Unique adventures, exotic nature, the opportunity to combine a great beach holiday with exciting safari tours on land and at sea – this is what attracts tourists to Tanzania.It does not matter whether you are traveling with a youth company or looking for a relaxing family holiday with children, whether you need exciting excursions or relaxation on the beach. Here everyone will find a hotel they can afford and something to do.
When should I go?
At any time of the year. The climate of Zanzibar allows you to relax on the island all year round. Even in the rainy season – at the very end of November and from March to May – the weather is favorable for guests – it usually rains at night and early in the morning. And the daytime remains sunny and hot. But in the “rainy season” Zanzibar will please you with very attractive prices.
How to get to Zanzibar?
It’s very simple – a visa is issued at the airport upon arrival, for 3 months and costs $ 50. You may be asked to pay for your visa on arrival with a Visa or Mastercard bank card, so don’t forget to take it with you. If you want to arrange it before your trip, you can also do it in Moscow for $ 60.You can fly to Zanzibar comfortably on regular flights operated by Qatar Airways, Flydubai, Turkish Airlines, Air France, KLM, Oman Air, , Ethiopian Airlines. If you choose a route with a transfer in the Middle East, you will spend only 10 to 16 hours on the way, including the time spent on the transfer.
You can also get to the island from Moscow on a charter flight of Rossiya Airlines, without transfers, in 8-9 hours.
Should I get vaccinated?
If you feel better, you can get a yellow fever vaccination 10 days before the trip, but it is mandatory only if you plan to cross the Kenyan border – for example, for safari. There are no mandatory vaccinations for a trip to Zanzibar.
Which resort should I go to?
The beaches of Zanzibar are connected into a single coastline. Many, many kilometers of fine white sand stretch around the entire island, so when choosing a resort in Zanzibar, first of all it is worth focusing on the activity of the ocean — and it’s not at all about the waves. The tides are very pronounced on the island. Their schedules are even posted in most hotels.
The sea retreats the least from the coast in the north and northwest of the island – in the resorts of Nungwi and Kendwa, in the northeast, in the resort of Kiwengwa, the tide will be much more noticeable, in the east – on the famous beaches of the resorts of Matemwe and Uroa, the water will go even further at low tide. In the south-west of the island – in the resorts of Pingwe and Dongwe, the tides are the strongest on the island, and the resort of Piaget is suitable for carefree youth and lovers of kitesurfing.Low tide time can be great for excursions, safari tours, snorkeling or diving.
What to do in Zanzibar?
Visit the Stone City-the oldest part of the island’s capital of the same name, go to prison Island — Prizon Island to plunge into the dark secrets of history and feed giant turtles, snorkel in the area of Mnemba Atoll to see incredible corals and marine life Indian Ocean life in all its splendor, visit the ancient Ngezi Forest or just stroll along the beach during sunset. There is no time to be bored in Zanzibar! For more information, see our article “TOP 20 things that just need to be done on the island of Zanzibar”.
Where to stay?
Most Zanzibar hotels are located right by the beach. Here you can find a hotel for every taste and budget – from small 3* level hotels to luxurious palaces deservedly proud of their 5*.
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa – Relais & ChateauxThe hotel is located just an hour’s drive from the airport.Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa — is a luxury boutique hotel located on the pristine sands of Paye Beach, on the east coast of Zanzibar. Spacious villas (from 500 m2) with a swimming pool and a relaxation area offer maximum privacy in a natural setting, and the facilities provide the highest level of service: a spa, two restaurants, a champagne bar on the roof, a beach bar and lounge, as well as a kitesurfing and water sports center. Only 11 villas and 3 rooms are located on a large territory (4 hectares). This is a real sanctuary of peace, solitude and harmony. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.
“Zuri” means “beautiful” in Swahili. And this hotel is not just beautiful – it is magnificent! Unlike most hotels, whose beaches suffer during low tide, Zuri Zanzibar is located in a large lagoon and is always ideal. 55 bungalows, suites and villas, decorated with elements of national African flavor, are scattered throughout a real tropical park, creating an atmosphere of privacy and harmony with nature. A quarter of the territory was occupied by the spice garden.
Free Wi-Fi throughout the resort.
Riu Palace Zanzibar
Riu Palace Zanzibar is located on the wonderful Nangwi Beach with snow-white sand and crystal clear water. This hotel accepts adults only and is perfect for a romantic getaway. All rooms at this hotel offer free wireless internet access. The hotel’s villas with private pools offer guests a luxurious stay. Spacious rooms, delicious food in restaurants, an excellent selection of drinks in bars and an animation program – this is what the RIU hotels are famous for, and the Riu Palace Zanzibar hotel is no exception.
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