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Zanzibar Serena Inn

A luxurious hotel in the heart of Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Serena Inn

The Serena Inn occupies two of the oldest buildings in Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar and is ideally situated on the ocean front. With 51 rooms it offers a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and enchanting towns. The large pool terrace looks out over the Indian Ocean and some excellent cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotel restaurant.

At the lodge

The hotel

On the roof top of Zanzibar Serena hotel is the exclusive open-air Terrace Restaurant which looks out over the bay and offers freshly-caught sea food. There is a choice of indoor or outdoor dining around the pool terrace, which again commands wonderful views of the Ocean. There are weekly Swahili banquets served around the pool and BBQ's serving up culinary delights on the beach.

The rooms

The Serena Inn offers a total of 51 rooms of varying sizes, standard rooms, prime rooms and suites. All the rooms are beautifully furnished in a traditional Swahili style with ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. The rooms are bright and airy with tall ceilings and four-poster beds which are draped in mosquito netting and are generously king-sized.

On safari

Experiences

The colourful bazaars, ancient harbour and sights of Stone Town surround the hotel, spice tours of the island and visits to the Sultan's baths, slave caves and slave market can all be arranged. Diving on one of the world's most renowned dive sites, dhow trips, dolphin, turtle and humpback whale watching are all highly recommended. The hotel has a large swimming pool to enjoy as well as treatment rooms for a relaxing massage.

When to go

Zanzibar by month

January

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

February

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

March

Season: Wet
  • The weather is not good over this period with high temperatures and plenty of rain, often in the form of storms.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not idea during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

May

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

June

Season: Dry
  • At the end of the wet season, temperatures are cooler, wind can still be strong with sporadic rainfall across the month.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

July

Season: Dry
  • Diving is is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

August

Season: Dry
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.

September

Season: Dry
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

October

Season: Dry
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • If you are a keen fisherman, billfish fishing season kicks off.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

December

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • Diving is not at its best but decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

Wildlife


In the gin-clear ocean around Zanzibar, marvel at bright corals with over 450 species of tropical fish, octopus, stingrays, moray eels, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and if you are very lucky: whales sharks and manta rays. In the coastal forests, spot the colobus and Sykes monkeys, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterfly, as well as brilliant bird species.

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