Zanzibar Holiday Vacation Over View

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with exotic coral reefs, warm clear blue waters, idyllic islands, excellent reefs for snorkelling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing and water sports activities.

Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. Stone Town makes for a very interesting cultural visit.

Zanzibar is an excellent beach retreat. Its laid back atmosphere, un spoilt beaches and turquoise waters provide the perfect place to relax and an excellent setting for a romantic honeymoon stay. Below is some of the hotels recomended Zanzibar Hotels.

Seven Days Zanzibar Adventure Holiday Tour

Day One: Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar

Arrival at zanzibar airport/sea port meet & greet by goshawk tours representative; road transfer to one of best 4star hotel in stone town of zanzibar. On arrival you will be given a welcome drink and then you will be assisted to check into your respective rooms. Spend the rest of the day at leisure on the beach or on the swimming pool. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

Day Two: Stone Town

After breakfast you will commence on the Stone Town tour. The 2-hour tour will take you to the most scenic parts of the old town. This is the cultural heart of zanzibar. Our guides are experienced and very well conversant with the rich history of the island. The old town oozes magic, mystery, shafts and sharp light joust with deep shadows creating a fascinating world in the narrow streets. The tour takes you to the former site of the slave market; the cathedral (Cathedral Church of Christ) built in its site in 1874, the sultan's palace and more. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at leisure on the shores of the beach. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

Day Three: Spice Tour

After breakfast pick up from hotel and transfer to kizimbani village for the spice tour. For much of the year the scent of cloves consume the air basically from clove buds that vendors display on the roadside. The spice island as it is affectionately called has over forty of the most valuable tropical aromatic plants that were introduced over the last two centuries by the oman arabs. The spices are grown in the spice grades in the hills north of stone town. Our knowledgeable guides will take you through this fascinating tour. One can sample the spices as well purchace while on tour. Later you will be driven to the north east coast for check in at matemwe villas.

Day Four: East Coast

Spend the day enjoying the zanzibar beach of east coast and the swahili cultural way of living or at the resort's swimming pool. Scuba diving or diving course for beginners are available at an extra cost. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day Five: Jozani Forest

After Breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for a half day visit to jozani forest. Jozani forest is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colubus monkey. Here you will have a wonderful photo opportunity and sightings of these rare creatures living in the forest reserves. Our guides are also naturalists and nature lovers so your bound to have a great time. After lunch, transfer back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day Six: West Coast

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for a full day snorkel trip to west coast of the islands. Here you will get the opportunity to snorkel, play and swim with dolphins. Lunch will consist of lots of sea food mostly lobster which will be served on an isles between bigger sund bank. Later you will be driven to the hotel for dinner and over night.

Day Seven: Dar es Salaam

After breakfast spend the rest of the day at leisure on the beach or on the swimming pool. Later on transfer to zanzibar to board your flight to your next destination.


Safari Pricing Includes:

  • Zanzibar return flights.
  • Return road transfers.
  • Halfboard Accommodation.
  • Excursions and other activities as described in the itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking tour guide.
  • Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
  • All government taxes.

Tour Pricing Excludes:

  • International airfares.
  • All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
  • Tips.
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance.


Accommodation

tembo house hotel

Tembo House Hotel


The Tembo House Hotel is situated in the heart of Stone Town of Zanzibar at the picturesque seafront, It is magnificent building. Which has functioned in many ways over the past years.




zanzibar serena inn

Zanzibar Serena Inn


Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town , and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquillity.



zanzibar palace hotel

Zanzibar Palace Hotel


Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel located right in the heart of Stone Town. It is independently owned and managed by a Dutch couple and an ideal home to explore and experience all the beauties of this magical town and Island.



breeze beach club

Breezes Beach Club & Spa


Breezes Beach Club & Spa is an excellent choice for accommodation on Zanzibar. Breezes is not only situated along a beautiful stretch of beach, it also offers a lot of different activities and provides quality accommodation.



the palms

The Palms


For pure luxury and exclusivity on Zanzibar Island The Palms is hard to beat. The Palms is the perfect place to relax whilst on Honeymoon in Tanzania after a luxury Tanzania Safari.



Zanzibar [Ungunja Island]

Zanzibar is an island partner within the United Republic of Tanzania, located in the Indian Ocean about 38 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania at six degrees south of the Equator. Zanzibar is made up of many islands, the main two being Unguja [sometimes called Zanzibar] and Pemba. The highest point is 390 feet above sea level.

Zanzibar's History

Zanzibar has lured traders, adventurers, plunderers and explorers to its shores for centuries. The Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English have all been here at one time or another. Some, particularly the Shirazi Persians and Omani Arabs, stayed to settle and rule. With this influence, Zanzibar has become predominantly Islamic (97%) - the remaining 3% is made up of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs. The earliest visitors to Zanzibar were Arab traders who are said to have arrived in the 8th century. The earliest building that remains on Zanzibar is the mosque at Kizimkazi, which dates from 1107, and is a present-day tourist attraction.

