ZANZIBAR – LA GEMMA DELL
Zanzibar – North West Coast
WHEN CAN I GO?
1 March 2020 – 8 April 2020
3 Night All Inclusive holiday at La Gemma Dell Est
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE DEAL?
Return flights to Zanzibar on the scheduled, direct services of Mango Return resort transfers 3 night accommodation in a Junior Suite Breakfast, lunch, dinner & selected drinks daily Canoes, water gym, stretching, beach volley, table tennis, gym, tennis court, Stocked minibar in the room, Beach towels, sun beds & beach umbrellas. Wi-Fi in public areas 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.A high season surcharge will apply for travel from 19 March – 3 May and from 8 June – 8 July 2020.
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 West Coast
149 modern and comfortable rooms.
Double Room (Size: 25 m2)
These rooms are located in the middle of the resort and have garden views. They also have a large communal living room for guests to enjoy.
Junior Suite (Size: 32 m2)
The Junior Suites are located on terraces along the cliff side. All are sea facing and have a private terrace and access to the tropical gardens.
Suite (Size: 60 m2)
The Suites are sea facing and have private terraces and access to the garden. There is also a large, integrated lounge area
Villa (Size: 60 m2)
These luxurious one bedroom villas are located at the top of the resort , have private pools, and a fabulous sea vista. Villa guests also have their own dedicated beach area as well as their own restaurant, bar and pool.
- Individual climate control and ceiling fan
- TV with satellite channels
- Stocked mini bar
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Digital in room personal safe
- Hair dryer
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
The resort operates on an All Inclusive basis
The All Inclusive Concept includes
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Pavillion restaurant
- Snacks and drinks all day
- Regularly refilled minibar
- WiFi throughout the resort
- Gym facilities, beach volley, table tennis, tennis court
- Kayaks and stand up paddles
- Beach towels, sun beds and beach umbrellas
With indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor dining facilities serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lavish buffets offer a fusion of Mediterranean cuisine together with favourite local dishes.
Sea Breeze a la carte restaurant (At a supplement)
Located on the magnificent pier, serves fresh seafood in an exceptional and romantic atmosphere.
Terra e Mare
Italian restaurant open for dinner.
This poolside snack bar is open from 10h30.
A snack menu is available between 12h00 and 14h00.
The Sunset Bar
Located on the magnificent pier, this bar offers a wide selection of local and international cocktails and drinks with live entertainment.
The Rock Bar
Located near the Pavillion Restaurant.
The Lobby Bar
Located near the reception. Wi-Fi facilities available.
This bar is for the exclusive use of Villa guests
BAOBAB CONGRESS CENTRE
The convention centre is named after 2 monumental and ageless baobab trees around which it has been designed and caters to all conference, meeting and banqueting requirements. Organizing and catering services are available along with premium table settings, meeting amenities and audio-video equipment. The Baobab meeting rooms accommodate up to 160 persons for a sit down function or 220 for cocktail receptions. The grand ballroom divides into 3 separate rooms fitted with soundproof walls and has a board room offering the latest facilities.
Guests will be pampered by the skilful hands of the expertly trained staff
Complimentary throughout the resort
- Indoor and Outdoor gym – for guests over 18 years only
- Aqua gymnastics
- Main pool with kiddies pool area
- Villa pool for the exclusive of Villa guests
- Tennis court (hard surface with floodlights)
- Dive and watersports centre
- Daily evening entertainment programme
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.