Zanzibar Flights:

Flights to Zanzibar

image of ZanzibarSituated a little way of the coast of Eastern Africa is Zanzibar, a collection of islands that’s a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination because of its attractive scenery, yet it’s also rich in culture and history.

Flights to Zanzibar arrive at the Zanzibar International Airport (airport code: ZNZ) which is located near Stone Town. Coming from Johannesburg you can get a one-stop flight to Zanzibar with Kenya Airways that connects in Nairobi, or with Precision Air Services for a lay-over in Dar Es Salaam. Air Botswana will connect twice, in Gaborone as well as in Nairobi. Yet another option is with South African Airways. Their flight to Zanzibar goes through Dar Es Salaam and Kilimanjaro.

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The Tourist Attractions of Zanzibar:

Zanzibar is not just one island but a collection of them consisting of two main islands and a number of smaller ones. Pemba is one of the larger islands, and while the other is officially named Unguja it is frequently referred to as Zanzibar, so don’t get confused between the whole archipelago and this one island! Both Pemba and Zanzibar have tourist attractions, and historically Zanzibar was the more popular of the two.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island doesn’t offer quite as much as Zanzibar though it is becoming a more popular alternative. It’s a quieter destination that will appeal couples looking for a romantic getaway, or to families who just want a relaxing holiday. Pemba is also becoming well known as a great place for diving too, and there are many untouched corals to explore. Fish are in abundance too, and an increasing number of tourists are coming here for fishing. And if you want to experience some of the region’s culture there are archaeological sites on Pemba and the ruins of Ndagoni from the 14th century.

Zanzibar Island

The island of Unguja, better known as Zanzibar, is quite famous for its history. In Zanzibar City you’ll find Stone Town, which is the historic heart of this old city, and it’s one of Zanzibar’s most popular tourist attractions. Over the years there have been numerous different cultures living here and the architecture is very reflective of that fact. Most of what remains today rates from the 19th century and while a majority of it is Swahili there are also elements of Persian, Moorish, European, Indian and Arabian too.

Look out for the House of Wonders which was built as the sultan’s home in 1883. Inside there is a museum today, while the adjacent Old Fort is a few hundred years older.

One of the popular resort towns for tourists to stay in is Nungwi. This is at the northern end of Zanzibar Island and has wonderful beaches as a well as a selection of other attractions including an aquarium.

When Should You Visit?:

If you plan a trip to Zanzibar during the winter, June to September, you’ll have slightly lower temperatures and less rainfall than the rest of the year. Average highs at this time are around 28 or 29C, which is very pleasant. In the summer average highs go up to 33, peaking in February and March, just around the time the rainfall becomes heaviest.

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