Travel to Zanzibar the Indian Ocean Island

The Indian Ocean is the third-largest of the world’s five oceanic divisions, covering 70,560,000 km2 (27,240,000 sq mi) or ~19.8% of the water on Earth’s surface. It is bounded by Asia to the north, Africa to the west and Australia to the east. To the south it is bounded by the Southern Ocean or Antarctica depending on the definition in use. Along its core, the Indian Ocean has some large marginal or regional seas such as the Arabian Sea, Laccadive Sea, Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.


Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean Islands

From the often-overlooked and largely undeveloped tropical paradise of Pemba Island in the north to the classy utopia of Mafia Island in the south, Tanzania’s tropical east coast islands offer a welcome respite at the end of a rewarding safari. Nestled between Pemba and Mafia is Zanzibar with its eclectic mix of white-sand beaches, warm water, nightlife and powerful cultural history.


Zanzibar luxury tours


There’s no better way to end an action-packed Tanzania safari Tours than with a few days blissing out on the beaches and islands of the Indian Ocean. Boasting pristine white sands, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters, they offer a quintessential paradise where you can relax and rejuvenate before heading back to your day-to-day life.

From the vibrant beach resorts around Mombasa to the Swahili-cultured streets of Lamu, Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline offers something for everyone. Off the coast of Tanzania lies one of the continent’s most exotic island destinations – Zanzibar – and its no less beguiling little sister – Pemba. Slightly further afield is the stunning archipelago of Seychelles whose granite boulders perch above the Indian Ocean to create a scene that has to be seen to be believed.

To inspire your own beach and bush safari, here are a few of the Zanzibar Holidays tour packages.


Tanzania Luxury Safari & Zanzibar

Indian Ocean Islands Highlights

  • Crystal, warm waters and spectacular corals make for superb diving and snorkelling
  • Each destination has its own flavour, a unique fusion of Africa and Europe
  • Many interesting historical sites and cultural experiences await
  • Easy to get to with flights from Europe and East Africa as well as via The Middle East
  • Usually thought of as romantic destinations, the islands are also excellent for family trips
  • Many options for travellers seeking relaxation, activity, adventure or a bit of all three

Travel to Zanzibar

The lion’s share of Tanzania’s island visitors gravitate towards world-renowned Zanzibar. Zanzibar Island has an almost overwhelming choice of over 800 tourism establishments to suit every budget and taste.

It almost goes without saying, but this is not a place you should come to if you don’t want to see other tourists. While some parts of Zanzibar are less intensively developed than others, this island is about as far from a pristine wilderness escape as you can get with almost the entire coastline developed, but most especially in the northeast and southeast.

Zanzibar – an exotic island kingdom of former slave traders and fishermen – has reinvented itself as a tourism hotspot. For those with deep pockets and a healthy budget, nothing beats the exclusive satellite island of Mnemba off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar. With one exclusive; Beyond lodge, Mnemba is the very pinnacle of tropical island beach-chic luxury. Alternatively, there is a dizzying array of hotels, beach resorts, guesthouses and other accommodations options to choose between on the main island.


Zanzibar Luxury Hotel

Practical Advice

It is highly recommended to visit Zanzibar or one of Tanzania’s other Indian Ocean islands at the end of your safari. After lots of early morning game drives and ‘African massages’ courtesy of the often-bumpy roads, some quality rest and relaxation on an idyllic white-sand beach lapped by the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean is usually just the tonic and will no doubt prove the cherry on the top of an incredible Tanzanian safari experience.

The quickest and safest way to reach any of the country’s island destinations is by air. With both regularly scheduled flights and private charters flying the aerial island access routes, getting there is simple if a touch costly at times, especially if you want to fly from somewhere outside of the major cities.

For those on a tighter budget or who enjoy sea travel, there are a few ferries that sail daily between the mainland ports and islands of Pemba Island, Zanzibar and Mafia Island. It is, however, important to assess the sea conditions, seaworthiness of the vessel, and presence of safety equipment before boarding a boat for your island voyage.


Mafia Island Marine Park
Mafia Island Marine Park


Zanzibar cuisine should be sampled at least one in your life. In our resorts, you can experience evenings dedicated to local cuisine. Zanzibari cuisine is the product of diverse influences accumulated over the centuries and which can be traced back to the numerous cultures which have characterised the island’s history. The flavours are mixed with the gastronomic traditions of Arab, Portuguese, Indian, British and Chinese cultures.

