October 2013 – recently got back from holidaying in Northern Zanzibar. What a great deal Selftours Holidays put together for us at the lovely 4* Hilton International beach resort for us. Inclusive of return flights from ORT Jhb, transfers, all inclusive of beers wines cool drinks, three meals a day, basket of fruit in room every day, freely stocked bar fridge, high tea at 4.30, guided beach walks to a dhow (sailing boat) building village (very interesting) and to a Turtle sanctuary, plus evening entertainment. All in for around R13500 per person, you can’t beat it. If you are an up and about person you will not be bored, tons to do if you want. Take a little bit extra cash and book some interesting excursions. This place is a whole lot more than just a beach holiday; the activities you can enjoy are endless.
There are also many excursions to choose from as optional extras.
Mnemba Island – great day out on the turquoise sea – Dhow cruise to Mnemba Island to snorkel the beautiful tropical coral reefs teaming with colourful tropical fish, then a lunchtime fish braai on the beach with cool drinks thrown in.
Spice & Stone Town tour – Do the Spice tour first (absolutely fascinating) but don’t buy the over priced samples, get them at Memories in town. Then continue to Stone Town (the capital) for another guided tour – history of the Sultans, the slave trade market, Dr David Livingstone. The late Freddy Mercury’s house. Just up the street from Freddy’s place is a very nice shop called Memories, pick up some souvenirs.
Need a restaurant in Town – ask for Maru Maru hotel and enjoy lunch on their roof top restaurant with a bit of a view and a cool breeze. It’s just behind the house of Wonders.
House of Wonders and Sultans Palace – for those who like a little history. See the sultans furniture – a good guide will bring it all alive etc
Prison Island also take your snorkel kit, a short 5km boat ride from Stone Town to this little island with the largest tortoises I have seen 3+ feet high and the biggest crabs – Coconut Crabs, so powerful they chop Coconuts open, fortunately they remain locked up in a cage. You can have a quick look at the old derelict Prison then go for a snorkel, some great reefs and fish to be admired – you probably need a dip to cool off.
Jozini Forest – a tour in the forest will introduce you to the rare and beautiful Red Colobus Moneys with their very long coats.
Swim with the Dolphins – This adventure can be enjoyed at Kizimkazi in the south western end of the island of Zanzibar. Normally it is a full day excursion, the main attraction being able to swim with the dolphins. Being very social themselves you can even get to play with them. Kizimkazi is also the home to the oldest Mosque in Africa. Built in the 12th Century and still in use to today.
The Sands – These are islands of sand in the bay of Menai. Day tours out to these islands include a beach lunch, snorkelling and swimming, other activities may well be offered.
Fishing – well for those keen on hooking into some big fish you will find some excellent fishing up in the north. The channel between East Africa and the island of Pemba and Zanzibar are well documents by Hemmingway as the best bill fish experience he ever enjoyed – pricey but if you are keen Zanzibar has got the fish to challenge your endurance.
Sunset Dhow Cruise – What better way to end the day than with the quiet tranquillity of a Sunset Cruise under sail listening the sea lapping against the dhow as the sun settles into the sea sipping on your favourite yummy juice….
Yes, Zanzibar was more than just some cocktails and a sun tan – we will be back. Contact Selftours and ask for a good deal.
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