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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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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.
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 MonkeysDays 2-3: Free time for optional activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, yoga, an excursion to swim with dolphins, and an array of spa treatmentsDay 4: Stone Town and spice farm tourDay 5: Depart from Stone Town
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ideally situated on the waterfront of historic Stone Town on the Zanzibar channel, the Serena Inn is a haven of tranquility close to sultans 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.
Located on the outskirts of the bustling town of Arusha, Coffee Lodge sits in the foothills of Mount Meru. Designed around the plantation’s original home dating back to the early 1900s, the suites radiate into the coffee fields and feature a fireplace, comfortable furnishings, and beautifully appointed ensuite bathroom. The main Plantation House is an idyll of warmth, with friendly staff, a cozy lounge and restaurant, swimming pool, and garden terrace.
Beautifully situated with views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kia Lodge offers accommodation near the airport, ideal for day use prior to an evening departure, or for overnights if your flight arrives in the middle of the night.
Located at the foot of magnificent Mount Meru, Legendary Lodge offers 12 colonial-style cottages (10 garden and 2 family) each featuring a unique combination of amenities, views, fashionable interiors, lounge with leather seating and cozy fireplace, and tranquil bath with Italian fixtures, expansive vanity and large soaking tub. Property highlights include fragrant garden, exquisite spa, fitness center, and luxurious dining with open-air terrace.
As the largest unbroken and non-flooded caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking wonder. With its forest-covered walls and fertile slopes, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 25,000 types of animals, a range of endangered species such as the Black Rhino, and over 500 species of birds. The ecosystems here support everything from elephants, buffalo, zebras, hippos, and wildebeest to a high concentration of predators, as well as the semi-nomadic Maasai people in the greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Archaeological research has detected hominid footprints in the Ngorongoro region that date back a staggering 3,600,000 years.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
An intimate camp set in a beautiful acacia forest on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp has nine spacious canvas tents, each featuring two queen beds and roomy ensuite bathroom with dressing area, flush toilet and a large gravity-fed hot shower. Tents are heated, and beds are equipped with winter weight duvets and hot water bottles. The mess tent is beautifully furnished with comfortable sofas, lamps, antiques, and rugs.
Undoubtedly the finest accommodation along the crater rim, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is unique among African lodges. Each room has a central living area and viewing decks overlooking the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Colonial-style interiors combine regal colors under banana-leaf ceilings and grass roofs. Antiques, voluptuous raw silk curtains and tall, leather-backed chairs blend with African art to complete the ambiance. The lodge is divided into three camps of just 10 guest rooms each, arrayed around a central dining area and lounge.
Hugging the jagged Ngorongoro Crater rim, each of the rooms of this deluxe safari lodge has its own private balcony, offering uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below. The stone lodge features a grand hearth, where a fire is kept continually burning to ward off the chill of evenings on the rim. Arched stone passages lit by torches, timbered decks, and walls decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings evoke the essence of African history.
The only lodge on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Sopa Lodge allows easy access to the crater floor, beautiful sunsets, and a private solarium for each room. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, decorated with examples of Africa’s traditional woodcarvings and sculpture, and embracing the colorful textiles and bold patterns of classic African design, the lodge complements its dramatic surroundings. Views toward the west ensure beautiful sunsets over the large swimming pool.
Rift Valley, Tanzania
Perched on the edge of a towering escarpment overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is designed around this panoramic scene. The lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, a dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Each circular rondavel-style room offers spectacular views over the lake.
Known as Siringitu to the Maasai, a word meaning ?"where the land goes on forever?," the Serengeti covers some 5,700 square miles of open grassland, acacia-dotted rolling hills, and rocky outcrops known as 'kopjes'. It is home to millions of earth?'s most impressive land animals, and one of the last great migratory ecosystems on the planet, with over 1,000,000 wildebeest and 200,000 zebra. This UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to substantial populations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and over 500 species of birds. Naturally, this makes for a predator's paradise, and large concentrations of lion, leopard, cheetah, and spotted hyena lay in wait.
Loliondo Reserve, Tanzania
Buffalo Luxury Camp is a permanent tented camp consisting of 15 spacious tents with ensuite facilities, designed to embrace the beauty of the Serengeti and its wildife. The captivating Klien’s Concession location allows for a unique safari and wildlife experience in a private reserve bordering Serengeti National Park, where game viewing activities may be combined with night drives, guided nature walks, and cultural interactions with resident Maasai tribes.