A typical Zanzibari dish is spiced pilau rice. Other delicacies originate from the African mainland: manioc potatoes, boiled beans, sweet potatoes, roasted corn on the cob and yam.

The famous nut and date bread made with eggs and vanilla which is traditionally eaten at the end of Ramadan must also be tried.

If however you want to try something a little bit different, don’t miss out on shark in pepper, or “pwewa wa nazi”, Swahili for octopus in coconut milk prepared with curry, cardamom, cinnamon, garlic and lime juice.

Another equally traditional dish is “sorpotel”, a mixed offal and pork stew seasoned with curry spices. “Boku-boku” however, is a type of spicy meat stew cooked with wheat, ginger, cumin, chilli, tomatoes and onions. The famous Zanzibari pizza is also not to be missed.

For those with a sweet tooth, the spiced cake made with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and chocolate must be sampled.

In general, spices are used in all types of cooking on the island and characterise destinations, flavours and colours.

Drinks must have their say too: try DAWA, a local cocktail that literally means “Medicine”. It is similar to Caipirinha but honey is used instead of sugar.


Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania
Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania


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Top Things to Do in Stone Town Zanzibar

Stone town of Zanzibar, also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for ‘old town’), is the old part of Zanzibar Island, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. The newer portion of the city is known as Ng’ambo, Swahili for ‘the other side’. Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing center of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat.

Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian, and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Due to its heritage, Stone Town is also a major visitor attraction in Tanzania, and a large part of its economy depends on tourism-related activities.


Zanzibar Stone Town
Zanzibar Stone Town

Top Things to Do in Stone Town Zanzibar

1. Marvel at Stunning Zanzibari Doors

Something you will probably encounter very often on your tour through the city is a large number of impressive wooden doorways.

No wonder, Stone Town is famous for its iconic doorways that blend the typical African style with Indian and Arabic designs. Of an estimated amount of 560 doors around Zanzibar City, the majority can be found in this part of the island’s capital.

Most of them are over a century old and often they are the only thing left standing when the buildings they belong to collapse.

Furthermore, it is said that the doors had deeper meanings as well: Depending on their look from the outside, one could determine the social status or religion of the occupant.


Stone Town Doors
Stone Town Doors

2. Admire One of The Most Valuable Gemstones

Something else you probably didn’t expect to find in Stone Town either is one of the world’s most valuable gemstones. I’m talking about the Tanzanite.

Tanzanite gemstones are so expensive and valuable because they can only be found in a very small mining area in Tanzania. Usually, Tanzanite gemstones appear alternately blue, violet, and burgundy, depending on the lighting conditions and crystal orientation.

The best places to admire (and maybe buy) the luxurious and staggering Tanzanite jewelry are the Tanzanite Gallery and Johari Treasures – all in Stone Town.


Tanzanite Gems
Tanzanite Gems

3. Watch The Sunset From Stone Town Beach

Could you imagine a better end to an adventurous day than watching a romantic sunset from the most wonderful location? In Stone Town, the best address is the city’s beach, just a few minutes from Forodhani Gardens.

Stone Town Beach is a favorite spot for locals who come here after work to relax, dance, do acrobatics, sing, and just have a good time. And, as already mentioned, it’s a great place to watch the sun disappear behind the horizon.

Observing the sky turning first slightly orange and then dark red, creating a magical shimmer on the calm sea, is an indescribable experience!


Stone Town Sunset
Stone Town Sunset

4. Get Lost in The Narrow Streets of Stone Town

Trust me when I tell you that another one of the coolest things to do in Stone Town is to get lost in the city’s maze of narrow streets. It may sound scary at first, but it’s the best way to get to know the city.

Tours are a good way to get basic information about certain parts of the city.

Streets of Stone Town
Streets of Stone Town

5. Eat Local Food at Stone Town Restaurants

Don’t you agree if I say that trying local food is one of the most fantastic things about traveling? The best address to do exactly this in Stone Town is Lukmaan Restaurant.

Unlike most restaurants around the world, you don’t just take a seat and choose from the menu. Instead, you find a lot of different dishes in glass display cases so you can look and then order from the staff behind the counter. Solely the drinks you need to choose from a menu hanging at the counter.

