Zanzibar Honeymoon Packages

Lux Marijani – East Coast, Zanzibar

"] 5 nights Dinner & Breakfast daily from R22,450 PER PERSON SHARING
03 Mar - 12 Apr '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort – North West Coast, Zanzibar

"] 6 Nights All-inclusive from R30,630 PER PERSON SHARING
01 May - 31 May '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
4-stars
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The Residence Zanzibar – South West Coast, Zanzibar

"] 6 Nights Half-board from R36,270 PER PERSON SHARING
01 May - 31 May '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Tui Blue Bahari – North East Coast, Zanzibar

"] 6 Nights All-inclusive from R26,580 PER PERSON SHARING
01 May -31 May '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
4-stars
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Sansi Kendwa Beach Resort – North West Coast, Zanzibar

"] 6 Nights All-inclusive from R22,325 PER PERSON SHARING
01 May - 12 Jun '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
4-stars
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Riu Jambo Zanzibar – North West Coast, Zanzibar

"] 6 Nights All-inclusive from R22,040 PER PERSON SHARING
01 May - 31 May '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
4-stars
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Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa – Kiwengwa, Zanzibar

"] 7 nights from Price on Request PER PERSON SHARING
01 Jun - 21 Dec '23
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Melia Zanzibar – North East Coast, Zanzibar

"] 7 Nights All inclusive from R35,045 PER PERSON SHARING
01 May - 12 Jun '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Zuri Zanzibar – North West Coast, Zanzibar

"] 6 Nights Half Board from R50,690 PER PERSON SHARING
01 Apr - 30 Apr '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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My Blue Hotel – North West Coast, Nungwi, Zanzibar

"] 6 Nights All-Inclusive from R23,300 PER PERSON SHARING
01 Mar - 18 Mar '24
Zanzibar ex Johannesburg
4-stars
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About Zanzibar

Zanzibar promises a rich, romantic experience for those adventurous couples looking to honeymoon in an exotic location. Located about 35km off the east coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an archipelago consisting of the main island of Unguja (commonly known as Zanzibar), Pemba Island, famous for its deep-sea fishing, and about 50 smaller surrounding islands and coral reefs.

Also known as ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is a place like no other. can be traced back to the spice and slave trades and its culture is rooted in the Portuguese, Omani Arab and English traditions. It was an independent country until 1964 when it and several smaller islands became part of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Romance will blossom as you wander the narrow, shaded streets of the capital city Stone Town on a balmy afternoon. With the heady scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove in the air, listen to the call to prayer that beckons from one of the city’s 50 mosques.

Its heydey was during the 19th century when the island became the world’s leading producer of cloves; its plantations still produce more than 50 different spices and fruit, and guided spice tours are a Zanzibar speciality.

The chance to relive the allure of long ago can be yours as you and your spouse set sail from Kilele Square in a traditional wooden Dhow for some of the small islands off Stone Town. Explore the natural beauty the island has to offer from your base at one of the island’s idyllic beach resorts. Witness schools of brightly coloured fish as you dive and snorkel among coral reefs or see bottlenose dolphins or the magnificence of cresting whales from a chartered boat trip.

Experience the wildlife haven of the Jozani Forest to view the rare indigenous Red Colobus monkey, or join the many residents of Stone Town as they take a lazy stroll through the refurbished Forodhani Gardens at sunset. It’s an amazing destination!

Zanzibar Basic Information

Electricity

230 volts, 50Hz. Rectangular or round three-pin plugs are used.

Language

Swahili and English are the official languages. Several indigenous languages are also spoken.

Money

The official currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. The tourism industry prices everything in US dollars and this is the preferred unit of currency. Money can be exchanged in larger towns; foreign exchange bureaux may offer a better rate of exchange than banks. ATMs are available in major towns and cities. Major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied on and can incur a surcharge.

Safety

Most visits to Tanzania are trouble free, but violent and armed crime does exist. Travellers are sometimes the victims of mugging and bag snatching (especially by passing cars or motorbikes), and armed robbery and burglary rates have increased throughout the country. Travellers should walk as far away from the road as possible and avoid walking and cycling at night. They should also avoid carrying large amounts of cash or other valuables, and leave their passport in the hotel safe.

