DIAMONDS MAPENZI BEACH Zanzibar-North East Coast 7 Nights

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DESTINATION

Zanzibar - North East Coast

WHEN CAN I GO?

28 December 2017 - 07 January 2018

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE DEAL?

  • Return flights to Zanzibar on the scheduled, direct services of Mango
  • Return resort transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in a Swahili Room
  • Breakfast; lunch; dinner & selected drinks daily
  • Daily stocked minibar; Water gym; stretching; windsurfing equipment; canoe; beach volley; table tennis; indoors games and tennis court; Sun loungers and beach towels
  • All taxes, levies and surcharges (estimate)

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 also not included
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations
  • Rebooking and cancellations fees apply
  • All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified
  • Standard terms and conditions apply

DIAMONDS MAPENZI BEACH

WHY WE LIKE IT

If you want to travel to Zanzibar for the pristine beaches rather than over-the-top luxury, then Diamonds Mapenzi Beach is a great option. nnLocated on the East Coast, the beach is a long ribbon of silky soft sand and warm, tropical ocean. Staying at one of the smaller resorts on the island offers you the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery without the crowds, letting you relax and watch the local fishermen at work far out in the turquoise sea. With a calm, welcoming vibe and friendly staff, this is a great place to unwind and enjoy the Zanzibar sun.

HOTEL FACILITIES

A recommended hotel,All Inclusive,Babysitting,Beach hotel,Diving,Great Beach,Honeymoon holidays,Multiple dining options,Snorkeling,Spa,Water Sports,WiFi,

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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.

HISTORY

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.

LANGUAGE

The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is
Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). English is widely spoken and understood.
Jambo Rafiki – Hello my friend!

CULTURE

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.

CLIMATE

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.

CURRENCY

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.

ELECTRICITY

220/230 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK). It is advisable to
take along an international adaptor.

MALARIA

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

TRAVEL TIPS

  • 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.

Adult Price 36980
Adult Tax 1200
Holiday Type Name All Inclusive,December,
Package validity from : 12/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
Package validity to : 1/7/2018 12:00:00 AM

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