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ZANZIBAR & THE COAST

A thousand year old destination and a cultural epicenter for Indian Ocean peoples: Africans, Indians, Arabs, Comorans and wayward Portuguese. The archaic buildings and web of alleyways in the old Stone Town make for fascinating cultural exploration. Visit the spice market, get lost in the alleys, feast on fresh tuna before heading across the island to unwind on long beaches by the sea.

Pemba & Mafia Islands

Zanzibar's lesser-known sister isles offer a remote coastal escape. With only a handful of places to stay, Pemba and Mafia have been spared the tourism pressure of many islands and have retained pure Swahili culture. They also offer up some of Africa's best scuba diving, a couple excellent luxury beach lodges and all-important selfish insulation from the outside world.

The finest coastal retreats

From the private boutique villas on the beach to the traditional Zanzibari hotels of Stone Town or the great-value family beach resorts, there are many options for a post-safari visit. Often our clients head to Mnemba Island, Chumbe Island Coral Park or Matemwe Bungalows.

Safari & Zanzibar

Almost half of our guests visit the coast after their safari. It is easy now with direct flights from Serengeti straight to Zanzibar. Combination trips of 6 day safari and 4 days in Zanzibar prove to be affordable and excellent value.

2017 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & INTERNATIONAL TOURISM CONVENTION (ITB) TOP 3 FINALIST, CONSERVING NATURE, WORLD LEGACY AWARDS
2010 OUTSIDE MAGAZINE TRIP OF THE YEAR: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS' SERENGETI TREK
2017 TRAVINDY SUSTAINABLE TOURISM (TRAVINDY.COM) WORLD LEGACY AWARD INTERVIEW
2009 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE TOUR OF A LIFETIME AWARD: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS' SERENGETI TREK
2015 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER TOUR OF THE YEAR AWARD: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS' SERENGETI TREK
2009 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE NUMBER 1 OUTFITTER IN AFRICA & THE WORLD: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS
2013 THE ACTIVE TIMES THE BEST NEW TRIP: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS' RUAHA WALKING SAFARI
2008 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE NUMBER 1 OUTFITTER IN AFRICA & THE WORLD: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS
2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES FULL PAGE ARTICLE: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS IN THE MAASAI STEPPE
2006 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE TOP SAFARI IN AFRICA: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS