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Zanzibar

Zanzibar “The Spice Island” is the number one beach location in East Africa. It offers tropical beaches, lush plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture. Zanzibar‘s beaches are lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing. The beaches in Zanzibar are interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years.
A trip to Zanzibar is all about warm, sun-drenched, white idyllic beaches, palm trees whistling in the breeze, and crystal clear tropical waters with colourful coral reefs teeming with a kaleidoscope of fish waiting for you to snorkel or scuba dive with them. Stonetown, the capital of Zanzibar, is an incredibly historic city. Today Stonetown remains a wonderfully authentic crumbling ruin of a place with its beautiful brass-studded, carved, wooden doors, winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses. With the recent re-introduction of direct flights to Zanzibar getting there has never been easier. 1Time flies from Johannesburg to Zanzibar twice a week. Four, five and eight day stays are most common and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

CLIMATE
The weather is tropical and warm almost all year round. January, February and June to October are the best times to travel. Weather is hot and humid between October and May, but hottest in February. Cooler weather is from June to September with coolest temperatures in August. Rains are heaviest between March and May with lesser rains in October/November.

CURRENCY / CREDIT CARDS
Local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. Visitors must pay hotel bills, air & boat transport, harbour & airport taxes in US Dollars (Rands not accepted). Credit cards are not widely accepted. US Dollar travellers cheques are recommended.

LANGUAGE
Kiswahili (Swahili) is the national language, and English & Arabic are widely spoken.

TIME DIFFERENCE
GMT +3 (1 hour ahead of South Africa).

VISA REQUIREMENTS
SA passport holders require visas in Zanzibar which can be issued upon arrival. All other passport holders should check with their relevant local embassy. Visitor’s passports must be valid at least six months after their date of return.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Anti-malaria precautions are recommended. Yellow fever innoculation is required.