What to pack for Zanzibar holidays?

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The coastal regions of Pemba and Zanzibar have significant Muslim majorities and some sensitivity to cultural dress codes is important. When visiting villages or towns we advise you to cover up your shoulders and up to your knees, especially if you are in areas less visited by tourists and visiting towns and historical sights.

The best materials are easy-to-dry materials. You should bring a sun hat or a cap to avoid too much sunshine and sunstrokes. Don’t underestimate the hot and humid climate, especially when you are arriving from a colder region for vacation.

The sun in Africa is intense and dehydration is common. We advise our guests to drink as much water as possible but at least 2 liters of water per day. Wet wipes are also advisable to keep cool. Please bring a sunscreen of at least factor 20-30 to prevent sunburn and sunstroke. Dark glasses and a good hat or cap that shades the face are essential.

Here is a small packing list for your Zanzibar vacation:

  • Valid Passport (please check the Visa requirements for your country before arrival)

  • Swimwear

  • Appropriate dress (for visiting churches, museums and monuments)

  • Sunscreen 20, 30 or 50

  • Sunhats

  • Sunglasses

  • Mosquito repellant

  • Waterproof bag for your personal items

  • Water shoes (can be very helpful for visiting the reef, caves and for boat trips)

  • Vaccination for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, yellow fever, polio, malaria prophylaxis and travelers' diarrhea

Every trip and traveler is unique. However, our team and the processes that support our guests are consistent. With our destination expertise and round the clock support on offer, we look forward to planning your private, safe and tailor-made trip of a lifetime in Zanzibar and Tanzania. Feel free to contact us!

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Where are the best beaches in Zanzibar?

Even though all beaches in Zanzibar are beautiful, there are some differences concerning the landscape and activities to do. Please see the following map and discription to find more details about the best beaches in Zanzibar and contact us for further information.

Zanzibar Beach Map / Tanzania Horizon Safaris

Beaches in the North of Zanzibar

The North of Zanzibar reaches from Nungwi Beach and Kendwa Beach down to the area of Tumbati Island. The beaches are very famous and therefore more crowded compared to other areas of Zanzibar. The coast is quite versatile with rocks, sandy beaches and cliffs. The area is ideal for boat trips and snorkeling.

  • Kendwa Beach

  • Nungwi Beach

boat trip nungwi beach zanzibar / tanzania horizon safaris

boat trip nungwi beach zanzibar / tanzania horizon safaris

Kendwa beach zanzibar / tanzania horizon safaris

Kendwa beach zanzibar / tanzania horizon safaris

Beaches in the East of Zanzibar

The east of Zanzibar invites visitors to Mnemba Island for snorkeling and boat trips. The coast is more flat and contains a big reef. Therefore the beach is quite flat and waves are smaller as the reef protects the beach from strong wind.

  • Mnemba Island

  • Kigomani Beach

  • Pongwe Beach

  • Jambiani Beach

Mnemba Island Zanzibar / tanzania horizon safaris

Mnemba Island Zanzibar / tanzania horizon safaris

Jambiani beach Zanzibar / tanzania horizon safaris

Jambiani beach Zanzibar / tanzania horizon safaris

Beaches in the South of Zanzibar

The southern beaches of Zanzibar are less famous and less crowded than other parts of Zanzibar. It is the ideal place for honeymoons and to relax in a quiet atmosphere.

  • Makunduchi Beach

  • Kizimkazi Beach

  • Uzi Island

makunduchi beach zanzibar

makunduchi beach zanzibar

Kizimkazi beach zanzibar

Kizimkazi beach zanzibar

Beaches in the West of Zanzibar

The western beaches of Zanzibar best reached by boat and include a large variety of small sandbanks where you can book a beach picnic and Blue Safari, Snorkeling, Diving and watersport activities. They can be reached from Stonetown. Please contact us to arrange your tour and to get further information.

  • Tumbatu Island

  • Bumbwini Beach

  • Prison Island (Changuu Island)

  • Stonetown Beach

  • Fumbe Beach

Sandbank at the westside of zanzibar / Tanzania horizon safaris

Sandbank at the westside of zanzibar / Tanzania horizon safaris

Prsion Island Zanzibar / Tanzania horizon safaris

Prsion Island Zanzibar / Tanzania horizon safaris