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Zanzibar will not leave you disappointed -- the island is a perfect getaway from the dust of major East African cities, and a good place for diving and beach bumming.
Zanzibar, along with its neighboring islands, is an autonomous region of Tanzania; prepare your passport for stamping in and out at the harbor or airport. Zanzibar is famous for producing saffron, ginger, nutmeg, and other spices, and you even can take a spice tour around the plantations. The city also offers you a visit to the old Slave Market, where guides can tell you about this dark page of Zanzibar's history. Forodhani Gardens on the waterfront is a perfect place to visit at night for an evening snack at the market. Be sure to bring your bargaining skills!
Zanzibar's Stone Town is a World Heritage Site with a nice Arab feel to it -- there are narrow streets, lots of cats, and tons of dates sold at the market. Stone Town offers plenty of tour companies who can arrange your diving, kiteboarding, spice sampling, or boat trips around the island. For a more authentic experience, head to the rural parts of the coast, such as Jambiani Village in the southeast, to see seaweed plantations and fishing boats, sit on the beach, and enjoy the sun. Keep in mind that Zanzibar is a Muslim community, so dress and behave accordingly, especially when invited to local houses outside of main tourist areas.
Zanzibar's hostels and hotels are generally more expensive compared to the mainland, but the conditions are better, despite the occasional power shortages. You can also find some traditionally equipped Zanzibari guesthouses where local families will share their life with you.
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Baby Bush Lodge
"… tropical atmosphere. Sleep in one of the newly built bungalows or 5 bedroom beach lodge with 20m x 20m balcony. Go out in Musli's traditional wooden boat and fish together with the local fishermen or snorkel on the Kiwengwa reef, eat the catch of the day, enjoy world class diving on mnembe island(10k's away, swim with dolphins, or simply just relax on the palm-fringed beach of white sand. Baby Bush Lodge Kiwengwa View offers...
"Good location and friendly atmosphere - This place is not 5 star but price, location and services is very good and friendly. Breakfast is another bonus that will keep you full till afternoon." … "… you organize tours around Zanzibar. Our rooms are quite spacious and very well furnished, self contained with ceiling fan and AC. There are traditional Zanzibari furniture and artifacts to enhance the guest's feeling of the historic...
"… (bungalows made of woven palm leaves). They are all equipped with mosquito nets and fans. Toilets and showers are shared. Beside single, double or triple bandas we also offer single beds in a dorm bandas. Please note: Check in between midday and 16.00 Check out before 11.30 Breakfast included Payment by cash only upon arrival - There are no ATMs on the East Coast at the moment so we strongly recommend getting out all the...
Zanzibar Dorm Lodge (222 Hurumzi)
"Affordable and excellent location - Could do with better showers and toilets but it works." … "… with Zanzibar furniture and nice people this is a place for you. All the bathroom has hot showers and small basins. All the prices is bed and breakfast and all the taxes of governments.We offer free pick up from harbor and free city tours and free tourism information. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h advance notice...
"Within the delightful Stone Town in Zanzibar you will find the 1001 nights, a perfect bed and breakfast hotel, just a stone’s throw from the Cine Afrique along Malawi Road in Malindi. Many of the contemporary rooms with views over the neighbourhood and the peaceful streets, and the oldest mosque in Zanzibar found in Malindi. Bed sheets are provided and all rooms come with ceiling fans, with 24hr hot shower, mosquito nets, and some with...
"… rain forest - sea safari - boat trips to exotic islands - spice tours - swahili cultural tour - Jambiani tour, to learn about the local people and area. If you wish, the whole house is also available for rent. We can arrange to meet you at the airport, and go with you to Jambiani, just let us know. When you arrive to Zanzibar and shall forth to Jambiani, is more comfortable in a taxi, it costs about 45 dollar. You can spent a...
Tanzanite Beach Resort
"On the quiet northern coast of Zanzibar is the charming Hotel TANZANITE BEACH RESORT. Accommodation is in lovely bungalows, which are built in typical African-Style. From your terrace you can see the Spectacular colour composition of the Indian Ocean Management Is German-Italian-Local A Very Warm Welcome Atmosphere From the location & Staff Fine FOOD quality and the choices are from Italian-International-Local Zanzibar Style English...
