ZANZIBAR – Dream of Zanzibar
Zanzibar – East Coast
WHEN CAN I GO?
1 March 2020 – 31 March 2020
5 Night holiday at the All Inclusive Dream of Zanzibar
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE DEAL?
Return flights to Zanzibar on the scheduled, direct services of Mango Return resort transfers 5 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room Breakfast, lunch, dinner & selected drinks daily Water gym, canoes, beach volley, football, darts, billiards & table tennis. Evening entertainment programme All taxes, levies & surcharges (estimate)
AIRFARE SURCHARGES & CONDITIONS
This fare level is determined by Mango’s yield management of their seats and is not a set fare level but rather subject to the load factor booked on a specific date.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are not included.Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations. Re-booking and cancellation fees apply.All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.Standard terms and conditions apply.All discounts and/or special offers have already been included in the package price.
North East Coast
The resort provides top modern comforts with accommodation of the highest standards fitted with furniture made by Italian specialists in elm wood.
All rooms have a large en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and double basin.
Each room has a spacious private terrace or balcony with table and chairs.
104 Deluxe Garden Rooms
Have a communal swimming pool, children area and bar.
40 Junior Suites with Ocean View
10 Junior Suites with Ocean View and a jacuzzi
These 3 room categories are located in individual blocks with rooms on both the ground and first floors.
3 Individual Beach Villas
Have a jacuzzi and private pool and enjoy a beachfront location.
- Individual climate control and ceiling fan
- King size or European twin beds with mosquito net
- IDD telephone
- Internet access (with cable)
- TV with satellite channels, DVD and CD player
- Stocked mini bar
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Digital in room personal safe
- Hair dryer
- Shaver plug point
- Electricity 220V 50 Hz
Cape to Venice Brasserie
With indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor dining facilities offers lavish buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special theme nights are organized on a weekly basis with menu featuring light and tasty international cuisine.
The Andiamo Pizzeria
Open for dinner, serves fresh pizza, salads and healthy foods from an a la carte menu.
Blue Vanilla a’ la carte restaurant (At a supplement)
The luxury a’ la carte restaurant offers seafood and fusion cuisine, refreshing cocktails in a refined and peaceful ambience, open for dinner only.
The Boma Restaurant and The Chop Sticks Restaurant
Regional and local African dishes are served buffet style at the Boma Restaurant while Asian specialities can be tasted The Chop Stick.
The Taj Mahal, the Sushi Bar and the Zanzi-Bar Grill
Located on the beach and serve buffet lunch.
The Kokosnuss Bar
Located near the main pool this bar offers a selection of fruit juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea, cocktails, beers, wine and selected spirits from 10h00 to 22h00.
The Snack Bar is open from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 15h00 to 17h00.
The Mama Paw Garden Pool Bar
Serves cocktails and All Inclusive beverages from 10h00 to 18h00 at the Deluxe Garden Rooms pool.
The Le Souk Bar
Serves a wide selection of long drinks tea, coffee, cocktails, soft drinks, local beers and selected spirits. Exclusive and premium drinks are served at an extra charge.
Open from 18h00 to midnight.
The resort operates on an All Inclusive basis which includes:
- A welcome cocktail
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant
- Weather depending the lunch buffet is served at The Taj Mahal, Sushi Bar d Zanzi-Bar Grill outlets
- Soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, house wine, tea and coffee and selected spirits are served at the restaurants and bars
- Dinner is also available at The Chop Stick, at The Boma Restaurant and at the Andiamo Pizzeria Restaurant
- Snacks are offered at the Pool Bar throughout the day
- Other inclusions on the package are water gym, canoes, beach volley, football, table tennis, billiards and darts as well as the provision of beach towels, sun beds and beach umbrellas
FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
- 24 Hour reception and concierge
- Currency exchange and internet access
- 2 swimming pools, one with children’s area
- Babysitting service
- Conference Centre
- Animation team with daily entertainment
- Water sports Centre
- The Dream Spa
- Tours and excursions desk
- Stone Town shuttle service
WELCOME TO ZANZIBAR
Jambo! This is the Swahili greeting that you will hear on arrival when you are welcomed by the warm and inviting locals. Zanzibar is the name of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of East Africa. There are many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as ‘Zanzibar’), and Pemba Island. As the number one beach location in East Africa, Zanzibar is a wonderful island, with classic tropical beaches, lush plantations, an incredible history and a fascinating culture. Apart from historic Stone Town, with its labyrinth of narrow streets, Zanzibar is known for its beautiful palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs.
Zanzibar was inhabited by Portuguese navigators at the end of the 15th century. They were ousted 200 years later by the Omani Arabs and Zanzibar became a major centre for slave trading. The island became an Arab state and was an important centre of trade and politics in the region. European explorers, including Stanley and Livingstone, began their expeditions into the interior of Africa from Zanzibar in the late 1800’s. In 1964, the sultan and the government were overthrown in a revolution and in the same year, Zanzibar and Tanganyika combined to form the United Republic of Tanzania.
