ZANZIBAR ISLAND HOLIDAY
Most prominent of the Spice Islands, Zanzibar has a potent mix of history, legends, and unique cultures. Visually stunning with exceptional natural beaches and the haunting architecture of Zanzibar town, the island has lured travelers to its shores for centuries. Its past was dominated by merchants, rulers, explorers, scholars - today tourism is playing a key role. Zanzibar provides the perfect compliment to an East African safari.
Zanzibar is famous for being a major producer of cloves, and infamous as being a slave entry port, the old stone town of Zanzibar has a fascinating labyrinth of narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed, coral-rag houses with overhanging balconies and magnificently carved brass-studded doors, shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards, squares etc. Outside of town, there are more ruined palaces, Shirazi remains, Persian baths, and magnificent palm fringed beaches with warm clear water, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
ZANZIBAR BEACH HOLIDAY TOUR:
Day 1: Nairobi - Zanzibar, Stone Town
Take a Kenya Airways / Precision Air flight from Nairobi to Zanzibar Airport on the Spice Island of Zanzibar. Met and assisted. Transfer to your overnight cultural Stone Town Hotel, Zanzibar Serena Inn on half board, D.
Day 2 & 3: Zanzibar, Beach holiday
After breakfast, take a guided Stone Town tour to include Spice Plantation trip. Take a road transfer to your beach resort booked on half board accommodation for two nights with leisure and private beach relaxation, Ocean Paradise Beach Resort or Breezes Beach Club & Spa, B,D.
Day 4: Zanzibar - Nairobi
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi (either morning or afternoon dependent on your departure flight schedule). There is a departure tax of $25 per person payable direct in cash. Connect with your flight home, B.
Tour price: US$ 1150 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 385
Zanzibar tour cost includes:
-Roundtrip airfare, Nairobi - Zanzibar - Nairobi
-Half board accommodation
-Guided tours of Stone Town and Spice Plantation
Excluded in the Zanzibar beach trip price:
-Departure taxes in Zanzibar, US$ 25 per person
-Personal items and any optional excursions
EXCURSIONS IN ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar City Centre, Stone Town Tour - Half Day
The half-day city tour visits Zanzibar's colourful market, which exudes a heady smell of herbs and spices. Other sites visited include the Anglican Cathedral, which stands in silent testimony on the site of one of the last open slave markets in the world, the residence of the late Sultan of Zanzibar; 'Tip Tip House'. The Old Fort and the House of Wonders - all locations rich in antiquity and full of intrigue from the days of long ago. The tour ends with a romantic stroll along the narrow lanes of the Old Stone Town.
Tour price: US$ 50 per person
Spice Tour - 4 Hours
The spice tour is guaranteed to sharpen your senses. Drive through the countryside to visit spice plantations - with an opportunity to pick, smell and savor exotic fruits and spices.
Tour price: US$ 50 per person
Jozani Forest - 4 Hours
Jozani is the only remaining natural forest on Ungunja Island. Covering an area of 10 sq km it consists of high forest, swamp forest and evergreen forest. It provides an important refuge for the remaining Ungula fauna such as the rare Red Colobus Monkeys, small Zanzibar Leopard and two antelope species - the Zanzibar Duicker and Sunni.
Tour price: US$ 85 per person
Changuu Island is a historical island once used for the detention of recalcitrant salves. Today Giant Tortoises, some over 100 years old, act as unlikely vigilantes over the island. The beach is superb and the crystal clear sea excellent for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and diving. This trip is perfect to while away a complete day.
Tour price: US$ 85 per person
Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins, which can be a very rewarding experience. We are doing this trip in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of tourists in the morning, which in big numbers disturbing the dolphins. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and cultural reasons.
Tour price: US$ 150 per person
About Zanzibar, Indian Ocean Coast, Tanzania:
Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6Â° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Stone Town old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, has changed little in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.
Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year, with the exception of April and May which are seasonally subject to the long rains. Short rains can occur in November but are characterised by short showers.
The heat of summer is often cooled by the wind, with pleasant sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coasts. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round, but officially, summer and winter peak in December and June respectively. Zanzibar is blessed with an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine daily and year round average temperatures of between 25 and 28 Centigrade.
Ocean Paradise Beach Resort, Zanzibar
Situated on Zanzibarâ€™s picturesque North East coast, overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean, it is as the name suggests a little piece of paradise.
