Leave the world behind in Zanzibar, draped with mesmerising shores and warm ocean breeze. The perfect tonic following a safari or desert expedition, Zanzibar promises pure indulgence and paradise.
If you’re a keen diver, head to the archipelago, the most perfect all-year diving destination, for some of the most stunning underwater sights imaginable, before relaxing on a traditional dhow boat cruise along the coastline. For a more cultural experience, wander the markets of Stone Town and grab a bargain or two while soaking up the local atmosphere.
Zanzibar is the perfect partner to a safari holiday, either on Tanzania’s mainland or in Kenya. The golden sands and crystal seas provide the ideal contrast to the African plains and thriving wildlife. Spend at least four nights unwinding, forgetting that the rest of the world exists; you can also combine your trip with a visit to Pemba Island, north of Zanzibar, for ultimate, secluded luxury.
*** When booking flights to and from Zanzibar make sure to check your arrival and departures times as it may be sensible to book a pre and/or post so that you can maximise your hotel time. Feel free to contact are team if you are unsure whether this is required. ***
There are a number of carriers flying from the UK to Tanzania.
Direct Flights: There are no direct carriers to Zanzibar.
Indirect Flights: Kenya Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly to Tanzania and Zanzibar from London Heathrow via Nairobi. Kenya Airways has an unrivalled route network making any safari and beach combination possible. Oman Air & Qatar Airways also have access into Tanzania (including the island of Zanzibar) via their respective hubs.
Departure Taxes: There is an International departure tax of US$ 48, however this is usually included in the cost of your flight ticket. Please contact your airline if you are unsure.
Please note that from 01st July 2015, a new tax system proposal has been brought into effect for passengers visiting Zanzibar & Pemba Island:
Tipping is common practice in Tanzania and safari rangers and guides as well as hotel staff rely heavily on tipping.
You should tip driver guides and trackers approximately $15 per day per person and always tip porters and hotel staff approximately $1 per service they perform for you. Whenever possible, give your tips directly to the staff you want to thank.
British passport holders are required a visa to enter Tanzania. We recommend you obtain this prior to travel , however it is possible to obtain a single entry visa on arrival for US$ 50 which must be paid by credit card, cash will not be accepted. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Tanzania. Please contact the Tanzanian High Commission for up to date country and visa information on 0207 569 1470.
The official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, which cannot be bought or sold outside Tanzania. You can change US Dollars, UK Pounds, and Euros at banks and currency exchanges when you get there. US Dollars are widely accepted; you will need them to pay for park entry fees.
A combination of US Dollars and Tanzanian Shillings is the best option for your holiday in Tanzania. Make sure you get undamaged, newer dollar bills; many places do not accept those printed before 2005. Most high-end hotels and safari lodges accept Visa and MasterCard, but restaurants and shops do not usually accept credit cards. Cash machines can be found in larger towns and airports. Traveller's cheques are not commonly used and can be expensive and time consuming to change.