• 2/25/2017 10:00 AM
  • Liu Yang

Destination Fly4free: Zanzibar

Explore the jewel of the Indian Ocean

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The Zanzibar Archipelago, with its clear, turquoise water, shallow sandbars and tiny fishing villages, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world!

Zanzibar is situated in the Indian Ocean, just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania. Thanks to its location to the south of the equator, it has a tropical climate. The best time to visit is from June to October during the cool, dry months. From December to February it’s hot and dry. Generally the rainy season last from March to May and from November to December.

How to get there:
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Where to stay:
In Stone Town, we encourage you to stay at 3* Zanzibar Hotel for just €67 per person. This well-reviewed hotel is located in the historical Stone Town, just 400 m from Forodhani Gardens and the beach. It offers a tropical garden and a 24-hour front desk. All air-conditioned rooms lead onto the balcony and each room comes complete with a mosquito net draped over the bed, a sofa and a satellite TV. Extras include a fan, minibar and a private bathroom offering a bath, shower and free toiletries. The Zanzibar Hotel’s restaurant serves an à la carte and buffet menu. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar and relax on the terrace. Free WiFi is available in public areas.

In Paje we recommend you to book 3* Ndame Beach Lodge for just €71 per person. This top-rated accommodation features free WiFi, on-site restaurant, free private parking, babysitting service and gift shop. Some rooms have views of the sea or garden. The rooms have a private bathroom. Ndame Beach Lodge also offers bike hire and car hire.

What to do:
Zanzibar Island has something to offer every kind of traveller, from the history enthusiast to the underwater explorer. You can enjoy various water sports, including snorkelling, diving, surfing and kitesurfing, or just swim in the warm, clear water of the Indian Ocean and watch the seaweed farms.

If you are a dolphin lover, travel to the southwestern Kizimkazi region. You can also see migrating whales if you are lucky. In the southeastern Zanzibar you should visit the restaurant that rises on an offshore rock at the beautiful Michanwi Pingwe beach.

Admire the Hawksbill turtles in Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond (Nungwi Natural Aquarium) or head to the Prison Island to see the giant tortoises.

Nature lovers can visit Zanzibar Land Animal Park, Cheetah’s Rock, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park or Zanzibar Butterfly Centre. You can also plan your travel to Zanzibar to coincide with your safari to the varied wildernesses of continental Tanzania. If you need some evening entertainment, many hotels and resorts offer traditional Masai jumping dance shows.

If you seek for adventure, you should take an off-road tour or explore the Kiwengwa Caves, Tazari Caves, Mangapwani Coral Cave or Kuza Cave. You can also take a dhow cruise.

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