Zanzibar is a paradise on earth, surrounded by the beauty of the azure clear sea, corals, a whitish sandy beach and its specific spice scent that spreads across the island. The spice plantations, which have a history in Zanzibar, will allow you to be carried away by the scent of fresh cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in the first minutes after arrival.
Zanzibar has been very popular, especially in recent months during the covid crisis. His relaxed policy and unrestricted life attracts many European tourists. And no wonder.
Flies to Zanzibar and coronavirus
Zanzibar does not require any negative tests when entering its territory, and therefore the conditions will depend on the airline and the transfer point you choose. We recommend a connection from London with Ethiopian Airlines, not only is it cost-effective, but if the transfer is in Ethiopia, no covid test is required even on return. This does not apply to flights via Dubai with Emirates or Qatar Airlines, for example.
Visa to Zanzibar
However, in addition to the ticket, you will need a visa, which you can get at the airport on arrival. If you want to avoid long waits, we recommend arrange visas online in advance. The price is $50.
Weather in Zanzibar
The main season is there almost all year round, but in the middle of March the rainy season begins, which lasts until May. That’s why you have to hurry and pack your bags immediately, or wait a few more months 😊
Beaches in Zanzibar
When looking for accommodation, you should keep in mind that the east coast - the area Matemwe, Kiwengwa, Jambiani - is characterized by large low tides. So if you plan to spend whole days on the beach swimming in the sea, we recommend the north coast area of Nungwi and Kendwa.
Personally, I think that even the east coast has its charm and walks along the coast at low tide are something special, if you prefer busy places and all-day swimming in the sea, be sure to choose another area. However, the best combination is 😊 and it is advisable to rent a car to be flexible enough.
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Transport to Zanzibar
The roads to Zanzibar, apart from the main road, are terribly broken, so many tourists avoid renting a car. However, it is not so terrible, the cars are 4x4, so after a few days, when you get used to the roads and driving style, you will be glad that you have freedom and you do not have to transport taxis everywhere.
It is also important to note that a normal driver’s license (even international) is not enough for you to drive, you must be allowed to drive from Zanzibar. Car rental will arrange this for you in advance. This permit costs about $ 15, so if you are planning to rent a car, it is better to do it for several days. The price of the car is around $ 25 per day.
Accommodation in Zanzibar
If you decide for east coast, we recommend for example:
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Be sure not to miss a trip to the island of Mnemba, where you can snorkel and if you are lucky, you will swim with dolphins 😊
If you are one of those looking for more action, be sure to visit the north to Nungwi and Kendwa, where there are fantastic beaches and nearby coral reefs that are ideal for diving. The locals have also established a turtle reserve here, where they treat injured turtles and other sea inhabitants, who then return to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Recommended hotels in Kendwa:
In Nungwi for example hotel: Amaan Nungwi Hotel
No matter which area you choose, you will definitely not be disappointed by a holiday in Zanzibar. The people there are friendly, helpful and the children are smiling. Greetings Jambo, vipio and Hakuna Matata you will get used to. However, it is important to realize that it is Africa, and right behind the hotel you will be lurking destroyed huts and unpaved roads, but also exploring such nooks has its charm and you will take home another of the many experiences that you await on this holiday .
Frequently asked questions about a holiday by the sea in Zanzibar
Where to buy tickets to Zanzibar?
The best connection by air from England is ticket from London with Ethiopian Airlines, with a transfer in Ethiopia.
Not only is it cost effective, but if there is a transfer in Ethiopia, no covid test is required even on return. This does not apply to flights via Dubai with Emirates or Qatar Airlines, for example.
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