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South-west Zanzibar
South-west Zanzibar
South-west Zanzibar
South-west Zanzibar
South-west Zanzibar
South-west Zanzibar
South-west Zanzibar

There are some excellent dive sites in south-west Zanzibar

South-west Zanzibar is the quietest part of the Island.

There are only a few but very lovely accommodation options...

...which are great for relaxing on the beach...

...as well as by the pool.

The beaches are amazing for swimming...

...and there is a lot to discover under the water’s surface.

South-west Zanzibar

Reviews of holidays to South-west Zanzibar

147 holiday reviews from our travellers of holidays which include South-west Zanzibar.

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Mandolin
Surrey

"The trip of a lifetime."

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 25 Oct 2020 and 5 Dec 2020
"For a long time we thought we wouldn't be able to have our holiday because of the Coronavirus and as it happens, we had to cancel our visit to Botswana. But with the help of Maruska at Expert Africa we were still able to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar. Everything was very fluid with plans changing almost daily right up until the date of departure (and beyond)! due to airline cancellations because of Covid. However, Maruska was incredibly patient and helpful in identifying solutions and alternatives and she also proactively (and mostly successfully) sought refunds for the parts of the holiday that we couldn't undertake (a couple of lodges in Botswana offered to postpone our bookings but were reluctant to give refunds but they succumbed to Maruska's charms eventually). And although I didn't book our international flights through Expert Africa, Maruska kept an eye on all of our travel arrangements, even whilst we were away, and alerted us when our return flight was cancelled.
The holiday itself was way beyond our expectations partly, I suspect, because there were so few other tourists about. In some of the lodges we visited we were the only guests which meant that we were treated like VIPs. And what lodges! The Lemala camps were excellent and Maruska negotiated a very good deal for us by using only Lemala for our safari accommodation and the deal included our own vehicle and guide throughout, which meant that we could go where we wanted to go, when we wanted to go, instead of being tied to a strict timetable for game viewing. As far as the game viewing was concerned, having been told by a couple of friends that their experiences included having to vie for a view of the animals with 100s of other vehicles, we instead found ourselves to be in splendid isolation with almost every animal we saw. The only downside was having to come home." Read full review: 41 nights in Africa; 11 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr &Mrs W
Bamford

"My Dec 2019 trip"

I visited Kenya and 1 other country between 20 Dec 2019 and 5 Jan 2020
"Amazing family holiday. A first trip to Africa for 3/4 of us - We felt very well looked after and all arrangements worked well. So pleased with Richard's recommendations for us. Many many thanks." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 8 on a Kenya safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs S
London

"Zambia / Zanzibar"

I visited Zanzibar and 1 other country between 16 Sep 2019 and 2 Oct 2019
"An excellent, truly memorable trip. Amanda stepped in later in the planning process after another team member left and her advice and organisation were invaluable." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 8 on a Zanzibar holiday
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs E.
Bristol

"Zanzibar Mafia July 2019"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 16 Jul 2019 and 29 Jul 2019
"this holiday had the perfect combination of a variety of very different contrasting destinations, time to chill out in exquisite lodges, the bustle of a culturally and historically fascinating city, the thrill of travelling to a tiny island group at Mafia - the fun of snorkelling and diving - monkeys, butterflies, coral reef and fish - perfect

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no I think you were absolutely excellent and you made our holiday very enjoyable and relaxing" Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 5 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr S.
Edegem

"My Jul 2019 trip"

I visited Zanzibar between 4 Jul 2019 and 19 Jul 2019
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs L
Herts

"50th Wedding Anniversay trip"

I visited Zanzibar and 2 other countries between 22 Sep 2018 and 6 Oct 2018
"A wonderful trip which is going to be difficult to follow.

The logistics worked out exactly right, and thank you Claire for the little extras that appeared at several of the stops to recognise our anniversary." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 5 on a Zanzibar holiday
Overall trip
Excellent
Traveller
Teddington

"Trip to paradise"

I visited Zanzibar between 19 Aug 2018 and 2 Sep 2018
"We had a wonderful holiday in Zanzibar and owe a big thank you to Jessica at Expert Africa for making sure that the accommodation was top notch and that everything went super-smoothly for us." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 12 on a Zanzibar holiday
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr Peter P
USA

"My Aug 2018 trip"

I visited Tanzania and 1 other country between 3 Aug 2018 and 19 Aug 2018
"Overall a fantastic trip.

Too short in retrospect.

Albert Lucas the guide was fantastic." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 12 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mike & Janette
UK

"Fabulous trip"

I visited Zanzibar and 1 other country between 18 Jun 2018 and 4 Jul 2018
"Great with the disappointment of no diving in Zanzibar" Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 7 on a Zanzibar holiday
Overall trip
Excellent
Ms J
Wales

"My relaxation trip"

I visited Zanzibar between 9 Jun 2018 and 23 Jun 2018
"Lodge, staff, pool & food were all excellent.

It was not really easy to walk too far - about half a mile to local village
When the tide is in the beach is completely covered - the plus is that the sea comes right up to the Lodge; the minus is that it limits the possibility of swimming" Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 12 on a Zanzibar holiday
Overall trip
Excellent
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147 reviews of South-west Zanzibar by travellers since August 2007
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Where to stay in South-west Zanzibar

Our suggestions for beach lodges in South-west Zanzibar


Unguja Lodge

Unguja Lodge

Unguja is a small, stylish lodge in southern Zanzibar standing on a quiet beach, with some of the most spacious rooms we have seen on Zanzibar.


92% (79 reviews)
Chumbe Island Lodge

Chumbe Island Lodge

Situated on the tiny Chumbe Island, this lodge is an award-winning example of eco-tourism, with excellent snorkelling.


98% (47 reviews)
Fumba Beach Lodge

Fumba Beach Lodge

Fumba Beach Lodge is stylishly put together, with spacious, luxurious rooms, comfortable communal areas and a fantastic infinity pool.


87% (37 reviews)
The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence

The Residence is a very large resort hotel in south-west Zanzibar. Each villa has its own 8-metre lap pool.


100% (2 reviews)

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