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Make a Holiday Rental Villa on Zanzibar, Tanzania Your Home Away From Home

 

Situated off of the east coast of Tanzania is the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Made up of several small islands, a Zanzibar holiday will give you lasting memories of adventure, culture and natural beauty. No matter what kind of getaway you are looking for, a Zanzibar rental villa will not disappoint. You can spend your days in total seclusion, admiring the beautiful Indian Ocean views on the west coast of the island, or dive head-long into some adrenaline-pumping activities in the north – the choice is entirely up to you!

Things to Do on Holiday to Zanzibar, Tanzania

If you can tear yourself away from your luxurious Zanzibar holiday rental villa, there is a host of activities just waiting to be enjoyed. Zanzibar has some excellent sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing. Visitors can also indulge in a spot of snorkelling, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing. Diving is a popular activity in the north and the east of the island as the coral reefs have an amazing array of marine life to be seen including Manta Rays and turtles. On the south coast, visitors can have the memorable experience of swimming with dolphins in the Indian Ocean. Other activities available on Zanzibar include cycling, walking, hiking, tennis and golf.

Places to Visit on Holiday to Zanzibar, Tanzania

Not to be missed on your Zanzibar holiday is a visit to the UNESCO Heritage Site, Stone Town. This town is thought to have been occupied for over three centuries and is a magnificent example of an old African coastal trading town. It is also the birthplace of former Queen front man, Freddie Mercury. Visitors will love the winding narrow streets and alleys, home to many shops, houses and bazaars. The architecture of Stone Town is just one reason for visiting; it is possible to see grand 19th century Arab houses with wooden verandas and almost every house in the town has an intricately carved door.

One of the notable attractions of the town includes the Old Fort which was built in 1560 and is the oldest structure in the whole of the town. The fort was used as a defence against the Portuguese and has the remains of an intriguing Portuguese church within the internal walls. Part of the fort has been turned into a cultural centre where visitors can see art and traditional dancing.

Weather in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar has a wonderful climate that makes it an ideal place to have a holiday rental villa. The warmest months of the year are between June and October where daytime temperatures can range from 21°C to 26°C. In coastal areas on the island, visitors will be kept cool by wonderful sea breezes. The wettest months of the year are April and May, which is monsoon season for the island. There is usually 15 inches of rain each month!

Travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania

Visitors on a Zanzibar holiday will fly into the only airport on the island, Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) (also sometimes known as Kisauni or Stone Town airport). There are no direct flights from the UK to Zanzibar but several carriers including Precision Air, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania and JetairFly offer regular, affordable flights. Passengers can depart from several UK airports such as Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EDI), Newcastle(NCL), Manchester (MAN) and London Gatwick (LGW).

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Recent Reviews

Loved this property with its perfect views

4 of 5
My husband and I stayed here for a month (24 Jan to 24 Feb). The house was lovely for two people. Comfortable with a large bedroom and plenty of space for 2 people. Simply furnished in local style. The villa functioned perfectly for the whole month and we were looked after by Salum, who was a fantastic host and organised whatever we wanted. He visited nearly daily to ensure all was well. The house has wonderful views of the Indian Ocean with its constantly changes colours depending on the tide, sun and mood. I cooked regularly, Salum would take us to Kinyasini market to stock up on vegetables for the week. The rest of our shopping could be done at the supermarket in Kiwenga. There is also an Italian shop for expensive pasta, cheeses and coffee. You can buy wine in a local shop and vegetable along the strip (very local). One could buy a few vegetables, water, chapatti's, some bread rolls and loo paper in the Kairo village shops (2). Mango's and other fruit from from the beach sellers. We bought tuna and other fish straight off the fishermans boats. We went to the larger supermarket and wine shop in Stone Town a couple of times. The local village is poor but the people lovely. There are a few Tourist shops beside the house, Gucci next door was very helpful. We liked staying virtually in the village. When I didn't cook we ate at Zan View a few minutes away on the hill, also Shooting Star great place for a sundowner and dinner. The best place to eat however is 25 minutes walk down the beach or get a taxi.An Italian called Pesce Birichino, a small place on the beach. Fantastic fish and the best prawns I have ever eaten. Probably best to book as it gets busy. We loved staying at Villa Stefy with its wonderful views and beautiful bougainvillea. There was a misunderstanding about the local Tourist Tax, not sure whether the mistake was HomeAway or the owners, however it was resolved. Have taken 1 star of my rating because of this. We had an amazing stay. Asante sana Salum and thank you Stefania for our gifts and our stay at your house.
  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

Fantastic Charming House

5 of 5
We spent 12 days in the villa with our kids. It is definitely a very good place for a journey in Zanzibar. What we appreciated : - The charm of the house, the garden and the view : the house and the view are more beautiful than the photos ! - The very helpful staff: Mohammed the Chef is just an incredible "cordon-bleu" (and my family is very demanding about food !) , Wakili and Kim who organised the tours for us and the kindness of the cleaners Na and Ni - The beach so beautiful - Jambiani which is still a typical village We highly recommend the villa and we will definitely come again !
  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016