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    Destination

    Zanzibar - North East Coast

    When can I go?

    1 May 2022 - 31 July 2022

    Description

    7 Nights at Diamonds Mapenzi

    What’s included in the deal?

    Return flights to Zanzibar on Kenya Airways Return resort transfers 7 nights accommodation in a Swahili Room Breakfast , lunch, dinner & selected beverages daily All taxes, levies & surcharges (estimate)

    More Info

    Discounted offer plus upgrade to a Superior Room subject to availability - book and pay by 31 May 2022 All inclusive includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner served at the Palm Restaurant. Themed nights including African Dinner are served during the week. Snacks, soft drinks ,fruit juices, tea, coffee, local beer, house wine, water served at the Hibiscus Pool bar from 10h00 to 24h00 and at the Upepo Beach Bar from 10h00 to 18h00. Cocktails and selected spirits served from 12h00 at the Hibiscus Pool bar. The Nakupenda Beach Restaurant located on the beach serves pizzas from 12h00 to 15h00 plus an a la carte menu Daily stocked mini bar in the room with soft drinks, water and local beer on request. Wi-Fi internet in the lobby area, on the beach and in the Beach Villas. Game rooms with Nintendo Wii, Playstation and satellite TV. Daily activities include water gym, stretching, jogging and yoga plus canoes, beach volley, beach soccer and darts

    Airfare Surcharges & Conditions

    This airfare is indicative only and subject to seasonal surcharges and best available Kenya Airways fare at time of booking

    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 15 970
    Package Taxes: ZAR 4 030
    Total Price: ZAR 20 000
  • DIAMONDS MAPENZI BEACH RESORT


    Why we like it

    Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Resort is one of the most established hotels on the island of Zanzibar and remains an excellent and affordable choice for people who want an action-packed holiday.

    Great value for money, it’s an unpretentious resort with a fantastic vibe; fun and involving. Accommodation is simple and comfortable, the water sport facilities are brilliant – windsurfing equipment and canoes are complimentary – the all inclusive package covers a choice of three restaurants – the buffet is one of the best on the island - and two bars plus a daily stocked mini-bar (soft drinks, water and beer) – it couldn’t be better! There is also the à la carte restaurant on the beach – but here a supplement is payable.

    The low tide on the East coast adds to the experience when you can walk out across the beach for 1.5 kilometres to the reef.

    Description

    LOCATION
    East Coast, Kiwengwa.

    ACCOMMODATION
    The resort has 87 rooms, split over 3 different categories on three different levels, an upper terrace, a mid-terrace and the beachfront.
    All rooms are single storey units. Bathrooms are fitted with shower only.

    19 Swahili Rooms 
    The Swahili Rooms are found on the resort’s highest level surrounded by magnificent gardens. The rooms are all elegantly furnished in traditional African style.

    38 Superior Rooms
    The Superior Rooms have been elegantly furnished in traditional African style and have a large private veranda for the comfort of guests.

    30 Beach Villas
    The Beach Villas are located on the beach and have a private veranda for the comfort of our guests. They are elegantly furnished in traditional East African style.

    ROOM FACILITIES

    • Air conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • Stocked mini bar
    • Tea and coffee making facilities
    • Telephone
    • Hair dryer
    • Flat screen TV (Beach Villas Only)
    • King size or twin beds with mosquito net
    • Electronic safe

    DINING

    Meal Plans

    All Inclusive includes:

    • Welcome cocktail.
    • Breakfast at The Palm Restaurant.
    • Lunch at The Palm Restaurant or the Ocean Reef Beach Grill.
    • Dinner at The Palm Restaurant (themed nights including African dinner are served during the week), a live pasta station is available for lunch and dinner, or dinner at the Nakupenda Pizzeria.
    • Soft drinks, juices, mineral water, house wine, local beer, selected spirits and cocktails, coffee and tea served during meals and at the resort bars.
    • Cocktails and selected spirits (12h00 – 00h00).
    • Snacks offered throughout the day at the Hibiscus Pool Bar.
    • Home-made ice cream and sorbet available at lunch and dinner.
    • Mini bar: stocked with soft drinks, beer and water (replenished once daily).
    • Water gym, stretching, windsurfing equipment, canoes, beach volley, beach soccer, table tennis, darts, indoor games and tennis court.
    • Evening entertainment program.

