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Zanzibar Vacation Prices and Packages

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What is the best way to end your safari in Tanzania? With Zanzibar vacation packages that will transport you straight to the tropical shores of ‘Spice Island.’ Combining cobbled streets, ancient stone houses, and white-sand beaches, Zanzibar Vacations are truly unique, and a popular option for couples and honeymooners. Get more insight on Zanzibar vacation and packages

Many travelers start their Zanzibar Vacation in Stone Town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the former, center of both the slave trade and the spice trade in the early 19th Century. Today it is a diverse melting pot of cultures: Swahili, Arab, Indian, Persian and European influences come together in a unique experience for locals and visitors alike. Most Zanzibar vacation packages will include a traditional spice tour through Stone Town; the fragrances of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg linger in the air, bringing with them a sense of an earlier partially forgotten era.

From Stone Town, head to the coast for beach delights that include sunbathing, sunset dhow cruises, snorkeling, and diving. Indeed, the reefs off Pemba and Mafia island offer some of the most spectacular diving in the world. Coral reefs shine, almost neon in the azure water, while immense whale sharks make their way along the sandy seabed.

There’s much to experience on Zanzibar beach and safari holidays. Jozani Forest is the only national park home to the endangered red colobus monkeys. And a tour of Prison Island will introduce to you the giant Aldabra tortoises historic in their own right.

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Best Time to Visit Zanzibar:

Like any island destination, Zanzibar also has prime times to visit, particularly when it comes to diving visibility. If you plan on donning your scuba gear, the best time to visit is between July and August and in February and March when the water is at its clearest. It is a warm destination all year round, so the traditional dry season (June to October) which is so popular for a safari in East Africa, sees a lovely cool dry climate on the island. It is particularly hot between December and February.

Price of Zanzibar Vacation

The average price of a 7-day trip to Zanzibar is $2,386 for a solo traveler, $4,285 for a couple, and $8,034 for a family of 4. Zanzibar hotels range from $38 to $217 per night with an average of $64, while most vacation rentals will cost $20 to $400 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport are between $1,571 and $3,134 per person for economy flights and $4,930 to $9,834 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $32 to $69 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

The Cheapest Times to Visit Zanzibar

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to ZNZ and stay in a Zanzibar hotel:

  • January 8th to February 11th
  • March 26th to May 6th
  • August 20th to December 9th (except the week of October 22nd)

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Zanzibar is usually early October.

Traveling Cheap to Zanzibar

How cheap can you make a vacation to Zanzibar? The cheapest trip to Zanzibar is about $161 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with the inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 19% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $34.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive.

Budget Solo Traveler

  • The lowest cost for one person to visit Zanzibar for a week is $1,127-$3,292($161-$470 per day)
  • Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $14 to $29 per day for one person’s daily expenses
  • Flights: $909 to $2,789 for economy
  • Lodging: $34 to $38 per night for one 1-star hotel room
  • or $20 to $50 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental
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Budget Couple’s Trip

  • The lowest cost for a couple to visit Zanzibar for a week is$2,134-$6,284($305-$898 per day)
  • Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $28 to $58 per day for two people’s daily expenses
  • Flights: $1,818 to $5,578 for economy
  • Lodging: $34 to $38 per night for one 1-star hotel room
  • or $20 to $50 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental
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Budget Family Vacation

  • The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Zanzibar for a week is$4,220-$12,424($603-$1,775 per day)
  • Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $56 to $116 per day for four people’s daily expenses
  • Flights: $3,636 to $11,156 for economy
  • Lodging: $68 to $76 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms
  • or $32 to $75 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental
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Overall it is easy to travel to Zanzibar cheaply.


The Cost of a Luxury Zanzibar Vacations

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Zanzibar.

Luxury Solo Traveler

  • The high-end price for one person to visit Zanzibar for a week is$3,030-$12,359($433-$1,766 per day)
  • Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $64 to $138 per day for one person’s daily expenses
  • Flights: $2,054 to $6,833 for first class
  • Lodging: $88 to $217 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room
  • or $400 to $760 per night for a preferred vacation rental
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Luxury Couple’s Trip

  • The high-end price for a couple to visit Zanzibar for a week is$5,532-$20,158($790-$2,880 per day)
  • Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $128 to $276 per day for two people’s daily expenses
  • Flights: $4,108 to $13,666 for first class
  • Lodging: $88 to $217 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room
  • or $400 to $760 per night for a preferred vacation rental
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Luxury Family Zanzibar Vacations

  • The high-end price for 4 people to visit Zanzibar for a week is$11,064-$37,580($1,581-$5,369 per day)
  • Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $256 to $552 per day for four people’s daily expenses
  • Flights: $8,216 to $27,332 for first class
  • Lodging: $176 to $434 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms
  • or $640 to $1,064 per night for a preferred vacation rental
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Zanzibar Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Zanzibar is lower than in the average city. On average vacation rentals are less expensive than hotels. Luxury hotels are more expensive in Zanzibar due to hotel employees. Check out the Top Zanzibar Hotels for your Holidays

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily Zanzibar vacations expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Zanzibar can easily cost $210 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $14 per person. Private Zanzibar vacations can cost $430 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for types of vacation. Read more on a complete guide to Zanzibar Island

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