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Zanzibar holidays conjure up images of exploration on an exotic island filled with mystery and intrigue. As a result of passing traders that explored this route, Zanzibar has also become known as the 'Spice Island' and has a rich cultural history.

A Zanzibar holiday with Abercrombie & Kent brings you closer to this unique culture, as well as the island's exceptional diving opportunities

The island is located 45 miles off the coast of Dar es Salaam and is surrounded by tropical beaches and coral reefs.  

Exploring the labyrinth of narrow streets winding through the main Stone Town, and finding many of the traditional spices in tucked-away markets  is a must for any Zanzibar holiday. This fascinating town has amazing architecture with its Arabic, African and European influences most notably through the huge, ornately carved wooden doors. The coastal waters attract divers from all over the world whilst the white sand beaches are the place to sit and relax after a safari, another highlight of a Zanzibar holiday with A&K.

Dar es Salaam is located on the mainland coast of Tanzania and is the hub for access to Zanzibar - there are regular flights from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. Although less popular, there is plenty to see in Dar es Salaam, a city tour will introduce you to Mwenge Open Market for Makonde Carvings and other local handicraft items. South of the city, there are also some excellent beaches.



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Southern Tanzania

Nights: 8 | from £4,330pp

Track thrilling African wildlife in solitude on a safari circuit for connoisseurs, visiting two of Tanzania’s most beautiful and game-rich parks – but... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Tanzania Safari in Style 2017

Nights: 7 | from £5,995pp

Embark on an authentic Tanzanian safari adventure, with wildlife opportunities in Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, and stay in luxurious... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Climb Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route

Nights: 8 | from £3,725pp

Ascend soaring Mount Kilimanjaro with more days to acclimatize and an excellent summit rate thanks to your A&K team, viewing highland montane, volcanic... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Adventure & Culture

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Remote Western Tanzania: Mahale and Katavi

Nights: 8 | from £5,435pp

An off-the-beaten track safari which takes you to one of Tanzania’s most remote but wildlife-rich National Parks and on to Mahale for the privilege of... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

Nights: 9 | from £4,979pp

A 9 night trip to climb and summit Kilimanjaro travelling up the Machame Route with an expert guide to assist along the way. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Baraza Resort & Spa

Overlooking the Bwejuu-Paje beach, Baraza has fantastic views over the fine white sands and coral reefs of the eastern shore. When you're not exploring... Find out more

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Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Situated along the pristine beach of Bwejuu amid landscaped gardens of whispering palms, you will find your terraced room or suite tastefully decorated... Find out more

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Fundu Lagoon

Only accessible by boat and set on a beautiful palm-fringed beach, Fundu Lagoon lets nature do the talking. Wooden walkways and sandy paths lead to 18... Find out more

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Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa

Located on the north-west coast of Zanzibar, Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa is a luxurious five star resort hotel with a spectacular oceanfront setting.... Find out more

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Kilindi

Set upon a picture perfect stretch of coral bright sand in Northern Zanzibar, Kilindi is spread across 50 acres of tropical garden and lies adjacent to... Find out more

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The Residence, Zanzibar

Tanzania

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Stay at The Residence on Zanzibar between now and the 6th January 2018 and receive a 35% discount if you book before the 31st March 2017. Minimum 3 night stay. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Fly to

Kilimanjaro (for Northern Tanzania), Dar es Salaam via Nairobi (for Selous, Ruaha, Zanzibar)

Flying time

11 hours 30 minutes including transit stop

Time difference

GMT +3 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health requirements

Yellow fever certificate required

Best time to travel

December - March, July - October

Weather

Due to Tanzania's proximity to the equator the climate is generally warm year round ranging between 25°C to 32°C, there are however regional variations. With two rain seasons, the long rains fall in April and May (into early June) and the short rains falls in October and November. The best times to travel are December, January, February or late June to early October.

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