Holidays in Zanzibar
Holidays on the island of Zanzibar, located off the coast of Tanzania, and known as the Spice Island, due to the production of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper, attracts many tourists every year. Rainbow coral reefs, beautiful beaches, fabulous food markets – a tour to Zanzibar is worth your attention for many reasons:
White beaches and blue water. The beaches of Zanzibar have white and fine coral sand, and the ocean takes on different shades, from deep blue to turquoise and pale blue.
Rich flora and fauna. The island has many nature reserves with endangered animals, and spices obtained from local plants make up a significant share for export to different countries of the world.
Incredible sunsets on the Northwest coast and in no way inferior to the sunrises in the east of the island.
Availability of good chain 5 * hotels. Among them: Melia, Riu, Zuri, Karafuu, Breezes Beach Club & SPA, Fruit and Spices, White Sand Luxury Villas.
The possibility of an active excursion vacation, be it a cultural trip to Stone Town, a tour of the island-prison, a sea cruise with dolphins, a blue safari, a cruise on a local dhow boat at sunset, a picnic on a desert island and much more.
Where is Zanzibar located?
The Zanzibar archipelago, consisting of 75 islands belonging mainly to Tanzania, is located off the coast of East Africa in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania with its president, colloquially referred to simply as Zanzibar, although for locals it is Unguja island, if we are talking about an island, and not about the whole archipelago.
Tours to Zanzibar for the New Year are famous not only for their exotic New Year’s Eve surrounded by a snow-white beach and azure sea, but also for their rich cultural program: there are 7 UNESCO cultural heritage sites.
How to get here?
There are several options for how to get from Kiev to Zanzibar:
Take a direct charter flight from Sky Up
– The flight program starts from 24.10
– Tours from 7 to 21 nights
Tour operator Aves Travel recommends choosing a tour for 11 nights, since in this case the cost of a tour to Zanzibar is the most optimal, and there is enough time to acclimatize and explore the island up and down.
For travelers who prefer more comfortable flight options:
Flight with Turkish Airlines with a connection in Istanbul
– No PCR test required for transit through Istanbul
– Docking can be either minimal or long, with the opportunity to stay overnight in Istanbul and walk around the city.
Flight Fly Dubai with a connection to Dubai
We do not recommend this option, since for transit through Dubai you need a negative PCR test, which will need to be passed twice: in Ukraine before departure, and upon returning home from Zanzibar. The test will cost about $ 150 per person in Zanzibar.
The cost of Fly Dubai and Turkish Airlines flights does not differ significantly in price.
The price for a tour to Zanzibar for a ticket for one adult with luggage will be about $ 750. It will be more expensive to buy a ticket to Zanzibar for the New Year holidays due to the high season. All current prices can be found at the link.
Is it safe to travel to Zanzibar?
Zanzibar Island is extremely safe for tourists. Since tourism is the main source of income here, local authorities take the safety of tourists very seriously.
Although the island itself is very safe, it is better to go on a sea cruise with a trusted guide, as pirates can hide in the waters. We have the most reliable local guides who are well versed in the area and maintain constant contact with both the authorities and the local population to ensure you are always safe.
What to do in Zanzibar?
It is worth starting to explore the island with Stone Town, where African, Arabic and colonial styles are uniquely combined.
Explore local markets and buy spices. Darajani market is the center of city life, where you can see the life and culture of the local population. All kinds of spices can also be found here.
Visit Prison Island. The island is a 25-minute drive from Stone Town and was once used as a detention center for rebellious slaves and people with deadly illnesses. And today it is a place where one of the main attractions is giant turtles. The oldest here is 192 years old!
Go diving. As one of the best diving spots in the world, the ocean safari will delight you with lush coral reefs and a variety of marine life including dolphins, turtles, whale sharks and manta rays.
Visit the Forodhani night market. It is the cheapest and busiest place to eat on the island. Here you will find stalls with fresh seafood, samosas and grilled vegetables. Be sure to try the beef pizza and chicken shawarma.
Enjoy a sunset dhow cruise. Dow is a wooden boat with a canvas sail.