The spice islands

Mention Zanzibar to anyone, and you think exotic beaches and legends around slave traders and sultans, to pirates and princesses. Dressed in colorful veils and long white dresses, women and men walk slowly up the beach where a lonely dhow sails towards the golden sunset.

With its pearly white beaches leading to the azure Indian Ocean and temperatures ranging between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius, the island can best be described as a small paradise on earth.

But Zanzibar has many more things to offer besides sun, sea and beaches.

  • Stone Town:  the historical capital recognized as world heritage. Walk through the meandering alleys and visit the noisy bazaars, the Old Fort and the site of the former slave market for an experience that will leave you in awe and you will never forget.
  • Festivals: ancient and modern. Vibrant occasions occur through the year where the island and its people come alive: Annual Zanzibar International Film Festival, Festival of the Dhow Countries and Sauti za Busara (Voices of Wisdom) Music Festival.
  • Exquisite shopping  – take your memories with you
  • At sea: where the land ends, Zanzibar continues. Take a Dhow Cruise to sail through the beautiful turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on a traditional wooden dhow. During the trip, you will stop for an opportunity to swim and snorkel in the clear blue sea. Or the Dolphin Tour will take you to the Kizimkazi fishing village, home to several schools of dolphins. You can spot these wonderful creatures from the boat or even swim and play with them!
  • Pemba: the other emerald isle.  World class diving experiences await you.
  • Mafia Island: more perfect diving experiences for you in a untouched environment.
  • The Spice Islands: splendid flora and fauna. Take Spice Tour is a great way of exploring the famous spice plantations.


Tembotamu can make all of your travel and accommodation arrangements that fits in with your Zanzibar dreams. Many people consider Zanzibar a relaxing destination to end an active holiday. The island can be accessed by ferry service as well as by aeroplane from Dar es Salaam.  You can also fly from Kilimanjaro International Airport or we can arrange a flight as part of your safari with a flying safari company.

Our Accommodation Picks

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Dhow Palace

Belle Room Emerson Spice

Belle Room Emerson Spice

Swahili House

Swahili House

Robinson's Place

Robinson’s Place

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Uroa Bay Beach Resort

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