|Stone Town, Zanzibar||Stone Town, Zanzibar|
Zanzibar - a place of colourful history, exotic spices and beautiful beaches. We begin our visit in historic Stone Town, the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses. Spend a day wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways or dazzle your senses with the fresh aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander on a visit to the spice plantations.
Our next stop is one of Zanzibar's stunning East Coast beaches for some well earned rest and relaxation! Our lodge is family run with wonderfully friendly staff and is set magnificently along a pristine, unspoilt beach that stretches for miles. Whilst here there is a myriad of activities from which to choose - including world-renowned diving, snorkelling trips, kayaking and sailing to name just a few!
You may like to rejuvenate with a day at the spa, sample delicious, fresh lobster on the beachfront while watching the sun set or get active with a game of beach volleyball. The combination of colourful Stone Town and spectacular beaches will ensure that Zanzibar is sure to be a memorable finish to any African safari!
On arrival at Zanzibar Airport you will be met by a representative of Zanzibar Unique and transferred to the Tembo Hotel in the Stone Town area. The Tembo Hotel, once an American Consulate, is located in the heart of Zanzibar town, surrounded by historic buildings on the sea front. The first thing that strikes you will be the wonderful colouring and beauty of the hotel. It is fully equipped with all first class facilities. Its self contained rooms are ornamented with Oriental and Zanzibari furniture. The spacious rooms are fully air-conditioned with hot and cold water, television, phone and mini bar at your disposal. To cool off during the heat of the day there is also a swimming pool.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
This morning you will be taken on a tour of the surrounding spice plantations, where you have the opportunity to see and taste a variety of spices including cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg as well as tropical fruits. Your guide may also introduce you to certain rare plants, such as the henna bush and the lipstick tree before your return to Stone Town. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the old town, wander through the alleways, marvel at the unique and ornate doorways that the city is known for. In the evening there are many great seafood restaurants from which to choose and a lively night market to pick up gorgeous Zanzibari curios.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
(Driving time: approx 1 hour) You will be transferred to Breezes Beach Resort by a representative from Madeira Tours (the exact transfer time will be advised by Madeira). During your time at Breezes you can enjoy safe swimming, excellent snorkeling, diving and other watersports plus wind surfing and water skiing. There is a fitness centre for those who want to do some exercise prior to the excellent meals served in the restaurant. Breezes Beach Club, located on the east coast of Zanzibar, is a wonderful resort situated along a white sandy beach. Each room has private facilities, air-conditioning and is tastefully decorated. There is a swimming pool, watersports and fitness centre, restaurant, bars and shopping bazaar. A perfect place to unwind after the hustle and bustle of Stone Town and your safari.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
(Driving time: approx 1 hour) Today you will be transferred back to Zanzibar airport by a representative of Madeira Tours where your tour ends. Please do not book flights out of Zanzibar Airport prior to midday.
Extra nights can be pre-booked in either Stone Town or on the east coast at additional cost. This extension can only be booked in conjunction with another family adventure.
Airport transfers, transport.
Flights, departure taxes, visas, insurance, other meals, drinks, optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Tanzania. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Care must be taken to ensure that your visa does not expire before your proposed date of entry to Tanzania (visas are usually valid for three months from the date of issue). It is recommended that visas should be obtained before departure. A visa fee of US$50 is charged to most foreign nationals. A visa fee of US$100 is charged for US citizens.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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This extension can only be booked in conjunction with another of our tours. A departure tax of US$5 is currently payable at Zanzibar airport and must be paid in US$ cash.
Please do not expect to use credit cards in Zanzibar: their use and acceptance is extremely limited. In addition, to exchange travellers cheques you must be able to produce your purchase slips to prove the authenticity of your holding.
As you are travelling to Stone Town from the East Coast on the morning of Day 5, please do not book onward flights departing prior to midday.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
18 November 2013