Your food will then be brought to your chosen table. You don’t even get a table number or similar, no, the waiters just come looking for you in the restaurant! That’s remarkable service, given the fact that the restaurant is always well-visited and remembering all the faces is not an easy task, I guess.

Not only the service, but the food is excellent as well! Big portions and amazing taste – what more could you ask for?

Good for you that it’s open every day from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm so you’ll have enough time to taste your way through all the delicious dishes!


Local Food Restaurants at Stone Town
Local Food Restaurants at Stone Town

6. Learn About History at The Old Slave Market

While Stone Town is very lively and exciting, the city also has a very dark past.

In 1873, the world’s last open slave market was shut down by the British and the last vestige of this cruel institution could be found in Stone Town. For way too long, the city was home to the most brutal slave market in Zanzibar.

At the Old Slave Market, you can travel back to the horrible time of the slave trade and visit one of the formerly 15 low-ceiling slave cellars.

Here, up to 60 slaves were crammed together like sardines in the can, with no toilets, hardly any food, and chained by the feet.

The toughest among them who survived the dreadful circumstances were brought to the auction, ready to be inspected by potential buyers.

Being in one of these dim, suffocating chambers is a very oppressive and moving experience. It brings you much closer to the terrible past of the city.

Former Slave Market
Former Slave Market

7. Take a Stroll in Forodhani Gardens

Number seven on the list can be found just in front of the Old Fort. Forodhani Gardens, or Forodhani Park, is a small park located along the seafront, next to the new harbor.

During the day, it’s a wonderful place to take a break from bustling city life. It’s a popular place to hang out for locals and tourists alike.

You can find a big restaurant with a jetty into the water, two small cafés with outdoor seating, benches under trees, a children’s playground, and much more!

Every evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Forodhani Park gets usually very crowded because then it transforms into an open-air night market where people come to try local food from different food stalls.

If you love seafood, this place will be like heaven for you! There’s probably no sort of fish you won’t find at the market. However, if you are vegetarian or even vegan like me, it’s best to look for another place to eat.


Forodhani Gardens Food Market
Forodhani Gardens Food Market

8. Wander The Old Fort

Let’s continue your journey through Stone Town with a visit to the Old Fort. It was originally built in the 17th century by the Portuguese, making it the oldest building in Zanzibar.

Due to its location at the main seafront, the building is hard to oversee.

Originally used as a defensive fortress and later as a prison in the 19th century, the Old Fort is nowadays the place where the Zanzibar International Film Festival, also known as Festival of the Dhow Countries, takes place.

The fort can be best described as a square of high, brown walls with merlons surrounding an inner courtyard. While wandering the inner courtyard, you’ll spot the ruins of earlier buildings including those of a Portuguese church.

Moreover, numerous shops are selling tourist-oriented souvenirs such as African paintings plus it features an open-air amphitheater where live dance and music shows occur most evenings.

The Old Fort is open all year round every day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and is completely free to enter.


Zanzibar Old Fort
Zanzibar Old Fort

9. Pay a Visit to the Freddie Mercury Museum

Did you know that Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of one of history’s most popular rock bands ever, was born in Zanzibar?

Well, I didn’t know until the moment I started putting together my itinerary for Stone Town. Only then, did I realize Freddie Mercury had roots in Zanzibar, more precisely in a house in the winding alleys of Stone Town.

Today, the house Freddie grew up in and stayed with his family until their move to England in 1963 is now a museum. It mainly showcases Freddie’s childhood and upbringing in Zanzibar, plus, of course, his extraordinary journey to becoming the great star that he was.

The location of Freddie Mercury Museum is right on one of Stone Town’s main streets, close to Forodhani Gardens and the Old Fort. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Freddie Mercury Museum
Freddie Mercury Museum

10. Go Shopping at Darajani Bazaar

The one place in Stone Town that every type of food lover will enjoy for sure is Darajani Market (or Bazaar).

This traditional African market specializes in food such as seafood, meat, fruits, grains, and spices but you’ll also find vendors selling other goods such as souvenirs or electronic devices.

It was first established in 1904 and later extended and restored.

Inside, the market is very organized and divided into different sections.

