Zanzibar Overland Tours

Zanzibar is the collective name for two East African islands off mainland Tanzania: Unguja (also called Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital of the islands, located on the island of Unguja, is also known as Zanzibar. The city's old quarter, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.

Zanzibar's main industries are spices (cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper), raffia and tourism.

Zanzibar is also the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus.

Must Do's In Zanzibar

  • Go on a Spice Tour.
  • Watch the sun seting over the crystal blue waters from a Dhow.
  • Wander the winding streets of Stone Town.
  • Taste the local delights at the famous fish markets.
  • Relax on the white sands under the shade of a palm tree.

More On Zanzibar

The Spice island of Zanzibar lies off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. It is famous for once being the commercial centre of East Africa and the last place to abolish the slave trade. Today it combines ancient Islamic ruins, noble Arabic houses with miles of white sandy palm fringed beaches and coves.

The ocean offers warm clear blue waters, idyllic islands excellent reefs for snorkelling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing, water sports and of course delicious fresh fish.

And if you thought that wasn't enough, visiting the Spice plantations (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom and others) or haggling for carvings in the Central Market is great fun too.

Zanzibar's Climate

Along the coast the climate is tropical, with high humidity and temperatures averaging 25 to 29 degrees Celcius. From December to March, temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celcius.

Throughout most of the country there are two rainy seasons, with the 'long' rains (masika) drenching Zanzibar from mid-March to May, and the 'short' rains (mvuli) doing their best from November to January.

Zanzibar Overland Tours

Tour Price: from ZAR 8 330 per person
Zanzibar offers a tangle of narrow and ancient alleyways to explore in Stone Town and dazzling white beaches. The coast and Zanzibar are steeped in a long Muslim tradition, while Northern Tanzania is home to the red-robed Masai people who stalk the plains with their cattle as they have done for centuries. The Serengeti National Park has an abundance of game on its grassy plains, where thousands of hoofed animals are followed by the predators, while the Ngorongoro Crater has been declared a World Heritage Site as one of the most important refuges for wildlife in Africa. Time on the beach and a safari makes a perfect combination.
Tour Price: from ZAR 9 170 per person
This overland tour offers scenic landscapes, tranquil lakes, mighty waterfalls and tropical beaches. Victoria Falls is one of the world's natural wonders, and there are plenty of adventure activities on offer based around the mighty Zambezi River. Lake Malawi is a peaceful inland freshwater sea where it's impossible not to relax on the sandy beaches, while Zanzibar is a cultural melting pot where you can explore the intriguing alleyways of old Stone Town and enjoy the exotic palm-backed beaches.
Tour Price: from ZAR 16 730 per person
Join this 15-day wildlife, culture and beach overland safari as we travel through four of East Africa's best known game parks - Lake Nakuru National Park, the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After spectacular game viewing, spend your days exploring the colourful marine life of the Indian Ocean, or relaxing on the ideallic beaches of tropical Zanzibar.
Tour Price: from ZAR 16 730 per person
A combination of two of our most popular overland tours sees your experience the varying faces of Africa, from gorilla viewing in the rain forests to the island paradise beaches of Zanzibar. The memory of the Gorilla Trek and observing these amazing creatures as they meander and feed in their ever-diminishing habitat will remain with you forever. The game parks of East Africa are renown for their unspoiled natural beauty and prolific game, while the island of Zanzibar will see you soak up its exotic traditions. You will be caught up in the way of life, which is hard to leave.