Fly To Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar is located in Tanzania off the coast of East Africa. This island city has been classified as one of the most unique places on the planet. A pretty good title to have on its resume.
Its no wonder so many tourists from around the world have been flocking to its beautiful shores to experience the warm sandy beaches and immerse themselves a unique east african culture which history which dates back to almost 20,000 years ago.
Zanzibar is the perfect place to visit when all you want is a stunning island getaway.
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Why visit Zanzibar?
- Zanzibar with its idyllic beaches like Nungwi, perfect weather and lush scenery are what make this island the ideal place for relaxing, unwinding and escaping the everyday hustle!
- From scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sailing on the traditional wooden dhows, to snorkeling in the warm waters and island hopping-Zanzibar has so many thrilling activities!
- This 'Spice Island' which is filled with an abundance of inexpensive, fresh seafood like mussels which are handpicked-this is said to be every seafood lover's favourite place!
Zanzibar is known for having some of the best weather all year around. If you consider long sunny days the best weather around.
For avid tanners and beach bums. Temperatures and humidity reaches its peak from February to mid-April, with temperatures reaching highs of 35°C. Perfect weather if you are planning to swim most of the time.
For those who like to avoid crowds, we reommend that you visit these East African shores between March and April, during March months the flights and accommodation are cheaper than start of the rainer season that begins in April through to May.
The peak seasons for Tanzania falls between January and February, so places can become over-crowded and overpriced.
Majority of Zanzibar locals speak English and Swahili which is a Bantu language that is spoken extensively in the African Great Lakes region.
Here are some phrases that you might find helpful endering yourself to the locals
|Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting)||Habari ya mchana|
|Good evening (Evening greeting)||Habari ya jioni|
|Good night||Usiku mwema Lala salama (sleep well)|
|Goodbye (Parting phrases)||Kwaheri|
- Freddie Mercury-who was the lead singer of Queen was born in Stone Town, Zanzibar.
- Zanzibar is home to the almost extinct Zanzibar Red Columbus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet, and the Zanzibar Leopard.
- In 1896, Zanzibar and the United Kingdom broke out into war which lasted all of 38 minutes-making it the shortest war in recorded history.
This island is made up of several islands- Ugunja which is the largest one and Pemba. Zanzibar has so much to offer from their unspoiled tropical beaches, to being able to swim with dolphins at Kizimkazi on the south coast of Zanzibar island this place is definitely an exciting and special experience.
There are so many water activities so expect to stay in beach wear almost every day, some of the best experiences that can be found in Zanzibar include scuba diving in the warm- crystal blue Indian Ocean at the Mafia Islands which is south of Zanzibar.
These famous islands should be included in your visit to the Zanzibar and are known as Tanzania's Spice Islands.
Other famous attractions in Zanzibar include:
- Old Fort of Zanzibar
- House of Wonders
- Hamamni Persian Baths
- Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
- Peace Memorial Museum
- Old Dispensary
- Chumbe Marine Park
- Jozani Forest Tour
- Prison Island
- Stone Town
The cuisine that is found in Zanzibar is a reflection of the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nature of Zanzibar and Swahili heritage. The influences that can be found in this city include Bantu, Arab, Portuguese, Indian, British and even Chinese cuisine.
Zanzibar being the 'Spice Island you can be sure to find an array of flavours on the island. It has been said by many locals that you are not actually in Zanzibar until you have found the famous roving coconuts which is commonly found in the streets of Stone Town, locals also love to indulge in sugar cane juice that is freshly squeezed with a little bit of ginger and lime added to the mixture.
The many loved restaurants that are found in Zanzibar include:
- Tea House Restaurant
- Emerson Spice
- House of Spices
- 6 Degrees South Grill and Wine Bar
- The Silk Route
- The Rock
- Zanzest Beach Bungalows Restaurant
- Kiriku Happy Restaurant
Majority of the local population found in Zanzibar practise Islam, the country was influenced by Islamic traditions through centuries of trade with many Islamic nations.
The locals are very welcoming and friendly towards visitors, their religiously staunch disposition is something that is taken very seriously it is important that visiting tourists remain sensitive to the local culture that is found on this island.
It is important especially in Stone Town for women to dress modestly as a sign of respect as most of the locals found in Zanzibar are either Muslim or conservative. Due to the fact that this island is a very conservative place there are certain restrictions that you would not normally expect, for example before you take pictures of local Zanzibaris you need to always ask or permission, and smoking is only allowed in certain areas and are completely restricted in and around religious areas like mosques.
Malaria is occurs often, in this tropical region so precautionary measures should be taken prior to your entry into the country. Travellers are required to ask their doctor for specific medicines to prevent malaria.
The crime in Zanzibar is relatively low, but there are the occasional market owners that tend to over priced their stock when they see a foreigner, so be prepared to bargain.
Another safety precaution aimed at women is that you should never travel alone at night. Stay within crowded areas and make use of public transport such as buses or private transport over dalla-dallas as these are safer.
The water in Tanzania should not be consumed unless it has been boiled and purified, it is advised to consume bottled water instead.
As of July 2013, South African Passport holders do not require a travel Visa for Zanzibar and Tanzania.
Republic of South Africa Embassy in Dar Es Salaam
Address: Plot 1338 Mwaya Road, Masaki, Dar es Salaam.
Phone:+ 255 22 260 1800
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R90||R100||R72|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R22||R20||R18|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R10||R12||R18|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R35||R35||R36|
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (code: ZNZ) is the main airport in the Zanzibar Archipelago located on Unguja Island. It is about 5 kilometres south of Zanzibar City, the capital of Zanzibar, and has flights to East Africa, Europe, and the Middle Eastp>
Food and beverages: There a small parking lot for taxi to Abeid Amani Karume International Airportand few restaurants inside including Karibu restaurant known for tasty African cuisine.
Currency exchange: There are Foreign Exchange Bureaus and money can be exchanged at the PBZ (People’s Bank of Zanzibar) and NBC (National Bank of Commerce).
Lost luggage: If you lost piece of luggage you should contact your handling airline or go to the information desk which is located at the airport for more assistance.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Mc Pippos Hotel, Travellers Lodge, The island beach getaway resorts, Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins and Zanzibar beach resort. Airport hub: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (code: ZNZ) is a hub for ZanAir.
For more on lovely Zanzibar, check out our feature from one of our very own travelstarters below.
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