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Northern Zanzibar
Northern Zanzibar

Northern Zanzibar offers a wide range of activities... well as beautiful beaches and clear blue water.

Northern Zanzibar

Reviews of holidays to Northern Zanzibar

52 holiday reviews from our travellers of holidays which include Northern Zanzibar.

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Mr R.

"My Sep 2022 trip"

I visited Kenya and 1 other country between 27 Sep 2022 and 16 Oct 2022
"Memorable in so many respects.

Quite often, we were the only people seeing the animals, and it felt incredibly intimate. So close. We could almost touch them.

Both drivers were excellent, enabling us to position ourselves and find the animals approaching us.

Every moment was an adventure.

Weird, how strangely comforting it was to have lions, rather than buffaloes roaming the Mara camp.

Fantastic to see so many babies in the flourishing conservancies.

We met other people, including a charming couple of American twins Paula and Sue who shared our view, that we were fortunate to have found you on the Internet." Read full review: 19 nights in Africa; 11 on a Kenya safari
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Mr & Mrs G

"My Aug 2022 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 29 Aug 2022 and 13 Sep 2022
"The trip was fantastic- Expert Africa made it effortless for us! Jessica Plumb (contact at Expert Africa) was very knowledgeable and tailored the trip to our interests/budget. She was very responsive, answering all our questions and providing us with a detailed itinerary.

The safari lodges and accommodation were true to the description given by Expert Africa, and were consistently of high quality.

It was great to be able to enjoy the trip without having to think about internal flights and airport transfers, all of which was taken care of by Expert Africa.

Overall we had an incredible experience on our honeymoon and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Expert Africa!" Read full review: 15 nights in Africa; 8 on a Tanzania safari
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Dav & Kay

"Definitely the holiday of a lifetime"

I visited Zanzibar and 1 other country between 23 Jul 2022 and 6 Aug 2022
"We had the most amazing time, definitely the holiday of a lifetime. We feel incredibly lucky that we were able to go on this trip, and would love to plan another adventure in the future with Expert Africa.

We felt that we got the best of everything, from hotels, food and service to individual guides and practically private planes, we were treated like royalty and will have treasured memories for a long time to come. We haven’t been able to stop telling people about our experience.

We are so pleased that we went with the Red Colobus Monkey suggested itinerary as it was just the most wonderful holiday. Thank you.

We thought it was the most amazing holiday." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 7 on a Zanzibar holiday
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Mr & Mrs B.

"My Jul 2022 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 17 Jul 2022 and 31 Jul 2022
"Excellent - we loved our whole trip." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 8 on a Tanzania safari
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Ms C.

"My Feb 2022 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 1 Feb 2022 and 1 Mar 2022
"Our trip was quite the odyssey. A long itinerary with lots of moving parts.

I was surprised and impressed by Expert Africa who took care of the hiccups and responded quite promptly to take care of the unforeseen circumstances that pop up on a trip like this.

I wish I could book EA for all of my trips, easily the best agency I have ever worked with.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No, you are top notch." Read full review: 28 nights in Africa; 21 on a Tanzania safari
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Mr A

"Amazing honeymoon in Africa"

I visited Tanzania and 2 other countries between 7 Feb 2020 and 24 Feb 2020
"Maruska was very open to plan an itinerary based on our requests and interests, and also flexible when we had to adjust our budget. Maruska has really been excellent, responsive, informative, and able to really organise exactly what we wanted. Excellent service and we highly recommend Maruska." Read full review: 17 nights in Africa; 5 on a Tanzania safari
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Ms K.

"November Trip to Tanzania & Zanaizbar"

I visited Zanzibar and 1 other country between 24 Nov 2019 and 1 Dec 2019
"Our trip was absolutely amazing.

We spent three days on safari at Kiba Point and four nights in Zanzibar at Zuri Zanzibar. The entire trip was flawless. Our transfers and flights were well coordinated and timely. The accommodations and food were all top notch. Could not have asked for a better vacation.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

None. Thanks for all of your assistance in putting this together." Read full review: 7 nights in Africa; 4 on a Zanzibar holiday
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Porto Alegre

"Tanzania is awesome"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 9 Nov 2019 and 22 Nov 2019
"We are very happy with our experience. Lyndsey was very helpful all times, thanks for your help." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 8 on a Tanzania safari
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Ms S.
Bainbridge Isla

"Oct/Nov 2019 trip"

I visited Kenya and 2 other countries between 21 Oct 2019 and 10 Nov 2019
"We had a wonderful trip with many momentous adventures but quite a lot more tedious jeep rides than we had bargained for, especially in the Kenya portion where the distances between camps was several hours on washed out roads only to find out when we arrived that the next activity would be a jeep ride! This was disappointing as I had been quite clear that that what I was exactly what I was trying to avoid.

