Zanzibar City

Zanzibar with Kids

Traveling with children in Zanzibar? Why not! Zanzibar offers a child-friendly environment and welcomes families from all over the world!


There are 2 big playgrounds around the Stone Town area — one in Forodhani and one at Jamhuri Gardens. These have a small entrance fee of 1000 Tanzanian shillings, which is around 50 cents EUR. All playgrounds have good-condition equipment and lots for kids to do, as well as relaxed seating for the parents. They’re also a great place for kids to make local friends!

Amusement Park & Water Park

There is a big, recently renovated amusement park in Zanzibar City, called Kariakoo. The park is run by the local fire department, and so meets high safety standards. It has perhaps a dozen different kinds of rides and there are also stands for food and toys. Attached to the amusement park is a large water park with long water slides and pools.

Zoo & Water Park

A bit further from town is the Zanzibar Zoo, which also includes a water park. Like Kariakoo, this is a popular destination for local families. The zoo houses Tanzanian animals and camels.

Nature Destinations

There’s Jozani National Park with its red colobus monkeys, Prison Island with its giant tortoises, and the Nungwi aquariums with turtles and fish, as well as many other nature destinations in Zanzibar. These are all very suitable for families and offer a great way to teach the little ones about nature.

Family-Friendly Hotels

This is a list of our favorite child-friendly hotels in Zanzibar. Some of them are big resorts, while others just have the perfect rooms and atmosphere for a family holiday. Explore Zanzibar with kids Contact us for more information and an immediate offer with competitive prices.

Zanzibar with kids

Features we have considered for you: kids clubs, play areas, kiddie pools, availability of family rooms, safety of the resort area.

Hotels with a Kids Club

Here’s a list of hotels that have a dedicated area for kids as well as babysitting services (sometimes at an extra cost). Explore Zanzibar with kids.

Essque Zalu

This hotel has the best jetty on the island and a perfect infinity pool, with a separate kids’ section. What tops it all is their huge kids club with a small pool and lots of activities.

Star rating: *****

Sea Cliff Resort and Spa

This resort is conveniently close to town and on the sunset side of the island. It has tons of activities, including golf and horse riding. Kids club and a small kiddie pool make it an easy hotel with kids.

Star rating:*****

Baraza Resort & Spa

Perhaps the most celebrated resort in Zanzibar, Baraza is beyond its 5 stars. With huge family rooms with private pools and a great kids club, the hotel is luxury for both children and adults.

Star rating: *****

Child-Friendly Boutique Hotels

Not willing to go to a big resort? Some of our favourite sustainable boutique hotels are listed here. All of them offer great family rooms and a child-friendly beach, pool or playground. Explore Zanzibar with kids.

Indigo Beach

Maybe the greatest family rooms on the island, with kids’ beds and super-spacious terraces. There’s a small playground near the pool and direct access to the tranquil beach of Bwejuu.

Mnarani Beach Cottages pool in Nungwi

Mnarani Beach Resort

This locally owned small resort is optimal for peace and quiet. It’s within walking distance from Nungwi but still private and offers sea-view family rooms and a beachfront with hammocks and swings.

Sunshine Hotel

This eco-hotel offers a kid-friendly pool and play area in the restaurant. It’s directly on the beautiful Matemwe beach, where you can create the greatest sandcastles out of the fine sand.

Child-Friendly Budget Hotels

Traveling the world with kids is expensive enough, and sometimes the best experiences come in small packages. Zanzibar is not only about luxury resorts — it’s also about local people and playing on the beach. Travel Zanzibar with kids.

Promised Land Lodge

This rasta style beach lodge is a great spot for relaxation. The pool deepens slowly and the reastaurant area is full of swings and hang-out spots. All rooms are built to be eco-friendly.

Casa del Mar

Somewhere between budget and boutique, this hotel offers lovely and spacious family rooms in the village of Jambiani. Small pool and direct  access to the beach.

Villa Kiva

Smallish hotel in the village of Matemwe, Villa Kiva offers nice family rooms and a pool area with a shallow end. Direct access to the white sands of the beach!

Tamani Villa Annex

A great hotel run by a Tanzanian NGO that provides free schooling for kids and adults in Matemwe. There’s a pool with a separate area for small kids, and no alcohol is allowed on the premises.

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