An island vacation and holiday as an add-on to your Tanzania safari adventure is a very popular option for travellers wanting relaxation, luxury and sunshine. Zanzibar would be just the right choice for exactly that. Those that have had the pleasure of visiting Zanzibar before will probably return for another amazing holiday… paradise at its best!
Zanzibar is famous for once being the commercial centre of East Africa and has been known as "the Spice Island" because of its many spice plantations and interesting spice tours. This destination combines ancient Islamic ruins, noble Arabic houses with miles of white sandy palm fringed beaches and coves.The ocean offers warm clear blue waters with excellent reefs for snorkelling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing, water sports or simply relaxing on the beach. Other activities available on Zanizbar include: spice tours, dhow trips, , sailing, walking tours, ballooning, bird watching, dolphin-watching, and visiting a number of interesting sites such as Jozani Forest, Chumbe Islands, or the historical ruins of Mbweni Palace.
Diving and snorkelling can be extraordinary in this part of the world. The seas around Zanzibar, Mafia, Chole Bay and the Pemba Channel are considered among the best waters for diving in the Indian Ocean. Chole Bay is part of a protected marine park, with an unbroken reef running the length of the Mafia Island. The diving here is spectacular and includes colourful coral gardens, walls at various levels and many shelves and coral heads. The coral keeps many colourful fish, including hawksbill and sea turtles. Mafia is a perfect destination for divers seeking adventure and beauty, or for those who just want to relax in this idyllic tropical setting. Whatever you are looking for, Zanzibar has it and more; from stunning beaches and colourful culture to famous Zanzibar dhow trips and exceptional diving…
Matemwa Beach Village:
Enjoy lazy days by the swimming pool or the white sandy beaches of Matemwe. The relaxed atmosphere will see you making yourself at home amongst the books, games and huge cushions – all well placed for your enjoyment. The on-site 5 star Padi dive centre organizes scuba diving, dive courses and snorkelling to various reefs, including the world famous Mnemba Atoll, which lies just opposite Matemwe. Spend a few days on excursions, from visitng the ancient streets of Stone Town, to Jozani Forest, Spice Tours, Sunset Dhow cruises, or a trip to swim with dolphins at Kizimkazi (these tours carry an additional cost).
Sultan Sands Island Resort:
Spend your days enjoying all the activities available at the hotel. Facilities include a Five-Star PADI Dive Centre, a Fitness centre, Health Spa, and flood-lit tennis court. For watersport enthusiasts, you can remain as active as you wish; with the beach volleyball, Windsurfers, Single and Double Kayaks, Sail Boats, Peddle Boats, Hobie Cats, Water trampoline and Body Boards.
Children aged 3 to 13 years will be kept out of mischief and fully entertained at the Childrens Club. Run by highly trained children’s animators with specialist first aid training, the Childrens Club offers days filled with fun outdoor and indoor activities, with weekly themed programmes. The children are also introduced to the swahili culture including basic swahili language, as well as local arts and crafts lessons. A professional baby sitting service is also available (at a nominal charge) either for day time or evening.
For those of you longing to lie back and relax, forget about work, and enjoy the tranquility, there are endless stretches of white sand beaches and a beautifully clear Indian Ocean for you to enjoy.