In the fruit and vegetable section, for example, you will find a large variety of tropical fruits such as bananas, pineapples, avocados, and jackfruit – everything that grows on the island!

Darajani Market is truly worth a visit, especially the area around Kanga Street where you’ll find colorful local prints and fabrics to buy.

Additionally, there are shops from where you can purchase clothes, shoes, household goods, and many other bits and pieces.


Darajani Bazaar
Darajani Bazaar


As you see, the bustling old part of Zanzibar’s capital has many great things to offer.

Two full days are not enough to get to know the local life so if possible, I recommend spending at least three or four days here.

But one thing I can guarantee you: No matter how long your stay here is, you will enjoy every single minute of it!

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The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world. You’ll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter. Or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages—each one’s better than the next.

Top Best Things to Do in Zanzibar

There are so many things to do in Zanzibar that you’ll be spoilt for choice and, no matter how long your stay is, you’ll definitely wish it was longer!

To help you make the most of culture-rich Zanzibar Island, here’s the lowdown from our team of African travel experts on the things you won’t want to miss!

Firstly a little orientation…

The Zanzibar Archipelago sits in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania. It’s actually made up of 3 main islands (Unguja, Pemba, and Mafia) and a number of smaller islands.

Unguja, the largest island, is the place most people are referring to when they talk about Zanzibar Island, and that’s what we’re covering in this article.


Top Best Things to Do in Zanzibar
Top Best Things to Do in Zanzibar

 Stone Town, Zanzibar Island

The capital of Unguja is Zanzibar City, and the historic section of Zanzibar City is Stone Town – an ancient culture-rich melting pot, where Persian, Arabic, Indian, and European influences have merged over centuries offering a unique and fascinating destination.

Stone Town is an ancient trading town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is really the heart and soul of Zanzibar Island.

There’s so much to see in this captivating town, but here are some of the key things you won’t want to miss in Stone Town.


Stone Town
Stone Town

1. Wander the Ancient Alleyways

The capital of Unguja is Zanzibar City, and the historic section of Zanzibar City is Stone Town – an ancient culture-rich melting pot, where Persian, Arabic, Indian, and European influences have merged over centuries offering a unique and fascinating destination.

Stone Town is an ancient trading town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is really the heart and soul of Zanzibar Island.

There’s so much to see in this captivating town, but here are some of the key things you won’t want to miss in Stone Town.

Yes, Queen’s famous frontman was born in Stone Town in 1946!

The family’s former home is now a small museum paying homage to Zanzibar Island’s most famous inhabitant.


Wander the Ancient Alleyways
Wander the Ancient Alleyways

3. Visit the Old Fort

The oldest building in Stone Town, the Old Fort is located on the seafront.

Built in the 17th century to protect the island from the attacking Portuguese, nowadays the Old Fort is one of the main sights to see in Stone Town.


Zanzibar Old Fort
Zanzibar Old Fort

4. Eat at Forodhani Gardens Food Market

Grabbing a bite to eat with the locals at this buzzing nighttime food market has to be top of your list of things to do in Zanzibar!

These gardens in central Stone Town are transformed every night into a spectacular evening food market, teaming with some of the most delicious and authentic culinary delights.

The aromas are fabulous and the range of dishes is extraordinary.

Come with a large appetite and soak up the delicious smells and vibes!

The market’s mix of cultures and flavours, coupled with its proximity to the Indian Ocean, means that Swahili cuisine is possibly the best food in all of Africa!

Expect fresh fish and food cooked with traditional spices and plenty of coconut.


5. Enjoy Sunset Drinks or Dinner at a Rooftop Restaurant

Stone Town is famous for its rooftop restaurants, which are the best spot to enjoy golden hour over Zanzibar Island.

Watch the sunset with panoramic views and listen to the evening Call to Prayer for an exotic-feeling evening.


Dinner at a Rooftop Restaurant
Dinner at a Rooftop Restaurant

6. Take a Zanzibar Spice Tour

Zanzibar is sometimes called ‘The Spice Island’ because of the abundance of spices grown there, including cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, turmeric, and cumin.

As a key stop on the trading route between Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, spices, along with gold, ivory, and many other precious minerals, were just some of the valuable commodities traded here. As a result, trade of one kind or another has been an intrinsic part of this island’s culture and has shaped its history for thousands of years.