As in other East African countries, there is some threat of terrorism in Tanzania, and visitors should be cautious in public places and at tourist sites. The area bordering Burundi should also be avoided. There have been reports of piracy in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is a concern, with commercial and tourist vessels being fired upon and several tourists taken hostage.

Road accidents are common due to poor road and vehicle conditions, violation of traffic regulations and exhaustion among long-distance drivers. There have also been a number of ferry accidents in Tanzania in recent years. Travellers should take precautions, such as staying away from buses or ferries that seem overloaded or in poor condition.

Zanzibar Travel Specifics

Health

Visitors should consider vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, and polio, and proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if visitors are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs. There is a risk of malaria all year and outbreaks of Rift Valley Fever occur; travellers should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and take malaria medication.

Food prepared by unlicensed vendors should be avoided, as meat and milk products from animals may not have been cooked thoroughly. Sleeping sickness is a risk in the game parks, including the Serengeti, and visitors should take precautions against bites by tsetse flies.

There is a high prevalence of HIV/Aids; cholera outbreaks are common throughout the country and visitors are advised to drink bottled or sterilised water only. Travellers climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are at risk for altitude sickness.

Medical services are available in Dar-es-Salaam and other main towns, but facilities and supplies are limited even in cities and often non-existent in rural areas. Visitors with particular requirements should take their own medicines. Comprehensive travel insurance is advised.

Duty free

Travellers to Tanzania do not have to pay duty on 250g tobacco or 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars and one bottle of alcoholic beverages.

Entry requirements

A visa is issued on arrival, and a passport valid for six months from date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination.

A visa is issued on arrival, and a passport valid for six months from date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination. Those with British passports with endorsements other than ‘British Citizen’ should confirm official requirements. Visitors with ‘British Overseas Territories Citizen’ shown on the biodata page are visa exempt for 90 days.

A visa is issued on arrival, and a passport valid for six months from date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination.

A visa is issued on arrival, and a passport valid for six months from date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination.

South Africans do not require a visa if intending to stay for a maximum of up to 90 days, provided that the passport is valid for six months from date of entry. Otherwise, a visa is required for longer stays. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination. Business travellers will be required to pay a fee of $200 on arrival.

A visa is issued on arrival, and a passport valid for six months from date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination.

A visa is issued on arrival, and a passport valid for six months from date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination.

Passport & Visa

All visitors to Tanzania require proof of sufficient funds and should hold documentation for their return or onward journey. Passports should be valid for at least six months from date of entry. Most visitors entering will require a visa as well. Those arriving from an infected country must hold a yellow fever vaccination certificate. It is highly recommended that travellers’ passports have at least six months’ validity remaining after the intended date of departure from their travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Climate in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is warm throughout the year, though the heat at the coastal resorts on the north and east coasts is tempered by sea breezes. Stone Town and the centre of Zanzibar Island have showers throughout the year, and there are heavy showers throughout the island in April and May, when most tourists avoid the island, and hotels close. Temperatures average between 72F (22C) and 92F (33C) throughout the year.

Zanzibar Customs & More

Tipping

Waiters in the better restaurants should be tipped around 10 percent; guides, porters and cooks in the wildlife parks and on safari trips usually receive tips as well. The amount is discretionary according to the standard of service and the number of people in the travelling party.

Local customs

Tanzanians are known to be friendly and generally welcoming, but travellers should be sensitive to local cultural mores. Drunkenness is frowned upon and Tanzanians feel strongly about showing respect for their elders.

Visitors to Zanzibar should be aware that it is a predominantly Muslim region and visitors should dress modestly and respectfully. Beachwear is fine on the beach or around a hotel pool, but not acceptable elsewhere. Topless sunbathing is a criminal offence. Some tourists buys a local sarong, called a kanga, which can be used to cover shoulders when needed, or otherwise be used as a towel.

Smoking in public places is illegal. Tourists should be especially careful during Ramadan, when public drinking, smoking and even eating in public should be avoided. Homosexuality is illegal.

