Zanzibar

Paradise Spice Islands!

Just 6 degrees off the equator in the Indian Ocean, lies the islands of Zanzibar, a small archipelago, consisting of Unguja (know as Zanzibar), Pemba and some other 50 smaller surrounding islands and islets. The island of Zanzibar is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide. These islands with their spice laden plantations, equatorial forests and sun-drenched white sandy beaches fringed with coral reefs, are a paradise of sights, sounds and romance. Apart from the magnificent crystal seas and palm-fringed beaches there is the magic of Stone Town, said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa, with its bustling markets, winding alleyways with ornately carved and bronzed studded doors.

WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS - If you want to tie-the-knot on a white beach with a back drop of the India Ocean we will make your dream a reality, without a doubt this island has the most romantic and idyllic setting for your wedding or honeymoon.

MUST DO AND SEE WHILE IN ZANZIBAR
Spice tours - you'll be driven out to some of the ruins that hint at the islands exotic past then on to various coconut and spice plantations. Here you'll see, smell and taste vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and host of other aromatic and medicinal plants. Dolphin Watching - The waters of Kizimkazi provides a natural breeding habitat for dolphins. Diving - The serious scuba divers visit Pemba Island 50km from Zanzibar. The islands are endowed with some of the best and most varied dive sites in the world. Get lost in Stone Town - Wander into a labyrinth of alleys and archways, absorb the faded grandeur of a town once home to sultans and slave traders. Visit Dr Livingston's house, historical Prison Island where Dhow races are held or if you like to shop, bargaining for wooden carvings and Masai beadwork at Forodhani Gardens Leather shoes, kangas (sarongs). Tingatinga paintings, old brass and colonial clocks along Gizenga Street and spices at Darajani market.

Zanzibar information
Language:

Kiwahili & English

Capital:
Stone Town
Currency:
Tanzanian Shilling (tsh)
Visas:
Visas required can be issued on arrival, but recommend to apply in advance.
Health req:
Yellow fever & malaria medication recommended
Time:

One hour ahead of SA (GMT+3)

Electricity:
230 volts SA 3 round pin or UK 3 square pin plugs
Airport Tax:

Departure $25

Weather:

Jun - Oct; Cool & dry, average 25°C
Mar - May; Heavy rains, average 26°C
Nov - Feb; Some rain, average 28°C

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HOTELS IN ZANZIBAR


BLUE BAY

Found on the finest wide, white beach on the North East coastline. Bungalows are set in beautiful 25 acres with 1000 palm trees all with bathrooms, ceiling fans. Resort offers a wide range of land and watersports including swimming pool, tennis, fitness and diving centre. Daily entertainment and activities. Open air disco, bar, restaurants and children's club. Newly opened spa.

 


ZANZIBAR - BLUE BAY

OCEAN PARADISE
Found on the East Coast, designed as a traditional African village in hectares of serene and colourful gardens on a white sandy beach and the crystal clear ocean. All rooms nestle under pitched makuti roof with balconies and have all the creature comfort including mini-bar. Daily entertainment. Features two restaurants and bar. Fitness and PADI dive centre, many land and watersports.

ZANZIBAR - OCEAN PARADISE
PLANHOTELS in Zanzibar

Planhotels philosophy is simple but has proven to be very effective, they pledge themselves to the achievement of complete guest satisfaction and are dedicated to excellence in operation of their hotels. Planhotel offers a range of superior leisure and water sport facilities and professional program of entertainment.

Planhotel offers the guest the fully inclusive concept:
All meals, soft drinks, local spirits & beers, cocktails, afternoon tea & coffee, pastries and much more.
Sport and entertainment included: Daily recreation programme, stretching, aerobics, water gym, Latin American dance lessons, windsurfing, waterpolo, board games, darts, evening entertainment, discotheque, table tennis, archery, billiards.
Sport on payment: Windsurf (professional), snorkelling, scuba diving PADI, canoe, big game fishing. www.planhotel.ch

MAPENZI BEACH RESORT CLUB
This value for money resort is 45km from the airport situated on the North East coast of Zanzibar which is blessed with white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. It has 87 comfortable rooms furnished in typical East African style with verandas, bathroom, hairdryer, mosquito net, safety deposit box and ceiling fan. Swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis court land & water sports, dicotheque, restaurants and boutiques. Daily activities including evening entertainment.

GEMMA DEL'ESTE RESORT
This new five star deluxe resort, the sister resort of Mapenzi, found on Nungwi Beach on the North West coastline. Set in beautiful gardens overlooking the crystal blue waters. 98 deluxe rooms,17 junior suits, 23 Executive Villas and Presidential Villa with 5 bedrooms both with butler service. All rooms have aircon, marble bathrooms, hairdryer,balconies and terraces, ceiling fan, mosquito net, TV, bar, safe and 24 hour service. Swimming pool, library, PADI diving centre, land and watersports. Daily activities and evening entertainment.

ZANZIBAR - MAPENZI BEACH RESORT CLUB ZANZIBAR - GEMMA DEL'ESTE RESORT

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