Simply Zanzibar (Add-on Tanzania)

No visit to Tanzania is complete without a few days in Zanzibar, which is so much more than its legendary beaches. Swim with the dolphins and visit Stone Towns’ historical quarter. Go on a Spice tour, visit Prison Island, and see its ageless Turtles. Regardless, it’ll be a few days you will not forget. The perfect way to end your East African adventure. Take a trip to Zanzibar by picking between our 3, 4, or 7-day travel plan with a great selection of handpicked accommodation.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Explore the marine world by snorkeling and swimming with dolphins

Enjoy tasting tropical coconut and exotic fruits

Pre-booked, value-packed tours

Pristine beaches, coral reefs, and unique wildlife like Red Colobus monkeys

Explore Stone Town and vibrant spice markets

Zanzibar’s Enchanting Escape

Discover the beauty of paradise-like Zanzibar, a breathtaking destination that blends adventure, relaxation, and rich cultural heritage. Our meticulously planned trip to Zanzibar ensures you experience the best of this paradise in just a few days. Stay in comfortable accommodations along the stunning north coast, providing easy access to the island’s highlights.

 

Sun, Sand, and Culture

Zanzibar’s beaches, famous for their crystal-clear waters and pristine white sands, are perfect for relaxation and soaking up the sun. Delve into the island’s vibrant history and culture by exploring Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll be captivated by ancient architecture and bustling streets.

 

Wildlife and Marine Wonders

Your trip to Zanzibar will be filled with adventure. Embark on a spice tour to discover the secrets of Zanzibar’s famous spices, integral to its unique cuisine. Dive into the surrounding coral reefs for snorkeling adventures, and visit the Jozani Forest Reserve to see the endangered Red Colobus monkey and other wildlife. Our travel plan, featuring well-organized tours with reliable operators, ensures a memorable and value-packed journey. Join us for an unparalleled island adventure in Zanzibar.

 

The add on excursions are not a part of the plan. See all possible excursions in the activities section that can be booked through us at an extra cost.

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Day 1

ZANZIBAR AIRPORT | KENDWA ROCKS / SUNSET KENDWA / ZANZIBAR MAGIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Arrive at Zanzibar Airport, meet your driver, and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa or Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel

(Bed and Breakfast) or Similar

Day 2

LEISURE DAY | KENDWA ROCKS / SUNSET KENDWA / ZANZIBAR MAGIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Spend the day at your own leisure, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Overnight Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa or Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar

Day 3

LEISURE DAY | KENDWA ROCKS / SUNSET KENDWA / ZANZIBAR MAGIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Spend the day at your own leisure, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Overnight Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa or Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar

Day 4

LEISURE DAY | KENDWA ROCKS / SUNSET KENDWA / ZANZIBAR MAGIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Spend the day at your own leisure, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Overnight Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa or Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar

Day 5

LEISURE DAY | KENDWA ROCKS / SUNSET KENDWA / ZANZIBAR MAGIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Spend the day at your own leisure, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Overnight Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa or Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar

Day 6

LEISURE DAY | TRANSFER TO STONE TOWN / TEMBO HOUSE HOTEL

Breakfast at leisure then transfer to Stone Town, Spend the day at your own leisure, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views of this town.

Overnight Tembo House (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar.

Day 7

ZANZIBAR AIRPORT | DEPARTURE

Pick up at your hotel at your suggested time for your transfer to Zanzibar Airport.

Download Travel Plan as pdf

Day 1

ZANZIBAR AIRPORT | KENDWA ROCKS / SUNSET KENDWA / ZANZIBAR MAGIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Arrive at Zanzibar Airport, meet your driver, and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa or Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel or Zanzibar Queen Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar

Day 2

LEISURE DAY | KENDWA ROCKS / SUNSET KENDWA / ZANZIBAR MAGIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Spend the day at your own leisure, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Overnight at Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa or Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar

Day 3

LEISURE DAY | TRANSFER TO STONE TOWN/ TEMBO HOUSE

Breakfast at leisure then transfer to Stone Town, Spend the day at your own leisure, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views of this town.

Overnight at Tembo House (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar.

Day 4

ZANZIBAR AIRPORT | DEPARTURE

Pick up at your hotel at your suggested time for your transfer to Zanzibar Airport.

Download Travel Plan as pdf

Day 1

ZANZIBAR AIRPORT | KENDWA ROCKS/SUNSET KENDWA/ZANZIBAR MAGIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Arrive at Zanzibar Airport, meet your driver, and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Kendwa Rocks or Sunset Kendwa or Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar

Day 2

LEISURE DAY| TRANSFER TO STONE TOWN/ TEMBO HOUSE

Breakfast at leisure then transfer to Stone Town, Spend the day at your own leisure, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views of this town.

