"The diving was sensational", GURU Traveller
"We found friends for life", Deon De Villiers
Scuba & Snorkel
Spice & Slaves
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The exotic Zanzibar archipelago lies 25km off the east coast of Tanzania and includes Unguja, Pemba and an arrangement of small, tropical island sanctuaries.
The northern and eastern coasts of Unguja including beautiful and timeless beaches boast many excellent resorts, which makes Zanzibar a perfect place to conclude an East African safari. Unguja Island is a short flight from Dar es Salaam.
Zanzibar’s climate is quite similar to that of mainland Tanzania, with the best time to visit in June to October, when skies are clear and the weather is dry. Underwater visibility is also at its zenith during these months. From March to May, you can expect tropical storms almost daily, while in November and December, there is potentially also some rainfall.
Arab and Persian traders arrived here during the 8th century, growing and developing Zanzibar into an important port on the spice, ivory and slave trading routes by the 17th century,. Governed over the centuries by various sultans, the Portuguese and later, the Sultanate of Oman, Zanzibar became a British Protectorate in the late 19th century.
Famous European explorers like Livingstone visited before launching their explorations into the “interior”. Ancient Stone Town on Unguja Island is a labyrinth of narrow streets, coral stone dwellings, mosques and markets. You can visit the Sultan’s Palace, the Arab Fort, the Old Dispensary and the Livingstone house.
Exclusive yet unpretentious, andBeyond Mnemba Island is an award-winning private beach paradise just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar.
Ten beachside bandas overlook a pristine coral reef at this romantic, private hideaway. From snorkelling, swimming and kayaking to massages on the beach and simply doing nothing at all, andBeyond Mnemba has something for everyone.
Mnemba is truly a scuba divers delight!
Designed for Benny Andersson - one of the members of the 1970's pop group ABBA - Kilindi is a true blend of the very best of diverse cultures to be found in Tanzania and on its adjacent island of Zanzibar.
Kilindi achieves the perfect marriage between Scandinavian minimalism and the dramatic architectural overtones of Middle Eastern heritage, whilst encouraging an open, 'back-to-nature' ambience throughout.
If you love nature, you will love Kilindi!
The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 32-hectare estate where five-star luxuries sit harmoniously alongside nature’s untouched beauty. Feel your spirits soar amid extensive tropical gardens that meet with powder-soft white sand lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Whether you dream of a quiet couple’s retreat or fun in the sun for the whole family, embrace all the delights of our island life at The Residence Zanzibar.
We are proud to continue our commitment to helping communities and protecting wildlife through our latest visual campaign Wild by bird & knoll x deon de villiers. Along with your support we want to make a difference for five of the world's most vulnerable species.