Doing business

Although Tanzanians come across as relaxed and friendly, it is important to observe certain formalities, especially with greetings. It is advisable to learn a few Swahili phrases when greeting, followed by a handshake.

Women and men rarely shake hands in Swahili culture; however, if the woman extends her hand, the man is obliged to take it. Tanzanians are to be addressed as Mr, Mrs, and Ms, followed by the family name.

Business dress is seldom very formal but lightweight suits are recommended for formal occasions. Business hours are similar to Western countries, but a longer lunch break is taken during the hotter months, and business continues later in the evening from Monday to Friday.

Communications

The international country dialling code for Tanzania, as well as Zanzibar, is +255. There is good mobile phone coverage in main cities and towns, while rural areas may have limited coverage. There are international roaming agreements with most international operators. WiFi is available in main towns and resorts; visitors can purchase local prepaid SIM cards for unlocked phones.

Zanzibar Airport

Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ)

Location

The airport is located three miles (5km) south of Stone Town

 

Getting to the city

Taxis are available at the terminal. Some hotels in Stone Town offer shuttle services from the airport.

Time

Local time is GMT +3.

 

Car rental

Travellers can rent cars from Zan Island Car Rental, Kibabu Cars Zanzibar, Zanzibar Express Car Hire and Zanzibar Best Car Rental.

Airport Taxis

There is a taxi rank at the terminal. Taxis will have a set list of prices, though travellers can negotiate them down.

Facilities

The airport’s limited facilities include small shops selling souvenirs, gifts, snacks, and beverages.

Parking

There is limited parking space at the airport.

Zanzibar & Stone Town Attractions

Most travellers visit the destination for a beach vacation, and Zanzibar’s beaches alone more than justify the trip. The northern beaches of Zanzibar are particularly celebrated for their beauty, and excursions to Pemba Island and Mafia Island are a treat for beachgoers.

Other tourist favourites include Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Beach, which are close together on the northwestern tip of the island, and have good resort facilities; Uroa Bay, in the middle of the east coast, which still retains a pleasant local flavour; Paje Beach, on the east coast, is said to be the best spot on Zanzibar for kite surfing; Nakupenda Beach, accessible by a short boat trip from Stone Town, which is pristine and usually deserted, a true paradise beach; and the beaches of Changuu Island (Prison Island), where beach lounging can be combined with a visit to the old quarantine centre and the resident giant tortoises. It is possible to arrange many different water sports and boat trips, and the scuba diving and snorkelling is world-class.

Zanzibar is more than just picturesque beaches, though, as the Islamic heritage infusing the island with an exotic, ancient atmosphere, and the legacy of the slave trade ensure some historical interest.

Ratings and Reviews

Have you stayed in Zanzibar and want to share your experience, we'd love to hear it and share it.  Please reach out and tell us all about it.

Just-Honeymoons-Logo-Final-2023-05
Zanzibar, My Blue – December 2017

Hallo Des

Ek wil baie dankie sê vir jou dat jy so lekker honeymoon gereel het. Dit was baie spesiaal ne vreeslik lekker! Dis net ‘n jammer die tyd wou nie stil staan nie!

Die verblyf by My Blue was baie lekker. Ons het heerlik gebly, die kos was baie lekker en die staff was ongelooflik vriendelik. Almal in Zanzibar wou net help en seker maak dat ons die tydjie daar geniet. Dit was nogal vir my besonder gewees dat hulle so vriendelik en hulpvaardig was.

Baie dankie vir jou puik diens!! Jy is baie goed in wat jy doen. Jy het alles baie mooi beplan en dit was vir ons baie maklik om dit net te geniet. Al het ek soms op my senuwees geword oor alles het jy my mooi kalm gemaak en kon ek agter kom ek moet dit eerder net geniet. Jy het alles net vir ons soveel makliker gemaak.