The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). English is widely spoken and understood. Jambo Rafiki – Hello my friend!
Most of the people in Zanzibar are Muslim and all towns and villages on Zanzibar Island have mosques. Visitors to Zanzibar Town (Stone Town) will hear the evocative sound of the muezzins calling people to prayer from the minarets, especially for the evening session at sunset. There are also small populations of Christians and Hindus.
Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a very tropical climate. The average daytime high is between 28°C and 32°C and the night-time lows are between 20°C and 25°C. Temperature wise – this island is an all-year-round winner. February is very hot and very humid (just leave your hair straightener at home!) and March to May are the wettest months.
The local currency is Tanzania Shillings (TSH) but the currency cannot be bought outside of the country. Cash (US Dollars) and credit cards are accepted at hotels and at any Bureau de Change. We strongly recommend that you take USD cash in small denominations for incidental purchases, tips etc.
220/230 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK). It is advisable to take along an international adaptor.
As Zanzibar is situated in a malaria zone, it is recommended that you consult your physician on the correct preventative medication required before you travel.
WHAT TO DO IN ZANZIBAR
Whether you spend your days lazing by the pool, sipping cocktails on the beach at sunset, diving in warm waters or enjoying a Dhow cruise around small islands, your Zanzibar holiday will be a memorable experience.
- Diving: With living reefs surrounding the islands, Zanzibar has excellent dive locations. There are plenty of places where the water temperature is warm, visibility is usually excellent, and currents are weak, all of which contributes to an ideal location for first time and novice divers. In addition to the warm and still waters full of colourful fish, there are many challenging dives as well. If you want to surf the current through a ravine, go for deep water, or search for wrecks, there are dive companies that can make it happen for you. Many of the larger resorts on the north and east coasts have professionally-run dive shops as well. Qualified divers must produce certification and a log book.
- Shopping: Whether you’re in the market for T-shirts, spices, kangas, furniture or hand sewn pillow covers, Stone Town is a great place for fun shopping and bargain hunting. You will find the inevitable ashtray carved out of a coconut shell, but there are enough Tinga-tinga paintings, woodcarvings and woven goods to keep almost everyone in the market for a tasteful souvenir.
- Stone Town: Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, Stone Town is a mishmash of cultures, languages and architecture. Over the centuries, Stone Town has grown from a small fishing village to a thriving town with an extraordinary history. Walking around Stone Town, you can see the influence of the different cultures that make up Zanzibar. Coral and stone houses show off imposing Zanzibar doors with brass studs as a defence against charging elephants and carvings with scriptures from the Quran. A tour of the town is highly recommended.
- Excursions: There are loads of excursions available to help you explore this unique island. It is wise to stick to a reputable operator and not be lured by beach boys and vendors who prey on tourists promising cheap prices. There are two excursions that are not to be missed in our opinion. A visit to a spice farm village on the Spice Tour will allow you to walk through the farm with your guide – touching, smelling and tasting different spices and fruits. It will give you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea.
Setting sail on a traditional dhow will be one of the highlights of your trip. Safari Blue is a full day excursion which takes you out into Menai Bay – a haven of beautiful uninhabited islands where the waters are frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. The anchor is dropped on a sandbank which makes for some spectacular snorkelling. Drinks are served throughout the day and lunch is a buffet of grilled fish, lobster, calamari and chicken. Make sure this one is on your itinerary.
WHAT TO PACK
- As a guide, the maximum weight for checked luggage is 20kg in economy class.
- Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg and needs to be small and compact
- Take along your best beach and casual wear, perfect for the day
- The dress-code for dinner is usually smart casual and gents may be required to wear long trousers
- Take an umbrella or rain poncho if travelling from October to January to March to June
- When in town, men & women should have their shoulders and knees covered. Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt are perfectly fine but halter-tops and miniskirts are insulting to locals
- Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
- Don’t forget any medication that you might need, and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
- Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV channels in your hotel may be limited)
- Swimming shoes and goggles
- Mosquito repellent
- A sun hat or cap
- Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim when you get to your resort)
- Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
- No sharp objects are permitted in your hand luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
- Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford to travel!
- Travelling with kids – please check that you have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
- Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and jewellery in your carry-on bag
- It’s often a good idea to let your bank or credit card company know that you’re going overseas
- Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have the best time ever!
DID YOU KNOW:
- Due to its proximity to the Equator, Zanzibar is warm throughout the year and has equal days and nights (12-hours each)
- The shortest war ever recorded by man is the Anglo-Zanzibar War where the British bombarded the Beit al Hukum Palace and after 38 minutes, a ceasefire was called.
- Zanzibar is popularly known as the Spice Islands.
- Zanzibar has the largest number of carved doors in Africa
- Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar in 1946. His birth name was actually Farouk Bulsara.