Top 7 Vacation Rentals In Zanzibar, Tanzania - Updated 2024

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Situated just off the coast of Tanzania in Africa, Zanzibar is a beautiful archipelago surrounded by the Indian Ocean. This medium-sized island offers a remarkable adventure and cultural experience along with the most blissful getaway for ultimate relaxation. This part of Tanzania is world-renowned for its pristine coral beaches, narrow streets, majestic architecture, bustling souks, and small museums and churches. Other major attractions include the giant turtles on Prison Island, scores of great fish restaurants, kite surfing, diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the ocean. The perfect temperate weather year-round, swampy white sand, vibrant culture, rich history, and some amazing vacation rentals are reasons enough to make Zanzibar your next relaxing holiday destination. Check out these top vacation rentals in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 25, 2024.

1. Breezy beachfront villa with four bedrooms (from USD 128)

Beach lovers will definitely never get enough of the crystal-clear oceanfront views from this accommodation in southern Zanzibar. It is only a three-minute walk from one of the island’s best beaches, Jambiani Beach. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, it is large enough to host friend groups and families, including their beloved fur babies.

The villa features a spacious rooftop veranda, where guests can savor delicious delicacies while enjoying pristine views of the Indian Ocean. Both the outdoor and indoor kitchens are equipped with cooking essentials, and the beautiful gardens surrounding the property are where you might meet a few friendly animals. Other notable amenities include free passes to a fast WiFi connection and easy access to exciting outdoor activities for all ages.

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Jambiani, Zanzibar Central\/South Region, Tanzania
45.44 km (28.3 mi) from Forte arabo di Stone Town
villa 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

2. Kilua Villa (from USD 519)

Experience an elite vacation in this beachfront luxury getaway in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This accommodation has a wide living and dining space that pleases guests with stunning views of the ocean upon walking in. It is equipped with air conditioning units, free WiFi, and a flat-screen TV.

Each of the bedrooms has a king bed, an en-suite bathroom, and sliding windows that lead to a communal deck. Overlooking the deck is a large infinity pool, which guests can have all to themselves during their stay. For a guaranteed 5-star stay, the house manager, private chef, and housekeeping staff are all ready to tend to your needs.

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Matemwe, Unguja North Region, Tanzania
37.74 km (23.5 mi) from Forte arabo di Stone Town
56 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 4 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it's modern and has all the amenities you need to make your stay comfortable
the whole place was spotlessly clean while they worked tirelessly in the background
jen and anna kept the place beautifully clean but are also very discreet
they kept the place spotless and prepared excellent meals throughout our visit
they were so helpful and fulfilled every request immediately
the staff are truly lovely
the staff really made the stay even more enjoyable including property manger ali
susan is an excellent host
the host house manager and his team are very helpful and made our stay memorable
this place is amazing really unique and great place to unwind and relax
the pictures although beautiful do not even come close to telling the story
i warmly recommend staying at susan‘s place and i really hope to go back at some point
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3. Mini paradise for solo travelers (from USD 68)

If you don’t know where to stay in Zanzibar, Tanzania, but are eyeing a centrally located rental, book this good-for-two rustic apartment. It is conveniently located in an easy-going residential neighborhood with grocery stores, restaurants, art centers, tropical beaches, and family-friendly activities, all within walking distance.

The studio features one cozy bedroom, a kitchenette, and a small balcony with a hammock overlooking the pretty countryside. You also have access to the private room on the rooftop and terrace from where you can enjoy the amazing views of the beautiful African sunset in peaceful isolation.

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Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar Urban/West Region, Tanzania
422 meters (0.3 ft) from Forte arabo di Stone Town
227 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
loved it my only suggestion for improvement is to put in wifi
hot water and air conditioning were very much appreciated (even though the shower leaked a lot)
the apartment is on the 3rd (or maybe 4th) floor with a beautiful view of the city
arsheen's place was amazing the room is very large with lots of space to put everything
the place is spacious with a big bed and beautiful rooftop to relax
everything was clean and comfortable
it was so clean and tidy
nice clean private space
the place was clean orderly and stylish
it is in very good condition and kept tidy and clean
very nice host can recommend :-)
very helpful host
she was kind and helpful
arsheen was a great host
ashreen was a very good host quick to reply to all our questions
the location was great
centrally located short walk to all main attractions of stonetown
great location nice rooftop terrace
excellent location everything in stone town is a short walk away
close to great places to eat
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4. Bohemian stay in an Indian-style accommodation (from USD 75)

This countryside apartment in the center of bustling Stone Town is tastefully decorated and furnished, offering a real cultural experience on this beautiful island. Best recommended for one person, a couple or a couple with a child, it comes with a bedroom which has three beds and a private bathroom with a shower, a toilet and a washing machine apart from a separate guest toilet.

The rental is located on the first floor and has a small but well-equipped kitchen, a living room and two balconies, one inside and one overlooking the busy Gizenga street. Other amenities include air conditioning, free internet access, a high chair, and a telephone.

