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Explore the Spice Island on a Zanzibar Custom Tour with Boundless Journeys

The ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar, located 26 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a prime location from which to enjoy the Indian Ocean’s clear turquoise waters. Combine this with the stirring slave-trade history that comes alive in Stone Town, and you have the perfect complement to your African safari adventure with Boundless Journeys.

Your days on Zanzibar will be leisurely—you can snorkel, swim with dolphins, try your hand at windsurfing, indulge in a luxurious spa treatment… or two, walk through a forest filled with monkeys, or simply relax on the beautiful white-sand beaches. Choose from classic, deluxe, or luxurious accommodations to further customize the experience to suit your travel style.

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Suggested Itineraries

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES FOR ZANZIBAR

Based on our years of designing custom tours to Zanzibar, we believe that the itinerary below delivers the ideal combination of flexibility and relaxation. Our Boundless Journeys trip specialists can further customize this option to match the interests of your group. Don't worry: If you don't see what you are looking for, there are many more options to explore! Give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 to start the conversation.

The Spice Island

Regions Visited:

Bwejuu Beach

Located on the southeastern coast of Zanzibar, Bwejuu Beach is a beautiful 13-mile-long stretch of white sand, gently swaying palm trees, and clear turquoise waters. It is fronted by a coral lagoon and reef, making the water warm and tranquil — making it the perfect spot to relax and unwind. If you need to pick up a few items to make sand castles in the sun, behind the beach itself is the quaint village of Bwejuu.

Stone Town

As the former capital of the Zanzibar Sultunate — and once the center for the spice trade and the slave trade in the 19th century — Stone Town is in the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, it features a unique mixture of Arab, European, Indian, Persian, and African influences, especially within its architecture. Also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for "old town"), the name "Stone Town" comes from the use of coral stone, which was used as the main construction material.

White-sand beaches, great snorkeling, and exotic surroundings make the Spice Island of Zanzibar an ideal extension to your African safari.

Indian Ocean Beaches | Stone Town

Day 1: Arrive Stone Town and walk through Jozani Forest in search of Red Colobus Monkeys
Days 2-3: Free time for optional activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, yoga, an excursion to swim with dolphins, and an array of spa treatments
Day 4: Stone Town and spice farm tour
Day 5: Depart from Stone Town

Where to Stay

Bwejuu Beach

Located on the southeastern coast of Zanzibar, Bwejuu Beach is a beautiful 13-mile-long stretch of white sand, gently swaying palm trees, and clear turquoise waters. It is fronted by a coral lagoon and reef, making the water warm and tranquil -- making it the perfect spot to relax and unwind. If you need to pick up a few items to make sand castles in the sun, behind the beach itself is the quaint village of Bwejuu.

Baraza Resort & SpaDeluxe

Bwejuu Beach, Zanzibar

Baraza Resort and Spa is 5-star hotel featuring 30 villas on the pristine Bwejuu Beach on Zanzibar’s remote southeast coast.  This beautiful resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar, dating back to the era of the Sultans. A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand-carved décor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture and intricate brass lanterns create a royal ambiance, and the award-winning spa and PADI dive center offer options for relaxation and adventure.

Breezes Beach ClubClassic

Bwejuu Beach, Zanzibar

Set on pristine, uncrowded Bwejuu Beach (named one of the world’s "Top Island Beaches" by Conde Nast Traveler), Breezes Beach Club offers comfortable beachfront rooms decorated with exotic fabrics, a full service spa, and a variety of water sports, including snorkeling, paddle boarding, and scuba diving.

The PalmsLuxury

Bwejuu Beach, Zanzibar

An exclusive luxury resort, the Palm’s 6 private villas are beautifully designed to create an atmosphere of relaxed, understated elegance. Each villa offers a bedroom with a silk-draped, four-poster Zanzibar bed, living room, full ensuite bathroom, dressing room, extra room with its own en suite bathroom and large furnished terrace with views of the Indian Ocean and a private, sunken, outdoor plunge pool.

Stone Town

As the former capital of the Zanzibar Sultunate -- and once the center for the spice trade and the slave trade in the 19th century -- Stone Town is in the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, it features a unique mixture of Arab, European, Indian, Persian, and African influences, especially within its architecture. Also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for "old town"), the name "Stone Town" comes from the use of coral stone, which was used as the main construction material.

Park Hyatt ZanzibarLuxury

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Overlooking the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, Park Hyatt Zanzibar is housed in two buildings: Mambo Msiige, a historic mansion centered around a peaceful courtyard dating back to the 17th century, and the contemporary Zamani residence. 67 spacious and  luxuriously appointed guestrooms  blend contemporary style with regional accents. Guest rooms overlook Stone Town or the dhow harbor and the Indian Ocean. All guestrooms feature spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and rainfall showers.

Serena InnDeluxe

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Ideally situated on the waterfront of historic Stone Town on the Zanzibar channel, the Serena Inn is a haven of tranquility close to sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, dark slave markets, and bright bazaars. Rooms are constructed in traditional Swahili style and incorporate cool white walls and shuttered windows, blended with modern amenities. A spa, swimming pool, and multiple dining options offer plenty of options for relaxation after days of exploring the island.

What To
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What To Expect

We Take Care of the Details

From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-trip options, assisting you with booking regional air, and meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your Zanzibar custom tour. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy your exploration of Zanzibar.

Activity Details

Optional walking, snorkeling, and swimming; activities available at additional expense include windsurfing lessons and scuba diving.

Weather

The weather on Zanzibar is generally quite warm, although reasonably dry outside of the rainy season which lasts from November-April (with November, April, and May being the rainiest months).

You may obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.

Zanzibar

Oct-Apr

High: 92
Low: 75

May-Sept

High: 81
Low: 70

When to Go

We suggest avoiding the rainiest months of November, April, and May, and if you are sensitive to heat and humidity, it may be best to travel in the relatively drier, cooler months of May-September. That said, Zanzibar can be an enjoyable experience year round, so long as you are prepared for the variations in weather.

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About Our Guides

With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

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Suggested: 6-10 Days
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