The biggest issue was that Olivia had not made clear to me the consequences of the rainy season. I thought it just meant that it would rain a bit during the day and we would get wet, something I don't care about. What it really meant is that the bush would be so green and thick that animals would be extremely hard to see, that water would be so readily available everywhere that animals would be widely dispersed across hundreds of thousands of acres, and therefore hard to find, that the bugs would be fierce. and that the normally rough, bumpy roads would be so deeply rutted and washed out hat driving was bone crushing. And, as I noted in my comments about Sarara, some activities such as the Singing Wells, were not possible. No one can control the weather but if I had known what the rainy season was really like I don't think I would have taken the chance of traveling in the shoulder season. Since we were the only guests at a number of places, i felt everybody else had gotten the memo except us!

Also, some of the logistics could have been worked out better. Though the three Samburu camps look equidistant on a map, in fact it made no sense to go to Saruni Rhino last instead of Sarani Samburu, which is quite close to the airstrip.By going there last, it added another 2 and a half hour jeep trip on washed out roads to get back to the airstrip we had just come from two days earlier.

Finally, we were never told that the trip from Saruni Rhino to Plantation Lodge would be over 10 hours. We were shocked to discover on arrival at Kilamijaro that our jeep ride was over 4 hours. I can't believe there was not a scheduled or even charter flight from Kili to Manyara. In any event, no one told us about the length of the trip and we had no food from 8 AM till 6:30 PM expect for the driver's small pack of Pringles. I expected better attention to logistics.

With the exception of Stone Town, all the places we stayed were great. I just wish we had done the trip a different year when we could have done it at the right time." Read full review: 20 nights in Africa; 7 on a Kenya safari
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SE London

"Best Honeymoon Experience "

I visited Zanzibar and 1 other country between 27 Jul 2019 and 9 Aug 2019
"We booked our honeymoon via Expert Africa upon advise from a friend, Expert Africa were brilliant at asking what we wanted from our trip and Lyndsey our travel expert provided us with lots of options to consider. Her advice was honest and thorough and she spent a lot of time with us trying to get the perfect accommodation for our trip. Our honeymoon was simply amazing and we made memories we will never forget. The whole process was excellent and all the travelling and transfers went seamlessly, we had no issues and were well prepared. Our trip consisted of Safari in the Selous in Tanzania staying at Beho Beho – We can’t rate Beho Beho highly enough and there simply aren’t enough words to be able to describe the experience and hospitality we experienced.
The guides and staff are knowledgeable, friendly and fun. The Camp is beautiful and if you are after luxury and comfort you won’t go wrong, the food is some of the best we have ever eaten, there are a few amazing touches at Beho Beho that we won’t ruin for you if you’re thinking of staying. This was our first safari and the personal experience we had far exceeded our expectations, the highlights for us at the camp were seeing a pack of the wild dogs up close as well as the walking safari.
After the Selous we travelled to Zanzibar staying at the Zuri Zanzibar, Zuri means Beautiful in Swahili and the name does not disappoint – again the hospitality and accommodation are stunning, the food is brilliant – if you want a relaxing break on a white beach look no further.

Expert Africa provided us with more than we could have asked for and we couldn’t recommend them enough." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 7 on a Zanzibar holiday
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52 reviews of Northern Zanzibar by travellers since August 2007
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Where to stay in Northern Zanzibar

Our suggestions for beach lodges in Northern Zanzibar



Kilindi is a luxury property on the north-west coast of Zanzibar, fronting a long, secluded beach, with stylish modern pavilions.

96% (21 reviews)
The Z Hotel

The Z Hotel

Appealing to younger travellers, the Z hotel is a modern, stylish beach hotel with good facilities located on the vibrant Nungwi peninsula.

83% (7 reviews)
Zuri Zanzibar

Zuri Zanzibar

Zuri Zanzibar is a smart resort hotel on a beautiful beach where you can swim at all stages of the tide.

94% (7 reviews)
Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

One of the newest hotels in the north of the island, Essque Zalu has the finish and facilities of a large, international-style hotel.

93% (3 reviews)
Zanzi Resort

Zanzi Resort

Zanzi Resort is located on the quiet north-west coast of the island, around 30 minutes' drive north of Stone Town.

80% (1 review)

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