Western Corridor & Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania
In the path of the Great Migration, Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp’s simple yet sophisticated safari tents are nestled on the banks of a tributary of the famous Grumeti River. The camps location provides an exclusive Serengeti experience with secluded game viewing in the famous Grumeti game reserve. Ten tented suites overlook the river and its resident pods of hippo, and feature open-air showers. A sparkling swimming pool and open-air dining boma complete the experience.
Northern Serengeti National Park , Tanzania
Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge is situated close to the Mara River on the route of the Great Migration in the northern Serengeti. Each tent ensures both privacy and spectacular vistas over the savannah and woodlands. Featuring 15 glass-fronted suite tents with twin or king beds; ensuite bathroom with flush toilet, hot showers and a freestanding bath; and plunge pools. Main areas include a bar, sitting and dining areas, swimming pool and extensive decks.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Lemala Ewanjan is set within the game-rich Seronera Valley in a secluded part of central Serengeti. Offering breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains, the camp has 12 spacious tented suites, each fitted with two queen-sized beds with warm duvets, full bathrooms, and a veranda. The dining and lounge tent is decorated with comfortable sofas, chandeliers, and antiques. Campfires and sunset cocktails provide ample time to swap stories of the day.
Located under a scenic rock outcrop in the central Serengeti, Mbuzi Mawe is a great stopover point en route from Ngorongoro Crater to the northern Serengeti. It can also be a destination unto itself, as the central Serengeti is known for its prolific resident game, from big cats to hippos. This deluxe permanent camp is comprised of 16 spacious tents with ensuite facilities and verandas overlooking the sweeping views of the plains, each situated to enhance privacy.
Northern Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Hidden among the rocky outcrops of the northern Serengeti, Serengeti Migration Camp overlooks the riverine forest of the famed Grumeti River. 20 deluxe permanent tents, each with richly furnished bedrooms, full ensuite bathroom, and private deck. The main tent has a split-level lounge, a swimming pool, restaurant and viewing platforms that offer vistas across the river and the rugged landscape beyond.
Boundless Journeys’ mobile camps allow us to be close to the action in privacy and style. Set in beautiful locations, selected to ensure proximity to the great migration at any time of year, our large walk-in tents are 10 x 24, including attached bathroom with flush toilet and gravity-fed hot shower, as well as a covered veranda. Large screened windows allow in ample light and provide lovely views of the savannah from your bed. Amenities include a wash basin, cozy bathrobes and towels, full-size queen (or twin) beds, hotel-quality linens, electric lighting, and a writing desk. There is a skilled bush chef, a fully stocked bar, and personal tent valets to look after your tent, laundry, and other needs while camping. Meals are served al fresco or in a large dining tent, complete with linens and china.
This well-appointed, traditional tented camp moves seasonally, so that we are always close to the Great Migration in privacy and style. Nine spacious tents with comfortable beds, side tables, and a writing desk are scattered across a private, remote landscape. Private bathrooms attached to each tent include shower, flush toilet, washbasin, and vanity. There is also a dining and lounge tent with waiter service and a fully stocked bar.
Boundless Journeys’ mobile camps you to be close to experience the grandeur of the Serengeti in comfort, privacy, and style. Camps are set in beautiful locations, selected to ensure proximity to the Great Migration at any time of year, and feature innovative tents, ensuite baths, lighting, and indulgent touches. A candlelit dining tent with silver service meals evokes the finest safari traditions.
Our deluxe mobile tented camp allows us to experience the grandeur of the Serengeti in privacy, comfort, and style. The camp is situated to take best advantage of the seasonal movements of the great migration, and features innovative tents, with a unique open-ceiling shower to experience unforgettable African skies. LED lighting allows you to move freely about your tent at night without a flashlight, and a candlelit dining tent with silver service meals evokes the finest safari traditions.
This well-appointed, updated take on a classic "campaign" tented camp moves seasonally, so that we are always close to the Great Migration in privacy and style. Ten spacious guest tents with comfortable beds, side tables, and a writing desk are scattered across a private, remote landscape. Ensuite bathrooms attached to each tent include shower, flush toilet, wash basin and vanity. There is also a dining and lounge tent with waiter service and a fully stocked bar.
