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The exotic island of Zanzibar has been populated for more than 20,000 years. See the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, with a millennia of blended history of Swahili, Arabian, Indian and European cultures. Relax on beaches with soft white sand and clean blue waters.
Many Stone Town buildings were constructed during the 1700s and 1800s. See architecture made of coralline ragstone and wood from the area’s mangroves. The Old Fort overlooks the Indian Ocean, built on the site where a Portuguese church once stood. Next to it is the House of Wonders, housing the Beit El-Ajaib National Museum. Gaze up at its wide verandas and imagine its days as the mansion of a wealthy sultan. In front of these buildings, stroll along the walkways in Forodhani Gardens, where fishermen and artisans display their products.
Walk to the Anglican Church to learn about the region’s past as a Slave Market. Inside are displays describing this history as well as a memorial to David Livingstone, the missionary, explorer and avid abolitionist. Outside is the artwork Memory for the Slaves, depicting five slaves in chains.
Travel north to Nungwi, which has one of the island’s favorite spots for sun and sand, Nungwi Beach. Visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium, where local residents and conservationists have established a center to rescue and nurture hawksbill and green turtles and release them to the ocean every February. Spend a month or more here as a volunteer or swim with the turtles in a protected lagoon during a daytrip.
Paje Beach on the eastern coast has extreme tides, resulting in long stretches of sand when the tide is out. Rent equipment to try kite surfing. Scuba near Mnemba Island off the northeastern shore.
Ferry to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam in about 2 hours or fly to Zanzibar International Airport, about a 15-minute drive south of Stone Town. Rent a car to travel conveniently around this relatively small island.
Stunning hotel, so well kept. The staff were so friendly and the food was incredible. Cocktails also very, very good.
This property is perfectly located in stone town. The room was spacious and the decor was authentic and in keeping with the history of the city. The breakfast buffet was really good. We recommend staying at this hotel.
Brilliant place to stay, staff are amazing and very helpful and welcoming. Fab location on the beach, great food and restaurant. Will definitely be back!
The resort is wonderful. The only complaint my wife an I have is that the electricity to our unit kept shutting off. However, the staff was quick to come and rectify the situation when notified of the issue. We would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful ...
The staff & property were first rate we all felt relaxed & well cared for, rooms restaurant & who hotel were perfectly clean and secure. The chef Alex prepared brilliant meals and we ate in for each meal as we knew our holiday would not be interrupted with illness as the food was spot on and we had ...
Our group of 4 (2 American couples) stayed 4 nights at the Zanzibar Serena in July, 2019, as a follow-up to a Serengeti photo safari. The hotel is right on the Indian Ocean and gorgeous, with loads of character. Our rooms had fabulous ocean views from the rooms themselves and from the spacious lanais, ...
Amazing hotel! Great food, beautiful pool and beach, the staff is very kind and the room is so comfortable, especially the huge bathroom. Highly recommended