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  Holidays in Zanzibar, Beach Resorts and Zanzibar Hotels and Villas

Zanzibar. The very name conjures up images of an exotic far-away destination, an island paradise where crystal clear waters lap powder white beaches fringed with coconut palms. And this is not a fantasy. Zanzibar really does offer some of the most beautiful, isolated beaches in the world and unparalleled diving and snorkelling in its warm, turquoise-blue seas.
It may be the stuff that dreams are made of but Zanzibar is much more besides. Situated in the Indian Ocean just 25 miles/40kms from the Tanzanian coast, Zanzibar has long attracted traders and visitors from all corners of the globe. Today it offers an intoxicating mix of African, Arabic and Indian cultures and enjoys a rich heritage which is well worth discovering.  We recommend combining Zanzibar with one of our other African Experiences– safari or gorilla trek, what’s your choice?

Zanzibar is just south of the Equator and enjoys a hot, humid, tropical climate. The optimum time to travel is December to February inclusive and June to September inclusive, when the weather is best. There are two rainy seasons. The heavier and more prolonged rains fall from March to May and as they can be extremely severe from April, some hotels and restaurants close then until end May. The second rainy season is from October to the beginning of December, when rains are shorter and lighter. It can get very windy towards the end of both of these rainy seasons.  The remainder of the year is hot and dry with temperatures hovering around 28 degrees. During the month of Ramadan some establishments will close during the day, although many are open at night. This won’t affect your beach holiday but you won’t find the island at its liveliest. Ramadan falls on different dates each year – in 2011 Ramadan runs throughout August.

There are no direct flights from the UK to Zanzibar and all journeys require a connecting flight from Nairobi, Dar es Salaam or Johannesburg. There are regular flights from London Heathrow to all three of these major cities with British Airways. Connecting flights are with Precision Airways from Nairobi and Coastal Air, Zanair or Precision Airways from Dar es Salaam. South African Airways flies direct from London to Johannesburg and Nairobi. Other airlines such as Air Qatar or Emirates also offer a good service. Flight times with one stopover take approximately 15 hours.
Fleewinter is happy to help with your flights. Alternatively please use the links below.
British Airways: www.ba.com
South African Airways: www.flysaa.com
Precision Airways: www.precisionairtz.com
Coastal Air: www.coastal.cc
Zanair: www.zanair.com
Air Qatar: www.qatarairways.com
Emirates: www.emirates.com

Return flights to Zanzibar cost from around £500 plus taxes but vary depending on what time of year you travel.

Fleewinter can arrange transfers from Zanzibar Kisauni international airport to your accommodation by air-conditioned mini bus.

Zanzibar’s road network is poor and prone to obstacles like fast drivers and animals which wander freely on to the roads at all times of day and night. The safest way to get around Zanzibar is by taxi. It is best to agree a price beforehand as there are no meters. More intrepid visitors may choose to hire a car, which allows for greater flexibility, or take a daladala. Daladalas are the popular form of public transport and run throughout the day. They are cheap and can be fun provided you are in no rush and are prepared to share with goats, chickens and sack loads of local produce. It is pretty easy to organise a trip by boat and ferries will take you to and from the two main islands, Zanzibar (also called Unguja) and Pemba.

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  Our Favourites
HZU016 - Unguja Lodge - Tucked well away from the busier beaches in Zanzibar, Unguja Lodge is a tranquil and relaxing resort, conceived to marry luxury beach holiday and the natural environment.
HZJ011 - Kipepeo Lodge - A relaxed beach villa right on one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in south east Zanzibar.
HZS019 - Zanzibar Palace - Nestled amid the winding streets of old Stone Town, this is an absolute gem: an exotic mix of Arabic, Indian and European styles which combine to make an unforgettable, luxurious and interesting place to stay.
 
 

 

 

 

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