Taking a tour to find out more about the spice island’s history, trying different locally grown spices, and hearing how they are traditionally used is a great thing to do in Zanzibar.


Zanzibar Spice Tour
Zanzibar Spice Tour

7. See the Former Slave Market

Another thing traded on Zanzibar Island for many years was slaves, marking a much darker side to this island’s history.

Stone Town was host to one of the world’s last slave markets until it was shut down by the British in 1873.

An Anglican church now stands on the site of the former market, with a memorial statue.

Outside the cathedral, there is an exhibition centre that documents the history of slavery in Zanzibar, Tanzania.


Former Slave Market
Former Slave Market

8. Sun Yourself on one of Zanzibar Island’s Perfect Beaches

This island’s white sand beaches, fringed with palm trees and gently lapped by the crystal clear Indian Ocean, make Zanzibar a true tropical paradise.

Because of this, you’d be crazy not to prioritize some serious beach time as one of your top things to do in Zanzibar, Tanzania!

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Zanzibar beaches but, to help guide you, we asked our knowledgeable African travel experts for just a few of their favorites


Zanzibar Sunset
Zanzibar Sunset

Paje Beach – Zanzibar South

Located on the southeast coast, Paje Beach has all the makings of paradise: beautiful white sand, swaying palm trees, clear turquoise waters, and some lovely beach bars and restaurants, definitely making it one of the top Zanzibar attractions.

Bordered by a small village on one side, Paje is peaceful and quiet, with a relaxed backpacker vibe. It’s a great alternative to some of the more popular beaches in the north of Zanzibar Island.

The beach is known for its watersports, particularly kitesurfing, drawing enthusiasts from all over the world.

It’s also great for scuba diving, with the reefs offshore here home to turtles, starfish, and many other colourful creatures.


Paje Beach - Zanzibar South
Paje Beach – Zanzibar South

Nungwi Beach – Zanzibar North

Nungwi Beach, in the northwest of the island, is one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful and popular beaches. And it’s easy to see why!

Its soft sand beaches and clear blue waters are idyllic and, facing west, Nungwi also has some of the best sunsets on the island.

A sunset cruise on a traditional dhow sailing boat is a not-to-be-missed Zanzibar activity if you visit this beach!

Nungwi is also one of the liveliest areas on Zanzibar Island, with beach resorts, hotels, restaurants, and bars offering a variety of night-time entertainment, so a great option if you’re looking for some nightlife.

But, this isn’t just a beach for party-goers, as Nungwi also has incredible coral reefs – ideal for diving and snorkeling. If you’re lucky, you may even spot dolphins or turtles!


Nungwi Beach - Zanzibar North
Nungwi Beach – Zanzibar North

Kendwa Beach – Zanzibar North

Sometimes referred to as the “little sister” of Nungwi, Kendwa Beach – a 10-minute drive from Nungwi – is much quieter than its sibling.

There is still some nightlife to be found though – after the sun goes down, this small coastal spot comes alive with relaxed beach parties.

This is one of the few beaches on Zanzibar Island where the tide doesn’t really change, which means it’s perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving.

And the sunsets at Kendwa Beach are legendary, so sit back and enjoy it when the sun starts to go down over another day in this tropical paradise!


Kendwa Beach - Zanzibar North
Kendwa Beach – Zanzibar North

9. Dine at the Rock Restaurant near Paje – Zanzibar South

Perched on a rock just offshore, about 20 minutes from Paje, this tiny restaurant has become world-famous thanks to its iconic location!

To reach it when the tide is in, take a small boat, while at low tide, you can simply walk to it.

Lunch is definitely the best time to go, as by dinner time it’s usually too dark to appreciate this unique setting properly. The food here is more expensive than in most places on the island, but it’s an unforgettable experience so certainly makes for one of the best things to do in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

But be warned: with only 12 tables, it’s often fully booked, so reserve your spot well in advance!


Rock Restaurant near Paje - Zanzibar South
Rock Restaurant near Paje – Zanzibar South

10. See the Giant Tortoises on Prison Island Zanzibar

The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world. You’ll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter. Or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages—each one’s better than the next.

Commonly referred to as Prison Island, Changuu Island is a 30-minute boat ride from Stone Town on the main Zanzibar Island.

