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It is not often that you hear people mention Zanzibar as a family holiday destination. It is so often mentioned as the perfect Honeymoon destination or the perfect spot for a relaxing and romantic couple’s getaway, but have you ever really considered it’s potential as a family holiday destination? Well we have, and we thought we would share a few reasons you should consider taking the whole family with you to Zanzibar during your next vacation.

Zanzibar is made up of a series of islands on the Indian ocean that is said to have the best beaches in the world. Famous for its beaches, spice plantations, history and rich culture, Zanzibar has a lot to offer to a wide variety of people which is why it is a great holiday destination for the whole family.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Sun, sea, sand and spice, these are just a few things that come to mind when thinking about Zanzibar, and it is these things that provide a vast array of things to do and sights to see for people of all ages, so let’s not waste any more time, here are a few reasons we think Zanzibar makes the perfect family holiday destination.

Traveling with kids – whether young or old – always take a lot of planning and preparation and for some, the thought of long flying hours and a number of connecting flights, when it comes to overseas trips, is enough to put anyone off but what if we told you that flying to Zanzibar from our beautiful South African paradise is merely a 3-4 hour trip? That’s right, in a short 4 hours you can be dipping your toes in the magical turquoise waters or sinking them deep into the tropical white sandy beaches of Zanzibar whilst enjoying a nice relaxing cocktail.

You may be wandering what happens to the kids when you land? Well, Zanzibar has some incredible family-friendly resorts which we will get to in a bit but apart from this, offers some amazing fun and educational activities for all ages. Sit back and relax or join in on all the fun whilst the kids choose from swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, beach games, musical performances and so much more. What’s more, Zanzibar has the most pristine marine wildlife and coral reefs for the older kids, meaning they get to be adventurous explorers whilst being educated on an incremental part of our world and how it functions. Now that’s killing two birds with one stone.

With its deep-rooted heritage and incredible history, Zanzibar is a wonderful way to explore and experience a new culture. Open your minds to a brand-new culture with fascinating traditions and enjoy exploring the ancient buildings and beautiful fragrant spices that Zanzibar is so well-known for.

Ready to go exploring? Here are a few things to look forward to:

  • Stone town
  • Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre
  • The Old Fort
  • Prison Island and its Giant Turtles
  • Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
  • Watching the Sunset
  • Snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll
  • Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, and
  • Beach after beach after beach that allow for many a beach activity from snorkelling, beach games, swimming, kayaking and so much more

Now that we’ve got the activities covered, you’re probably wandering how or where to even begin planning a family trip to Zanzibar, but not to worry, we’re going to make the planning process a little easier for you by highlighting 3 of our favourite accommodation spots throughout Zanzibar.

First up we have Gold Zanzibar Beach House and Spa. This incredibly picturesque resort offers guests unparalleled accommodation in a breath-taking location. Set on the tropical beach of Kedwa, Gold Zanzibar Beach House and Spa is a truly tropical 5-star location that boasts pristine beaches. 5-star restaurants and bars; and sunsets that are to die for. With 67 rooms, you are sure to feel completely at home with family and friends with ample space for everyone to enjoy.

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Next up we have Coral Rock Hotel. Set on a Coral Rock, this remote hotel provides guests with a laid-back atmosphere and facilities that house locally made furnishings, offer beautiful views of the Indian Ocean - especially from the infinity pool - and beachfront access, you’re bound to soak up the sun, relax by the pool and enjoy some fun beach activities that include Kite Surfing, Kayaking and more.


And last but not least (You can view a few more on our website) we give you, Diamonds Mapenzi Beach. Enjoy unforgettable landscapes, fantastic sunsets and relaxation at Diamonds Mapenzi Beach.

With a little something for everyone, Diamonds Mapenzi Beach is certainly worthy of a visit. For the adults, they have a luxurious African Spa, a balanced oasis to calm the body and the senses, and when you’re done you and the kids can venture off and enjoy the beach and the fun activities available in the area.

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With all of this in mind, we couldn’t think of a better destination for your next family adventure. If you have any questions or are looking to book your holiday, visit our website today to fill in our online enquiry form and let us help make your dreams a reality!