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zanzibar Beaches

Tanzania, United Republic
zanzibar island
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By Air

Zanzibar International Airport also named Kisauni Airport, is the only airport on the island of Unguja, which together with Pemba Island forms the archipelago of Zanzibar, part of the United Republic of Tanzania. The airport is located approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south of Stone Town.
The airport is currently served on a daily basis from all major East African airports such as Kilimanjaro Airport, Nairobi Airport, Arusha Airport, Mombasa airport and Dar es Salaam Airport by airlines such as Air Tanzania, Kenya Airways and Precision Air.South African Airlines currently serves Zanzibar on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Johannesburg. Air Uganda has twice weekly direct flights between Entebbe International Airport and Zanzibar on Mondays and Fridays.

By Bus & Car

Mini buses [dalla-dalla] criss-cross the island while taxis are not expensive. Car, motorcycle hire is a possible but don't forget to bring an International Driver's Permit. Bicycles too can be rented. Pemba Island also runs buses and rentals.
Key places to visit
Zanzibar Northern Beaches, Zanzibar Eastern Beaches, Jambiani Beach, Ras Nungwi


Places to Visit

Zanzibar Northern Beaches

The northern peninsula of Zanzibar is truly stunning, and for anyone with a passion for beaches it has all the elements of paradise.

Here, on the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island, the air feels fresh from its wide sea crossing and so susceptible to the slightest nuance and reflection as the sun rises and sets. The sand shores up against the land in unfeasibly fine, sinkable pale drifts, and the beach makes its changing way around the headland, depending on the tide.

Zanzibar Eastern Beaches

The East Coast has apparently endless swathes of sand sweeping as far as the eye can see. The sea is generally fairly shallow and gently shelving.When the tide is out, the way is opened to walk the long distances exposed and bathe in shallow pools left warming in the sand.

Crabs scuttle among the odd flotsam of shells and shapely coral, and colourful women sing and chatter together as they gather around their wide fishing nets, fully clothed and knee-deep in pale turquoise waters to survey their days catch.

Jambiani Beach

The charm of  Jambiani Beach in Zanzibar is that it simply sits at the edge of where the coconut palms stop swaying and meets the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. I know that sounds like something out of a travel document, but it’s a fact that the beaches in this area are semi-secluded and have been the host to people of every walk of life – presidents to royalty and owners of corporations to normal citizens from Wyoming. Jambiani is warm and welcoming and the locals go out of their way to make you feel at home. Welcome to Zanzibar – it’s here where you’ll finally get away from it all.
Bed and breakfasts have rooms located directly on private beaches. Restaurants located directly overhead the beach overlooking the lagoon. Offshore from  Nungwi lies on  Mnemba Island a privately owned luxury resort with water sports available. Nungwi is an important traditional dhow building center. If you are driving there is private parking. And to see a  dhow built is worth the trip.

Ras Nungwi

Ras Nungwi is located on the northern tip of Zanzibar island off the coast of Tanzania. Located a good distance out of Nungwi village on the quieter eastern side of the peninsular, this lodge was one of the first to be built in the area.It is quite unusual for Zanzibar, being rather too small to be called a resort, but too large to be considered a genuine beach lodge.The lodge tends to attract a relatively young age group, particularly honeymooners. It has a wonderful beach and a very strong dive school.

Right Time to Visit

June - September
October - December