"… calm as is protected by the reef. Within the area there is lovely open sided, sea- facing beach bar and restaurant that serve all sorts of meals, local and international for reasonable prices. This is haven for pure relaxation on a beautiful beach. Numbers of tours can be organized from here including: Spice Tours/ Dolphin Tours/Jambiani village tours/ Kuumbi cave tours/ Stone Town tours/ Red colubus monkeys tours at Jozani forest....
Twisted Palms Lodge & Restaurant
"… (+ 6% bank commission). Partial Cancellation on the accommodation terms will be accepted without penalty until 11 p.m. (Zanzibarian time) of 4 days before the arrival date, otherwise we will debit you the 50% of the total amount of the accommodation cancelled for each reserved room (+ 6% bank commission). Once you arrive, in case of anticipated departure, the Twisted Palms will anyway charge the amount of the whole stay. All rooms...
Jambiani Villa Guesthouse
"Our property is perfect for a relaxing holiday. In Jambiani Villa Guesthouse you are aple to have privacy, and enjoy the beautiful view overlooking the ocean. You can enjoy the nice local restaurants near by, a few bars, and the friendly people in the village. The atmosphere is really nice. We have our own boat so you can go sailing or snorkeling when ever you want. Breakfast is not included in the small house. If you want to have...
Jambo Guest House
"Facilities we offer in our hotel: * Safe Deposit Boxes * Hot & cold running water * Laundry service * Tea & Coffee at all times free of charge * Transport facilities on request * Medical facilities on request We also offer free pick up service from the airport or sea port if the clients books directly via e-mail or phone. There are 8 rooms in our hotel, all containing traditional Zanzibar beds, mosquito nets, ceiling fans and air...
"… has a 35 square meter terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean, a nice garden with coconut palms exotic plants and fruit trees and an outdoor shower. Dudé, who is a very good cook, will cook your breakfast, and you can also order lunch and/or dinner from the menu. Please order one day in advance. Dudé arranges trips both in and around the village and around the Island. Just ask! The house has a nice living room area with a sitting...
"… Town tour: you will learn the full history of our small town called Stone Town. Snorkelling: you will be able to swim with colourful fishes, hunt Octopuses or walk on the coral reef when the tide is low and see some star fish. Fishing trip: learning how to fish. Diving: from the Scuba diving school. Night trip: if you want to go to the party or disco. We promise to make you happy and to make sure you are enjoying your holiday...
Warere Town House
"Good place to stay on moderate budget - This is a good place to stay on a moderate budget. Rooms are clean and comfortable and very charming. The decor is really nice. Breakfast was good. The staff were helpful with organising tours and making us comfortable." … "… is as comfortable as possible. Come relax with a cold drink on our rooftop terrace after taking in the sites of Stone town. Let our exclusive townhouse be your home...
Jambiani Whitesand Bungalows
"Jambiani White Sand Beach Bungalows are located right on the beach in the quiet tropical village of Jambiani on the South- East Coast of Zanzibar Island. Situated on the picturesque white sandy beach washed by clear azure waters, Jambiani White Sand Beach Bungalows is the place to enjoy the sun, the sea and the tranquility of nature the Spice Island of Zanzibar has to offer." … "… the sun, the sea and the tranquility of nature...
PolePole Villa Guesthouse
"A beautiful 4 Bedroom Villa situated in Jambiani, Zanzibar. We offer self catering facilities, however if that does not appeal to you , then there are numerous hotels and restaurants nearby where you can and enjoy a good meal, a beer or two and a glass of wine. All our downstairs rooms are en-suite, with our private upstairs area consisting of 2 big bedrooms rooms with a shared bathroom. One bedroom has cable TV. All rooms offer bedding and...
Crazy Mzungo's, on the beach in Zanzibar
"… fun place to unwind, don't expect a sterile resort-like atmosphere. Shaded and cushioned loungers are provided for lazy days on the beach, the Cocktail menu changes daily! Staff are friendly and you will be speaking "mambo jambo" in no time at all! Crazy Mzungo's is built in a tropical garden with coconut trees, steps from the beach. Romantic couples prefer the "Elvis" or "Om Shanti" Double Rooms whereas Families and groups...
Crazy Mzungos Zanzibar
"… menu changes daily! Staff are friendly and you will be speaking 'mambo jambo' in no time at all! Crazy Mzungo's is built in a tropical garden with coconut trees, steps from the beach. Romantic couples prefer the 'Elvis' or 'Om Shanti' Double Rooms or Banda 5, whereas Families and groups of friends love the 'Jozani Jungle Room' as it sleeps six and has 2 Bathrooms. The newly added Culture Banda sleep 4 each with stunning Makuti...
