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ZANZIBAR

 
The name Zanzibar conjures exotic images of spices, ivory, ancient buildings and a balmy island steeped in history. For 1,200 years Zanzibar’s location made it a centre of trade linking Arabia, Africa, Europe and the East. Arabs, then Persians settled here over 1,000 years ago and for many years the island was a centre for trade in slaves, cloves and ivory. Slaves came from Africa carrying huge elephant tusks until the trade was abolished in the 19th century.
Today, you can see evidence of its past, especially in the Old Stone Town, a World Heritage site of beautiful old buildings with characteristic oak carved doors with brass fittings. The fusion of African and Arab cultures, spice plantations, long sandy beaches and tropical climate make Zanzibar an alluring place for relaxation and adventure. Most people come here to enjoy the beaches and water sports, snorkelling and diving on the magnificent reefs.

Delightful boutique hotels like Kasha and Kono Kono make exquisite hideaways where you can enjoy privacy, delicious cuisine and quiet beaches with just a handful of fellow guests. For an extra touch of class, Baraza is like a Zanzibari dream come true with superb service and cuisine and gorgeous one or two-bedroom villas with Moorish arches, mosaics and exotic décor. For a few days in the Old Stone Town our clients love Seyidda, an elegant 17 room boutique hotel next to the old Royal Palace. Zanzibar is fringed by a number of beautiful smaller islands, including Mnemba where you find the ultimate barefoot in the sand resort and some of the finest shallow and wall diving in the Indian Ocean.

For nature lovers, Chumbe Island has outstanding birdlife, canoe trips through mangroves and exceptional coral gardens making it the best location for snorkelling. The unusual bungalows have high vaulted thatched roofs, and each is a few steps from the shore, the perfect place for an early morning dip admiring iridescent fish darting among the colourful corals. Zanzibar is the ideal place to conclude a Tanzania safari or a safari in Kenya, being just an hour away by air.
Roof top dining at Xanadu Villas.
Private roof dinner at Matemwe.
 
Fundu Lagoon is located on the crescent-shaped island of Pemba, which lies approximately 80 km northeast of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean and part of the Zanzibar Archipelago. It is one of the most secluded and romantic small resorts on the East African coast and provides superb snorkelling and diving opportunities.
 
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Breezes Beach Club and Spa is set in beautiful tropical landscaped gardens on a pristine and peaceful beach on the east coast of Zanzibar Island, approximately one hour from Stone Town.
 
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Gold Zanzibar can be found in one of the most sought after locations on the tropical Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. Kendwa Beach is the only non-tidal stretch of beach in Zanzibar and so is the only location that can guarantee a vast stretch of unspoiled white sand that leads down to the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean making it possible to swim directly from the beach throughout the day.
 
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Essque Zalu is one of the finest boutique hotels on the tropical Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. Set on a cliff overlooking the ocean on the northeastern corner of the island the hotel epitomises elegant luxury.
 
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Roof top dining at Xanadu Villas.
 
Xanadu was the court of Kublai Khan, and it has given its name to a place of opulent wealth and indulgence. 50 minutes from beguiling Stone Town, Xanadu Villas lives up to its star billing: six private villas surround a pool, the design of which evokes a Sultan’s palace in Arabian Nights.
 
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Zuri Zanzibar opened in May 2018 and is one of the finest hotels on the island of Zanzibar. Nestled on the beautiful, white sandy Kendwa Beach, every detail has been carefully considered to create a hidden jewel that promotes a feeling of relaxation, seclusion, exclusivity and natural beauty.
 
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Long white beaches with powdery sand. Turquoise water lapping at the shore. Dhows with white sails drifting towards the horizon. Breathtaking beauty above and below the waterline. Nevermind paradise lost: Manta Resort on Tanzania’s Pemba Island is paradise found. The architects and designers have made the most of the heavenly environment, adding to it not only stunning seafront villas, but also an incredible underwater room.
 
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Kilindi Zanzibar is located on the northwest tip of Zanzibar, set on a magnificent private beach extending 500 metres and fringed by casuarina trees. This is one of the finest hotels on the island, offering you exclusivity and privacy.
 
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Baraza Resort and Spa is one of finest boutique hotels on Zanzibar, set on a glorious 400-metre-long sandy white beach on the southeastern corner of the island.
 
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Situated on an intimate private island just off the northeastern tip of Zanzibar, surrounded by its own atoll of coral reefs within a Marine Conservation Area, Mnemba Island Lodge offers privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the East African coastline.
 
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Private roof dinner at Matemwe.
 
Matemwe Retreat is the exclusive sister property to the well-established Matemwe Bungalows, which is just a short stroll to the south. The Retreat consists of three enormous, split-level beach cottages, which have been constructed using local materials and resources wherever possible - these are the ultimate in private luxury!
 
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Escape the winter weather at home by taking a safari in Tanzania or Kenya, followed by a laidback beach stay in Zanzibar. At the start of the year the islands enjoy constant temperatures in the mid-20s to low 30s, with an occasional balmy sea breeze. Fertile Pemba is a little greener than the other islands thanks to its hills and more plentiful rainfall.
 
In April and May Zanzibar receives its highest levels of rainfall but fear not, the islands still have an average of eight hours of sunshine each day! As it is warm and humid, focus your stay on the coast. Clear waters of the Indian Ocean are irresistible, whether you plan to swim and snorkel, fish, or take a sunset cruise. Expect to see large pods of dolphin swimming just off the beaches.
 
The weather in Zanzibar is mainly dry, with comfortable temperatures in the mid-20s. If you are interested in the islands’ eclectic arts scene, schedule your visit to coincide with the Zanzibar International Film Festival in July. Every evening sees a musical gala, and parties continue into the early hours. Stay in historic Stone Town to appreciate Zanzibar’s rich history as well.
 
The weather is warm and dry, with as much as 10 hours of sunshine daily. Be sure to take a spice plantations tour, to learn about (and taste) the black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla on which the islands’ fortunes were made. Combine these visits with sightseeing in Stone Town and a visit to Jozani Forest, a must-see for bird and butterfly lovers, and it’s home to red colobus monkeys.
 
Explore the streets of Stone Town following the trail blazed previously by sultans, slaves and fellow explorers.
 
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As you depart from Stone Town, you sail to Prison Island, built by the Sultan in order to condemn rebellious slaves to the isolation of the island.
 
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The term 'cultural melting pot' might well have been coined for Zanzibar. This spice island in the middle of the Indian Ocean has been shaped over the centuries by traders from East Africa and India, the Middle East and Europe. Every community who has lived or traded here has left some kind of mark on the architecture, the languages, the cuisine, and every other aspect of daily life.
 
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The coral gardens of Zanzibar have related some of the very best dive sites in the world. The waters around the island are clear and calm, great care is taken to protect the reef, and the marine creatures are diverse and present in large numbers. Whether you are a novice wanting to learn to dive, or an experienced diver seeking adventurous sites, you will find what you need in Zanzibar.
 
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You have probably dreamed of Zanzibar - the wonder filled spice island in the Indian Ocean. But did you know that it is part of Tanzania? And that it’s just one of a number of stunning islands in an idyllic archipelago, each of which has a unique cultural, botanical, and geological identity?
 
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