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    Destination

    Zanzibar - North East Coast

    When can I go?

    1 April 2019 - 31 May 2019

    Description

    7 Night discounted holiday at the Blue Bay Beach Resort

    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 Garden Room Breakfast & dinner daily All taxes, levies & surcharges (estimate)

    More Info

    1 FREE Night included

    Airfare Surcharges & Conditions

    This fare level is determined by Mango’s yield management of their seats and is not a set fare level but rather subject to the load factor booked on a specific date. A peak season supplement applies for travel 12 December 2018 - 19 January 2019.

    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 not included. Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations. Rebooking and cancellation fees apply. All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified. Standard terms and conditions apply. All discounts and/or special offers have already been included in the package price.

    Pricing From

    Johannesburg
    Base Price: ZAR 14 165 p.p.s
    Package Taxes: ZAR 1 210 p.p.s
    Total Price: ZAR 15 380 p.p.s
  • BLUEBAY BEACH RESORT & SPA


    Why we like it

    Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is ideally located on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach and has a truly exotic feel. Lush and colourful gardens, home to more than 1000 palm trees, slope down to the beach and sea.

    Description

    LOCATION
    North East coast of Zanzibar at Kiwengwa

    ACCOMMODATION
    The resort has 106 rooms in 4 different categories.

    Garden Rooms (size 33m2)
    The Garden rooms share their own pool and comprise 6 bungalows, each with four en suite bedrooms.

    Superior Rooms (size 33m2)
    All rooms in this category are sea facing and occupy an elevated position in the grounds overlooking the gardens to the ocean beyond.

    Junior Suites (size 90m2)
    The suites have their own lounge area, a large veranda and a private garden with an outdoor shower. The bathrooms have showers and bathtubs.

    Sultan Suites
    These two opulent suites are situated at the ocean’s edge with their own private access to the beach and they can interconnect if required.

    ROOM FACILITIES

    • Double or twin beds with mosquito nets
    • Air conditioning
    • Ceiling fans
    • Separate dressing room and en suite bathroom
    • Terrace or balcony
    • Satellite flat screen TV
    • Tea and coffee making facilities
    • In-room safe
    • Mini-bar
    • Hairdryer
    • Telephone

    DINING

    Meal Plans
    The resort operates on a half board basis with the option to upgrade to full board and All Inclusive.

    The all inclusive inclusions are as follows:

    • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Makuti Restaurant
    • Water, soft drinks, red, white and rose house wines, locally bottled beers and spirits, selected liqueurs, a selection of cocktails and mocktails from 10h00 to midnight.
    • All day tea and coffee at the Blue Deli Terrace Café
    • Afternoon tea and cakes at the Blue Deli Terrace Café

    Makuti Restaurant
    The main restaurant overlooks the pool and serves buffet style breakfasts with live cooking stations whilst lunch and dinner are either buffet or table d’hote with weekly beach and poolside parties. Dinners are themed and there is a resident band plus evening entertainment

    The Bahari Grill
    A la carte restaurant serving seafood and local specialities, open for lunch and dinner. Guests enjoy a 15% discount on meals.

    Blue Marlin Beach Restaurant
    A la carte, alfresco restaurant at the ocean’s edge serving grills and stir fried specialities at lunch time.

    Palms Pool Bar
    Palms offers a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus there is a shisha corner and a live band performs most evenings.

    Blue Deli Terrace Café
    The café offers freshly ground coffee, a selection of cakes, pastries, sandwiches and a delicious array of ice creams.

    KIDS CLUB

    For children aged between 3 and 13 years, Toto Club is a professionally run children’s club with weekly themed programmes and a range of indoor and outdoor activities.

    SPA
    The Oasis Spa is idyllically situated right on the beach where the cool breeze and sounds of the ocean provide the ultimate experience in relaxation.

    WIFI
    WiFi is complimentary throughout the resort.

    FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES

    • 2 pools
    • One Ocean 5 Star PADI Dive Centre
    • Table Tennis
    • Floodlit tennis court (free of charge)
    • Fully equipped fitness centre
    • Complimentary windsurfers and kayaks
    • Non motorised water sports
    • Toto kids club for ages 3 – 13 years
    • Babysitting
    • Business Centre
    • Conference facilities
    • 2 boutiques


  • 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.


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