Hakuna Matata, the Swahili phrase directly translating to mean "no worries" is the quintessential description of a Zanzibari beach escape. So if you're into trading in your worries for stunning pristine white beaches, clear turquoise waters and some of the most delicious seafood straight from the fishermans basket to your table, then our Deal of the Week is for you - plus we'll get you there for just AED3,555!
Zanzibar, the tiny archipelago off the east coast of Tanzania is the ultimate beach destination whether you're searching for a super-luxe hideaway or a value packed family vacation. Just six hours from Dubai flying direct on Flydubai , the island is surprisingly easy to get to from the UAE, with a flight time of six hours. Conveniently, Zanzibar is just one hour behind the UAE so you can hit the ground running when you land, not wasting any time on recovering from jetlag!
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Where to eat
Forodhani Food Market
For a taste of the best traditional Swahili street food a sunset trip to Forodhani Gardens is a must - as the sun goes down the square comes into its own as a bubbling market place with locals firing up their grills with the days catch, or putting to boil their centuries old spice recipes to brew the perfect ginger tea. Get lost in the sights and smells as you fill your belly with the best street eats in town.
The iconic restaurant perched on top of a rock on the shores of the Indian Ocean is a once in a lifetime experience, not only for the best lobster you'll taste freshly caught from the very same ocean you are currently perched in, but the entire experience from walking out to the restaurant in low tide with water lapping your ankles, and returning to shore by boat as the tide rises. A trip to The Rock is an absolute must while in Zanzibar!
Where to stay
The capital of Zanzibar and UNESCO world heritage site, Stone Town is an eclectic mix of its Omani heritage and contemporary Swahili feel. Roaming the streets of Stone Town, you'll get lost in the stunning Omani inspired architecture from the early 19th century, with mashrabiya clad walls and intricate details. The Palace Museum and its beautiful white washed walls is a must for any history buff. A trip to Stone Town is not complete without a Spice Tour of a local plantation, get lost in the scents of traditional Swahili spices, and even opt to add a cooking class to the tour, an opportunity any self respecting foodie should not give up!
Nestled on the east coast of the island, Paje boasts seemingly endless stretches of white sand beaches, and is less of a tourist destination than Nungwi on the north of the island. A kite surfers paradise, there are endless water activities for the adventurous traveller from diving in the coral reefs, going on a surf safari, or even take a stanad up paddle board tour to swim with dolphins. An insider tip for the tastiest Swahili food on the island is the restaurant in Pakacha Bungalows, the hostel style accommodation is run by Ali who supports the local community of Zanzibar. He only hires local staff and the local women cook traditional Swahili food from scratch - the fish curry is beyond words, but make sure you order before visiting as all of the food is cooked from scratch and takes hours to prepare!
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