Southern Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Perfectly sited in a cluster of rock outcrops, Sanctuary Kusini is a permanent luxury tented camp blended seamlessly into the delicate environment of the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti. The surrounding short grass plains provide the setting for the most spectacular natural phenomenon on the continent of Africa, the Great Migration. Kusini sits exclusively in this remote region of the Serengeti, affording guests the rare opportunity for secluded game drives well away from the usual tourist circuit.
Central Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
This grand African lodge, set high on a ridge and commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, offers a fusion of traditional African architecture and modern comfort. Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed rondavel-style rooms and swimming pool are scattered throughout the grounds, cooled by groves of acacia trees and sparkling streams.
Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the southwestern Serengeti National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Serengeti Sopa Lodge offers hospitality and relaxation in one of Africa’s great wildernesses. This expansive lodge offers ensuite rooms and suites, each with a veranda and extraordinary views of the vast Serengeti plains. The lodge also features an open dining area, bar with terrace, and swimming pool.
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is located in the Grumeti Reserve adjacent to Serengeti National Park. Positioned on the path of the Great Migration, Faru Faru is a mix of contemporary, organic style and quirky practicality. The property offers seven one-bedroom suites, one family suite and one two-bedroom villa with private infinity pool. There is a spa, gym, two swimming pools, equestrian center, and extensive wine cellar.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is located in the Grumeti Reserve adjacent to Serengeti National Park. A sense of grandeur is woven throughout the turn-of-the-century manor house and private cottages through a blend of authentic European style and East African influences. Each cottage and villa features private infinity pool, and the main areas of the lodge feature a swimming pool, spa, gym, equestrian center, and extensive wine cellar.
Although not as well known as the Serengeti, Tarangire is a wonderful destination for any safari in Tanzania. The year-round water supply draws plains game from far and wide to gather at the river, making it a veritable buffet for predators. Everything from migratory wildebeest, buffalo, and zebra to gazelle, eland, hartebeest, and impala can be seen, as well as herds of up to 300 elephants. The best time to spot mammals is the dry season (June to October).
Lake Manyara and Tarangire regions, Tanzania
Located strategically between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, this permanent tented lodge features 40 spacious thatch-and-canvas tented rooms raised off the ground. Walkways connect the private tents with the main areas of camp and swimming pool, and each tent offers a private veranda overlooking the Great Rift Valley escarpment and Lake Manyara.
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
The charm of Oliver’s Camp is its understated bush luxury without unneccessary frills. Set deep within Tarangire National Park near the famous Silale wetland, Oliver’s features 10 permanent safari tents (including one honeymoon and one family tent), each boasting a hand-carved African mahogany king-sized bed, private veranda and ensuite bathroom with flush toilets and spacious outdoor shower. Guests enjoy meals together at the main lounge area and swap safari tales around the campfire.
Our private tented camp offers luxury safari tents set under sprawling acacia trees in an uncrowded area of Tarangire National Park. The tents are large and airy, with full width windows, ensuite bathrooms with hot showers on request, king-sized double or twin beds, interior solar lighting, and a private veranda. The camp also has a comfortable lounge tent for socializing and a fully stocked bar.
Tarangire Treetops sits serenely in a baobab and marula grove on the border of the Tarangire National Park. The main lodge and 20 elevated rooms are built to incorporate the impressive bulk of a thousand year-old baobab tree. Each spacious, ensuite room features warm furnishings and an expansive private balcony. Lantern-lit dinners in the traditional boma are accompanied by the sounds of Maasai chants, while poolside dinners allow observation of the wildlife that comes to the waterhole.
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.
Optional walking, snorkeling, and swimming; activities available at additional expense include windsurfing lessons and scuba diving.
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.
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.
On Zanzibar, you will find both continental-style cuisine alongside more regional fare, often an Indian or traditional African influence. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.
Hailing from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Linus studied a variety of subjects at the University of Dar Es Salaam including water resources management, tourism, climatology and biogeography, environmental education and conservation, and geographical information systems.
Upon finishing his university studies, Linus embarked on and completed an intensive course at the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism that covered topics including the history, environment, and ecology of Stone Town and Zanzibar. With his in-depth knowledge of the island and easy-going manner, Linus is an excellent traveling companion for an excursion to Zanzibar.
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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