Beach Hotels - Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches.

Zanzibar has excellent hotels, both in Stone Town and on the beaches. We always recommend that visitors combine a short stay in Stone Town. to explore the history and architecture of the isles' cultural heart, with a stay on one of the beautiful Indian Ocean beaches. The east coast of Zanzibar Island (Unguja) features several establishments on the beach, ranging from small and intimate properties to larger resort outfits. Further afield, great lodges can be found on Pemba and Mafia, and smaller islands such as Chumbe and Mnemba.

POPULATION

Zanzibar consists of a multiracial and multicultural community. It is a society of many faiths and of different origins. Almost the entire population is of mixed races primarily of Arab and African decent and blended with local culture. The current population of Zanzibar according to 2002 census is 984,625 inhabitants with an annual growth rate of 3.5%.

HOW TO GET TO ZANZIBAR

BY AIR: There are a number of international airlines that have flights to Zanzibar, including Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, and South African airlines. In addition to these, you can opt for cheap flights to Zanzibar by booking a seat with one of the international carriers that fly into the capital of Tanzania.

These international carriers include British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Emirates. Once you arrive at the capital city, you can then look into airfare to Zanzibar from one of the local carriers that conduct domestic Zanzibar flights.

BY SEA: Regular fast ferries operate between Dar - es Salaam, Zanzibar and Pemba. A ferry to Dar es Salaam from Zanzibar range from 75minutes to 90minutes and the same for a ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, and a ferry to Pemba from Zanzibar can take about 3 hours depending on weather.

PLACES TO VISIT

Tours of Zanzibar island are a rewarding experience with cultural sights and natural beauty on the itinerary. Glory Safaris can arrange visits to points of interest with knowledgeable, and often multilingual guides. Popular tours of Zanzibar Island include:

:: Stone Town
:: Spice Plantations
:: Jozani Forest
:: North Coast
:: Kizimkazi Mosque & Dolphin Tour
:: Prison Island
:: Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
:: Forodhani Park
:: Mtoni Palace Ruins
:: Mbweni Ruins
:: Zanzibar Land Animal Park (ZALA)
:: Shakti Temple
:: The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

ZANZIBAR HOTELS

Zanzibar has excellent hotels, both in Stone Town and on the beaches. We always recommend that visitors combine a short stay in Stone Town to explore the history and architecture of the isles' cultural heart, with a stay on one of the beautiful Indian Ocean beaches. The east coast of Zanzibar Island (Unguja) features several establishments on the beach, ranging from small and intimate properties to larger resort outfits. Further afield, great lodges can be found on Pemba and Mafia, and smaller islands such as Chumbe and Mnemba.

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:: Ras Nungwi Beach hotel
:: Ocean Paradise Resort
:: Zanzibar Serena Inn
:: Breezes Beach Club
:: Blue Bay Beach Resort
:: La Gemma Dell'est Resort
:: Diamond Mapenzi Beach Club Zanzibar
:: Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
:: Double Tree Resort
:: The Z Hotel
:: Diamonds Star of the East
:: Baraza
:: Karafuu
:: Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa
:: Hotel Melia Zanzibar
:: Matemwe Lodge
:: The Residence Zanzibar
:: Dream of Zanzibar
:: Sultan Sands