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Zanzibar holidays

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world on the exotic island of Zanzibar. This unique location is surrounded by clear, shallow water, white sands and uninhabited islands. Just 15 miles from the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar offers a world heritage site, small fishing villages and a medieval medina, all waiting to be explored and discovered by the discerning traveller.

Visit a traditional farm and understand the meaning behind how it got the name “spice island” or dive in the coral reefs and find a whole new world underwater. Qatar Airways Holidays are on hand to help you find the perfect spot for your Zanzibar retreat.

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Zanzibar holiday Packages

With incredible beaches, intricate architecture and positioned in the perfect location to add to a Safari holiday excursion to your 'to do' list, Zanzibar is a destination that, while it may sound exotic, is easily reached by international carriers and package holiday organisers, making it an achievable destination for everyone. See the luxury hotels that Qatar Airways Holidays have to offer and pair it with a tour package to get the very best vacation.

While you're here, why not learn about the flavours and traditional cuisine of Zanzibar with one of Qatar Airways Holidays culinary packages? Or just spend your holiday relaxing on the white sand beaches and swimming in the warm Indian ocean.

Good to know

  • Time Zone
    GMT+3 hours
  • Languages
    English, Swahili
  • Dialing Code
  • Electricity
    220V/240V 50Hz
  • Currency
    Tanzanian shilling
  • Experiences

    Zanzibar holiday experiences

    • Discover the old forts and lively markets in the capital, Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site and the heart of this vibrant island. Get lost in the maze of medieval streets and alleyways, and marvel at the merchants houses with their balconies and the grand House of Wonders.
    • Once you have exhausted the history of Stone Town, head to a rooftop restaurant and enjoy the views with a refreshing glass of freshly-squeezed fruit juice or a bite to eat. If ultimate relaxation is what you require after a busy session of sightseeing then head to one of the palm-lined beaches where you can soak up the sun, snorkel in the colourful coral reefs and enjoy the sound of rustling palm leaves, and the Indian Ocean lapping at the sand.
    • Known as the “spice island” (and for good reason!) it is well worth taking a tour of the traditional farms growing cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and nutmeg, all of which have a huge influence on the local cuisine.
    • Everything from silk clothes to spices, car spares, fruits and vegetables can all be found in the dark, narrow passageways of Darakani market. Beat the crowds and the heat by heading there first thing in the morning. Alternatively, skip the market and have an appliquéd silk cushion or throw made to order by one of the very talented Zanzibari women. Influenced by Swahili and Arabian pattern, you can often see patterns in the cushions that have originated in carvings in and around Stone Town.

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