The friendly hosts can take you around the souks and organize trips, safaris, and other fun things to do at night in Zanzibar. Guests can use the whole house and are required to book for a minimum of two nights.

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Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar Urban/West, Tanzania
152 meters (0.1 ft) from Forte arabo di Stone Town
376 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great big room with high ceilings and little balcony
the apartment itself is just beautiful with the furnishings breezes you have everything you need
the traditional zanzibar beds are both lovely to look at and sleep in
this apartment is a great space; open relaxed with a very welcoming ambience
the apartment is beautiful (the photos definitely don't do it justice) & feels extremely safe (as does zanzibar generally)
it was clean and comfortable
it was spotlessly clean and well equipped
it's very clean warm and beautifully decorated
the flat is very spacious well equipped and clean
the apartment itself was gorgeous and very clean - the pictures do not do the place justice
the hosts are responsive helpful and just lovely people
ire is a great host very welcoming
the hosts are very friendly and showed us the way around town
the hosts have been great and accommodating
super responsive hosts too
the location is perfect
charming house in a convenient location close to forodhani
charming apartment in central stone town
great place at great location in stone town
the location of this charming spot is perfect
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5. Secluded magnificent villa with pool (from USD 1377)

secluded magnificent villa with pool
Source: Vrbo

This sheltered villa is a perfect mix of refined yet contemporary Zanzibar architecture and offers a spell-binding view of the vast turquoise Indian Ocean and has an infinity pool. It also has a beautifully-maintained garden with a plethora of indigenous plants and tropical palms. The house can make room for up to 10 guests and encompasses a modern, fully equipped kitchen in an open-plan setting with a spacious and charming living area.

Customized tours, safaris and excursions can be organized by the manager for your comfortable stay. The location of the villa allows for easy access to the coral reef, and the beach is perfect for a leisure walk at sunrise.

Additional amenities include internet access, cable TV, DVD player, private patio, beach towels, beach chairs, barbecue and a furnished dining area where you can relax with a cup of refreshing cappuccino.

Stayed at this property?
Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar Urban/West, TZ
10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

6. Cozy functional apartment for a small group

If you’re traveling as a family, this is a perfect rental for you. There’s room for up to six guests and is ideal for couples, business travelers and families with kids. This no-frills apartment comes with a small dining area, three spacious bedrooms with simple interior decor and a common bathroom equipped with hot water and basic shower provisions. You can enjoy other amenities such as a fully-equipped kitchen, flat-screen TV, free WiFi, air conditioning, washing and ironing facilities. This newly restored property is just a few blocks off Main Street and many shops and other tourist attractions are all in the vicinity. It is a really pleasant accommodation and the hosts are helpful too.

Stayed at this property?
Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar Urban/West, Tanzania
354 meters (0.3 ft) from Forte arabo di Stone Town
50 reviews  
Entire apartment 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
air conditioning was excellent and a must for the hot nights
air conditioners good wifi clean have everything you need
the ac is amazing and the rooms are very spacious
kitchen was set up with basic equipment like microwave electric tea kettle and some basic dishes and utensils
this is a nice roomy flat with three good sized bedrooms with wardrobes a/c fans
clean and as described
clean safe and spacious
the apartment was clean and all utilities worked
the kitchen bathroom and shower are equipped and clean
said's place is very central clean and large
the host was very helpful
said was very responsive
said is an amazing host
said organised airport pick up and offered tours for us too great host
while the host was unresponsive at first he eventually send someone to help us
the location is great so central in stone town
this house is located in perfect place
perfect location in stonetown to walk to all the major sites and attractions
the place is in the heart of stone town super close to jaws corner
5 star great location close to the ferry and forodhani gardens
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7. Warm and comfortable house close to the bazaar

Situated amidst a maze of colorful streets full of houses, shops, souks and mosques, this ancient yet polished house is a mere five-minute walk from the Palace of Wonders and the cultural Darajani bazaar. The accommodation comes with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a spacious living room and patio to relax and enjoy an outdoor meal. Amenities such as free WiFi, parking facility and a small kitchen with a coffeemaker, a fridge, and a gas stove are at your disposal. To complete your stay, there is a restaurant-cum-bar near the beach surrounded by lush tropical gardens and directly overlooking the crystal clear Indian Ocean. The comfortable apartment features soft naive fabrics and bed linens that capture the hues of the turquoise green waters and make you feel close to nature. The host can also arrange a driver to pick you up at the ferry (at an additional cost) and take you to the apartment from the airport or the port.

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Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar Urban/West, Tanzania
245 meters (0.2 ft) from Forte arabo di Stone Town
37 reviews  
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Loosen up on your next holiday to Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of the preferred destinations for anyone who wants to relax, enjoy the sun and rejuvenate in a short span of time. While it may be famed as the top beach destination in this region, there is more to this African island than just beaches. It packs a whole lot of punch for other things including unparalleled history, delectable local cuisine, beautiful artworks and boutique spas where you can disconnect from monotonous daily stress.

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