A Beach Holiday to Zanzibar Island is always a highlight for your visit to Tanzania, Zanzibar is known as Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history. Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. On the east coast, waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore, and low tide reveals small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun.
The port city of Stone Town dominates the west coast, and although the beaches of Mangapwani, where slave caves are visible at low tide and nearby Bububu are less than half an hour’s drive away, a night or two spent on the east or north cost is well worth the extra hour it takes to drive there. That said, the Chole Island Marine Park just off Stone Town and nearby Prison, Grave, and Snake Islands – make a refreshing day-trip and a good break from exploring the winding passageways of the old city.
Things to do and see on a Beach Holiday to Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar Island is home to various fauna and flora reflecting its connection to the African mainland during the last Ice Age. The Island has endemic mammals which include Zanzibar red colobus one of Africa’s rarest primates this can be seen at Jozani forest, coatal thickests and coral rag scrub as well as the mangrove swamps found on the Island. Other animals on the Island include Zanzibar leopard, monkeys, bush pigs, small antelopes, various species pf mongoose and African Civets. At the Island you will also have an opportunity to see a wide variety of birdlife and butterflies.
The most famous event at Zanzibar Island is the Zanzibar International Film Festival also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries. It is attended by various film makers every year and tourists. This takes place every July showcasing the best of the Swahili Coast art scenes and traditional favorite music.
Zanzibar Island is also home to beautiful architectural features found in the Stone Town. These include the Guliani Bridge, the livingstone house, The old dispensary of Zanzibar the house of wonders, Ngome Kongwe (The Old Fort of Zanzibar) among others.
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Tanzania Visa and work permit Advice
For you to go for a Beach Holiday to Zanzibar Island, you will need to purchase the tourist visa. Many travelers prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Tanzania but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania upon paying USD100.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local Tanzanian embassy or here for the latest travel information to Tanzania.
Vehicle Hire Services on a Beach Holiday to Zanzibar Island
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you organize transport while on Zanzibar Island depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-250 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your safari schedule to establish mileage and distance to be travelled.
Where best to stay on Zanzibar Island
Lodge options to stay in during Beach Holiday to Zanzibar Island range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodges on Zanzibar Island include Ananda Beach House, White Paradise Zanzibar, Rumaisa Hotel, Zanbluu Beach Hotel, Evergreen Bungalows, Shanuo Beach Bungalows and Simba Garden Lodge among others.
How to get to Zanzibar Island
By road: You can get to Zanzibar Island by bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam then connect to the Island by a ferry. The bus Journey is over 650km which can take approximately more than 10 hours drive.
By Air: There are daily scheduled flights to Zanzibar Island from Arusha. Getting to the Island easily it is advised to fly rather than drive.
What is the best time to visit Zanzibar Island?
Beach Holiday on Zanzibar Island is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November. The best is during the Zanzibar International Film Festival which takes place in July every year where you will have a chance to shoot various series at the Island.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Beach Holiday to Zanzibar Island?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing safari experiences to Tanzania and Beach Holidays Zanzibar Island. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine Tanzania safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Kenya, Botswana and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about booking a Beach Holiday to Zanzibar Island.