    The Palm Restaurant
    Enjoy your meals with a stunning view on our pool area and the beach. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style offering local dishes, international and Mediterranean cuisine. Themed evenings are prepared weekly including African Dinner.
    Italian pasta live station with different sauce every day
    African Corner with special curry
    Soup corner and homemade bakery
    Barbecue station for vegetable, fish or meat
    Boat with fresh salad already composed from our chef or plain to be mixed from our guest
    Variety of hot dishes to be discovered every day
    Boat with tropical fruit
    Dessert station with mini patisserie and cakes
    Ice cream station with fresh homemade ice cream
    Open for Breakfast (07h30 – 10h00), Lunch (13h00 – 15h00) and Dinner (19h30 – 22h00).

    Ocean Reef Beach Grill (Reservation is required)
    This is the ideal restaurant for those who want to spend the whole day on the beach and have a tasty light lunch directly on the beach.
    Open for Lunch (13h00 – 15h00).

    Suli Suli a la carte restaurant (Reservation is required)
    Located directly on the beach serving seafood specialities under small gazebos in a very romantic environment.
    Open for Dinner.

    Hibiscus Pool Bar
    The bar serves snacks, soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, cocktails, house wine, tea and coffee.
    After midnight all drinks are at charge. Premium brand liquors are available at charge.
    Open for Drinks and Snacks (10h00 – 00h00).

    Upepo Beach Bar
    The bar serves snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, fruit juices and beer.
    Open for Drinks and Snacks (10h00 – 18h00).

    SPA
    Mvua African Rain Spa – in Africa rain means life and the skilled therapists in this massage centre will relax and rejuvenate tired muscles using the natural ingredients of the island.

    Wi-Fi
    Available in the public areas.

    WATERSPORTS & ACTIVITIES (* some at a supplement)

    • Swimming pool
    • Catamaran *
    • Laser boat
    • Windsurfing *
    • Canoeing
    • Sailing and windsurfing courses
    • Waterskiing *
    • Wakeboarding *
    • Tube riding
    • Blokart
    • Bicycles
    • Fitness centre
    • Snorkelling equipment
    • Games room with satellite TV, Nintendo Wii and games
    • Evening entertainment
    • Spherique fashion boutique

    All information in this Fact Sheet is applicable from 22 December 2021 to 20 December 2023 and is subject to change without prior notice.

    Please note that some services may not be available due to weather conditions, hotel occupancy and/or operational requirements.



  • HOLIDAY TO ZANZIBAR

    Jambo! This is the Swahili greeting that you will hear on arrival in Zanzibar from 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 beach holiday destination, 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 OF ZANZIBAR

    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. Zanzibar 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 1800s. 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 OF ZANZIBAR

    The indigenous language spoken throughout Zanzibar is Swahili (called Kiswahili locally). English is widely spoken and understood. Jambo Rafiki – Hello my friend!

    ZANZIBAR 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 IN ZANZIBAR

    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 – Zanzibar is an all-year-round island holiday destination. February is very hot and very humid (just leave your hair straightener at home!) and March to May are the wettest months.

    ZANZIBAR CURRENCY

    The local currency in Zanzibar 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.

    ZANZIBAR ELECTRICITY

    220/230 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK). It is advisable to take along an international adaptor.

    MALARIA IN ZANZIBAR

    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 in Zanzibar that can make it happen for you. Many of the larger resorts in Zanzibar 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 in Zanzibar 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 FOR YOUR ZANZIBAR HOLIDAY

    • 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

    ZANZIBAR 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!

    ZANZIBAR 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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