8 Day Zanzibar Itinerary

Few places in the world evoke such romantic images as the tropical islands of the Zanzibar archipelago. The spice islands are best known for their palm-fringed white sandy beaches which lead into the turquoise tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. However, the capital, Stone Town, is almost an equal draw for visitors. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to bustling markets, a maze of narrow streets and interesting colonial architecture which tell a fascinating story of Zanzibar’s rich history.

We have put together three similar itineraries, each costed at a slightly different price point, designed to make the most of Zanzibar. Each includes two nights in the bustling Stone Town, giving you the chance to visit its markets, dine in its restaurants and discover its history, before spending five nights unwinding on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Itinerary Pricing

This itinerary is available at varying levels of luxury: ‘comfort’, ‘classic’, and ‘reserve’. Use our itineraries for ideas on how to combine camps, regions and a range of experiences.  Our expert staff will help customise your dream safari holiday that meets all your travel requirements.

Prices are per person and exclude international flights to/from East Africa but include all other arrangements outlined in the itinerary below.

Itinerary Details

Emerson Spice Zanzibar (17)
Explore Stone Town
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Overnight The Swahili House / Emerson Spice / Park Hyatt Zanzibar

When you arrive at Zanzibar International Airport there will be a driver waiting for you who will drive you the short distance to your hotel in Stone Town. You’ll check into your accommodation and then have the afternoon to relax, before enjoying the Swahili cuisine at one of the excellent local restaurants.

Stone Town is easily accessible by foot, and you can spend the next day meandering through the streets, appreciating the grand architecture, admiring the famous Zanzibari doors, strolling along the seafront or visiting the former slave market, Forodhani Gardens or Old Fort. You are likely to enjoy the food scene here too. There are a number of rooftop restaurants to choose from where you can sample Zanzibari cuisine. Experience its unique mix of influences while looking out over the old city, watching the dhows boats sailing into port and listening to the enchanting calls to prayer from the nearby mosques.

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