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Zanzibar Archipelago

Zanzibar Archipelago

Unguja, Pemba and Mafia

Surrounded by warm Indian Ocean waters off the east coast of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Archipelago's beautiful string of palm-fringed islands have attracted visitors from around the world for centuries.

Unguja – colloquially referred to as Zanzibar – Pemba, Mafia and dozens of other smaller isles make up the archipelago, collectively known as the ‘Spice Islands’ after the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper grown here that scent the air.

Stunning beaches are the main draw here, a perfect place to unwind after a safari, but for the adventurous, there is much more to discover. Immerse yourself in Stone Town’s blend of African, Arab, Indian and European influences, dive on iridescent coral reefs, try your hand at windsurfing or cruise the waters between islets on a dhow sailing boat.

Our favourite lodges here are making a palpable impact on people and place, from private islands in the middle of their very own marine reserves to rustic retreats that strive to share the benefits with the local community.

What's the weather like?

When to visit Zanzibar

The archipelago’s warm weather makes it a near year-round destination, except during the long rains between March and May. The long dry season, from June to October, is the most popular time to visit.
  • 32
    °C
    70
    MM
    Short dry season
    January - Early March
  • 30
    °C
    260
    MM
    Long rains
    Mid March - May
  • 29
    °C
    60
    MM
    Long dry season
    June - October
  • 31
    °C
    165
    MM
    Short rains
    Late October - December

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Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

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    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

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    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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