Location: Zanzibar-Stonetown, Zanzibar / Tanzania
Duration: 7 nights
Valid From: 16 Jan 14 To: 28 Feb 14
The ultimate in luxury - Star of the East is a magnificent private sanctuary of eleven exclusive villas with their own plunge pool and a tastefully furnished terrace, a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and a supreme view over the Indian Ocean and the famous Zanzibar sunset. Literally everything and anything you could dream of is catered for at the very highest level of all-inclusive services. It also has an open-air gym and a spa and a butler service is available. Each villa features a private plunge pool and a furnished terrace offering views of the Indian Ocean. It comes equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, a laptop and a private bar. The resort offers guests 24-hour in-room dining, and the Ocean Blue Restaurant serves à la carte dishes. The Tiara Lounge bar serves snacks and cocktails. A wide variety of activities are on offer such as deep-sea fishing, sailing and wind surfing which can be arranged on arrival at the hotel. Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms and in the public areas.
• Return airfare on Mango from Johannesburg
• Inclusive of USD30 departure tax.
• Private return island transfers.
• 7 Nights Accommodation in a 1 Bedroom Villa.
• All inclusive - Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Ocean Blue Restaurant
Soft drinks, house wine, local beer, juices, water, tea, coffee served during meals.
Buffet breakfast service from 07.00 am to 10.30 am
Buffet lunch service from 01.00 pm to 3 pm
Buffet dinner service from 07.30 pm to 10.30 pm
The Tiara Lounge Bar serves refreshing finger food, snacks and a variety of International and Local drinks and large selection of cocktails. Open from 09.00 am to 11.30 pm
• Canoe, water gym and stretching, beach volley, table tennis, Gym (open from 08.00 am to 10.00 pm), Tennis court
• Beach towels, sun beds and beach umbrellas
• Meals and beverages not specified
• Travel and medical insurance
• Items of a personal nature
• Yellow Fever is compulsory.
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.
Zanzibar-Stonetown, Zanzibar / Tanzania
Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS), Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in East Africa. Tanzania is bordered by Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and the Indian Ocean.
Tanzania is home to some of the oldest human settlements unearthed by archaeologists, including fossils of early humans found in and around Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania, an area often referred to as "The Cradle of Mankind". What is now Tanzania was a colony and part of Germany from the 1880s to 1919. It was British from 1919 to 1961. Shortly after independence, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania on April 26, 1964. One-party rule came to an end in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s.
The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid. The rainy season lasts from March to June. The central plateau is dry and arid. The north-western highlands are cool and temperate and the rainy season here lasts from November to December and February to May.
Once the capital city (this function has now moved to Dodoma), the major port of Dar es Salaam is the natural starting point for trips in Tanzania. It is near the island of Zanzibar. The fishing village of Msasani, 8km (5 miles) from Dar es Salaam, contains tombs dating back to the 17th century. Further south, at Kilwa Klsiwani, there are ruins of Portuguese and Arab architecture. Many beautiful beaches are within easy reach of Dar es Salaam, such as those at Kunduchi, Mbwa Maji and Mjimwena. Mbudya Island is an uninhabited island forming part of a protective coral reef which is a good place for diving, snorkelling and fishing.
The island of Zanzibar, once the metropolis of East Africa, variously ruled by Shirazi Persians, the Portuguese, the Omani Arabs and British colonials, is only 20 minutes' flight from Dar es Salaam.
Most hotels serve local Tanzanian food while the major hotels offer Western and other international food.
In Dar es Salaam, there are several nightclubs, cabarets and cinemas. Generally, the nightlife centres are in the top tourist hotels and restaurants.
Stone Town or Mji Mkongwe, in Swahili, is the old part of Zanzibar City, the capital of the island of Zanzibar, a part of Tanzania.
The town was the centre of trade on the East African coast between Asia and Africa before the colonization of the mainland in the late 1800s after which the focus moved to Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. The main export was spices and particularly cloves. For many years Stone Town was a major centre for the slave trade; Slaves were obtained from mainland Africa and traded with the Middle East.
Two large buildings dominate the main front of Stone Town. One is Beit-El-Ajaib or the House of Wonders, which was built by Sultan Seyyid Barghash as a grand palace for ceremonial purposes. The other is the Arab Fort which stands on the site of a former Portuguese settlement and was converted to a fort during the 18th Century.
It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.