The island’s unofficial name developed when, in a dark chapter of Zanzibar’s history, slave traders used Changuu Island as a holding space for slaves in transit.

Today, the island is a popular relaxation spot for Zanzibar locals and tourists, who come to swim, snorkel and sunbathe. There’s a resort on Prison Island, complete with a swimming pool, sun loungers, and a restaurant, so it has everything you need for a day trip.

what also makes this island special is that it’s now a sanctuary for Aldabra tortoises – one of the largest tortoises in the world, and thought to be one of the longest-lived creatures in the world.

It’s estimated that the oldest tortoise on Changuu is 196 years old – now that’s a Zanzibar attraction!


Giant Tortoises on Prison Island Zanzibar Island
Giant Tortoises on Prison Island Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island Awaits!

With so many things to do in Zanzibar, this tropical paradise shouldn’t be missed when visiting Tanzania and East Africa.

We offer a range of African trips that include time on the fabulous Zanzibar Island – check out our Zanzibar trips here or to plan your island getaway today.

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Tembo House Hotel | Zanzibar Stone Town

As the first beachfront hotel within the UNESCO Heritage Site of Stone Town, Tembo House Hotel has always been one of Zanzibar’s finest hospitality gems. The hotel has welcomed and wowed guests since 1994 and continues to add to the unique history of this island. The ideal location of Tembo House Hotel means you can easily access the mazy streets of Stone Town to explore the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum, Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, Tippu Tip’s house and all the wonders of the ancient town. By hosting you at Tembo, we continue our great legacy in satisfying guests such as Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Freddie Mercury, Henry Morton Stanley, Ludwig Krapf and more. Karibu Tembo!


Tembo House Hotel
Tembo House Hotel

Hotel Rooms:

Every room in Tembo House Hotel has its
own unique character and allure.
Find yourself transported back to a glorious
past all while feeling that familiar sense
of home.


The Deluxe Suites bring in the ocean to keep you company. As the breeze blows in, them spacious room comes alive with the scintillating warmth of the Indian Ocean

Tembo House Hotel
Tembo House Hotel


The generously spacious Presidential Suite is sumptuously decorated with elegant Swahili furniture. The suite offers a sea front view with a wide private balcony.

Free WIFI and complimentary drinking water, tea or coffee . In addition, you get to enjoy hammam baths as you wind down.


Twin rooms with 2 single beds features a balcony with garden/sea view or pool/sea view and seating area.

Also with hammam with bath cold & hot shower

Tembo House Hotel
Tembo House Hotel


All Apartments are located across the road from the hotel at Freddie mercury house, these spacious 2 bedroom units with hammam bath and hot & cold shower feature a balcony with city views, an Arabic style  seating area with cable TV

Tembo House Hotel


All prime Double rooms feature a balcony with pool/sea view or balcony garden/ sea view and seating area.

Also with hammam with bath cold & hot shower

Tembo House Hotel


  • All single rooms with air conditioned feature a TV a seating area.
  • Also with hammam with bath cold & hot shower
  • It offers complimentary drinking water & Tea/Coffee Maker
  • LCD TV with cable TV
  • Hair dryer,
  • Free WIFI
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Mosquito Net
  • Telephone Extension

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Zanzibar, with its pristine beaches and rich cultural heritage, is a dream destination for many travelers. Tucked away on the island’s northwestern coast is the exquisite Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge, a haven that seamlessly blends luxury with the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge
Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge

A. Definition of Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge

Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge stands as a testament to elegance and tranquility, offering a unique escape for those seeking a slice of paradise. With its exclusive location on the shores of Zanzibar, this lodge captures the essence of luxury and relaxation.

B. The Allure of Zanzibar’s Beaches

Zanzibar is renowned for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters. The mere mention of the island conjures images of idyllic landscapes and a laid-back atmosphere. Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge embraces this allure, providing guests with a front-row seat to the beauty that defines Zanzibar.

II. The Unparalleled Luxury at Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge

A. Exquisite Accommodations

1. Beachfront Villas

The accommodation at Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge is nothing short of spectacular. Nestled along the beach, the villas offer panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Each villa is a private sanctuary, adorned with Swahili-inspired decor that adds a touch of local charm.

2. Swahili-inspired Decor

The interior design reflects the rich cultural heritage of Zanzibar, creating a harmonious blend of luxury and tradition. Guests find themselves surrounded by the warmth of Swahili hospitality, making their stay not just comfortable but culturally enriching.

