We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about Tanzania and Zanzibar. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a copy by email.
Zanzibar is an ever-popular choice with honeymooners; it is extraordinarily romantic with its beautiful white, sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and some fantastic places to stay. Conveniently only a short distance from both the Tanzanian mainland and Kenya makes Zanzibar an ideal choice for a premier safari and beach honeymoon.
Zanzibar and Tanzania are fantastic for divers. We asked our Tanzania specialist and diving enthusiast Pierre to whittle down his top five spots for going in search of the colourful sea life.
October to March is whale shark season on Mafia Island, and heading out in search of these majestic creatures is one of the most popular activities on the island at this time of year.
Combining the wildlife rich plains of Kenya with its own palm flanked coastline or the shores of Zanzibar makes for a truly unforgettable safari and beach holiday. Offering wildlife encounters and ultimate relaxation in equal measure, this tried and tested combination promises the best of both in eastern Africa.
With soft white sands and crystal clear waters, Zanzibar is the perfect beach add-on to a family safari holiday or even a tropical island getaway on its own. The calm waters around Zanzibar are perfect for young children and on-land there is plenty to keep all ages entertained too. From spotting bush babies in the Jozani-Chwaka National Park to visiting a traditional Swahali village and kitesurfing in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is an adventure playground for young and old.
Just a short hop from mainland Tanzania means that Zanzibar works really well as part of a tailor-made safari and beach holiday, as well as a beach holiday destination. There are a number of luxury resorts – ideal for luxury family holidays; plus a handful of exclusive luxury beach lodges – ideal for luxury honeymoons and romantic holidays.
Here Anna, our Tanzania and Zanzibar specialist, relives her barefoot luxury stay at the exclusive Fundu Lagoon on the stunning island of Pemba – a diver’s paradise offering activity and relaxation in equal measure!
Zanzibar's coastline is an underwater paradise. Bursting with marine life, it is the perfect destination for an unforgettable scuba diving and snorkelling adventure. In land too, Zanzibar is home to a catalogue of unique and endemic wildlife. Here's our guide to what to spot where in Zanzibar.
On a recent trip to Mafia Island, Matt was able to meet with the people behind Sea Sense – an NGO that works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species. Here at Imagine we are big supporters of this important organisation. Here’s what Lindsey and Boniventure had to say on the work they are doing on Mafia Island…
When to go to Zanzibar
Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal holiday weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
The Dry Season - June to October
The days are warm and skies are clear, with temperatures around 25-27 degrees Celsius.
These are the best months for visiting Zanzibar because the air is dry.
There is a lovely refreshing breeze blowing and there is little rainfall.
The Short Rains - November to December
Brief showers occur for a couple of weeks during November.
The rains normally last for about an hour in the mornings and late afternoons interrupted by beautiful weather and clear skies.
Weather is still good to get that lovely sun tan.
The Hot Season - December to March
In the Hot Season, the days are hot with temperatures often exceeding 33-35 degrees Celsius. It does get a bit uncomfortable unless you spend the majority of your time in the swimming pool or ocean!
The skies are clear with no clouds. Clear night skies offer the perfect opportunity for star-gazing or romantic evenings on the beach.
The Wet Season - March to May
The Long Rains fall from mid-March until the end of May.
Heavy showers fall early in the mornings but these usually clear up by mid-day, with the weather often remaining sunny and clear until late afternoon.
These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.