Exotic Zanzibar

Oh, what bliss! I recently had the privilege to spend a relaxing week on beautiful Zanzibar,11150826_10153784751017995_1870223532989804119_n the magical island off the coast of the United Republic of Tanzania – the largest country on the east coast of Africa. Zanzibar is actually not one island but an archipelago, consisting of Unguja, Pemba and a host of smaller islands, in the Indian Ocean. I flew from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam on South African Airways and then to Zanzibar on Precision Air, but there are many ways of getting there.

My friend Ylva (who joined me from Sweden) and I stayed at the 5 star Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, which is located in 11337019_10153912325467995_8868275836620590819_oKiwengwa on Unjuga on the North East Coast, less than an hour’s drive from the airport. The resort (which has 112 rooms) is on the most beautiful 30-acre site with its bedroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, the more than 1,000 beautiful palm trees, the sparkling white beach and the azure seas beyond. We stayed in a very comfortable Superior Room complete with a balcony, a bathroom with shower, air conditioning, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and mosquito nets.

We started our days with delicious 11427217_10153912312707995_3250719490452018975_nbreakfasts, went on to read books in the shade of a palm tree, had lovely swims in the Indian Ocean and the resort’s big pool, walked on the long beach and indulged in divine buffet style lunches and refreshing drinks (we were on an all-inclusive package which included all meals and most drinks11196242_10153793615457995_4191963180672215843_n). We also treated ourselves to a couple of relaxing spa treatments. Every evening had something special in store for us to enjoy like a Masaai performance, dancing groups, bands etc, while we were having dinner.

Ylva and I went snorkeling with a group of other guests and instructors to Mnemba one morning, which was just amazing! Mnemba is famous for its rich and diverse marine life. A stunning excursion!

Zanzibar has an interesting history as it has been ruled by Portugal, Arabia and England. The island was famous worldwide for its spices and its slaves. I strongly recommend going on a guided day tour to Stone Town, where you can learn more and explore the 1978538_10153912314832995_2987993198414574485_onarrow streets and crowded markets, it is quite an experience for the senses!

I have been back home in Johannesburg for a while after this trip, but often think back on this utterly relaxing, energy boosting week – away from school lifts, homework and the packing of lunch boxes – in my case made possible by my always helpful mother in law and of course my lovely husband!

Please contact SW Africa if you are interested in finding out more about holidaying in Zanzibar.

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About SW Africa Destination Management

SW Africa is a tour-operator and Destination Management Company for Southern and Eastern Africa, based in Johannesburg since 1997. No matter what the brief is from you or your client, our professional consultants will tailor something unique to suit your needs. At SW Africa our mission is to provide every client with prompt, accurate, creative and relevant travel advice in a personalised and unique manner. In so doing, we strive to ensure that our clients return home having had the ultimate, unforgettable journey in spectacular surroundings, and all this at a price that they felt comfortable with. If you are looking for a local expert for Southern Africa and Eastern Africa, who provides a personalised and flexible service, we dare claim that SW Africa is the perfect choice! Equipping us in our efforts, we are able to draw on many years of experience in the travel industry, longstanding relationships with all suppliers, extensive destination knowledge and a burning passion for Africa, its people, animals and landscapes. SW Africa is a proud member of Travel Smart Crew, IAGTO, SAGTA, and SITE, as well as an affiliate of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa. SW Africa are proud donors to the Love Trust Foundation and invite you to become a donor too! www.lovetrust.co.za.
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