Blue Earth Bungalows
"… terrace with a sea view. In each room one extra bed can be added for an extra charge. Some of the rooms have a fan while others have air conditioning. Transport from and to Zanzibar airport can be organized on request. We offer 4 deluxe room with private bathroom and aircondition , mosquito net ,ceiling fan hot and cold shower we offer 2 double room with private bathroom and ceiling fan with mosquiton net , ceiling fan, hot and...
"… a very quiet place where the people make their living from fishing and seaweed farming. Here you can walk for kilometers on the beach without meeting anybody. Sagando Hostel is a place for backpackers and budget travelers. The garden of Sagando Hostel is small pearl with flowers, trees and at night a bon fire where we sometimes play the traditional drums. For the moment Sagando Hostel has six rooms in separate houses each with a...
Game Fish Lodge
"… Trevally we will teach you and show you how it’s done. Game Fish Tours is for everyone that simply loves fishing. We also target certain species for fishermen at their request. Our Boat Karambisi is a 25ft Magnum game fishing vessel powered with two 140hp Suzuki engines. There is ample deck space for fighting fish, which includes a fighting chair with harness, necessary for the serious game fisherman. Karambisi has a toilet on...
Domokuchu Beach Bungalows
"… the beach. Located at the beginning of Paje Beach we enjoy a blissfully peaceful stretch of beach. Pure white powdery sand and warm turquoise water as far as the eye can sea. All our bungalows have 100% ocean views and private balconies. Paje is the perfect base for kite surfing, diving, watersports and exploring the island. Domokuchu has 2 types of bungalows. Superior Bungalows are closest to the beach with huge luxurious...
Hakuna Shida Guesthouse
"… in the island. Close to restaurants and bars, dive centre & kite centres. Ideal playgrounds for water sports and relax. The Guesthouse offers private rooms with bathroom for all lovers of the sea and nature, with excellent value for money. The terrace overlooks the pool and offers sun beds. Internet available. We offer opportunities for fishing, diving, snorkeling and several tours like swimming with dolphins, Stone Town, Jozani...
"… Snow-white beaches and a stunning variety of the coastal fauna and flora wait for your discovery. Mangrove woods and swarms of seabirds near coral rocks characterize this area. The little local restaurants offer fresh sea fish and African specialties. If you prefer enjoying your dinner in a private setting, feel free to grill your fresh fish at your own fireplace. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h advance notice...
Panga Chumvi Beach Resort
"… sized traditional Swahili four-poster double bed, en-suite, ceiling fan. All open up onto a spacious veranda where you can sit and take in the view, or read a book. Our hand-made coconut wood furniture is simple and stylish. Most of our rooms have fabulous sea views, others look on to our beautiful tropical garden. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 2 days before the arrival Check In: 11.00 am Check Out: 10.00 am...
Ndogo House Jambiani
"… the island of Zanzibar, which is the most picturesque and fascinating of the island. The village is a destination for many tourists because of the peace and the beauty of the beach. At the same time Jambiani is a village very vibrant, colorful, people is very friendly and hospitable. A few kilometers there Paje beach famous for kite lovers, the Bwejuu beach and Michamvi beach. The time for boredom does not exist here ... we will...
"… straight on the beach. For lunch and dinner we offer a good choice of food. We are especially known for our good and fresh food and the tasty seafood dishes. We have often been told to cook some of the best food on the island - Your welcome to try our variety of fresh seafood and Zanzibar dishes. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the...
One Love Beach House Zanzibar
"… back-packers, families and groups of friends. Groups can be accommodated up to 18 people. The One Love beach house is located on the beach with direct access to the sea. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 08:00 to 20:00 . Check out before 12:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes included....
Nyota Beach Bungalows
"… plot. We are located in Matemwe and offer double rooms as well as one villa room (group max 10people) with 3 toilets inside. You can also enjoy drinks and a lovely dinner in our bar and restaurant where we offer a la carte menu. For adventure lovers we organise safari island tours. Even a massage service is available. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will...
