Route: Arusha to Zanzibar

The Zanzibar Archipelago is located about 40 miles off the Tanzanian coast, north west from the largest Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. and it’s a perfect destination for your island holiday in East Africa. The island is the home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town, and the finest beaches and dive sites in East Africa. Zanzibar is buzzing with local flavor, local street markets and a wide variety of restaurants for unique cuisine. The Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is the major airport serving the island and its surrounding areas and it is located about 7 km from the city.

Distance and Flight Time

One of the most popular destinations for luxury holidays in East Africa, Zanzibar will give you a taste of the tropical high life. With an intoxicating blend of sunshine and sea, you will easily let your hair down and get a holiday tan. The total distance between Arusha and Zanzibar is approximately 500 km, with a flight time of approximately 60 minutes in As Salaam’s Embraer 30 seat aircraft.

Not to Miss During Flights

On take-off from Arusha, Mount Meru first, and then Mount Kilimanjaro are usually visible from the left-hand side of the aircraft as it makes it’s turn to the south east. After seeing the East Usambara mountains to the left, you’ll cross the coastline overhead Saadani National Park – the only NP with the ocean as a boundary – and Pemba Island, the second biggest in the Zanzibar archipelago off to the left. On the descent into Zanzibar, notice the crystal clear waters with traditional dhows still plying their trade.

Airport & Layover Tips

All flights to Zanzibar are handled by Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, also known as Zanzibar International Airport. The airport is the major airport of Zanzibar Archipelago and it’s located about 7 Km south of the city centre on Unguja Island. The airport has two terminals domestic and international. You’ll find a range of transport options at the arrivals area for transfer to the city center or your hotel. You can take a taxi or pre-book your airport transfer with your hotel for pickup when you arrive. The island offers a wide variety of luxury hotels and beachfront resorts where luxurious and stylish rooms and stunning ocean views mean you can easily relax and unwind on your holiday. With attractions such as The Old Fort of Zanzibar, Hamamni Persian Baths, and Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, your holiday is going to be a memorable one.

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