Ek wil net noem dat ons het so klein probleempie opgetel langs die pad. Toe ons in Johannesburg kom van Kaapstad af en moes board vir die vlug Kenia toe, het hulle vir ons en baie ander mense gesê dat die vlug reeds vol is en dat ons ‘n ander vlug moet neem. Ek dink omdat ons amper voor in die ry gestaan het kon sy ons nog help maar die ander mense moes ‘n ander vlug later neem. Hulle het eers vir ons gesê dat die vlug vol is omdat Kenia Airways besluit het om ‘n kleiner vliegtuig te gebruik. Ek het toe met die dame gesels en haar mooi laat verstaan dat ons nie ‘n ander tyd gaan vlieg nie en dat sy vir ons plek moet kry op die vliegtuig. Ek weet nie wat sy gedoen het nie maar sy was ‘n tydjie besig op die telefoon en op die rekenaar en het toe vir ons ‘n plek op die vliegtuig gekry. Dit was die enigste “probleem”op ons honeymoon.

Weereens baie dankie vir al die moeite en die reel van ‘n baie spesiale honeymoon. Ek sal definitief weer van jou dienste gebruik maak om ‘n trip te reel iewers in die toekoms.

Vriendelike groete

Henco
Just Honeymoons
Zanzibar, Sea Cliff Resort & Spa- December 2017

Dear Bronwyn

Thank you for your email and professional services! It was great to know that everything was sorted out from the moment we left SA via mango and met with Hozzy at the airport!
We had a great time in Zanzibar! The island was fantastic, history-rich and overflowing with culture. Sea Cliff is a good (almost great) hotel, with an adequate beverage selection list and good food, with exceptional hospitality! I was in awe of the way the hotel’s personnel treated us. Sandeep and his team are top-notch!

Paying the extra bit for all-inclusive was worth it financially, but wish the selection of drinks was n bit broader. This, along with the limited – but very tasty food – was not deal breakers. Nothing was for that matter.

One must take into account that the tide makes a massive difference in the availability to go for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Different parts of the Island get affected differently. Circling back to the food; It was as stated – good and tasty! As expected the seafood selection was fantastic and delicious, and we were lucky enough to get lobster three times (once in our candlelit dinner – which was super and a must!) during our stay. The other nights was good food and a decent selection.

During our trip we did two excursions: 1) Blue Safari and 2) Stone Town tour.
Blue safari was magnificent, and worth every cent! The whole day on the sandbank and snorkelling, eating lobster and mango was/is a must! It was so worth it, that I would advise first-time travellers to rather stay in a cheaper hotel/resort but experience the fantastic trip that is Safari Blue! The hotel offered a complimentary trip to Stone Town, and we picked up a local tour guide there. It was 2 hrs and also, great to learn about Freddie Mercury and the slavery.

One must obviously be as biased as possible in these reviews. This was my first time experiencing such a holiday, and first time visiting Zanzibar. Value for money was good, and the experience the island offer was awesome. I’ll rather spend this amount in Zanzibar than in Cape Town. I cannot fully review Sea Cliff, as I have no idea what the other hotels (within the same price range and ratings) offer in Zanzibar. Will I go back to the hotel; Yes – but would like to visit the north of the island, as this offers (apparently) a better beach holiday vide. With this said, again, relaxing by the infinity pool was as good – if not better in some situations (read weather changes). Our overall experience was fantastic, and would definitely recommend it to any of your friends and colleagues!

Our next trip will be to the north/north-west of the island where we will definitely be sure to contract WebTours/Holiday factory/ lovely Bronwyn again to help make our trip once again seamless.

I have written a more in-depth review of the hotel on trip advisor.

Henro – Zanzibar Lover
Just Honeymoons
Zanzibar, My Blue Hotel – January 2018

Hi Des,

This was one of my best trips thus far and we enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you!

Everything happened on time without any hiccups. Your booking and travel arrangements are first class. MyBlue and Zanzibar exceeded all our expectations. All the people and staff we met were extremely friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome at all times.

I would definitely recommend your services, Zanzibar and MyBlue to all my friends, family and colleagues.

I will also most definitely make use of your services in future (unfortunately I am all out of money after this holiday).

All of the best.

Vriendelike groete / Kind regards

Lourens & Leonie Maass