Dhow in Zanzibar
Flights from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar are a great way to get from Africa’s highest peak to Tanzania’s most stunning island chain. A relaxing beach holiday is the perfect antidote to the exhaustion of climbing a mountain, and Zanzibar doesn’t disappoint.
Some flights are direct, while others require a layover in Dar es Salaam. All flights from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar take off from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). They land at Kisauni Airport on Unguja island, which is also named Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ). Kisauni Airport is situated just south of Stone Town, the biggest and most well-known town in the archipelago.
The flight time on this route is 1 hour and 10 minutes on direct flights, making the trip quick and simple. Flight prices vary, but you can expect to pay around US$200 for a one-way ticket and US$325 for a round-trip ticket.
The one downside of flights to Zanzibar is that there is only one airline that operates on the route, and it is not very reliable. The airline is called Precision Air, and it has a bad reputation for overbooking flights. Instead of asking for volunteers to give up their seats and fly on a later flight, Precision Air rebooks passengers automatically without notifying them.
In light of this, make sure to call the day before to reconfirm your flight from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar and arrive at the airport very early to ensure that you are not bumped to a later departure. If you have a connecting flight in Zanzibar, take care to leave yourself a connection time of at least a day.
The best day trips from Dar es Salaam are worth taking the time to do if you have a few days in the city before or after going on safari or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
One of the best day trips is a visit to Mafia Island. Reachable by small plane, the island is a beautiful place to get away from the urban bustle and relax on the beach.
Another great day trip from Dar es Salaam is Bagamoyo. Just an hour north of the capital, the city is well known for its beaches and its rich history.
If you are truly after beautiful beaches in Tanzania, Zanzibar makes for one of the top day trips from Dar es Salaam. In just a short flight or a two hour ferry ride, you can find yourself in an island paradise that attracts visitors from around the world.
The best time of year to visit Zanzibar is from January through February and from June through October.
Located close to the equator, Zanzibar has a climate that follows a tropical pattern of dry seasons and wet seasons.
January and February usually experience a dry season and tend to be pleasant times of year to visit Zanzibar. Skies are clear and the temperatures are hot but bearable.
The main wet season in Zanzibar generally lasts from March through May. The climate experiences high humidity and hot temperatures (in the 30’s C / 80’s F). During this time of year in Zanzibar there are heavy rains, usually in the afternoons and at night.
The main dry season in Zanzibar generally lasts from June through October. The humidity drops, the skies are generally clear, and the temperatures moderate. Depending on where you stay, these months are the best time of year to visit Zanzibar.
November and December experience a second short wet season, although the rains are not as heavy as they are during the main wet season earlier in the year.