Zanzibar, the island of dreams.

The island of Zanzibar, also known as Unguja, has been home to the Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English and all have contributed to Zanzibar’s rich and diverse history. Known to most as the spice islands, the Zanzibar archipelago evokes visions of mysterious veiled ladies, tantalizing spices and colourful bazaars.

In fact, many of these fantastic visions will come true for those who elect to visit the island. Ancient Stone Town – nearly unchanged these past 200 years – will charm young and old with its ornate architecture and bustling marketplaces. The buildings are made primarily of coral rock which contributes to the unique and colourful views around town.

The island is also a hot spot for divers who love to explore the coral reeks just off shore. The “paradise beaches” attract beach lovers of all kinds who come to relax and soak up the African sunshine.

The spice plantations make for an interesting day trip, as does the beautifully unspoiled north coast and the Jozani Forest. At the southern end of the island, the little fishing village of Kizimkazi attracts attention with its 12th century mosque and school of friendly bottle-nosed dolphins. Prison Island, once a prison for mis-behaving slaves, has redeemed its reputation as home to a number of giant tortoises; it features a gorgeous beach and a fabulous reefs.
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Accommodation

Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Located in two historic seafront buildings, the Serena Hotel is located in ancient Stone Town. All 51 rooms are ensuite and the decor echoes a traditional Arabic style.

Tembo House Hotel

The luxury facilities at Tembo House (link) include a swimming pool, en-suite bathroom facilities, spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and proximity to all the attractions of Stone Town.

Dhow Palace Hotel

Small and luxurious, the Dhow PalaceĀ (link) is situated right in the heart of Stone Town. It features a first-rate rooftop restaurant and panoramic views of the ocean and Stone Town itself.

Emerson and Green

The second tallest building in Stone Town, this hotel was once the residence of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire. Today, each of the distinct rooms offers guests a taste of Oriental mystique. The Tower Top Restaurant is reputed as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world and is certainly one of the finest.

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Tanzania, safaris and cultural tours.

Situated on the Indian Ocean just south of the equator, the wilds of Tanzania attract photographers, adventure travellers, retirees, divers, animal lovers, archaeologists and beach lovers alike.

The country’s political stability and established tourist trade combined with an unspoiled frontier make it ideal for every traveller – from the most adventuresome wanderer to the uninitiated greenhorn.

Most visitors to Tanzania visit the north-eastern and northern coastal regions. This area is home to some of the most famous wildlife preserves on the planet including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa – calls northern Tanzania home, as does Olduvai Gorge, where George and Mary Leakey discovered Australopithecus, the oldest known ancestor of man.

In addition, the spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba just off the north-eastern coast entice many adventurers with their rich, romantic histories and ancient cities.

For those seeking the less travelled road, western and southern Tanzania are home to vast conservation areas and many cultures that are not experienced by travelling the northern circuit. For example, observing and photographing chimpanzees in the wild is a joy reserved for visitors to Tanzania’s western conservation areas. The famous studies of Jane Goodall were carried out in Gombe Stream National Park. A visit to Lake Victoria affords glimpses of different ways of living, a sampling of freshwater seafood and fantastically unspoiled islands.

I Dream of Africa is a very experienced and professional Tanzanian Company and we would be delighted to help you explore all the corners of our country as well as taking you to the roof of Africa for the experience of a lifetime!

Day by Day Safari details and Safari list

You can simply state the length of time for your safari and Christopher will design it for you. Alternatively you can take one of the standard safaris off the list or design your own trip. Just send an email to christopher@idreamofafrica.com.

Click here to discover all the most popular safaris destination in Tanzania.