Overnight Tembo House (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar.

Day 3

ZANZIBAR AIRPORT | DEPARTURE

Pick up at your suggested time for your transfer to Zanzibar Airport.

Zanzibar’s Exquisite Charm

Zanzibar is a beautiful and unique destination offering many adventure opportunities, relaxation, and cultural experiences.

  • A short and efficient travel plan will give you Zanzibar’s best in a few days.
  • Comfortable accommodation that is placed on the beautiful north coast of the island.
  • We have booked activities with reliable tour operators that ensure bang for your buck and a well-organized tour.

 

Natural Splendor and Cultural Heritage

Zanzibar has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches that offer perfect relaxation spots. This island has a rich history and culture that is reflected in the island’s architecture, food, music, and art. You can visit Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore the island’s history and see the old architecture and buildings. Zanzibar is famous for its spices, and taking a spice tour is a great way to learn about the different spices and how they are used in local cuisine. Zanzibar is surrounded by a coral reef, which makes it a great place for diving and snorkeling. You can explore the underwater world and see a variety of marine life. This island is home to the endangered Red Colobus monkey, found only on the island. You can also visit the Jozani Forest Reserve to see other wildlife, such as antelopes, civets, and bush babies. Your trip to Zanzibar will be filled with exciting adventure and things to see!

Zanzibar Island Excursions

 

aquarium-turtle-product Aquarium Turtles Village Tour Fyll Day from $90 USD Snorkel and swim with sea turtles in a natural lagoon. Read more
prison-island-tortoise-sea-product Spice Tour and Prison Island Visit Fyll Day from $95 USD See spices in their original form, swim, and snorkel by historical Prison Island's and its tortoises. Read more
Stone Town City Tour Half Day from $70 USD Visit the historical Stone Town's bazaars, Freddy Mercury House, and the Old Arab fort. Read more
prison-island-tortoise-product Prison Island Visit Half Day from $80 USD Explore historical Prison Island's tortoises and enjoy snorkeling and swimming. Read more
jozani-forest-product Jozani Forest Tour Half Day from $65 USD Meet the playful red colobus monkeys in the incredible Jozani Forest. Read more
spice-farm-yellow Spice Tour Half Day from $60 USD See spices in their original form and learn all about their different uses. Read more
znz-submarine-sunset-squad-product Submarine Sunset Cruise Tour Half Day from $60 USD Enjoy views of Stone Town and Forodhani Gardens in the golden lights of the sunset. Read more
znz-submarine-reef-beach-product Submarine Reef & Beach Tour Half Day from $100 USD Learn about Zanzibar's history from inside a submarine among fishes and coral reefs. Read more
znz-zubmarine-semi-product Submarine Classic Reef Tour Half Day from $80 USD Explore Zanzibar's underwater life in a submarine above the colorful coral reefs. Read more
jozani-kuza-product Jozani Forest and Kuza Cave Tour Half Day from $100 USD Meet the playful red colobus monkeys in their home Jozani Forest, and swim in the clear waters of Kuza Cave. Read more
stone-town-tour Spice Tour and Stone Town City Tour Half Day from $90 USD See spices in their original form and learn their uses, followed by a visit to historical Stone Town's sites and bazaars. Read more
sunset-dhow-product Stone Town City Tour and Dhow Sunset Cruise Full Day from $90 USD Enjoy the historical Stone Town and sail in a Dhow at sunset. Read more
spice-farm-product Jozani Forest and Spice Tour Combo Full Day from $95 USD See unique red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest and learn about spices in their original form. Read more
stone-town-market-product Stone Town City Tour and Prison Island Visit Full Day from $95 USD Explore historical sites in Stone Town and sail to Prison Island to see giant tortoises, and enjoy snorkeling and swimming. Read more
happy-dolphin-product Dolphin Tour and Jozani Forest Full Day from $110 USD Swim with dolphins and visit the red colobus in Jozani Forest. Read more
kizimkazi-dolphin-product Kizimkazi Dolphin Adventure Half Day from $85 USD Swim with bottlenose and humpback dolphins and enjoy snorkeling in the South Coast waters of Zanzibar. Read more
stone-town-city-product Spice Tour & Stone Town Tour & Prison Island Tour Full Day from $110 USD See spices in their original form, explore historical sites in Stone Town, and sail to Prison Island to visit giant tortoises and enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Read more
picnic-product Sandbank Picnic (lunch included) Full Day from $125 USD Enjoy a dhow cruise, white sandbanks, snorkeling and relaxation, and a lunch buffet of Swahili cuisine and Italian cheese and tropical fruits on board. Read more
zanzibar-beach-product Safari Blue + Lunch Full Day from $125 USD Snorkel with dolphins, enjoy a traditional Zanzibar seafood lunch on a desert island, and a fruit tasting with up to 15 tropical varieties. Read more
Snorkeling in Zanzibar with World Adventure Tours Snorkeling Trip to Mnemba Atoll Half Day from $125 USD Snorkeling when you are in Zanzibar is a must! Swim in crystal clear water and experience the coral reef! Read more
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Is swimming in Zanzibar safe?

Swimming in Zanzibar can be safe if proper precautions are taken. Zanzibar is surrounded by beautiful beaches with clear water, making it a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. However, like any coastal area, there are potential dangers to be aware of. One of the main concerns when swimming in Zanzibar is the risk of strong currents and riptides, particularly during high tide. It’s important to only swim in designated areas with lifeguards present and to pay attention to any warnings or flags indicating dangerous conditions. Another concern is the potential presence of jellyfish and other marine life that can cause harm. It’s a good idea to wear protective clothing when swimming, such as a rash guard or wetsuit, and to avoid swimming during jellyfish season, which typically occurs from December to March. It is also important to be mindful of the sun and take appropriate measures to protect your skin, such as wearing sunscreen and a hat and seeking shade during the hottest part of the day.

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. During this time, the weather is generally dry, sunny, and pleasant, with little to no rainfall. The temperatures are also cooler, making exploring the island and its attractions a great time. Another good time to visit Zanzibar is from December to February, during the short dry season. However, this period coincides with the peak tourist season, so expect higher prices and larger crowds. The rainy season in Zanzibar runs from March to May and also from November to early December. The weather can be hot and humid during this time, with heavy rainfall and occasional storms. It’s still possible to visit Zanzibar during the rainy season. However, some activities may be limited, and the sea conditions may not be ideal for swimming and water activities.

What should I know about the different parts of Zanzibar island?

The historic center of Zanzibar City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its narrow streets, colorful markets, and unique architecture. This area offers a range of accommodations, from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury hotels. Staying in Stone Town allows you to experience the island’s culture and history up close. The northern coast of Zanzibar is known for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and coral reefs, making it a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. There are a number of beach resorts and hotels in this area that offer stunning ocean views and easy access to water activities. The east coast of Zanzibar is known for its long, sandy beaches and tranquil atmosphere. This area is ideal for relaxation and beachcombing. A variety of accommodations are available, ranging from budget-friendly lodges to luxury resorts. The southern coast of Zanzibar is less developed and offers a more secluded and off-the-beaten-path experience. This area is ideal for those who want to escape the crowds and enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere. This area has a few beach lodges and guesthouses and some local villages to explore.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Zanzibar?

Yes, it is recommended that visitors to Zanzibar receive certain vaccinations before traveling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for travelers to Tanzania, which includes Zanzibar: Routine Vaccinations: This includes vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), and polio. These vaccines are recommended for everyone and should be up to date. Hepatitis A: This vaccine is recommended for all travelers to Tanzania, as hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water. Typhoid: This vaccine is also recommended for travelers to Tanzania, as typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated food or water. Yellow Fever: A yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers coming from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. It is also recommended for all travelers over nine months of age. Other vaccinations to consider include hepatitis B, rabies, and meningococcal meningitis, depending on the length and purpose of your visit and your personal health history and risk factors. It’s important to speak with your healthcare provider or a travel medicine specialist at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to ensure that you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations and to discuss any other health considerations related to your travel to Zanzibar.

Is there a dress code I should remember during my Zanzibar Holiday?

Zanzibar is a predominantly Muslim area, so it’s important to dress modestly, especially when visiting public places or local communities. Women should cover their shoulders, avoid tight-fitting or revealing clothing, and wear long skirts or pants. Men should also avoid wearing shorts, and both genders should avoid wearing beachwear or swimwear outside of the beach or pool areas. When entering mosques, homes, or other religious sites, removing your shoes is customary. It’s a sign of respect, so be sure to bring socks or shoes that are easy to remove. It’s acceptable to wear swimwear on the beach or at the pool areas of your resort or hotel, but avoid wearing it in public areas, such as markets or streets. Women are not required to wear headscarves, but it’s a sign of respect to cover your head when visiting mosques or other religious sites. Zanzibar is a tropical destination with a warm and humid climate, so it’s important to wear comfortable clothing made from breathable fabrics. Light-colored clothing can also help you stay cool and protect you from the sun.

Do I need a visa to visit Zanzibar?

Visitors to Zanzibar who are not citizens of East African Community member states (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and South Sudan) are generally required to have a visa to enter the country. However, visa requirements may vary depending on your country of citizenship and the length and purpose of your visit. Most visitors to Zanzibar will need a tourist visa, which is valid for a single entry and allows for stays of up to 90 days. You can obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport or port of entry in Zanzibar or apply for an e-visa before your trip. The cost of a tourist visa varies depending on your country of citizenship. It’s important to check the latest visa requirements and application procedures with the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your country before your trip, as requirements and procedures may change without notice. It’s also recommended to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip to ensure that you have enough time to obtain one if needed.

Should I book my Zanzibar island activities before or during my trip?

It’s generally a good idea to book your activities on Zanzibar Island before your trip to ensure that you can secure a spot and plan your itinerary in advance. This is especially important if you’re traveling during the peak season (June to October and December to January), as activities and tours can book up quickly during this time. Please get in touch with us at sales@worldadventuretours.com to book your activities on Zanzibar Island. Booking your activities in advance also gives you the opportunity to compare prices, read reviews, and choose the best options for your budget and interests.

What is the tipping etiquette for safari guides and mountain crews on trips like this?

Tipping is highly appreciated at the end of safari/mountain climb. The size of tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. You should prepare an envelope after your trek for your tip money at the Hotel. You can use US dollars, Euros, TZ Shillings or a combination of these. Please ask the Safari/Climbing coordinator at the Hotel for advice.

RECOMMENDED TIP:

Mountain Climbs: $25-50 USD per Day per Climber to be shared between guides, chefs and porters.

Safaris: Driver/Guide: $35-50 USD per Day per Car. If it is a camping safari there will be a tip for the cook $10 USD per Day.

THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES AND TIPS CAN BE GIVEN TO SAFARI STAFF/MOUNTAIN CREW ACCORDING TO SERVICES PROVIDED.

A man snorkeling with fish in Zanzibar
A bridge on the beach in Zanzibar

Accommodation

Kendwa Rocks Hotel

Here you are offered a luxurious beach holiday with various accommodations like coral stone bungalows with sea views, a beach house, wooden bungalows with pools, historical suites and minimalistic forest rooms.

Enjoy Wi-Fi, a pool, water activities, spa, gym, a restaurant specializing on Indian Ocean cuisine, a beach bar and a night club.

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Sunset Kendwa Hotel

A picture perfect with white sand beaches and clear blue water, Sunset Kendwa offers you a dream beach life with stunning Indian Ocean view and varied accommodations for all, from cliff-top to beachfront.

Enjoy the beachside restaurant serving fresh meals, and a beach bar and shisha lounge for sunset cocktails.

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Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel

Eco-friendly and small-scale with 19 rooms, this hotel is located on a white sand beach near Matemwe village, Zanzibar.

Enjoy beachfront access, a bar, a restaurant, free Wi-Fi throughout, and comfortable rooms with wooden terraces with views of the beach and the Indian Ocean.

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Tembo House Hotel

A prominent beachfront establishment in Stone Town, Zanzibar, offers a unique mix of historical charm and modern comfort since 1994.

It provides easy access to local attractions and a range of rooms including Deluxe and Presidential Suites with ocean views, Twin and Double Rooms with sea or garden views, and Freddie Mercury Apartments with city views. All feature elegant décor and hammam baths.

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Zanzibar Queen Hotel

Situated on the coral-rich Matemwe beach this hotel stands out among Zanzibar’s resorts for its beautiful location and excellent diving near Mnemba Island.

Unwind in spacious, ocean-view rooms and enjoy the surrounding beauty. The hotel’s cuisine features a rich array of spices and exotic flavors, with dishes crafted from local, fresh ingredients for an authentic Zanzibar dining experience.

Included in the price 7 Day Travel Plan:

  • 6 nights at Sunset Bungalows with bed and breakfast
  • All road transport

 

Included in the price 4 Day Travel Plan:

  • 3 nights at Sunset Bungalows with bed and breakfast
  • All road transport

 

Included in the price 3 Day Travel Plan:

  • 2 nights at Sunset Bungalows with bed and breakfast
  • All road transport

Price does not cover:

  • Domestic or International flights
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone, and postage
  • Extra excursions not mentioned in the travel plan
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff, and porters – Find guidelines in the FAQ

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