For centuries the Arabs sailed with the monsoon winds from Oman to trade primarily in ivory, slaves and spices. The two main islands, Unguja (normally known as Zanzibar Island) and Pemba, provided an ideal base for the Omani Arabs, being relatively small, and therefore fairly easy to defend. Indeed, in 1832, Sultan Seyyid Said, of the Busaid dynasty that had emerged in Oman, moved his Sultanate from Muscat to Zanzibar, perhaps making it easier to protect, where he and his descendants ruled for over 130 years. Most of the wealth lay in the hands of the Arab community, who were the main landowners at that time.

Widespread intermarriage between Shirazis and Africans gave rise to a coastal community with distinctive features, and a language derived in part from Arabic, which became known as Swahili. The name Swahili comes from the Arab word sawahil, which means 'coast'. The Zanzibar descendants of this group were not greatly involved in the lucrative slave, spice and ivory trades. Instead, they immersed themselves mainly in agriculture and fishing. Those Shirazi that did not intermarry retained their identity as a separate group. Indian traders arrived in connection with the spice and ivory trade, and quickly settled as shopkeepers, traders, skilled artisans and professionals. The British became involved in missionary and trading activities in East Africa, and attempting to suppress the slave trade centred in Zanzibar.

Goods from Britain docked here before they moved on to other parts of Africa. No longer very prosperous in the fiscal sense, the island has a wealth of historical monuments to visit which commemorate the African, British and particularly Arab influences- sultan's palaces, cathedrals, mosques, fortresses and old colonial houses. "Spice Tours" are the ideal way to see the island's historic sites and spice plantations. There is also a sanctuary for the rare Zanzibar duiker and the red colobus monkey in the protected Jozani Forest, just twenty-five kilometers from the town.

Language

The main language is Kiswahili. Even if you only use a few words whilst you are in Zanzibar you will make many friends. English is widely spoken and many people also speak Arabic. Other European languages such as French and Italian are known by some local people, especially around the tourist areas.

Religion

About 95% of the local population is Muslim. The remainder are Hindu or Christian and some with traditional beliefs. As well as many many mosques, Stone Town hosts an Anglican and a Catholic Cathedral and a Hindu Temple.

General Information

The population of Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim with a rich Swahili culture. Because of religious and cultural traditions dress code is important, and men and women should dress appropriately when away from the beach, ie covering shoulders and legs too below the knees. Beachwear on the beach is fine, although nude or topless bathing is not tolerated.

When in villages or in Stone Town wearing beach wear would (and does) cause offence. Try to wear loose-fitting, non-transparent clothing when in public. Zanzibari people are generally very warm, open and hospitable, and your respect for permission before taking photographs or filming local people is appreciated. Do not take photos or film at sensitive government sites including the State House, seaport, airport or military sites. If uncertain, it is always better to ask.

Public consumption of alcohol is not permissible, except in hotels and tourist areas, bars and some restaurants, where it is no problem.

Public displays of affection such as kissing are not customary and generally considered offensive, unless behind closed doors.

Local customs should respected. Mosques are sacred places an there is generally no entry to non-Muslims, unless accompanied by a person of the faith who can show you around except during the times for congregational prayer, which are five times daily.

When offering or accepting things, try and remember to offer and receive with your right hand. This is the hand which should also be used for eating.

Climate

Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year, with the exception of April and May, which are seasonally subject to the long rains. Short rains can occur in November but are characterized by short showers, which do not last long.

The heat of summer is seasonally often calmed by windy conditions, resulting in pleasant sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coast. Being near the equator, the islands are warm all year round but officially summer and winter peak in December and June respectively. Zanzibar is blessed with an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine daily.

Seasons

SUMMER - November to May Hot, some humidity with some rains in November, May and June.
WINTER - June to October Warm with rains in June, otherwise sunny.
BEST TIME TO VISIT - December to March and July to October

Currency

The unit of local currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TSh). American dollars in cash or travellers cheques are acceptable in many places around town. Credit cards are still almost unknown in Zanzibar, and if you do manage to find a place to use them there will usually be a surcharge of at least 10%. Bartering about prices is common in Zanzibar marketplaces. Hotel, restaurant and tour operator prices are generally non-negotiable.

Shopping

A variety of locally produced crafts can be found in the shops and bazaars of StoneTown. Buying such goods benefits the local community so we encourage you to look out for such goodies.

Visas

All visitors must have a valid passport and visa to enter Tanzania. Visa fees vary according to the country you originate from. Visas can be obtained from Tanzania Diplomatic Representatives abroad.

Departure Tax

Airport departure tax on international flights is to be paid in Cash Only. In some cases some airlines include the departure Tax in their ticket price. Please check with your travel agent.