7 Days Beach Holiday in Zanzibar from R17000 per person
Surrounded by the ocean, sheltered by palm fronds and bordered by stretches of white, sandy beaches – islands give travelers a chance to escape.
Zanzibar is no different. The island archipelago is found just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa and is a haven for anybody looking for a unique African island getaway. Zanzibar allow travelers to explore and enjoy a break from everyday life in a secluded, intimate, fun and relatively untamed style.
The first thing travelers will notice about Zanzibar is that it’s more than just its beautiful beaches. It is made up of spice farms, thick mangrove forests and historic town centers made of winding cobble-stone streets. Travelers could easily spend days exploring every corner of this Indian Ocean gem.
Zanzibar’s fascinating history is an eclectic fusion. Thanks to the prime position just off the east coast of Africa, the island became a hub for traders moving between Africa, the Middle East and India; eventually entering the dark historic days of becoming a major slave trading-post in East Africa.
With cultural ties to Africa, the Arabic world, India, Portugal, and England, the island is a cultural mix reflected in the people, food and architecture which are a unique reflection of Zanzibar’s varied past.
So, we thought a 7 day trip to Zanzibar will ensure that you exhaust all that Zanzibar can offer and still get time to relax before you leave the region.
R8000 per person or R16000 for two
Between 16 December and 14 January
Kinazi Upepo Beach Hotel for R9000 with breakfast for for 7 nights for 2
Double Room with See View for 2 ( Bathroom • View • Sea view • Fan • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Shower • Toilet • Toilet paper • Wake Up Service/Alarm Clock • Towels • Linen • Books)
Nungwi Beach House for R6880 with breakfast for 7 night for 2
Double Room with Private Bathroom (Private bathroom and Free public parking
• Bathroom • Fan • Tile/Marble floor • Shower • Toilet • Toilet paper • Towels • Linen • Entire unit located on ground floor)
When you arrive at Zanzibar International Airport, take a taxi to your hotel.
Wake up to the sun over the ocean. After breakfast, Explore Paje, a small fishing village located on the sea shore. Paje is famous for its strong wings all year round. It is perfect for kite surfing, and kite surfing schools are also available in Paje for first time surfers.
Take a 10-minute bus ride to Jambiani, which is a small, serene village in Zanzibar, to see the red colobus monkey in the rain forest. Relax on Jambiani Beach in the afternoon as the whooshing of the sea plays in the background.
Go on a Zanzibar Spice Tour (In Paje ask around the beach area for a man named Captain, he will hook you up with the best price for the tours). Zanzibar has been nicknamed Spice Island because of its production of spices since the 19th Century. Visit the spice farms to learn, smell, taste and buy different spices. Make sure to end your tour by treating yourself to a traditional Swahili lunch.
After your spice tour, explore Jozani Chwaka National Park. Jozani is the only national park in Zanzibar. It has a variety of natural habitats and wildlife species including the Zanzibar leopard, which is almost extinct.
A dolphin tour in Kizimkazi is a must do on a Zanzibar safari. Kizimkazi is on the southern part of Zanzibar and it is home to both the bottle nosed and hump back dolphins. Go for the dolphin expedition in the morning when the water is still cool. When it gets hot, the dolphins dive deeper making it difficult to spot them. You can also swim with the dolphins if you crave that unforgettable experience.
After spending much time on the beach, you would want to see the historical side of Zanzibar. Visit Stone Town. Its architectural structures date back to the 19th Century when Zanzibar was a hub for spice and slave trade. A Zanzibar tour would take you through the slave trade and the Zanzibar Revolution. Old Fort, House of Wonders and Prison Island are a few of the attractions in Stone Town.
A visit to Stone Town would be incomplete without the Mtoni Ruins Dinner and Concert that happens every Tuesday and Thursday. This concert commences at 6pm, with a guided tour of the ruins. Listen to taraab music as you taste Zanzibar’s swahili dishes like halua and kahawa tungu. Profits from this concert go towards conserving Mtoni Palace.
A fun filled day would be the best option for your last day in Zanzibar. Explore Prison Island, which is a 30-minute boat ride off the coast of Stone Town. Prison Island, commonly known as Changuu Island, used to be a detention camp for slaves in the 19th Century. Currently, the detention centre has been turned into a guest house. Prison Island is famous for its giant tortoises that were a gift from Seychelles. Spend the day feeding and petting the tortoises or snorkel and explore the marine life.
Day 8 ( Optional)
If your flight is scheduled for the evening and you still have time, visit Cheetah’s Rock. Cheetah’s Rock is an amalgamation of a zoo and a nature park.
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