We love Zanzibar. The Spice Island boasts all of our favourite things: beautiful beaches, divine cuisine, colourful culture, exotic resorts and oodles of time to laze beneath swaying palm trees. Whether you’re a luxury traveller in need of a romantic hideaway, an underwater-addict looking to dive incredible reefs or a foodie in search of new flavours, Zanzibar delivers. But when is the best time to make the most of all these awesome offerings?
Zanzibar holidays are where sensory pleasures and mystical romance collide. Lying off the coast of Tanzania, the Spice Island has three distinct influences: Africa, the Middle East and Asia have each found a home here in Zanzibar’s melting pot culture.
Luxury-seekers, adventurers and solo nomads have long been seduced by Zanzibar’s charms. The island’s beaches offer a castaway escape for romantics, whose perfect day is bookended by a beachside cocktail or sunset dhow cruise. Action-addicts on a Zanzibar holiday will want to dive Mnemba Reef, catch the breeze kitesurfing, or claim the perfect catch deep-sea fishing. Foodies will savour Zanzibar’s local markets and spice farms, while history junkies will get their fix wandering the cobbled streets of Stone Town.
Only a hop, skip and jump away, the beaches and islands of the Indian Ocean are a no-brainer option for South African sunseekers. Flights times are negligible, and rates are competitive – but the actual experiences are priceless.
Palm-fringed shores, glittering coral reefs, powder-soft beaches and colourful cuisines await… Here’s some Indian Ocean holidays to inspire your future travels.