Zanzibar Island

Your holiday destination on the coast of Africa

Tanzania is located in East Africa, directly on the Indian Ocean: warm air and water temperatures prevail here all year round. An ideal destination 365 days a year! A special pearl: East of Tanzania lies the small island of Zanzibar.

On the north-east coast of Zanzibar, next to the village of Kigomani and opposite the world-famous Mnemba Atoll, the Sevi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar awaits you with the finest white sandy beaches, emerald green sea and endless coconut palms. At SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, your beachfront hotel, you will find the perfect getaway and experience exceptional hospitality and relaxation.

Set on a fine white sandy beach under coconut trees, this is a very special destination. The SeVi Hotel Zanzibar will spoil you with its pool landscape, a wide selection of culinary delights and numerous sports and leisure activities.

A stay at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar is quiet and relaxing, but never boring. Inside and outside the hotel, there are many activities and destinations for you to discover.

About 3 million years ago, the island of Zanzibar broke away from the African continent – producing a unique geology and fauna. Because of this situation, the development of flora and fauna on each island took its own paths. Zanzibar’s fauna documents the island’s land bridge to the African continent during the last ice age. Here you will find indigenous animals such as the red colobus monkey, the bushbaby and the forest broom cat.

Zanzibar’s history and culture is equally diverse: Stone Town dates back to the 15th century and for a long time the island was the centre of the slave and spice trade.

Tip: The island of Zanzibar is particularly suitable for honeymoons – romantic holidays de luxe!

Discover all facets of Zanzibar

Zanzibar separated from the African continent about 3 million years ago, many millions of years later than its sister island Pemba. Due to this circumstance, the development of flora and fauna on each island took its own path.

The coasts are formed by shallow coral rock, which is covered inland by red soil. Coconut palms and other tropical plants dominate the appearance of the powder-white sandy beaches. Many birds, small mammals and marine animals characterise the wildlife of Zanzibar.

The climate is tropical and humid, precipitation falls in a “small” rainy season between October and November in small showers spread throughout the day. In the “big” rainy season between March and May, larger showers are possible, although the forecast is difficult to assess due to global climate change.

As early as 2000 years ago, the monsoon winds from eastern directions enabled South Arabian seafarers to make use of the Indian Ocean for trade journeys, which had a lasting impact on the history and culture of Zanzibar.

Geology & Fauna

The island of Zanzibar - an ancient place
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Wildlife

Bushbaby, genet, turtle & co.

The fauna and geology of Zanzibar document the island’s land bridge to the African continent during the last ice age.

The red colobus monkey, one of Africa’s rarest species, is endemic here. About a third of the population lives in and around Jozani Forest, Zanzibar’s oldest national park. The Park is open for Visitors and Excursions.

For a long time, the Zanzibar Leopard was thought to be extinct, until its survival was proven with a camera trap in 2018.

The existence of the Zanzibar servaline genet was also revealed in 2003 with a game camera as a specific subspecies under the name of its discoverer Zanzibar servaline genet.

colobus monkey tree

Animals in the rainforest

A visit to Jozani Forest takes you to the border between rainforest and mangrove thicket, inhabited by a variety of bird and butterfly species. The not very shy Colobus monkeys can be seen up close, as can Sykes monkeys, a species of guenon.

The Zanzibar Tree Hyrax resembles a guinea pig in appearance, but is rarely seen due to its nocturnal and solitary lifestyle.

Bushbabies are nocturnal primates from the Galago family. They only reach a size of 20 centimetres without their tails. During the day they sleep in tree hollows and nests. At night, they can also be observed in the garden of the SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar while searching for insects and fruits.

butterfly fruit beautiful

Zanzibar has several marine parks that are protected for the benefit of biodiversity.

Mnemba Marine Park is located opposite our hotel in the north-east of the island. It stretches over a length of 7 by 5 km. The oval-shaped atoll is formed by flat coral rock. The island in the middle is private property and may not be entered. The atoll, which is especially popular with divers and snorkellers, is home to a variety of corals and over 600 different species of coral fish.

The green sea turtle is also native here and can often be seen swimming. Rarer species include endangered genera such as hawksbill turtles, leatherback turtles and the Oliv Basterd turtle.

Some schools of bottlenose dolphins like to approach people and invite them to swim with them. Whales pass through in August and September. From the hotel, you can spot the fog fountains that they launch up to 8 m into the sky.

Cuttlefish, lionfish, rays, trumpetfish, moray eels, octopuses and many seahorses are often seen underwater.

Animals in the sea

sea turtle diving
Look forward to your trip to Zanzibar and discover everything the island has to offer.