Leaving our truck behind, we climb aboard a local ferry that transports us from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. We are then transferred to the northern part of the island where we devote some time to unwinding on the golden beach. You need not bring your entire backpack to the island as a day pack is usually enough. Upon our arrival in Zanzibar, we are met by a local tour guide who you will be able to arrange extra activities through. There are also various spice and seafood markets to enjoy.
The following two days is spent enjoying the beach or exploring the island. There are a number of activities to participate in such as snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a sunset boat cruise.
Due to the dominant Islam religion in Zanzibar, conservative clothing should be worn most places except on the beach, where your regular clothes and swimsuits are acceptable. It is recommended that women wear t-shirts and knee-length shorts or skirts in town. The Islamic religion frowns upon the showing of arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should also remain covered and no revealing necklines are acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive, allowing them to wear shirts and shorts. However, on the beach or in our resort, there are no dress codes other than the regular ones adhered to in most pool/public areas.
If you happen to be visiting Zanzibar during the month of fasting (Ramadaan), please speak to your local guide about the customs adhered to during this period. Regular eating times during the day are forbidden and most locals will be sure to make you aware of this. Majority of shops and restaurants will be closed during Ramadan, but it is acceptable as a foreigner to have meals at hotels or resorts. Your guide will be able to inform you of what is appropriate and when.
Zanzibar is a semi-independent portion of the United Republic of Tanzania. Comprised of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean located 25-50 kilometres off the mainland’s coast, Zanzibar is comprised of numerous small islands and two bigger ones, Ungula (the main island informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. At one point in time, Zanzibar was in fact a completely separate state boasting a lengthy trading history within the Arab world. However, it merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania in 1964 and still maintains a high level of independence within the union. Zanzibar City is the capital of Zanzibar, situated on the island of Unguja, and its historic centre known as Stone Town is a World Heritage Site.
Zanzibar trades in spices and raffia and has a flourishing tourism industry. In addition to this, Zanzibar is also home to the extremely endangered species of the Red Colobus Monkey. The word ‘Zanzibar’ was derived from the Persian term ‘zangi-bar’ meaning ‘coast of the blacks’. However, it is believed that the name could have also originated from the Arabic ‘Zayn Z’al Barr’ meaning ‘fair is this land’. ‘Zanzibar’ frequently refers specifically to Unguja Island and is sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands, though this term is more often associated with the Indonesian Maluku Islands.
Accommodation: Two Per Room: Amaan Bungalows (2 nights) and Ocean View Hotel (1 night) or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry ± 80km, Stone Town to Nungwi Beach ±60-70 km
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Optional Activity: Zanzibar Meals (per meal), Dolphin Half Day Trip, Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Included Highlight: Spice Tour and City Tour
PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will be staying at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for these three nights.