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Zanzibar Holidays

Zanzibar is a gorgeous set of islands located in Tanzania, boasting pristine stretches of Indian Ocean coastline lined with picture-perfect beaches where you can stroll along fine white sands, admire swaying coconut palms, and swim in crystal-clear waters; Zanzibar beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Zanzibar also has a rich cultural heritage worth delving into and diverse cultural influences and traditions which you can learn about at top-class museums.

Brightsun Travel offers Zanzibar holiday packages, transporting you to this charming paradise land. You could plan your visit during one of Zanzibar’s colourful festivals such as the Mwaka Kogwa, a four-day event celebrating the Shirazi New Year. Finally, a trip to Zanzibar island makes for some incredible culinary experiences; the food here is exotic and flavourful, created with delicious spices produced at local plantations, many of which you can take a tour of.

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Spice Island Hotel and Resort

Main Road Paje, Jambiani 2484, Tanzania

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £1149 per person View Offer

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

PO Box 3151, North East near Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Bed and Breakfast 7 Nights
From £1329 per person View Offer

Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar

Nungwi Road, Nungwi , Zanzibar, Tanzania

Bed and Breakfast 7 Nights
From £1479 per person View Offer

The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Half Board 7 Nights
From £1849 per person View Offer

Local Information & Travel Tips

Local Cuisine

Indulge in Zanzibar's delicious culinary delights at local restaurants, night markets, and beachfront cafes to experience the diverse flavours of Zanzibari cuisine.


Urojo is a popular street food dish consisting of a tangy and spicy soup made with a blend of lentils, potatoes, mango, green bananas, crispy bhajias, boiled eggs, and various chutneys.

Zanzibar Pizza

Unlike traditional Italian pizza, Zanzibar pizza is a unique street food made from a thin, crepe-like dough filled with savoury or sweet ingredients such as minced meat, vegetables, cheese, eggs, or bananas, then folded and fried until crispy.


With its abundant coastal waters, Zanzibar offers many fresh seafood dishes, including grilled lobster, octopus curry, coconut-infused fish curry, fried calamari, and prawn pilau.


Mishkaki are Zanzibari-style skewered meats, typically marinated in a blend of spices and grilled over charcoal, often served with a side of spicy tamarind or chili sauce.

Tropical Fruit

There’s an abundance of fresh tropical fruits in Zanzibar, including mangoes, pineapples, papayas, bananas, passion fruits, and custard apples. Enjoy them as a refreshing snack or in fruit salads and smoothies.

Top Tips for Travel in Zanzibar

Pack Light, Breathable Clothing

Zanzibar has a tropical climate, so pack lightweight clothing made of cotton and linen, plus swimwear, sunglasses, a hat, and suncream for heat and sun protection.

Pack Insect Repellent

Mosquitoes can be prevalent in Zanzibar, especially during the rainy season, so bring insect repellent containing DEET or wear long sleeves and trousers during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Stay Hydrated

With the heat and humidity of Zanzibar, it's important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of bottled or purified water and consider carrying a reusable water bottle to refill throughout the day.

Respect Local Customs

Zanzibar is a predominantly Muslim society, so it's important to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or local communities.

Things to Do and See in Zanzibar Tanzania

Must-Visit Attractions

Stone Town

Stone Town is the oldest region in Zanzibar and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre with lots of beautifully preserved historic architecture. The Old Fort is one of Stone Town's most iconic landmarks.

Prison Island

Just a short boat ride from Stone Town, Prison Island Zanzibar is famous for its giant tortoises. You can interact with these gentle creatures, relax on the pristine beaches, and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters.

Jozani Forest Reserve

This lush forest reserve is home to the endangered Zanzibar red colobus monkey and other wildlife such as Sykes' monkeys and bush babies. Take a guided walk through the forest to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

Mnemba Atoll

Mnemba Atoll is a paradise for snorkellers and divers, located off the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Explore the pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life including tropical fish, sea turtles, and dolphins.

Kendwa Beach

Known for its pristine white sands and turquoise waters, Kendwa Beach is a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets and lively beach parties in the evenings. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Zanzibar.

Nungwi Beach

Nungwi Beach is one of the best beaches in Zanzibar that offers a more laid-back atmosphere. Relax under the shade of palm trees, go for a swim, or indulge in fresh seafood at one of the beachfront restaurants.

Must-Do Activities

Cooking Tour

Delve into Zanzibar's culinary delights with a cooking tour that takes you to local markets to select fresh ingredients, and then teaches you how to prepare traditional Swahili dishes.

Spice Tour

Zanzibar is often referred to as the Spice Island due to its rich spice plantations. Take a guided tour to explore the aromatic spice farms and learn about the cultivation of cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.

Water Sports

Engage in water sports activities such as kite surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding along Zanzibar's coastline. Lessons and equipment rentals are available at various beach resorts and water sports centres.

Sunset Dhow Cruise

Relax aboard a traditional wooden dhow boat and sail along the coast of Zanzibar as the sun sets over the horizon. Enjoy breathtaking views, refreshing sea breezes, and perhaps even spot dolphins swimming nearby.

Cultural Performance

Immerse yourself in Zanzibar's colourful culture by attending a traditional performance showcasing Swahili music, dance, and storytelling.

Weather in Zanzibar

Zanzibar has a tropical climate with hot weather all year round. The archipelago has two main seasons: the dry season from June-October and the rainy season from November-May (comprising the long rains from March-May, and the short rains from November-December), with the weather being hottest between December-March and coolest between May-August. Consider visiting during the dry season for sunny Zanzibar weather, wildlife viewing, ideal beach conditions, and prime visibility for snorkelling/diving - this is the best time to visit Zanzibar.

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