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ZANZIBAR

An inimitable Indian Ocean island, off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is the quintessential destination that affords superlative historical, cultural, exploratory and eco-tourism beach experiences in East Africa. It seems to have everything that any like-minded sightseer might look for. It has a distinct, ethnical history that is a remarkable amalgamation of the many travelers that passed through it for centuries.

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Africa is a magical place that brings anyone back to the roots of the human being. It is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. However, there are so many beautiful places that it is difficult to know exactly where to go. If this is your case, try to look for a small oasis called Zanzibar.

Resting approximately 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, this idyllic archipelago consists of Zanzibar and Pemba islands as well as numerous smaller islets. Zanzibar Island is characterized by exquisite white sand beaches fringed by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters lined with coral reefs brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life. This underwater paradise is a mecca for watersport enthusiasts who flock here for the excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, kitesurfing, and sailing on traditional dhows. The island’s old city, Stone Town, features a maze of narrow alleyways lined with boutiques, bars, restaurants, lively bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses.

There is a time of the year for every person, it just depends on what you are looking for. Those who live way up in the north will probably prefer to go from June to October. These are the cool and dry months of spring in the tropical island.

On the other hand, December to February is perfect for those who want to experience the warm and dry weather of summer. During this time, tourists can expect incredible sunsets and even better beach weather.

There is a third option for those who want to scuba dive and experience all the treasures hidden under the Indian Ocean July and August or February to March. The first one will provide perfect weather on the northern coast and the second one in the southern one.

Even though Zanzibar has nearly-perfect weather most of the year, it is not recommended to go from March to late May and November. The island has two rainy seasons a year and this is the exact time when it happens. Your vacation won’t be ruined because of this but you’ll probably want to get the most out of your holiday.

A number of international airlines fly directly within East Africa among them British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad, Kenya Airways, Qatar, KLM, Uganda Airways South African Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Most major towns have an airstrip as do most National Parks and Game Reserves. There are regular scheduled flights between most airstrips, and there are reputable charter operations as well

Looking for cheap flight tickets to/out of East Africa? Contact or travel consultants right away.

What are the visa requirements for East African Countries?

Visa Tanzania:

Tanzania single entry visa costs US $50 per person and is applied for via Tanzania Consulate

East African Tourist Visa:

If you are planning to travel to East Africa and travel to the East Africa countries (Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania) it is recommendable to request for the East African Tourist Visa. This special East Africa tourist visa costs US $100 per person and allows 90 days multiple entry to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

How to obtain the East African Tourist Visa.

Applications for the East Africa Tourist visa is at any of the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda and Republic of Tanzania at the Immigration Offices of the respective countries or online where applicable.

  • Uganda and Kenya: upon arrival at the airport and can be paid directly in cash and find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy’s website.
  • Rwanda: online via the Rwanda Immigration website. Similar to the application for the single entry visa but make sure to select the East African Tourist Visa.
  • Tanzania has recently joined though information on how to apply for this visa is yet to be confirmed.

Within East Africa, accommodations ranges are budget, midrange, and luxury/top end facilities. These consist of Guest Houses, Motels, Dormitories, camping grounds, Hostels, Hotels, Lodges, Luxury Tented Camps, Fly in Camps, Cottages /Cabins. During your itinerary designing, we always advise accordingly with descriptions of the facilities and do aim for comfort, cleanliness, safety, and a good location.

Rooming and Single Room Supplements (SRS)

Within the national parks, most of rooms are twin bedded rooms despite the fact that the rooms may be booked as single rooms as well. There is supplement to book a single room. If you are travelling as a family, most facilities lack family settings however some do arrange triple rooms from time to time what is normally called Extra Bed Supplement – a twin bedded room with an additional bed
Meals

Most of the lodges around and in the national parks offer rates inclusive of meals (Full Board) however you may request for a bed and breakfast option to get advice accordingly. Children rates are offered between 2 -12 years –usually 50% off adult rate though this has to be reconfirmed.

Meals range from local cuisine to intercontinental cuisines

What our travelers say…

Everything was perfect. We were a family of 5 adults -three adult children and parents and we all loved every minute of our trip. Of course the two trips to the gorillas was quite truly a once off unforgettable 2 hours in ours lives. We simply could not fault the operators organisation and wonderful choices of accomodation and planning and choosing Justinn as our kind and considerate guide. 5 stars for everything for the 5 of us We shall all never forget this incredible experience.

Jessica

Simply incredible! So happy that for my first trip to Africa I chose Uganda. My only regret is that I didn’t book a longer trip (we had 13 days) so that we could have had time to immerse ourselves in the culture a bit more.

Clare

You guys exceeded my expectations. The trip was a once in a lifetime experience that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. Thank you.

Simon
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