B. Culinary Delights

1. Fresh Seafood

One of the highlights of staying at Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge is the culinary experience. The onsite restaurant boasts an array of dishes, with a focus on fresh seafood sourced from the surrounding waters. Guests can indulge in the flavors of Zanzibar while enjoying breathtaking ocean views.

2. Fusion of Local and International Flavors

The culinary team at the lodge masterfully combines local ingredients with international techniques, creating a menu that caters to diverse palates. Whether it’s a traditional Zanzibari dish or a global culinary delight, every bite is a journey of taste.

Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge
Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge

III. Immerse Yourself in Zanzibar’s Culture

A. Local Experiences

1. Spice Tours

Zanzibar is synonymous with spices, and a visit to the lodge is incomplete without a spice tour. Guests can explore the nearby spice farms, gaining insight into the island’s spice trade history and experiencing the fragrant allure of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

2. Traditional Dance Performances

Chuini Zanzibar  goes beyond the typical tourist experience by hosting traditional dance performances. Guests can immerse themselves in the vibrant rhythms and movements of local dances, creating memories that extend beyond the pristine beaches.

IV. Activities and Recreation

A. Water Sports

1. Snorkeling

The coral reefs surrounding Zanzibar are a haven for marine life, making snorkeling a must-try activity. Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge provides easy access to these underwater wonders, allowing guests to explore the mesmerizing world beneath the surface.

2. Dhow Cruises

For those seeking a more leisurely experience, dhow cruises are the perfect choice. Guests can set sail on traditional wooden dhows, witnessing the sunset over the Indian Ocean while sipping on refreshing drinks.

Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge

B. Wellness and Relaxation

1. Spa Treatments

Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge recognizes the importance of holistic well-being. The onsite spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, incorporating local ingredients to create a sensory journey that relaxes the body and soothes the soul.

2. Yoga by the Beach

The tranquil beach provides an ideal setting for yoga enthusiasts. Guests can participate in yoga sessions by the ocean, combining the therapeutic benefits of the practice with the soothing sounds of the waves.

V. Sustainability Initiatives

A. Eco-friendly Practices

1. Conservation Efforts

Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge is committed to environmental conservation. The lodge actively engages in initiatives to protect the local ecosystem, supporting the preservation of Zanzibar’s natural beauty for generations to come.

2. Community Engagement

Beyond environmental efforts, the lodge plays a role in community development. Through various projects, Chuini Zanzibar  contributes to the well-being of the local population, fostering a sustainable relationship with the community.

VI. How to Plan Your Stay at Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge

A. Booking Information

Planning a stay at Chuini Zanzibar is a seamless process. Guests can easily book their accommodations through the lodge’s website, ensuring a hassle-free experience from reservation to check-out.

B. Travel Tips for Zanzibar

To make the most of their Zanzibar experience, guests are provided with travel tips, including insights into local customs, recommended activities, and practical information for a smooth and enjoyable stay.

VII. Testimonials from Happy Guests

A. Personal Experiences

Guests often share their personal experiences at Chuini Zanzibar  highlighting the attentive service, breathtaking views, and unique cultural encounters that make their stay memorable.

B. Positive Reviews

Positive reviews from satisfied guests underscore the lodge’s commitment to excellence. From the quality of accommodations to the culinary delights, each aspect receives praise, solidifying Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge as a top-tier destination.

VIII. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A. What makes Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge unique?

Chuini Zanzibar stands out for its perfect blend of luxury, cultural immersion, and eco-friendly practices, offering a truly unique experience on Zanzibar’s shores.

B. Are there family-friendly activities?

Yes, the lodge provides a range of family-friendly activities, ensuring that guests of all ages can enjoy their time on the island.

C. How to get to Zanzibar?

Travelers can reach Zanzibar by air, with direct flights available from major international airports. The lodge can also assist with transportation from the airport to the accommodation.

D. What is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the dry season, from June to October, when the weather is pleasant for beach activities and cultural exploration.

E. What safety measures are in place at the lodge?

Chuini Zanzibar  prioritizes the safety of its guests, implementing stringent safety measures and hygiene protocols to ensure a worry-free stay.


