About us


StefanieSchotzMy name is Stefanie Schötz and I have been living and working in tourism on Zanzibar since 2000. I grew up in the Netherlands and went to school in Germany, where my father is from.

When I first came to Zanzibar to take on a management position in a hotel-restaurant, I was fascinated by the wealth of culture and history I found here, and I made it my mission to learn and understand as much as possible about my chosen new home country.

My enthusiastic, well-trained team and I love to share with you the best Zanzibar and Tanzania have to offer – authentic, off the beaten track, and individually tailored just for you!



Very early on I started to study the indigenous herbs and spices and how they are used in traditional beauty treatments.
Consequently, I opened Mrembo Spa, the first spa in Zanzibar that develops all treatments solely from time-honoured Zanzibari beauty recipes, using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients.




I also was a founding member of, and am still involved in, the Mtoni Palace Conservation Project.
To raise funds for the project, we developed the Princess Salme Spice Tour and organized concerts in the palace courtyard. Those were the beginnings of what is Zanzibar Different today.



We specialize in bringing to you a well known island in new ways. You will meet local people who will take pleasure in sharing with you their culture, their skills and their way of life. Most often, you will be invited to experience rather than just watch from a distance, and even to try your hand yourself, if you like.
Through every one of our excursions and activities, revenue goes back to the community.


Our service also includes transfers, hotel bookings, ticketing and event arrangements. We will listen carefully to your wishes and do our utmost to fulfill them.


Enjoy browsing our website and planning your holiday with Zanzibar Different!

We look forward to welcoming you here!


Stefanie & Team