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    Destination

    Zanzibar - North West Coast

    When can I go?

    1 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

    Description

    5 Night discounted All Inclusive holiday at Riu Palace Zanzibar

    What’s included in the deal?

    Return flights to Zanzibar on the scheduled, direct services of Mango Return resort transfers 5 nights accommodation in a Junior Suite Garden View Breakfast, lunch, dinner & selected drinks daily Canoes, water gym, stretching, beach volley, table tennis, gym, tennis court, Stocked minibar in the room, Beach towels, sun beds & beach umbrellas. Wi-Fi in public areas All taxes, levies & surcharges (estimate)

    More Info

    Discounted airfare 25% Discount included Book by 9 March

    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 high season surcharge will apply for travel from 19 March - 3 May, 8 June - 8 July 2020, 4 - 8 August, 16 - 30 September & 1 - 31 December 2020. An airfare supplement of approx. R320.00 per person will be applicable for travel from 16 July - 3 August 2020.

    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 Per Person Sharing From

    Johannesburg
    Base Price: ZAR 12 645
    Package Taxes: ZAR 1 230
    Total Price: ZAR 13 875
  • RIU PALACE ZANZIBAR


    Why we like it

    Located on the North West Coast of Zanzibar, on a spectacular white beach, this resort offers a unique landscape considered to be among the finest in the world. Here an ocean front setting lends itself to the perfect location for romantic sunsets in a magical atmosphere.

    Riu Palace Zanzibar is an Adults Only Resort – no guests under the age of 18 are permitted.

    Description

    LOCATION
    North West Coast

    ACCOMMODATION
    236 luxuriously appointed rooms, all with private balcony and decorated with contemporary, stylish furniture that evoke the island’s Arabic-African and Colonial heritage.

    Junior Suite Garden View (Size: 34 m²)
    These newly built Suites are located at the top of the resort and have garden views.
    All have a lounge area with a sofa and private balconies or terraces. A limited number of twin bedded rooms are available in this category

    Junior Suite (Size: 45 m²)
    These suites have private balconies or terraces facing the ocean and have a small sitting area with a sofa

    Suite (Size: 54 m²)
    These suites are sea facing and are located closer to the seafront. They have a sitting area with a sofa and private balconies or terraces

    Superior Ocean Suite (Size: 60 m2)
    Sea facing Suites with private terraces and access to the garden. There is also a large, integrated lounge area

    Villa (Size: 60 m2)
    Luxurious one bedroom villas with private pools and a fabulous sea vista

    Jacuzzi Suite (Size: 90 m²)
    These suites have a separate lounge area with a sofa bed, spacious sitting rooms, a bathtub and shower cabin and a large terrace with a jacuzzi

    Beach Villa (Size: 90 m²)
    Beach Villas enjoy a great ground floor location near the beach front . There are 2 bathrooms, one of which has a hydromassage bathtub. Each villa has a small private pool on the terrace. There is also a separate lounge area with a sofa bed

    Disabled Rooms
    The resort has 2 Junior Suites Garden View, located on the ground floor , that have been specially adapted for disabled guests and include step free showers and guard rails fitted in the bathrooms with sufficient turning space for a wheelchair.


    ROOM FACILITIES

    • Individual climate controlled air conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • TV with satellite channels
    • CD/DVD player
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Hair dryer and bathrobe
    • In room safe
    • Mini bar

    DINING

    Meal Plans
    The resort operates on an All Inclusive basis

    All Inclusive concept includes

    • All meals and snacks
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Promenade Restaurant. In addition an optional a la carte dinner option is available at Krystal and the Beef Steak House.
    • Imported alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in all bars and restaurants as well as premium branded drinks throughout the resort. An additional charge applies to the speciality wine list.
    • Regularly restocked minibar
    • RiuFit programme
    • Gym
    • Kayaks and stand up paddle
    • Snorkelling equipment (maximum 2 hours per day)
    • Daytime entertainment programme several times per week
    • Evening entertainment several times per week
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort
    • Formal dress is required for dinner

    Promenade Restaurant
    The main restaurant located on the beachfront, featuring indoor and outdoor seating areas.A lavish buffet including live cooking stations is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet dinner is themed twice weekly. 

    Krystal
    The resort’s speciality restaurant offering a fusion menu.

    Beef Steak House
    A la carte traditional Steak House

    Pepe‘s Food Grill
    Open for lunches and located in the pool area

    Sunshine Pool Bar

    Ginger
    The coffee and lounge bar with a large terrace overlooking the ocean

    Breeze
    Full service bar in the restaurant area

    The Makuti Beach Bar
    Located directly on the beach.

    SPA
    The resort spa provides extensive range of spa services tailored to personal needs. There is a spectacular central relaxation area with a relaxation pool.

    Wi-Fi
    Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort

    FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES

    • 2 Pools – one with an adjoining whirlpool bath and a chill out area
    • Excursions Office
    • Diving School
    • RiuFit programme
    • Evening entertainment

    All information in this fact sheet is applicable from 1 November 2019 and is subject to change without prior notice.


  • 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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