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Zanzibar Serena Hotel
Why we like it
- Perfect for exploring Stone Town
- Only 15 minutes from Zanzibar airport
- Take a traditional dhow trip from the hotel
- Renowned restaurant offers traditional Swahili-inspired dishes
- Known for its personable staff
We recommend taking the chance to experience the freshly-caught fish supper on the terrace restaurant, which affords stunning views over the Indian Ocean.
The consultant was amazing and very helpful in suggesting ideas given that this is our first trip to Africa and we are travelling with two teenagers.
- SR, London
Ideally situated on the seafront of Stone Town, the hotel overlooks a sweeping curve of beautiful white sandy beach. The Serena is charming, intimate and romantic with interiors echoing the island's rich Arab influence, with whitewashed walls, dark woodwork and crisp linens. All 51 bedrooms and the private swimming pool overlook the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lazy dhows that plough the sea opposite the restaurant's windows, affording stunning views over dinner. The restaurant offers local specialties including freshly caught seafood with mixed spices. Guests are invited to take part in excursions to experience a succession of hidden beaches, spice gardens and private watersports.
Kilimanjaro (for Northern Tanzania), Dar es Salaam via Nairobi (for Selous, Ruaha, Zanzibar)
11 hours 30 minutes including transit stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
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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