Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, is a paradise on earth. With its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich cultural heritage, Zanzibar is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking adventure and relaxation – and it’s opening up!
The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has assured the international community and relevant stakeholders that the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar remain open for business and are ready to welcome travelers from around the world.
As we head towards the ‘Green Season’, the Zanzibar archipelago has yet to record a single case of the Marburg virus first detected in March 2023, in the north-west Kagera region of mainland Tanzania. Since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, the archipelago has seen an influx of visitors from the United States of America and the Middle East as well as those from its core European markets – and this trend will likely increase toward the summer.
While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended travelers avoid contact with sick individuals and monitor any potential symptoms, it has not advised against traveling to Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Furthermore, it is important to understand that the Islands of Zanzibar are located in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, separated by at least 1,588 km of ocean and land between the islands and the Kagera region on the mainland. As such, it poses no risk of infection.
“While the United Republic of Tanzania and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar is monitoring the situation closely, there is absolutely no cause for alarm,” said Tourism Minister Simai M Said. “Given that Covid-19 is still fresh in our minds, we understand that people are cautious when learning of new infections.
However, such fears are often unfounded, such is the case now. Tanzania is adhering to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards and people have no reason to worry”. “Members of the international business community and those visiting our beautiful region and islands can rest assured that it is very much business as usual, and their health is in no way at risk from this virus. In the next few weeks, Tanzania should be free from the virus.”
Findings by the United Republic of Tanzania’s Ministry of Health in collaboration with WHO show that as of the 4th of April 2023, the total number of remaining Marburg virus cases in the Kagera region was three, of which only two remain in isolation after one person was discharged on the 5th of April 2023.
“This is further evidence that the spread of the virus has been halted. As we prepare to welcome our annual influx of visitors from the Northern Hemisphere and the Middle East, they can be safe in the knowledge that the virus is contained and presents no threat to them or the citizens of Zanzibar,” comments Mr. Said.
Meanwhile, The United Republic of Tanzania has deployed rapid response teams for the purposes of contact tracing and monitoring risk communication activities, measures that are proving highly successful in limiting the spread of the virus in the Karega region. Zanzibar is set for a bumper tourist season, with the country already welcoming 65,430 international visitors in February – an increase of 39.2% on the 46,995 visitors recorded in February 2022.
Here are some reasons why you should add Zanzibar to your travel bucket list this year:
1. Beautiful Beaches
Zanzibar is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with pristine white sands and turquoise blue waters that offer an excellent spot for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Some of the most popular beaches include Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach, and Jambiani Beach, which are ideal for surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
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2. Rich Culture and History
Zanzibar’s history and culture are fascinating, reflecting a blend of Arab, Indian, and African influences. The island has a rich history of trade, including the slave trade, which is evident in its architecture and culture. Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the cultural hub of Zanzibar and home to several historic sites such as the Palace Museum, the House of Wonders, and the Old Fort.
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3. Delicious Cuisine
Zanzibar’s cuisine is a fusion of African, Indian, and Arab flavors, making it a gastronomical delight. The island is renowned for its spices, and visitors can take spice tours to learn about the various spices grown on the island. Seafood is also a popular dish, and visitors can enjoy fresh seafood dishes at local restaurants.
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4. Adventure Activities
Zanzibar offers an array of adventure activities that cater to all interests, from hiking in the Jozani Forest Reserve to swimming with dolphins off the coast of Kizimkazi. Visitors can also go on safari tours to the nearby national parks, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
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5. Affordable Travel
Zanzibar is a relatively affordable destination compared to other tropical islands, making it an ideal getaway for travelers on a budget. The island has a range of accommodation options, from budget guesthouses to luxury resorts, and visitors can also find affordable flights from major cities around the world.
6. Warm and Welcoming People
The people of Zanzibar are warm and welcoming, and visitors can expect a hospitable and friendly reception. The locals are proud of their culture and heritage and are always willing to share it with visitors, making for an authentic and immersive travel experience.
In conclusion, Zanzibar is a tropical paradise that offers a unique blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation. With its stunning beaches, rich history and culture, delicious cuisine, adventure activities, affordable travel, and warm and welcoming people, Zanzibar is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. So why not add Zanzibar to your travel bucket list this year and discover the magic of this beautiful island for yourself?