Just picture this! You walking hand in hand with your spouse as the sun kisses its reflection where the sky meets the Indian ocean waters. Enjoy the golden sun rays and the pristine white sandy beaches massages your bare feet. This is as you discuss the future ahead or just taking some rest from hectic wedding organization as you enjoy your honeymoon.
Karibu Zanzibar, that is just our way
of saying welcome to Zanzibar. Karibu to our article about honeymooning in Zanzibar.
Where is Zanzibar
Zanzibar is found in East Africa and located
on the Swahili Coast, in Indian Ocean adjacent to Tanganyika. Together with
Tanganyika the two form Tanzania.
Zanzibar an archipelago of
historic Indian Ocean islands. It is between 25 to 50 kilometers (About 6–31 miles) off the coast of
The Island consists of many small islands with two large ones. They are Unguja which is the main island. This is the one that is informally referred to as Zanzibar. The other one to the north of Unguja is Pemba Island.
capital Zanzibar City is
located on the island of Unguja. The famous section of the capital is its
historic center is Stone Town. This is
a World Heritage Site and the birth
place of Swahili.
Zanzibar is awash with great
atmosphere, intrigue, and idyllic beach experiences. The Island is renowned for
its spice plantations, hence the name the ‘Spice Islands’.
Why Go for Honeymoon in Zanzibar?
The name Zanzibar reminds us of
spice markets, palm-fringed beaches and white-sailed dhows on a turquoise sea.
The Spice Island has long been the star attraction of the Indian Ocean
experience and a holiday here is a sensory experience par excellence.
Zanzibar Island is where every
romantic couple will be spoilt for choice with its allure of magic, mystery,
and blissful beauty.
A honeymoon in Zanzibar is a
dream when you have your partner by your side as you admire the pristine crystal-clear
Indian Ocean waters. Do not forget the pearl-white sand and swaying palm trees
of the island. Zanzibar is the place dreams are made of.
Zanzibar is located near the Equator and as a result, enjoys a tropical climate. The island is hot all year round, with two rainy seasons. There are the long rains from March to May and the short rains between mid-October and December.
Being a tropical climate, Zanzibar has ideal holiday weather all year round. The Island receives an average of about 7-hour sunshine daily. If you are looking for a super suntan skin, Zanzibar weather is just perfect and you will love it.
The Rich History
Zanzibar is a historical
‘monument’ in itself. The historical journey of the island dates back to the 11th
century with the establishment of Islam as a religion. The Portuguese influence
in the 16th century and the slave trade of the 17th century
have defined the history of Zanzibar. The British came in in the 17 and 18th
century and Zanzibar has never been the same.
This was the major slave market
for the Arabs. It is where the first storied building was done in East Africa
and home to the first lift.
The churches will remind you of
the colonial exploration on the island. The mosques and Omani palaces including
the old fort and cannons signifies the Sultan’s statehood presence.
The Swahili essence is represented by the
intricately curved doors while the aromatic spicy tastes and smell takes us
back to the Spice trade routes.
The ancient metropolis of Stone Town has preserved traces of most historical events that occurred in Zanzibar.
Unique Culture Mix
Zanzibar is an amazing cultural pot.
The island has a mix of people that emerged from eras of trade relations with
different countries. In Zanzibar has Africans, Arab, Indian, Persian and
European influences that have taken root in copious chapters her history.
The cultural mixes can be seen on the Swahili Curved Doors, the architectural design of houses within and without the city. The eating habits and food cultures of the people and the music both traditional and modern.
Pristine White Sandy Beaches
Surely, Zanzibar is an Island of Pristine White Sandy Beaches. There are only few places in the world can rival her. Zanzibar combines white powdered sandy with pristine turquoise waters to offer one of the best beaches in the world.
The beaches are made more beautiful by the tropical palm-trees that line them. You just need a day bed or a hammock strung between two palm trees facing the turquoise Indian Ocean.
Just lie down and let the warm
tropical sun peek down at you from gaps in the palm tree leaves. Enjoy the soft
Indian Ocean breezes scented with the unique fragrance of the spices grown on
The beaches are full of alluring
freshness with sounds of the gentle waves twirling on the unbelievably white
sands. You are here to enjoy the serene harmony that is Zanzibar.
Romantic Hotels and Resorts
Zanzibar is a romantic destination with equally world-class romantic beach hotels and resorts. This is an amazing place with everything to do everything. From private beach cottages, exclusive all-inclusive resorts to small hotels lining the beaches perfect for a honeymoon.
What will determine where you
will spend your night while on honeymoon in Zanzibar is your budget.
What to Do While on Honeymoon in Zanzibar
Here are top activities you can
do while on honeymoon in Zanzibar
Prison Island Tour or Changuu Island
This is a historical journey and
who is better placed to walk this journey with if not your partner? The Island
was once a save for keeping slaves before they are shipped abroad.
It was later turned into a prison
by the British first minister for Zanzibar in 1893. Lloyd Mathews built a
prison complex despite it not receiving any prisoner. It was used as a
quarantine station for yellow fever victims.
Currently it is a mesmerizing
island that gives you an opportunity to escape into a magical world of peace
The island is home to giant
tortoises imported from Seychelles in 19th century, some of the tortoises
are 100 years old. You can take a 30-minute long romantic and scenic boat
ride from Zanzibar and spend the whole day exploring the ruins,
sunbathing, and swimming etc.
Stone Town Tour
Looking at something that
combines history, culture and gourmet experience? Your guess is as good as
mine… Stone Town tour it is.
If you are looking for an exotic
culture and food that is worthy of the awe-inspiring location Zanzibar island
lives up to that billing through Stone Town.
