Mango Airlines has increased its flight frequency to the stunning island of Zanzibar – one of its more popular routes. As of March 8th, a Thursday flight will be added to the existing Tuesday and Saturday departures from OR Tambo International Airport.
The 10h00 departure time on a Thursday will allow for seamless connections from other South African cities such as Cape Town and Durban. As the only direct airline to Zanzibar, the short flight of 3 ½ hours adds to the appeal of the destination.
Benediction Zubane, Marketing Head of Mango Airlines, details why the exotic island of Zanzibar has become increasingly popular with South Africans, “Zanzibar has captivated the hearts of holiday-makers and wanderlusts from all around the world, but no more so than the adventurous Africans who call it the “fabled land of spices”.
"It is said that during the Age of Exploration, the Portuguese Empire took control of the island until the 1600’s. Then came the Sultanate of Oman who took control of the island and who commanded that various spice plantations were cultivated."
So, it goes without saying that when visiting the island of spices … a spice plantation is a must-see. Stone Town offers a three-hour tour by a friendly, informed and professional tour guide. Far from a dull tour, it is dubbed a ‘sensation of the senses’ as you get the chance to touch, smell, and taste the many spices and the complementing tropical fruits all grown on the island. The tour will give you a good insight into what makes the local food so delicious.
If you are a Mango Millennial traveller, chances are that eco-tourism is high on your list. Eco-tourism refers to ecologically sensitive travel that uniquely combines being aware of your footprint on the land, and encouraging a sensitivity to traditional cultures of the people you encounter.
Part of visiting a new destination is trying new things, and by doing this in an eco-friendly manner you can make a difference by supporting tourism that is not harmful to the environment and is supportive of local communities. If you are interested in experiences that will encourage meaningful connections with local people, and offer a greater understanding of cultural, social and environmental issues, then Zanzibar will check all these boxes.
And when all else is done, beach, beach and more beach! This fun and vibrant exotic island offers kilometres of magnificent beaches, coupled with water delights such as scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing on traditional local ‘dhows’. These are hand carved boats made by the locals as far back as anyone can remember!
"As the sun sets on your dream holiday, return home satisfied, knowing that you have filled your holiday with an adventure, and your heart with a piece of Zanzibar,” concludes Zubane.