With its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, the ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar continues to grow in popularity.
This tropical paradise, with its unique Arabic twist, is a great destination for South Africans.
- Easy Access
It could not be easier to get to Zanzibar, thanks to the wide variety of flight options available. There are direct flights from South Africa, and several airlines also fly daily from South Africa to Dar es Salaam and from here is only a 20-minute flight to the island. Those brave enough to take on the hustle and bustle can opt for the hour-long ferry crossing.
With the weakening of the Rand, Zanzibar is one of the few destinations where South Africans can still find value. There is also a wide variety of hotels and resorts that cater for an all-inclusive experience, while value-add discounts are often available. At the same time, while there are many entertainment options available, the beach offering is such that travellers can and do have a good time without having to spend exorbitant amounts of money.
- Accommodation Variety
There really is something in Zanzibar to suit just about everyone’s taste and budget in Zanzibar, ranging from basic two-star facilities to top-notch, five-star properties. There are plenty of three-star hotels that offer good value for money and where visitors can have a great time.
- Unspoilt Natural Charm
Unlike many other islands, Zanzibar still has unspoilt rural charm, which makes for an unforgettable experience. It is a charming destination, where one can really relax and recuperate in a pristine environment. The island has over 30 beaches, some of which are isolated and untouched.
- No Complicated Requirements
South African passport holders do not need a visa to visit Tanzania or Zanzibar if they intend staying for 90 days or less. They do, however, need to have an up-to-date yellow fever vaccination certificate. South Africans do not have to apply for costly visas or follow any complicated procedures. They can simply book and arrive.
- Do nothing or something
When it comes to beach activities, there are a variety of options available. The snorkelling is out of this world, thanks to the vast range of coral and tropical fish. There is also the option of swimming with bottlenose and humpback dolphins that are found in the waters around the island. It’s a real beach safari. Kite surfing has also become very popular on the island and there is also a variety of spas where one can be pampered in style. There is also the option of doing absolutely nothing but enjoying the beach.
- History And Spice
The historic capital city of Stone Town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several tours are available to learn about the interesting history of the island and it’s enough to keep one enthralled for hours, for Zanzibar has a history filled with stories of sultans and princesses, slaves and spices. It is, of course, also the birthplace of Queen icon, Freddie Mercury, and the home in which he used to live is still there for visitors to see. It is one of the world’s largest exporters of cloves and the spice history of the island is just as fascinating – a trip is not complete without a tour of one of the traditional spice farms.
- Safe And Friendly
Zanzibar is considered to be one of the safest destinations in Africa. The friendly island people are a further boon. The island has no real industry to speak of other than tourism, which is their main focus. Visitors are the centre of their attention and the island people work hard towards ensuring a pleasurable visit.