predators and other big game.
Stay in two fantastic Kicheche Camps which offer some of the best certified guiding in Kenya.
Relax beside the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on Zanzibar, staying at a boutique beach resort.
Search for thousand-strong herds of buffalo in Katavi National Park.
Watch chimpanzees on the slopes of the Mahale Mountains.
Swim in Lake Tanganyika, Africa's deepest lake.
Unwind on one of Zanzibar's pristine beaches.
Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration
These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.
Beach + Wildlife or Scenery
Enjoy incredible game-viewing with a few days safari in the Selous before a relaxing week on the beach in Zanzibar.
13 Days from £4,270pp
4 nights Selous Game Reserve, full board, including safari activities; 7 nights Baraza Resort & Spa, all-inclusive. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary