Whether as post-safari relaxation or as a stand-alone destination, the beaches on Zanzibar’s east coast and around its northern tip offer a quintessential tropical island paradise. Each beach has its own personality.


Jozani-Chwaka National Park

Jozani-Chwaka National Park is the largest area of indigenous forest on Zanzibar and offers a glimpse of the vegetation that once covered much of the island. It is famous for its Zanzibar red colobus monkeys, an endangered species found only here. The forest is also home to other monkey species, plus duikers, bushbabies and over 40 species of birds. Jozani can easily be visited as a day trip from Zanzibar Town, or as a stop en route from town to the beaches. Allow a couple of hours to walk the forest trail and enjoy the nature.


Spice Tours

Diving and Snorkelling. The waters off northeastern Zanzibar offer excellent diving, with rich coral reefs, wall and drift dives and a wonderful array of fish. There is also rewarding diving off-shore from Stone Town, with soft and hard corals and wreck dives. Expect good visibility and water temperatures averaging about 27°C.


Exploring Paje, Matemwe, Nungwi, Kendwa, Pongwe, Jambiani, and Stone Town

Paje is known for its kitesurfing.

Matemwe has a more chilled vibe and entices with its powdery sands and glimpses of village life.

Nungwi, in northern Zanzibar, sees tradition mix with contemporary life. Fishing boats launch from the beach and dhow builders ply their ancient craft against a backdrop of western-style hotels and partying.

Nearby Kendwa shares some of Nungwi’s buzz, but everything is more spread out, and the beach here has the advantage of being swimmable around the clock.

Quiet Pongwe is more isolated, and good for getting away from the crowds.
Jambiani, with its impossibly turquoise waters and sun-bleached coral-rag houses, is an ideal spot to gain insights into local life.

Stone Town. Be sure to visit Forodhani Gardens, Old Fort, House of Wonders, Palace Museum, the Anglican Cathedral and Darajani Market to name a few.


Additional Information

June to October

The optimal time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October, which falls within the dry season. This period is highly recommended as it aligns with the peak safari season in Tanzania, making Zanzibar a sought-after post-safari destination. Nonetheless, Zanzibar’s tropical allure can be enjoyed throughout the year, owing to its consistent sunshine and pleasant weather.

  • Bask in the beauty of Zanzibar’s pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.
  • Explore the historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its fascinating blend of African, Arab, and European influences.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture by visiting the bustling markets, trying local street food, and engaging with friendly locals.
  • Snorkel or dive in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, discovering colorful coral reefs and diverse marine life.
  • Take a spice tour and learn about Zanzibar’s rich history as a major spice producer.
  • Relax on a sunset cruise, enjoying the breathtaking views and gentle sea breeze.
  • Visit the iconic Prison Island, home to giant tortoises and a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Indulge in fresh seafood and tantalizing flavors of Zanzibari cuisine.
  • Engage in water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and kiteboarding.
  • Unwind in luxurious beach resorts and boutique accommodations, pampering yourself in a tropical paradise.