Zanzibar has a turbulent and fascinating history, exotic spices, stunning beaches, unique wildlife, turquoise waters and spectacular coral reefs. In the words of David Livingstone (1866), “This is the finest place I have known in all of Africa… an illusive place where nothing is as it seems. I am mesmerized.”
Zanzibar is situated in the perfect azure waters of the Indian Ocean and offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. The sweeping coral reefs are home to a spectacular diversity of tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and macro species. Zanzibar’s aquatic realm offers something for everyone. Scuba Do Zanzibar, a PADI five-star dive centre, is located on the beachfront within Sunset Kendwa.
ALL passengers (including Children and Infants) travelling will require a valid passport (Passports must be valid for at least (6) six months after your departure from Zanzibar)
Please take note of the Immigration Regulations when travelling with Children Under 18 years
Visas are no longer required by South African passport holders for travel to Zanzibar. A visa is obtained on arrival at Zanzibar airport for all foreign passport holders, and is charged at $50 per person
There are no vaccinations required for S.A Travellers to Zanzibar
It is important to ensure that a Travel Insurance Policy appropriately covers you against any unforeseen events (including having to cancel your trip for any unforeseen reason). We are happy to offer the necessary advice on specific travel insurance policies
The local currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), but US dollars are widely accepted. Be sure to carry small bills with you (1 to 5 US dollar bills) as this can be used for buying souvenirs and paying tips. ATM machines are only found in Stone Town, where there are 3 banks that accept International Master and Visa cards. Hotel bills can be paid with Master/Visa cards. When paying cash, always pay the exact amount as any change will be paid in Tanzanian shilling and you’re not going to have any use for that upon your return home, and it cannot be exchanged back into USD at any banks or money changers either in Zanzibar or in South Africa.
In Tanzania/Zanzibar it is customary to provide guides, waiters and other service personnel a tip. The personnel expect a tip, but it is of course up to you how much you would like to give.
Consider the below guidelines to tipping:
- 5-10 USD per night or day to a tour guide
- 1 USD for the porter who carries your luggage
- 1 USD per day for the housekeeping staff