Executive Inn Chukwani
"… guest free transfer to the airport. On Request we can deliver in the room meals from the restaurant near the Hotel. In addition there is a laundry service on request. Possibility of excursions, city tours and more organized by our tour operator. Family, kids and Pets are most welcome in Hotel. Reception is open from morning untill 10 pm. After that time, our security will provide for your needs. Please note: Cancellation...
Miza wa Miza Zanzibar
"… by local women. The exotic nature and the relaxed atmosphere offer the guests the possibility to stay in a place where time simply stops. Miza wa Miza is situated in the village of Bwejuu, on the east coast of the island, only 150 metres from the sea. The hotel offers accomodation in 13 beautiful bungalows, each of them different in style and type, ideal for backpackers, families, couples and group of friends. Every bungalow has...
Tamarind Beach Hotel
"We are a family of four from southern Sweden, and we stayed at Tamarind for one week in February 2004. It was great; we liked the beach and the village. The staff at Tamarind were very nice. They told us a lot about their island, and also showed us their village. We have built a sunbed like the ones at Tamarind, and we think of Zanzibar and the hotel when we are lying there." … "… paradise. * Features * safe deposit * laundry...
Coral Rock Hotel
"Coral Rock definitely has some great views. The place is rustic and laid back and has decent facilities like a pool and air-con in the rooms. Staff are friendly and try hard but need a bit more skills training. If you're looking for action and nightlife skip Coral Rock, it's more for people looking to relax and escape crowds. If you're looking for luxury you may be disappointed although for Jambiani it's one of the more upmarket hostels....
Mbuyuni Beach Village
"… bungalows are set not far from the beach. The bungalows are available into Double/Twin/Single and Triple Each bungalow is set with a private bathroom/toilet/balcony Each bedroom is fitted with mosquito net/ceiling fan/ and a big beds. There is lovely sea facing bar and restaurant for Lunch/Dinner and Drinks for good prices. Number of tours can be arranged from here on request including Dolphin tours/Snorkelling/Diving /Fishing etc....
"… are many of the Maasai people on Zanzibar, famous aromatic Zanzibar spices, coffees, and array of the famous spice chai (tea). Jewelry, candles, handicrafts and more can also be bought in the shops. 90% of the merchandise is hand made in Zanzibar using the natural age old skill of the local people. Beautiful woven baskets and artfully carved coconut shells. Mini supermarketA new addition is a new mini supermarket stocked with all...
Zanzibar Ocean View
"… Zanzibar Ocean View.The Zanzibar Ocean View Beach Resort is ideally located on absolute beachfront at Kilimani, Located 5 minutes from Zanzibar International Airport, and only 10 minutes from the Famous Old Stone town, where you will find Historical Monuments, Spices and much more to discover.This new resort is nestled right in between the Airport and Stone Town, having the cleanest beach front in the area. You can plan an array of...
"… the rooftop and includes fresh juices and bread, homemade jam, egg of your choice, fruits and tea or espresso coffee. The hotel is owned by a Zanzibarian-Dutch couple who try to integrate the best of cultures, with traditional Zanzibarian details (such as traditional Zanzibarian beds but Western size), friendly staff, real espresso coffee. ZenjiHotel is part of the 'ZenjiZanzibar-projects' that aims to create direct or indirect...
Maruhubi Beach Villar
"Maruhubi Beach Villas is situated on the seafront, just five minutes drive north of Zanzibar Stone Town between the famous Maruhubi Palace Grounds and the lush, tropical gardens of Mtoni Marine Centre. The restaurant and rooms have spectacular views west across the sea to Chapwani and Changu Islands and south to Stone Town. The six stone built villas all have excellent sea and river views. Each villa has two comfortable air-conditioned...
"… is a Swahili Word for 'HAPPINESS' and we would be more than HAPPY to welcome you in our resort which is situated less than 20 minutes drive from the historical stone town on the west side of the Island. Furaha Resort offers the best accommodation in Zanzibar, with friendly service and excellent facilities. Perfectly located on the beach, where you could spend an amazing day, sunbathing. This Resort offers leisure and group...
Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar
"… you find long snow white beaches and crystal clear water. Our 14 bungalows with 31 rooms are spaciously stretched along 250 m of beach front below 250 palm trees in lush tropical gardens. Our guests are coming from all over the world, are of all ages including people traveling on their own and families with small children. Our facilities include the Happy Beach Bar, the Blue Doors Restaurant, the Zabibu Gift Shop, Floras...
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