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. Its history 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.
OUR ALL-INCLUSIVE 4* FAVOURITE IN ZANZIBAR
The 4* Mapenzi is one of the most established hotels on the island of Zanzibar and has recently been upgraded and rebranded to the Diamonds category of the Planhotel group so great changes and upgrades have taken place. The low tide on the East coast adds to the experience when you can walk out across the beach for 1.5 kilometres to the reef.
Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Resort remains an excellent and affordable choice for people who want an action-packed holiday and has recently undergone a makeover. Great value for money, it’s an unpretentious resort with a fantastic vibe; fun and involving. Accommodation is simple and comfortable, the water sports facilities are brilliant – windsurfing equipment and canoes are complimentary – the all-inclusive package covers a choice of three restaurants and two bars plus a daily stocked mini-bar (soft drinks, water and beer) – it couldn’t be better! There is also the a la carte restaurant on the beach – but here a supplement is payable.