Vacation in Zanzibar

6 Days
  • Toyota Alphard
  • Luxury Hotel
  • All seaasons
  • Private Guide
  • English
  • 13
  • 85

Overview

Zanzibar has a very rich history and was once one of the most important areas in East Africa. Following Vasco de Gama’s visit in 1499, Zanzibar was ruled by the Portuguese and remained this way for almost two centuries.

Zanzibar, which means “coast of blacks” is an archipelago situated 16-31mi (25-50km) east of mainland Tanzania. The archipelago consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: the main island is Unjuga, which is commonly referred to as Zanzibar itself, and the other is Pemba, which is known as the “Green Island”. The Zanzibar archipelago is characterized by the beautiful sandy beaches, which line its perimeter. As a former centre of the slave and spice trades, it is infused with African, Arabic, European and Indian influences.

Zanzibar has a fascinating history, stretching back to the start of the first millennium, when Bantu-speaking Africans travelled across from the mainland. Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, the Zanzibar archipelago had come into its own, with Arabian and Persian trade links bringing significant money into the area. Zanzibar had become a major trading hub, supplying gold, ivory, slaves and wood to places as distant as India, while importing spices, textiles and glassware.

When the Portuguese arrived in the early sixteenth century, they temporarily interrupted the golden age, taking control of both Zanzibar and Pemba. However, their reign did not last, and by the early nineteenth century, Omani Arabs had gained control of the region. Trade once again flourished, with cloves, slavery and ivory the main commodities. It’s telling that by 1840, trade was thriving to the degree that the Sultan of Oman chose to relocate his court to Zanzibar from the Persian Gulf.

In 1873, the prominent slave trade was abolished, and by 1890, Omani sultans ruled under a British protectorate. This lasted until December 1963, when Zanzibar regained its independence. However, only a month later, the Arab ruling elite were overthrown by an African majority in a horrific revolution leading to several thousand deaths. In April 1964, a republic was established, as the presidents of Zanzibar and Tanganyika, or more accurately, was subsumed into Tanzania, of which Zanzibar remains a semi-autonomous region.

Zanzibar (Unguja Island)

  • The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world. You'll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water, shallow sandbars perfect for wading, and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists.

Itinerary

Check in time is at 14:00hrs and check out at 12:00hrs

1.30 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Prison Island, Stone town Tour and Spice plantation Tour :

09h30 after breakfast you will depart with our professional driver and certified guide to Stone town where you will do walking tour around the old town and learn a lot from the history of this city, you will visit local food markets, museums, former slave market and other historical buildings in the city ,then after will be heading to Prison Island, board on a motorized boat where explore the wonderful adventure on how the island was portrayed to be a prison cell then later turned into a quarantine due to yellow fever during colonialism, Get a chance to visit the anonymous giant turtles as gift exported for the late sultan from Seychelles, A former slave prison here in Zanzibar but it was never used, the fascinating tale about prison island tour is you get to visit a tortoise farm. The story tails back to 19th century where the island was gifted with 2 tortoises making it tortoise farm to date with more than 400 tortoises with tortoises. You will have a fun time swimming in the Indian ocean that surrounds the island with a traditional dhow trip on the way you get to see the bird island and grave island from a distance. It’s a perfect spot to take vintage pictures of a combination of ancient buildings and the ocean.

“Spice island” for years Zanzibar had gained itself a nick name due to the beautiful and amazing province of different kinds of spices, get a hold of them experience, touch, smell and feel the delightful and astonishing spice smell.

10 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A full day tour exploring the underwater world. Safari Blue is among the things you don’t want to miss while in Zanzibar. You get a chance to spend time at the Blue lagoon and have a tasty African seafood lunch at the Menay bay sand bank. A time to go snorkeling and see multiple fish species at their natural habitat is an experience you don’t want to miss traditional dhow sail with a quality service of Tropical fruit platter. Take your time having a luxurious moment swimming at a natural lagoon surrounded by crystal clear water and capturing best moments of a lifetime hosted by people who offers the top-rated customer service, because here at Smart travels you are not just a client, YOU ARE FAMILY. And we do anything to ensure our family gets the happiness they deserve. It’s all about making your experience magical.

