Spice Island - Zanzibar is the most well known of the islands in this area, but the archipelago also consists of the lush Pemba to the north and numerous smaller islands and islets poised in luxuriously turquoise seas in the south. The beauty of this area has tempted travellers, traders, slave-traders and colonists for centuries, but there are still many areas on these islands that remain unexplored, pristine and untouched!
Zanzibar is famous for once being the commercial centre of East Africa and has been known as "the Spice Island" because of its many spice plantations and spice tours. It combines ancient Islamic ruins, noble Arabic houses with miles of white sandy palm fringed beaches and coves. The ocean offers warm clear blue waters with excellent reefs for; snorkelling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing, water sports and delicious fresh fish! The activities available on Zanzibar include: spice tours, dhow trips, diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, walking safaris, ballooning, bird watching, dolphin-watching, and visiting a number of interesting sites such as Jozani Forest, Chumbe Islands, or the historical ruins of Mbweni Palace.
If you are looking for an itinerary that includes not just Zanzibar, but which also includes other countries within East Africa, check out our EAST AFRICA SAFARIS.
Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year. The heat of summer is often cooled by windy conditions, resulting in pleasant sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coasts. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round.
Officially, summer and winter peak in December and June respectively. Short rains can occur in November but are characterised by short showers which do not last long. The long rains normally occur in April and May although this is often referred to as the 'Green Season', and it typically doesn't rain every day during that time.