The tropical island of Zanzibar, located off the Tanzanian coastline, just south of the equator, has become a popular destination for South African travellers seeking an island escape.
While South Africa’s borders were closed for many months, the island of Zanzibar was out of reach. South Africa has lifted its travel ban and travel beyond the borders is possible once again. Zanzibar will be within reach just in time for the December holidays.
THE SPICE ISLAND WELCOMES VISITORS
Zanzibar is home to sandy white beaches which are flanked by coral reefs. There are accommodation types to suit a range of budgets.
Zanzibar is known as the spice island because spices including cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper are cultivated on the island.
The heart of the island is the historic Stone Town. Stone Town offers visitors a glimpse into cultural life on the island. It is a place of winding alleyways, bustling bazaars and interesting architecture with grand old wooden doors.
HISTORIC STONE TOWN IS A ZANZIBAR MUST-SEE
UNESCO awarded Stone Town with World Heritage status in 2000, in recognition of its unique cultural and social importance. The status was awarded based on the fact that the town is an outstanding material manifestation of cultural fusion and harmonisation.
The town’s mosques and churches, Indian temples and Omani styled palaces are testimony to the attitude of tolerance among the communities of different cultural origins that were found in Stone Town.
ZANZIBAR’S BEACHES AND ACTIVITIES
The silky soft white sand and the azure waters of the warm Indian Ocean are bound to keep holidaymakers busy for hours on end. Several beaches are dotted around the island.
Nungwi, located in the north of the island is a firm favourite.
Snorkelling, diving, kitesurfing, swimming with dolphins, visiting the tortoise sanctuary or taking a spice tour are popular activities when visitors need a break from the silky white sands.
COVID-19 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ZANZIBAR
The island of Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. There are no requirements for visitors to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival.
Visitors are also not required to quarantine on arrival. This makes Zanzibar an attractive and convenient destination for South African visitors.
South Africans are required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result on their return to South Africa. Many of the lodges and hotels in Zanzibar offer in-house testing, for guests who need to obtain this certificate before leaving Zanzibar.
DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM JOHANNESBURG
Mango Airlines has confirmed that it will operate two flights per week between Johannesburg and Zanzibar. The airline will resume these flights on 28 November.
The outward flight will depart from Johannesburg at 07h00, arriving in Zanzibar at 11h35, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The return flight will depart from Zanzibar at 13h05, arriving in Johannesburg at 15h50.
NO VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICANS
South African passports do not require tourist visas to enter Tanzania, for stays of up to 90 days. Since Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, no visa is required for South Africans visiting the island.
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