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Cheap Flights from Cape Town to Zanzibar

Flying from Cape Town to Zanzibar is becoming an increasingly desired route for South Africans. While no airline flies directly between the two destinations, you can easily find single- and multi-stop flights from as little as R5650.00. Most flights will depart from Cape Town International Airport before stopping at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, before departing for Zanzibar.

While the cost of plane tickets can add up, you can easily find cheap flights to Zanzibar from Cape Town with us. Your journey will be handled by airlines like FlySafair, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airline, and more.

Why Visit Zanzibar

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Zanzibar has over 20 fantastic beaches dotted along its coast, with unique offerings for every traveller. With the warm water from the Indian Ocean and the fantastic weather, you’ll be able to snorkel, tan, and surf to your heart’s content.

Delicious Food
Delicious Food

Nicknamed Spice Island, Zanzibar offers mouthwatering and tongue-tickling food. Paired with the ease of attaining the freshest seafood, the island has all kinds of delicious dishes, from mishkaki kebabs to grilled octopus.

Vibrant Culture
Vibrant Culture

From the cobbled alleyways of Stone Town to Mafia Island, Zanzibar has a deep history and friendly locals. Its culture is a unique blend of Arabic, Indian, European, and African influences, as seen in its lively bazaars to exciting Taarab music.

Flight Prices from Johannesburg to Zanzibar

Airline Price
Kenya Airways Flights from Cape Town to Zanzibar From R5652.00
Ethiopian Airlines Flights from Cape Town to Zanzibar From R7135.00

*Please note that prices are subject to availability, and block-out dates do apply over peak seasons.

Why Book Flights from Cape Town to Zanzibar With Us

SA Airlines can help you find the cheapest Zanzibar flights from Cape Town. Our simple online booking process makes it convenient to search across the internet for the best flight prices.

All you need to do is add your desired destination and departure point, as well as the dates you’re looking to fly on. Then wait a few seconds, and you’ll be able to book your flight within minutes.

Best Time to Book a Flight from Cape Town to Zanzibar

The best month to book a Cape Town to Zanzibar flight is May. This is usually the cheapest month to fly, with average flight prices starting from R5652.

The best days to book a flight from Cape Town to Zanzibar are usually midweek, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when tickets can cost from as little as R4668.

When is the Best Time to Visit Zanzibar?

The island has fantastic hot weather year-round, making it a brilliant destination to visit at any time. That said, it does have a long rainy season during April and May.

With that in mind, the best time to visit Zanzibar is between July and September, in the archipelago’s dry season. It has fantastic humid temperatures between 28ºC and 34ºC, perfect for tanning, swimming in the sea, and exploring its many islands.

Top Things to Do in Zanzibar

  • Spot a monkey in Jozani Forest: Walk through this gorgeous forest and see the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. The nature trails are tranquil and perfect for experiencing the island’s flora and fauna.
  • Walk through Stone Town: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an idyllic part of Zanzibar to visit, from its winding alleys to bustling bazaars.
  • Visit Prison Island: The island is full of history seen in its prison ruins. However, it’s also a great spot to see giant Aldabra tortoises.
  • Go on a spice tour: Known as Spice Island, Zanzibar grows an abundance of spices, such as cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This is a brilliant way to learn about how spices are grown, and you can even buy your own to take home.
  • Relax on the beach: The archipelago has over 20 unique beaches to explore, with white sand and a warm ocean current. This makes it perfect for snorkelling, surfing, and tanning on the beach.
  • Take a dhow cruise: One of the most exciting things to do in Zanzibar is a dhow cruise. Many come with lunch included, and you can dine on your own private beach with fresh fruit and grilled fish.
  • Check out the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre: This is an excellent activity for families, as you can see all the endemic butterfly species of Zanzibar and maybe even feed them.
  • Visit the Forodhani Night Market: This is a brilliant opportunity to taste the local cuisine, such as urojo – a mango and tamarind soup, as well as grilled octopus and Zanzibar pizza.
  • Snorkel at Mnemba Island: See hundreds of vibrant fish in this protected marine area, including turtles, dolphins, and lionfish.
  • Eat at the Zanzibar Coffee House: Zanzibar is known for its fantastic coffee, so what better way to try it than at this coffee house? Besides coffee, they also serve delicious wraps, pizzas, and cakes.

FAQs about Flights from Cape Town to Zanzibar

How Long is a Direct Flight to Zanzibar from Cape Town?

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Zanzibar from Cape Town. However, you can catch a connecting flight to Johannesburg and catch a direct flight to Zanzibar with FlySafair on Saturdays only, for now. In addition to the two-hour flight up to Joburg, you’ll be in the air for 3 hours and 25 minutes heading to Zanzibar.

This comes to a total flying time of around 6 hours, which can vary due to weather, airline policies, and the runway’s busyness. It is also important to note that this calculation does not include layovers.

Which South African Airlines Fly to Zanzibar?

FlySafair is the only South African airline that offers a direct route to Zanzibar.

However, both Airlink and South African Airways fly to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, if you prefer a more direct route. From there, you can then fly to Zanzibar with Tanzania’s domestic airlines.

How Far is Zanzibar from Cape Town by Flight?

The aerial distance from Cape Town International Airport to Zanzibar Kisauni International Airport is a whopping 3750 kilometres approximately.

However, since there are no Zanzibar direct flights from Cape Town, you’ll more likely fly to Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, or Addis Ababa first.

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