From your arrival at Zanzibar Airport, the resort is a meandering 45 minute journey through un-spoilt scenery, passing typical African villages where the way of life has changed little for hundreds of years.
At Ocean Paradise Resort Zanzibar, you will be greeted by a blaze of colour as you sweep down the imposing driveway, saluted by a Masai warrior as you pass through the entrance gate and be captivated as you arrive in reception and look out over the resort and the azure blue sea. Mature coconut palms swinging in the breeze, white sandy beach, beautiful landscaped gardens, traditional style round chalets with pitched makuti roof, a stunning waterfall feature and the largest swimming pool in Zanzibar are just some of the sights that await you. A big smile and the greeting of "Jambo" will be the first words you hear, as you begin to feel the warmth that the people of Zanzibar are famed for.
Ocean Paradise Beach Resort rooms are designed as a traditional African roundhouse but featuring all the creature comforts you could need, our rooms and suites are truly unrivalled. Set in 6.5 hectares of serene and colourful gardens, leading to a white sandy beach and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, each room is indeed an idyllic setting.
Nestled under a pitched makuti roof, each room at Ocean Paradise Beach Resort is sea facing with large patio doors that open up to a private balcony, where you can sit and take in the sedate pace of African life.
A peaceful sleep is guaranteed in a fully air-conditioned room with comfortable twin or king size beds draped with mosquito netting. The addition of satellite television, direct dial telephone, mini-bar, hair dryer and a unique curved en-suite bathroom, with shower, toilet and bidet, complete the facilities that will make your stay relaxed and enjoyable.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Located Near the village of Bwejuu, Zanzibar and approximately one hour from the airport, Breezes Beach Club is situated along a pristine untouched beach stretching as far as the eye can see. The hotel has 20 superior deluxe rooms, 40 deluxe rooms and 10 standard rooms. All the rooms are spacious, fully air-conditioned with ensuite bathrooms and personal safe box.
Amenities and Features, Breezes Beach Club & Spa
-All rooms are tastefully decorated in ivory tones, with cotton throws, teak wood finishes and Zanzibar carvings.
-All rooms are fully air-conditioned with ensuite bathrooms.
-All rooms have a refrigerator and personal electronic safe box and hairdryer in bathroom.
-All rooms have a full third bed functioning as a sofa.
Room Categories, Breezes Beach Club & Spa
There are three room categories: Deluxe rooms and Suites are in close proximity to the sea.
Standard rooms are located further away from the sea on the property with a terrace and garden view. Standard and Deluxe
are identical in terms of dÃ©cor and size.
Located on ground floor of bungalows with terrace.
Located on upper floor of bungalows with large balcony and sun beds. The Suites have a walk in dressing room and larger bathroom with large terrace, private sunbathing area, and a covered outdoorlounge area.
Facilities at Breezes Beach Club & Spa:
The Frangipani Spa
Breezes features Zanzibarâ€™s first spa. Located in tropical Gardens, The Frangipani Spa offers a world class selection of facilities, health and beauty treatments including our trademarked AprÃ¨s Safari Treatment
Yoga & Meditation
Breezes Beach Club & Spa is delighted to introduce our sanctuary of Spiritual Fitness for yoga and meditation. This beautifully decorated setting enhanced with candlelight and incense is the perfect tranquil retreat... the first of it's kind on the island of Zanzibar.
Marine Activities Center
Offering a range of marine activities ranging from Beach Volleyball, Pedal boats, canoes to daily snorkeling trips to the lagoon by boat, windsurfing and sailing.
Scuba diving Center
Breezes is home to one of Zanzibarâ€™s most professional and experienced diving operations. The Rising Sun Dive Center, which is a licensed PADI dive center, offers all diving services from beginners to advanced diving. Our experienced diving instructors provide personalized instruction on a one to one basis while experienced divers can enjoy the fascinating marine life of the south east coast of Zanzibar.
The shopping bazaar offers an excellent selection of antiques, souvenirs and African Arts and Crafts.
Fitness & Aerobics Center
The fitness center features start of the art gym equipment with personalized instruction.
It is possible to change money at the cashierâ€™s office. Travelerâ€™s cheques, cash, MasterCard, Visa and Euro card are all accepted for settling payments.
Telephone & Fax services. There are no telephones in the rooms however phone and fax services are available at the reception.