6 reasons why your next destination holiday should be in Zanzibar

Published Date: 31 Oct 2016

This great affordable destination continues to grow in popularity with South Africans. Experience all that this destination has to offer.

1) Value for money

With the rand being very unstable at present, Zanzibar, is one of the destinations that South Africans can afford and find great value for their money. This destination offers crystal waters and white sandy beaches that allows visitors the chance to soak up the sun and enjoy the warm ocean without having to spend any money. The clear Indian Ocean is the perfect place for diving, swimming, snorkelling and sailing. World Leisure Holidays resorts offers a range of exciting activities to experience at the resort so that the whole family is kept entertained during your stay. Our packages range from breakfast only, half board to all inclusive, so you can pick the best package for your budget. Our Zanzibar resorts range from three to five star luxury to suit your pocket.


2) How to get to Zanzibar

Due to the wide variety of flight options it makes it an easy destination to go to. Mango flies directly to Zanzibar on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Fasjet flies via Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar on Fridays and Mondays. South African Airways flies every day via Dar Es Salaam and Kenyan Airways fly everyday via Nairobi. To get the best flight details contact your travel agent or contact us on 011 285 2500.


3) Resort options

World Leisure holidays offers a range of boutique and locally run hotels to larger 5 star hotels. Some of our 5 star resorts include Melia Zanzibar, Dream of Zanzibar and Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa. Our four star resorts include Diamonds Mapenzi Beach and Uroa Bay Beach Resort. All of our resorts offers a spectacular view, secluded beaches and exceptional service. We pride ourselves in all of our handpicked resorts. View all our Zanzibar offerings.


4) The Island of Spice

Zanzibar produces some of the world’s most sought-after spices. During the 19th century, Zanzibar became the largest producer of cloves which is used in perfumes, dental products, cigarettes and also applied as an antiseptic. Green cardamom, a spice, is produced in Zanzibar which is one of the most expensive plants in the world due to its countless health benefits. Saffron is also produced there, and is hand-picked from purple crocus flowers. Saffron is used to flavour rice and Indian desserts, giving foods a rich yellow hue. Cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg is also grown in large quantities and you can find them in almost all exotic Zanzibar cuisine.


5) Must do activities in Zanzibar

Stone Town Tour: the tour takes visitors around to see the former slave market and the dungeons where salves where held before being sold. Stone Town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Menai Bay: this is home to an array of tropical fish and sea turtles. Pange Sandbank is a 20 minute boat trip from Stone Town that is home to an array of coal and tropical fish.

Snorkel at Mnemba Atoll where the clear Indian Ocean allows you to see all of the destinations array of colourful fish. Misali Island offers superb snorkelling and diving as well as nature trails.


6) Just a few tips

When is the best time to go to Zanzibar? All year-around of course! There are better months to travel, which are the cooler months from June to October and temperatures average at 26 degrees. Between December and March temperatures can reach over 30 degrees.


Some essential tips when visiting Zanzibar It is advised to only drink bottled water, which is sold in the hotels, restaurants and grocery stores.  Visitors are required to have a visa to enter Zanzibar. Visas will be valid for three months. Visitors are required to have a yellow fever vaccination certificate when they enter Zanzibar and are also advised to take anti-malaria medication. Zanzibar’s currency is Tanzanian Shilling, but US Dollars are accepted by most hotels, restaurants and bars.


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