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HOLIDAY TO ZANZIBAR
Jambo! This is the Swahili greeting that
you will hear on arrival in Zanzibar from the warm and inviting locals.
Zanzibar is the name of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off the coast
of East Africa.
There are many small islands and
two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as
'Zanzibar'), and Pemba Island. As the number one beach location in East
Africa, Zanzibar is a wonderful beach holiday destination, with classic tropical beaches, lush
plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture. Apart from
historic Stone Town, with its labyrinth of narrow streets, Zanzibar is known
for its beautiful palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs.
HISTORY OF ZANZIBAR
inhabited by Portuguese navigators at the end of the 15th century. They
were ousted 200 years later by the Omani Arabs and Zanzibar became a major
centre for slave trading. Zanzibar became an Arab state and was an important centre of trade and politics in the
region. European explorers, including Stanley and Livingstone, began their
expeditions into the interior of Africa from Zanzibar in the late 1800s. In
1964, the sultan and the government were overthrown in a revolution and in the
same year, Zanzibar and Tanganyika combined to form the United Republic of
LANGUAGE OF ZANZIBAR
The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is
Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). English is widely spoken and understood.
Jambo Rafiki – Hello my friend!
Most of the people in Zanzibar are Muslim and all towns and villages on
Zanzibar Island have mosques. Visitors to Zanzibar Town (Stone Town) will hear
the evocative sound of the muezzins calling people to prayer from the minarets,
especially for the evening session at sunset. There are also small populations
of Christians and Hindus.
CLIMATE IN ZANZIBAR
a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a very tropical climate. The
average daytime high is between 28°C and 32°C and the night-time lows are between
20°C and 25°C. Temperature wise – Zanzibar is an all-year-round island holiday destination. February
is very hot and very humid (just leave your hair straightener at home!) and
March to May are the wettest months.
The local currency in Zanzibar is Tanzania Shillings (TSH) but the currency cannot
be bought outside of the country. Cash (US Dollars) and credit cards are
accepted at hotels and at any Bureau de Change. We strongly recommend that you take
USD cash in small denominations for incidental purchases, tips etc.
220/230 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK). It is advisable to
take along an international adaptor.
MALARIA IN ZANZIBAR
As Zanzibar is situated in a malaria zone, it is recommended that you
consult your physician on the correct preventative medication required before
WHAT TO DO IN ZANZIBAR
Whether you spend your days lazing by the pool, sipping cocktails on
the beach at sunset, diving in warm waters or enjoying a Dhow cruise around
small islands, your Zanzibar holiday will be a memorable experience.
- Diving: With living reefs
surrounding the islands, Zanzibar has excellent dive locations. There are
plenty of places where the water temperature is warm, visibility is usually
excellent, and currents are weak, all of which contributes to an ideal location
for first time and novice divers. In addition to the warm and still waters full
of colourful fish, there are many challenging dives as well. If you want to
surf the current through a ravine, go for deep water, or search for wrecks,
there are dive companies in Zanzibar that can make it happen for you. Many of the larger
resorts in Zanzibar on the north and east coasts have professionally-run dive shops as
well. Qualified divers must produce certification and a log book.
- Shopping: Whether you’re in
the market for T-shirts, spices, kangas, furniture or hand sewn pillow covers, Stone
Town is a great place for fun shopping and bargain hunting. You will find the
inevitable ashtray carved out of a coconut shell, but there are enough
Tinga-tinga paintings, woodcarvings and woven goods to keep almost everyone in
the market for a tasteful souvenir.
- Stone Town: Declared a
UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, Stone Town is a mishmash of cultures,
languages and architecture. Over the centuries, Stone Town has grown from a
small fishing village to a thriving town with an extraordinary history. Walking
around Stone Town, you can see the influence of the different cultures that
make up Zanzibar. Coral and stone houses show off imposing Zanzibar
doors with brass studs as a defence against charging elephants and carvings
with scriptures from the Quran. A tour of the town is highly recommended.
- Excursions: There are loads
of excursions available to help you explore this unique island. It is wise to
stick to a reputable operator and not be lured by beach boys and vendors who
prey on tourists promising cheap prices. There are two excursions that are not
to be missed in our opinion. A visit to a spice farm village on the Spice Tour will allow you to walk
through the farm with your guide – touching, smelling and tasting different
spices and fruits. It will give you an insight into local life in Zanzibar and the
opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some
- Setting sail on a traditional dhow will be one of the highlights of
your trip. Safari Blue is a full day excursion which takes you out into Menai
Bay – a haven of beautiful uninhabited islands where the waters are frequented
by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. The anchor is dropped on a sandbank which
makes for some spectacular snorkelling. Drinks are served throughout the day
and lunch is a buffet of grilled fish, lobster, calamari and chicken. Make sure
this one is on your itinerary.
WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR ZANZIBAR HOLIDAY
- As a guide, the maximum weight for checked
luggage is 20kg in economy class.
- Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg
and needs to be small and compact
- Take along your best beach and casual wear,
perfect for the day
- The dress-code for dinner is usually smart
casual and gents may be required to wear long trousers
- Take an umbrella or rain poncho if travelling
from October to January to March to June
- When in town, men & women should have their
shoulders and knees covered. Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt are perfectly fine
but halter-tops and miniskirts are insulting to locals
- Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
- Don’t forget any medication that you might need,
and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
- Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea
to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV
channels in your hotel may be limited)
- Swimming shoes and goggles
- Mosquito repellent
- A sun hat or cap
ZANZIBAR TRAVEL TIPS
- Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage
in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim
when you get to your resort)
- Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage
shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
- No sharp objects are permitted in your hand luggage
(yes, tweezers are sharp!)
- Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford
it, you can’t afford to travel!
- Travelling with kids – please check that you
have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
- Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and
jewellery in your carry-on bag
- It’s often a good idea to let your bank or
credit card company know that you’re going overseas
- Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have
the best time ever!
ZANZIBAR DID YOU KNOW:
- Due to its proximity to the Equator, Zanzibar is
warm throughout the year and has equal days and nights (12-hours each)
- The shortest war ever recorded by man is the
Anglo-Zanzibar War where the British bombarded the Beit al Hukum Palace and
after 38 minutes, a ceasefire was called.
- Zanzibar is popularly known as the Spice Islands.
- Zanzibar has the largest number of carved doors in Africa
- Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar in
1946. His birth name was actually Farouk Bulsara.
- Return flights to Zanzibar on Kenya Airways
- Return resort transfers
- 7 Nights accommodation in a Garden Room
- Breakfast & dinner daily
- Complimentary snorkelling equipment; non-motorised watersports; use of bicycles and a return shuttle trip to Stone Town
- All taxes; levies and surcharges (estimate)
Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
Rebooking and cancellations fees apply.
All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
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