|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 4% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||May||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||R7 146||Average for round-trip flights in December 2021|
|Round-trip from||R5 399||From Johannesburg to Zanzibar Kisauni|
|One-way from||R159||One-way flight from Johannesburg to Zanzibar Kisauni (ZNZ)|
ZA1 - ZNZ
R5 711 - R8 017
22 - 26 °C
24 - 261 mm
Zanzibar experiences year-round warm and pleasant weather, but the peak season runs from March through May. During the ‘summer’ months, Zanzibar receives most of its rains, but as it is the hottest time of the year, tourists flock here for island escapes during the peak season. The resorts in Zanzibar can be fully booked during the peak season, so to avoid the risk of overpaying for late bookings or not finding availability, make sure that you book your cheap Zanzibar getaway well in advance.
June through October is when Zanzibar receives its coldest weather (although temperatures don’t drop below 20°C). Hence this is the archipelago’s off season with regards to tourism. You might be able to find cheap flight deals to Zanzibar during the dry, colder months, but as with the peak season, be sure to book well in advance to ensure availability.
Seeing that Zanzibar has year-round pleasant weather, there isn’t a wrong time to fly here. You might want to consider booking your cheap flights to Zanzibar three months in advance and have them coincide with the off season, between June and October. Booking your flight tickets to Zanzibar before the onset of the low tourism season will likely see you pay less for airfare and will also allow you to enjoy the landscapes amongst thinner tourist crowds.
The islands of the Zanzibar archipelago have been attractive to explorers, game hunters, and spice merchants for centuries, but with a variety of luxury resorts on offer, it’s also a mecca for travelers seeking upmarket comforts. There’s a wild call of nature found in Zanzibar, and it’s not hard to understand why. With its unsurpassed natural beauty, entrancing and exotic cultural displays, and a vibe that cannot be found anywhere else on earth, Zanzibar is a destination that sells itself, and one that may very well steal your heart for good.
Flights to the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar, Tanzania from South Africa range anywhere from 3h and 30m to 7h for one-stop flights, and up just over 23h for two-stop flights. The quickest flight of 3h and 30m can be taken out of Johannesburg (JNB), straight to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.
There is one airline that offers direct flights from South Africa to Zanzibar: Johannesburg (JNB) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) via MANGO airlines.
From the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, travelers can take public transportation, an airport shuttle, taxi or drive themselves via rental car. Cars may be rented in advance or when arriving in Zanzibar via Avis or Budget. Because the city centre is only 8 km away from the city centre, public transit or a taxi is also a fast option and will take about 5-15m, depending on traffic.
Whether a visitor is looking to see some sights while on business or experience all of Tanzania’s gorgeous natural beauty, Zanzibar has a little something for everyone. For those who want to go shopping for a souvenir, there is Aromas of Zanzibar, The Coins Shop, Fahari Zanzibar, Darajani Bazaar, Zanzibar Curio Shop, and many more must-see, unique shops.
Some of the famous attractions include Cheetah’s Rock, Prison Island, Nakupenda Beach, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, and Jambiana Beach, just to name a few. There are also many tours to embark on while in the city, like the Stone Town City Tour, the Stone Town Walking Tour, and the Nungwi Turtles and Cruise Excursion where one can get a glimpse of gigantic tortoises.
As for food and drink, tourists love to experience local cuisine while on the Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour, which includes a traditional Swahili lunch, the Stone Town Foodie Walk and the Spice Farm Tour. And for those who are really interested in the culinary arts and tasting where they travel, the Zanzibar Spice Tour & Cooking Class is a perfect option.
And for those who want to satisfy their sense of adventure, there are outdoor activities too. Visitors can take a dip while at the Rising Sun Diving Center, Poseidon or Scubafish Zanzibar Ltd. Or for those who want to stay a little dryer, there are the Regional Tours & Safaris, Zanzibuggy, Luxury Short Safari, and Zanzibar Quad Adventure, all which offer a unique journey through the Zanzibar area.
Yes, travelers flying from South Africa to Tanzania do need a passport. In fact, anyone traveling from Tanzania from another country must show a valid passport with at least three blank pages for Tanzanian stamps. Passport holders also must have a passport expiration date of later than six months after their Tanzania departure date — and they must show a departure plane ticket before entering the country.
Kenya Airways, Kiwi Intl Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, and Manx Airlines are five of the most popular airlines operating cheap flights to Zanzibar. Although carriers such as Lufthansa might be able to provide you with more onboard comfort (in the form of in-flight snacks and drinks), you should keep in mind that the trip isn’t that long. Using an airline such as Kenya Airways, which might not offer comfort features such as snacks onboard the flight, might accord better with your budget. Flexibility will always be essential when searching for the bets flight deals, so go ahead and compare packages from various airlines based on a few different dates before you make the final call on which carrier to use.
Booking a flight to Zanzibar Kisauni (ZNZ) is your only option if you intend on flying to Zanzibar. It is only a 7,1 km journey from Kisauni to Zanzibar’s city centre.