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Zanzibar offers some of the finest beach retreats in the world. Exclusive luxury villas and relaxed beach lodges provide the perfect tranquil escape on this idyllic ‘Spice Island’. Walk barefoot in the white sand, sip a cocktail from your deck overlooking the crystal clear turquoise water or sample some of the exotic spices that grow from coast to coast. Zanzibar’s Stone Town is steeped in medieval history, with bustling markets and cobbled streets, it’s SCUBA sites are some of the richest underwater wonderlands in the world and it’s white powder beaches are magnificent. Dotted around the mainland of Zanzibar are the smaller pristine islands of Pemba and Mafia Island that are the epitome of paradise. It’s no wonder David Livingstone uttered these words when he first set eyes on Zanzibar: “The finest place I have known in all of Africa…an illusive place where nothing is as it seems. I am mesmerised.

TOP ZANZIBAR ISLANDS LODGES & HOTELS

We’ve partnered with only the best establishments to bring you the ultimate African Travel experience

Matemwe Lodge

Tanzania

A tropical island beach escape with world-class SCUBA diving

Matemwe Beach House

Tanzania

The most exclusive home away from home in Zanzibar

Matemwe Retreat

Tanzania

The most exclusive luxury beach escape on Zanzibar

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WHEN TO GO?

Zanzibar is a stunning location all year round, but from June to October the weather is cooler with hardly any rain at all. December to February is a popular time to visit, but can be very hot. If you are a SCUBA enthusiast then July and August are the best months for diving, as are February and March. The rainy season is March to May, which we recommend you avoid if you can.

TOP ACTIVITIES

Other than soaking up the sun on the white powder beaches and relaxing over long languid lunches al-fresco, there are endless activities to explore in Zanzibar. Take a spice tour, visit the bustling markets of Stone Town, sample the local cuisine, or snorkel in the turquoise clear waters alive with colourful marine life. Zanzibar boats some of the world’s best dive sites which must be seen to be believed.

WHERE NEXT?

Zanzibar is easily accessible from Dar es Salaam on mainland Tanzania, making it very easy to combine a magnificent safari experience in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater with this paradise African beach destination.

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Testimonials

"Amazing family holiday"

Andrew Proctor

Created a fantastic trip which felt personalized for me and my young family. Recommend Africa&You to anyone.

"The experience of a lifetime"

Melanie Buren

I couldn't have been happier with the experience I had with Africa&You. Belinda was so helpful, and SO patient with me regarding all my worries regarding the upcoming trip. And the trip itself was unforgettable! Not only were the adventures I had more than I could've ever dreamed, but the organization (being picked up and taken to each destination on time and without a glitch) was extremely impressive.

"Couldn't recommend better!"

Jono Durham

Amazing operator with exceptional service right from the beginning. I felt well taken care of and the lodge choice was exceptional. Couldn't recommend better!

"Amazing value without comprimising on quality"

Jane & Nick

From a safari in the Serengeti to tropical beaches, everything was perfect. No hassles, no stress, just an amazing holiday. Africa&You gives the best recommendations and incredible value without compromising on quality. We'll be coming back to you for sure!

"Probably the best getaway we've ever had"

Jane McCauley

I wanted to thank you again for your great work arranging our trip. It really could not have gone more smoothly -- absolutely no issues and everyone was wonderful. Probably the best getaway we've ever had.

"The perfect honeymoon"

Kate & Steve

I can't thank you enough for putting together the perfect honeymoon for us. You really paid attention to detail and met our every wish and much more! I couldn't have dreamt of a better 2 weeks. Thank you. We'll be back!

"honeymoon paradise"

Rachel & Anthony

We had the most magical & unforgettable 10 days in paradise. Thank you to the A&Y team for creating a honeymoon we will remember forever.

"Passionate and dedicated"

Jolene du Plessis

An excellent tour operator who doesn't treat you like a number. Belinda takes the time to listen to all your concerns and interests and puts forward the best options for you. She is passionate about Africa Travel - that's what makes the difference!

"Everything was perfect and memorable"

Pat Hanlon

We completely enjoyed every recommendation. Everything was perfect and memorable. We've travelled a lot but this one may take the cake. You are wonderful people whom we are very happy to know and to work with.

"Simply amazing!"

Angela Amos

Oh Serengeti, you were so good to us! Big 5 plus so much more! Simply AMAZING! Ready for the next adventure! Thank you Africa&You for putting it together so perfectly!

"An exceptional itinerary"

Darren Cooper

I can't give enough thanks for the trip that you organised for me at very short notice. You produced an exceptional itinerary that took in Cape Town, Safari and the winelands. We were blown away by the whole experience which was wholly due to the fantastic service you provided. We can't wait to return to South Africa with your assistance again.

"Such an amazing experience"

Lucy Trafford

We had such an awesome time. Thank you so much for organizing for us!