Let yourself be transported to a by-gone era as your senses are assailed by the intoxicating smell of cloves carried on Frangipani-scented sea breezes. Meander down narrow winding lanes in Stone Town with your children behind donkeys and past minarets.
This is not a place manicured to please a passing interest. It’s a cauldron of real life, of different peoples coming together and taking on life at a pace the heat determines. Stand next to ancient carved doorways and sip strong Arabic coffee while bartering with friendly merchants and hawkers in the hustle and bustle. Open your children’s eyes to another world steeped in ancient history and drop into 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace.
From the harbour to the fish market, through the maze of bustling streets, Stone Town needs no formal introduction, no set itinerary, it is simply there to be indulged, and indulge it you must.
The Dhow Palace is set right in the heart of Stone Town and is perfectly placed for full exploration whilst remaining easy to find. Its rooms are adorned with Zanzibar style, and there is even a pool to cool you in the midafternoon.
A Swahili hour or so outside Stone Town, on the northerly tip of the island, lies Nungwi village. The Zanzibari is a small, beautiful hotel 20 minutes’ walk east of the village. It fronts the bright turquoise Indian Ocean on brilliant white beaches fringed with green palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze, and sits amidst stunning gardens, vibrant in one of the great growing climates on the planet. From here it is possible to dive, snorkel, visit turtles, frolic with dolphins and perhaps most importantly for a hotel called The Zanzibari, to meet the people. Nungwi is a fascinating place with a large boat building yard, a daily fish market and plenty of its own history hidden in the walls of the houses. Nzore, our assistant manager, is the perfect man to open the village heart to you and give you a cultural experience never to be forgotten.
Inspired? Let us take you there…
Extend your stay in Tanzania to see the beaches of Zanzibar.
- Relish the exotic white sand beaches
- Stay at a boutique beachfront hotel
- Enjoy optional water sports and excursions
Zanzibar is one of those bucket list, tropical islands that you simply won’t want to leave. Unwind at our hand-picked hotel set on a tranquil beach where you can enjoy unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean. Activities available include sea kayaking, snorkelling, forest treks or simply relax with a massage in the hotel’s seafront spa. Note 3 night and 5 night extensions available, prices do not include flights or excursions.
From £399 per person for 3 nights
Please phone us on 01962 302062 for more information.