Zanzibar Bliss: A Girls' Getaway to Remember

Have an unforgettable girls’ getaway in Zanzibar – stunning beaches, cultural treasures and endless activities await!  

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If you're dreaming of an ideal getaway with your favourite ladies, Zanzibar is the perfect destination. Let's dive into the excitement and discover why the Spice Island is the ultimate spot for an unforgettable girls' trip. 

Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit in Zanzibar 

Zanzibar is not just about lounging on beaches; it's a haven for adventure holiday enthusiasts. Dive into the azure waters and explore vibrant coral reefs while snorkelling or scuba diving. The best beaches for adventure activities like kite surfing and paddleboarding are found in Nungwi and Paje. These areas offer the perfect blend of wind and waves, making them ideal for thrill-seekers during the day. 

Indulge Your Palate at Zanzibar Restaurants 

One of the highlights of any trip is undoubtedly the culinary experience, and Zanzibar doesn't disappoint. The island boasts a rich blend of flavours influenced by Arabic, Indian, and African cuisines. Explore the spice markets, indulge in freshly caught seafood at the beachside restaurants, and savour unique Zanzibari dishes like Biryani and Zanzibar Mix. Whether you're a foodie or simply want to have a unique dining experience, Zanzibar restaurants are sure to leave your taste buds tingling. 

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Party The Night Away  

Zanzibar, with its laid-back atmosphere during the day, transforms into a lively party destination as the sun sets. The secret behind what makes a Zanzibar party great is the blend of beachside venues, live music, and the warm embrace of the local culture. Beach bars and clubs in areas like Kendwa and Nungwi come alive with music and dancing, creating an electric atmosphere perfect for a girls' night out. While not as renowned as some other party islands, Zanzibar offers a unique and more intimate party scene, ideal for those who prefer a blend of excitement and relaxation. 

Must-Do Activities in Zanzibar: A First-Timer's Guide 

  • Explore Stone Town: Immerse yourself in the rich history of Zanzibar by wandering through the narrow streets and vibrant markets of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
  • Go on a Spice Tour: Embark on a sensory journey through the spice farms of Zanzibar. Discover the origins of cloves, vanilla, and nutmeg while enjoying the fragrant aroma of the island's spices. 
  • Enjoy Jozani Forest Safari: See the endemic red colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest Reserve, a unique and lush sanctuary on the island. 
  • Explore Prison Island: Visit Changuu Island, also known as Prison Island, and explore its historical ruins and pristine beaches. Don't forget to meet the giant Aldabra tortoises that call the island home. 
  • Go on a Sunset Dhow Cruise: Set sail on a traditional wooden dhow to witness a breathtaking Zanzibar sunset over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the seascape with your girlfriends. 
  • Relax on Nungwi Beach: Unwind on the stunning beaches of Nungwi, famous for their powdery white sand and clear blue waters. It's the perfect spot for a leisurely day of sunbathing and relaxation. 
  • Snorkel at Mnemba Atoll: Dive into the vibrant underwater world surrounding Mnemba Atoll. The crystal-clear waters offer an opportunity to witness colourful coral reefs and a diverse array of marine life. 
  • Take a Local Swahili Cooking Class: Learn the secrets of Zanzibari cuisine with a Swahili cooking class. Discover the art of preparing traditional dishes and indulge in the flavours of your creations. 

Before you jet off to island paradise, here are a few good things to know – and make your Zanzibar experience even more enjoyable.   

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The Best Time to Visit Zanzibar 

Choosing the best time to visit Zanzibar largely depends on what you’d like out of your experience. The island enjoys a tropical climate, with two distinct seasons: the dry season from June to October and the wet season from November to March. For sun-seekers and water enthusiasts, the dry season is ideal. However, the wet season has its charm, with lush green landscapes and fewer tourists. Plan your girls' getaway accordingly to make the most of your Zanzibar adventure. 

How Many Days in Zanzibar Is Enough?  

The ideal duration for a Zanzibar getaway depends on your interests and the experiences you’re after. While a week allows for a well-rounded exploration, a shorter stay can still be immensely fulfilling. If you're yearning for a relaxed beach retreat, a long weekend might suffice. For those eager to immerse themselves in both the cultural and adventurous aspects, a 10-day itinerary offers a perfect blend. 

Zanzibar’s Currency  

Before you leave on your Zanzibar escape, exchange your Rands for the US Dollar – it’s the best currency to carry with you. Credit cards are also widely accepted at hotels. Once you’re in Zanzibar, it’s a good idea to exchange some of your dollars for the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) – use this for tipping when you’re out and about.  

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Toast to Island Life 

Can you drink alcohol in Zanzibar? Absolutely! You can enjoy a refreshing drink at beachside bars, resorts, and restaurants. Indulge in tropical cocktails as you watch the sunset, creating unforgettable moments with your girlfriends against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. 

Pricing your Zanzibar Adventure  

The cost of a trip to Zanzibar varies depending on your preferences and the duration of your stay. Our Zanzibar holiday packages from Thompsons Holidays cater to different budgets, ranging from just over R17,000 to R63,000 per person, depending on what you’d like from your Zanzibar escape. A great way to keep up with special discounts and sales on Zanzibar holiday packages is by subscribing to our newsletter 

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Your Ticket to Paradise 

From idyllic beach resorts to historic Stone Town retreats, our Zanzibar holiday packages cater to every taste and budget. The all-inclusive packages ensure you can focus on creating lasting memories, with everything from accommodation to thrilling activities seamlessly arranged.  

So, gather your girlfriends, pack your bags, and take a trip to Zanzibar, where the sun, sea, and spice await you! 

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