Zanzibar / Zanzibar Top Itineraries

Zanzibar in Balance


Number of People      2               3              4          
2024/2025 US        $1,495      $1,450    $1,390
per person, double occupancy (single supplement US $500)
Listed prices are for guidance only. Since every SENE itinerary is custom-designed and dependent on several factors, the only exact price will be that of your final personalized quote.
5 days / 4 nights
Any time of year, except April and May due to heavy seasonal rains.
Two nights in Stone Town for deeper exploration of its rich cultural heritage.  Pongwe Beach Hotel more integrated into the local community than most accommodations in its class.
 Private guided Stone Town walking tour.
• Prison Island excursion.
• Rooftop breakfast at your boutique Stone Town hotel.
• Picture-perfect tropical beach on the island’s east coast.
• Domestic flights to/from Zanzibar included.
Itinerary Overview
Day 1: Arrival.  Zanzibar Stone TownStone Town Walking Tour. Zanzibar Coffee House.
Day 2: Zanzibar Stone TownPrison Island. Zanzibar Coffee House.
Day 3:
Zanzibar Northeast CoastPongwe Beach Hotel.
Day 4: Zanzibar Northeast CoastPongwe Beach Hotel.
Day 5: Zanzibar Northeast Coast. Departure.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival / Zanzibar Stone Town
One hour morning flight to the Spice Island from either the Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport. Transfer to Stone Town. Rest and lunch at your leisure.
Afternoon private guided Stone Town Walking Tour. Stone Town is rich with the history, culture, and architecture of the diverse peoples that have called the island home. A walking tour is the only way to truly experience this ancient city, which exists today much as it did when Zanzibar was a great trading center known the world over for spices, ivory, and slaves. The two and a half hour tour takes you through the streets and back alleys to Stone Town’s famous and infamous spots, including the location of the slave market, Sultans’ palaces, Beit el Ajaib (House of Wonders), the old Arab Fort, artists’ studios, and museums. Feel the rhythm of life in the main marketplace, alive with the chatter of locals bargaining in Swahili and the vibrant palate of colors from the fabrics, tropical fruits, spices, and intricately carved wooden handicrafts.
The Zanzibar Coffee House provides a touch of magic and romance in the heart of Stone Town. The hotel is an exquisitely transformed mansion, originally built in 1885 in authentic Arab style by the Wazir to Sultan Said Bargash, containing harmonious interiors, antique furniture, rich fabrics and traditional Zanzibar four-poster beds. The day begins in the tower top teahouse for breakfast with fresh coffee and homebaked goods from the hotel’s cafe. At the end of the day, as you relax with the sunset and gaze across the minarets, there’s a feeling of timelessness that conjures up a bygone era.
Overnight: Zanzibar Coffee House
Meals: –

Day 2: Zanzibar Stone Town
Rooftop breakfast. Morning at your leisure.
Afternoon trip to Prison Island. A mere 4 kilometers and 20 minutes boat ride from the bustle of Stone Town lies quiet Changuu (Prison) Island, which received its name from the prison that was built in 1893 under Zanzibar’s British administration. The buildings were never used as a prison and instead became a quarantine center. The ruins are still intact and the cells can be visited. A protected colony of giant tortoises – some over 100 years old – live on the island. A number of rare bird species may also be seen on the island. The beach is superb and the crystal clear sea is excellent for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, or diving.
Overnight: Zanzibar Coffee House
Meals: B

Day 3: Zanzibar Northeast Coast
After breakfast, take a private island Spice Tour. Visit a spice plantation where you will have the opportunity to pick, smell and savor some of the world’s most exotic fruit & spices – many of which you have never seen on the supermarket shelf. Cloves, star fruit, ‘bulls heart’, tangerine trees, lemon grass, mangos and lip-stick trees… perhaps you will fancy buying a basket of freshly picked spices to take home with you! Included are stops at the ruins of the Maruhubi Palace, the site of David Livingston’s house, and the Kidichi Persian Baths.

After the tour, your driver will drop you off in a quiet bay on the north east coast of Zanzibar. Pongwe Beach is a tranquil location — the ideal place to relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s distinctive, mellow pace.

Pongwe Beach Hotel’s 16 thatch roof cottages are set in a manicured garden fronting a long white sandy beach protected by an offshore reef, where the warm clear Indian Ocean is ideal for swimming. All the cottages have en suite bathrooms with Moroccan style walk in showers and private terraces where guests may enjoy the sunrise and a leisurely breakfast. The restaurant sources local ingredients, so you have the freshest island seafood, meats, fruits, and vegetables – all prepared with exotic tropical spices to your taste. The hotel’s traditional wooden long boat provides guests access to deep waters before and beyond the reef for fishing and snorkeling.
Overnight: Pongwe Beach Hotel
Meals: B,D

Day 4: Zanzibar Northeast Coast
After breakfast transfer (1 hour) from Stone Town to Zanzibar’s northeast coast.
Relax at the beautiful beach at Pongwe or enjoy one of the multiple activities available: snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, cycling, boating in a traditional wooden longboat, and swimming, among others. Some activities require an extra fee payable directly to the hotel.
Overnight: Pongwe Beach Hotel
Meals: B,D

Day 5: Zanzibar Northeast Coast / Dar es Salaam
After a final day at the beach, transfer in the afternoon to the Zanzibar airport for your short hop (20 minutes) flight to Dar es Salaam, where you can board your international flight home.
Meals: B

  • All accommodations.
  • All meals as indicated (B,L,D).
  • All activities as indicated.
  • Flight from Kilimanjaro or Arusha to Zanzibar and flight from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam.
  • Road transfers on Zanzibar as indicated.
Cold beverages and alcohol; all meals on day 1, all lunches, dinner on day 5; gratuities to trip leaders, guides, drivers, crew, or other staff; international airfare; airport departure taxes; additional accommodations made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses such as immunizations, travel insurance, passports, and visas; and any expenses of a personal nature, such as souvenirs and laundry.
Accommodations listed in sample Top Itineraries or in custom draft itineraries SENE creates may not be available on requested dates, in which case we will find a suitable substitute, striving to match the standard of the original.  We reserve the right to adjust the trip price if accommodations change.  Trip prices are based on SENE costs, fees, and supplier prices in effect at the time of booking. SENE reserves the right to alter trip prices should inflation, cost of fuel, labor, materials, or exchange rates change. If the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) raises park fees, or any hotel, lodge, camp, airline, or any other service provider raises their rates, SENE reserves the right to require additional payment from the client.