10 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5 Stars Hotel

Feed the butterflies in the Butterfly Centre and watch them fly from close-up. This is a project supporting women and their children. Later, explore the Jozani Forest, the magic of its Mangrove trees and the red colobus monkey, one of the rarest primates in Africa that can only be found on Zanzibar

 

* Combine with THE ROCK or SEAWEED CENTRE at Extra Cost

6-8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5 Stars Hotel

A half day tour through the ocean world where a traditional dhow picks you up on the shore takes you the middle of the great Indian ocean, you get a chance to snorkel, feed and swim with multiple fish species. A beautiful moment to have a boat chase and locate dolphins who proudly maneuver across the ocean and a chance to swim with the dolphins and capture great moments of your life. Mnemba island tour is among the activities you don’t want to miss while here in Zanzibar. Plus, you get to see from a distance the Bill gates’ island located here in Zanzibar, accompanied with a perfect treat of tropical food platter on your sail and amazing music of your taste, you get a chance to make friends and connections while at it.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5 Stars Hotel
Day 6 :
Departure

According to your flight time our driver will pick you and drop you at the airport..

Breakfast

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

Package inclusions

  • 5 Nights at Emerald Zanzibar Resort and Spa
  • All-inclusive meal plan
  • Private Transportation
  • Professional English guide and entry fee to all mentioned tours
  • Prison Island, Stone-town tour, Spice tour, Jozani Forest and Butterfly farm, Safari Blue
  • Round trip transfer

Excluded Cost

  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any other Service that not mentioned in the package

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a visa for Zanzibar?

Notably, the citizens of the United States (US) and the United Kingdom need tourist visas. Likewise, European, Canadian, and Australian travelers will likewise require tourist visas for Tanzania

Meanwhile, the tourist visas are obtainable on getting to Tanzania, although, the American, as well as British governments, urge travelers to apply prior to traveling. The single-entry tourist visa cost is $50 for British citizens (while it cost $40 for applying ahead of time) and the single-entry tourist visa cost is $100 USD for US residents. Moreover, tourists can obtain a cost is $100 for Multiple-entry visas for $100 USD. Ensure your visa is VALID for 6 months before the time to take off. However, tourist visas are needed by South African residents to visit Zanzibar Islands.

NOTE: The costs and visa requirements are be changed anytime, do make effort to visit the Tanzania Immigration website for more details.

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous piece of the Assembled Republic of Tanzania. Accordingly, you don’t have to get independent visas for the territory Tanzania and Zanzibar Islands.

How long do you need in Zanzibar?

To have a captivating and exceptional experience on Zanzibar Excursion/Holiday, tourists should schedule to stay a minimum of seven days. Meanwhile, you can decide to spend more days to have a fantastic and satisfying Zanzibar holiday/Excursion.

Does the Excursion to Zanzibar ready worth it?

Absolutely, YES! Zanzibar is a can list African destination for fantastic reasons and experience.

Is Zanzibar an excellent holiday destination?

Indeed, Zanzibar is a phenomenal beach holiday destination. It is additionally an incredible worth for-cash destination that is loaded with character, rich history, and unforgettable experience. Ultimately, Zanzibar culture is vivid and intriguing. Admittedly, the old architecture is precious as well as the seashores are beautiful.

 

Is Zanzibar Safe for Excursion/Holiday?

Certainly YES.  Zanzibar Islands is safe for tourists to travel for Excursions/Trips or holidays. Zanzibar is one of the safest African destinations.

Indeed, the Zanzibar Archipelago is essential to consider for experience in Tanzania, which is quite possibly the most steady African nations. Tanzania is positioned as the most tranquil country in East Africa, indeed.

Do Zanzibar citizens always welcome tourists?

The local individuals are for the most part inviting and excited when they get to see tourists. On account of the truly flawless beaches, bright climate and rich culture Zanzibar is a well-known tourist destination. Thus, it includes all the fundamental tourism foundation for an agreeable and safe holiday. Numerous worldwide travelers make the most of their experience on the islands such a lot that they return consistently.

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Vacation in Zanzibar
  • Toyota Alphard
  • Luxury Hotel
  • All seaasons
  • Private Guide
  • English
  • 13
  • 85