In conclusion, Chuini Zanzibar  offers an unparalleled retreat, where luxury, culture, and sustainability converge to create a memorable experience. From the moment guests arrive until they bid farewell, the lodge captures the essence of Zanzibar’s beauty, providing a haven for those seeking a unique and enriching escape.Great Image Expedition Ltd




The Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar is located on Nungwi Beach, a beautiful white-sand beach with crystalline waters that make you feel like paradise. This adults-only hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania, offers you an all-inclusive holiday with the exclusive services of RIU Hotels & Resorts.

The rooms at this hotel in Zanzibar, stand out for their design and spaciousness. They all have air conditioning, satellite TV, a minibar, a balcony or terrace, and many other amenities. Plus, the hotel has villas with private pools for those who want a stay in total luxury.


At the Riu Palace Zanzibar, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the three pools, relax under the sun in a lounge chair, or go to the beach and enjoy the private area for hotel guests. When it comes to gastronomy, you have the main restaurant where you can enjoy buffet breakfasts with show-cooking stations, and three themed restaurants that serve exquisite dishes. And if you want to sample the best snacks and appetizers, the staff in the bars of this all-inclusive resort in Zanzibar will gladly serve you.

Fun and relaxation are guaranteed during your holiday at this all-inclusive resort in Zanzibar. With our entertainment programs, you can enjoy activities, live shows, and music. The spa at this hotel in Zanzibar offers a relaxation pool, hydromassage zone, steam bath, and the best services and treatments so that you can go home from your holiday. Likewise, the sportiest guests have a gym where they can do their favorite activities and enjoy water sports like kayaking and paddle surf.

Zanzibar, once known as Spice Island, is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday in paradise. We recommend that you sign up for an excursion to see the most emblematic places in the area or to have an authentic African experience. If you want further information, you can consult our tourist guide to Zanzibar or find out about the best offers for the Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar.


The suites at the Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar are specially designed to offer you everything you need during your stay. These 60 m2 rooms have a double bed, a sofa bed in the lounge area, a dressing room, satellite TV, WiFi, air conditioning, a safe box, a minibar, a kettle, and a balcony or terrace.



The exclusive villas at Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar are perfect for those who want to enjoy luxury in every detail on their holidays. These 125 m2 rooms have one king-size bed (200×200 cm), a sofa in the living room, a dressing room, satellite TV, WiFi, air conditioning, a safe box, a minibar, and a kettle. In addition, on the terrace, you will find a private pool and sun loungers where you can relax.



Hotel Amenities:

  • Outdoor swimming pool, Fitness classes, Fitness, Massage chair, Spa lounge/relaxation area, Steam room, Spa facilities, Beauty Services, Sun loungers or beach chairs, Hammam, Hot tub/Jacuzzi, Massage, Spa and wellness center, Solarium, Fitness center, Sauna
  • Aerobics, Live sports events (broadcast), Live music/performance, Beach, Evening entertainment, Water sports facilities on site, Entertainment staff, Snorkelling, Diving, Canoeing
  • Adult only, Air conditioning, Hardwood or parquet floors, Soundproofing, Laptop safe, Fan, Barber/beauty shop, Non-smoking rooms, Iron, Wake up service/Alarm clock
  • Toilet paper, Towels, Bath or shower, Private bathroom, Toilet, Free toiletries, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Shower
  • Outdoor furniture, Beachfront, Sun terrace, Private beach area, Balcony, Terrace, Garden
  • Luggage storage, Tour desk, Currency exchange, 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping, Ironing service, Dry cleaning, Laundry
  • Fruits, Snack bar, Bar, Minibar, Tea/Coffee maker
  • WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.



Room Amenities

  • Flat-screen TV, Satellite channels, Telephone, TV
  • Linen, Wardrobe or closet, Alarm clock
  • Sofa, Seating Area, Desk
  • Socket near the bed
  • Electric kettle




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About The Hotel:

  1. On beachfront
  2.  All-Inclusive 24 hours
  3.  Free WiFi throughout the hotel
  4.  Main and theme restaurants
  5. 66 km / 41 miles from the Airpor
  6. ADULTS ONLY hotel, exclusive to adults over 18 years old
  7.  Spa with a variety of treatments, beauty salon and massages
  8. Awarded GOLD certification for the Travelife Sustainability System