is a unique coral island lying in the Indian Ocean a short distance from the Tanzanian Coast. With Pemba, and about 50 other islands, the archipelago, once independent, became attached to the republic of Tanzania in 1964, although it still retains its own President and a degree of autonomy.
The island’s history goes back many centuries. Its heyday came in the early 19th century when the Sultan of Muscat moved his court to Zanzibar. Spice cultivation was developed (particularly the clove tree), and the slave trade was at its height – Zanzibar became the most important town in East Africa.
The picturesque capital of Zanzibar, the Stone town is network of shady, winding narrow alleys between old stone buildings with ornately decorated entrances and balconies. Numerous tiny shops here sell everything under the sun.
Besides being dubbed the “Spice Island”, Zanzibar boasts magnificent coral reefs making it a scuba as well as deep-sea diver’s paradise. Sailing and deep-sea game fishing are also popular activities that can be arranged readily at most of the beach hotels. While there are many activities on offer, a lot of travelers go there for the sole purpose of relaxing under its luxurious palm trees and white sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.
All our tours to the island are tailor-made, so please contact us in order to plan a trip either as an add-on to your safari in East Africa or as a sole destination. Zanzibar can be reached daily by speedboat from Dar es-Salaam, (about 2 hours) but there are also several daily flights from Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro airports.
Located on the tranquil South Eastern coast and the pristine beach of Zanzibar, The Palms is a boutique hotel, which philosophy is all about exclusivity and sophistication. Each of the six beautifully designed villas is over 140 square meters and features a bedroom, living room, full en suite bathroom, dressing room, extra room with its own en suite bathroom, large furnished terrace with views of the Indian Ocean and its own bar! The villas overlook an award winning beach (chosen by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the top 30 beaches in the world). Private thatched “bandas” shelter personal day beds and loungers to provide intimate beachfront privacy.
BARAZA RESORT & SPA
Lying adjacent to the Palms, Baraza Beach resort, its sister property offers 30 stunning and spacious villas, disseminated among lush and colorful gardens or facing the same beach of Bwejuu. Rooms evoke the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the Sultans. There are 14 one bedroom villas, 15 two bedroom villas and one Presidential Villa. Each feature Swahili arches, beautiful antiques and hand-made furniture, a large bathroom, dressing room, a large terrace with its own plunge pool.
Each of the 12 bungalows has been built in harmony with the surroundings, on top of a cliff edge with the Indian Ocean lapping against it. Each suite has its own decor. Matemwe Lodge provides an amazingly relaxed atmosphere. Watch the fishing boats go to work from your terrace or make use of the private beach and feel the white sand between your toes. On top of being the ideal spot for relaxing, Matemwe offers a number of activities from snorkeling at Mnemba Atoll to deep sea fishing in the Pemba channel. Matemwe Lodge is perfect for those looking for a romantic break.
Located on the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar Island, Ras Nungwi Beach
Hotel overlooks an expanse of azurean water and pristine sand. Its whitewashed and palm thatched cottages are set in rich tropical gardens. The lush gardens drop down onto one of the finest and most unspoilt beaches on the island. Apart from the chalets, there are lodge rooms for the more budget-conscious guest. Each room with a private balcony and en-suite facilities. For those seeking a truly exclusive hideaway , Ras Nungwi’s unique 5+ stars Ocean Suite provides one of the finest beach accommodation on Zanzibar Island.