Ancient culture is expressed
within the streets of an atmospheric Stone Town. Here traders erect quaint
stalls in the narrow streets and enthusiastic tailors hang outside the doorway
of colorful fabric stores.
Art galleries, souvenirs and
shining jewelry stores are around every corner. You will enjoy century old
facades that evoke vivid images of Persian sailors marching through the
A Stone Town tour is worthwhile as
it gives you insight into the local culture. You get to enjoy local cuisines on
the streets especially in the evening when local food vendors line up the
streets. It is a sight and a taste to behold.
Nungwi Beach Tour
There is no perfect place for
honeymoon in Zanzibar as the Nungwi Beach. The rustic beach is located in the
quaint village of Nungwi and surrounded by palm trees.
It is an ideal place for
trying scuba diving and snorkeling, as it hosts one of the best atolls in
the world, Mnemba Atoll.
The marine park here is home to
some of Indian Oceans well-kept secrets, the beautiful coral reefs. You may
tour the locals just a short distance at the Nungwi village.
Kazi Mkazi – Swimming with the Dolphins
Why not add color to your
honeymoon by diving deep into the ocean to swim with the dolphins? The
Kazimkazi area is known
for diving with friendly and cute dolphins. The shallow coastal waters
around the area attract dolphins and they usually come here for food, to rest,
and yeah, socialize.
Dolphin tours on the island are
popular amongst couples and dolphin lovers. This activity is best experienced
early in the morning between 5:30 am to 6:00 am when the waters are cool.
Spice Farm Tour
The best way to spice up your
honeymoon in Zanzibar is to visit the spice farms. It is because of spices that
Zanzibar is often referred to as the ‘Spice Island’ so why not venture out to
see, smell and taste.
Some of the spices here include
cinnamon, chilies, nutmeg, black pepper, ginger, cloves, bulls’ heart,
turmeric, lemon grass and many more.
On the tour you get to learn
about the spices, their use including medicinal values and the requirements.
There are many more things to do
in Zanzibar when on honeymoon. Above is just but a few.
Top Places to Stay When Honeymooning in Zanzibar
Zanzibar has a stunning choice of
accommodation and the friendly people. These together with the climate and
beaches are reasons enough for couples and honeymooners to visit Zanzibar!
It is mostly where to stay that
drives people to choose a destination. And for that Spice Island has got what
it takes to host you on your honeymoon vacation.
Here we have a list of best hotels and resorts in Zanzibar for your honeymoon.
Baraza Resort & Spa
Baraza Resort is located along the Bwejuu – Paje beach. The beach was named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Barraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort.
This is 5-star
all-inclusive hotel voted as one of the 60 best new hotels in the world by
Conde Nast Traveler. Baraza Resort has just
30 villas. This is stunning fully inclusive resort that evokes the heritage of
Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans.
The resort comes with a fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches and intricate hand carved cement décor. The rooms have beautiful antiques, handmade furniture, and intricate brass lanterns; Baraza offers unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar.
Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Breezes Beach Club Zanzibar is an ideal choice for those in search of a romantic getaway. The hotel is famous for its attention to detail, intimate and private dining. The rooms enjoy beautiful Zanzibari decor with stunning carving, glistening brass, and rich fabrics.
Breezes feature the award-winning Frangipani Spa. Breezes lie along a pristine and untouched beach on the South East coast of Zanzibar island. This is the quietest and untouched part of the Island. It is one of the top 30 beaches in the world.
Dream of Zanzibar, Mahonda
Dream of Zanzibar is located on the North East coast of Zanzibar. This 5-star all-inclusive Resort has been created for your perfect romantic beach holiday. The resort is set on Kiwengwa’s white sandy shores, the seas are clear blue and shallow, the breeze is gentle and sunshine is plentiful.
The beautiful beach Resort has a superb choice of inclusive activities, dining, and entertainment. This allows each guest to create their perfect Zanzibar dream. The architecture is inspired by the Arabic history of the island and its African heart, a blend of Moorish arches and charming thatched roofs, while interiors are beautifully spacious, well-lit and comfortable.
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel located on the pristine sands of Paje beach. This is on the East coast of Zanzibar. The resort is a sanctuary of peace and harmony without compromises with luxury standards
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas promises an unforgettable barefoot luxury experience. They boast of spacious luxury villas (from 500 sqm), with their pool and recreational area. This ensures the utmost privacy in a natural setting, while the amenities deliver the highest standard of service.
The Z Hotel
Z hotel is the original boutique hotel on Zanzibar. The resort opened its doors in 2010 and brings casual relaxation. This is blended with contemporary London–inspired design to the beaches of Zanzibar. This provides the 21st-century traveler with a fresh and original beach-holiday experience.
Z hotel is set in a tropical garden with steps to white powder of Nungwi’s award-winning beach and temperate Indian ocean. The hotel provides you with everything you need for a unique away-from-it-all holiday. It combines this with all the advantages of modern living, including LCD tv, cable tv, wifi and docking stations in all rooms.
Remember that you can combine
your honeymoon vacation to Zanzibar with an Africa wildlife safari to Kenya or
Tanzania. You may also challenge yourself with a Mount
Kilimanjaro climbing expedition before enjoying a relaxed honeymoon in
The ultimate choice of how you
enjoy your honeymoon is yours. So why wait, its time to honeymooning…
About the Author
Martin Omondi is just another
happy go lucky kind a boy, an environmental enthusiast and wildlife lover. I am
an African safari specialist who sleeps, eats, drinks and breaths African
Adventure. Looking for me? Find me at African Safari Tour Holiday (ASTHO)
Vacations, for that is where home is…