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Stretching over 80 kilometres of pristine coastline is the enchanting world of Zanzibar, an archipelago of islands off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa. And with over 500,000 tourists arriving at its sparkling shores in 2022, you wouldn't be faulted for wishing to add to this number currently.

If you're looking to be one of many that visit this island, you're in luck. With our services, you can easily find a flight to Zanzibar from South Africa.

You'll find this route serviced by many well-known local carriers like FlySafair and international airlines like Ethiopian Airlines, and more. By booking with one of these airlines, you'll be able to save money which you can use for other parts of your travels.

That said, flights to Zanzibar depart from OR Tambo, meaning if you’re not from Gauteng, you’ll need a connecting flight to Johannesburg.

Why Visit Zanzibar?

Stunning Beaches
Stunning Beaches

Zanzibar is renowned for its beautiful beaches. Boasting sparkling, turquoise waters, white sand, and swaying palm trees, Zanzibar's shores are ideal for kicking up your feet and taking it easy.

Try your hand at kitesurfing and diving at Peje Beach, or live it up at any of Nungwi Beach's beach resorts. Whatever you prefer, the warm waters here have something for everyone.

Rich History
Rich History

As with many African countries, Zanzibar has a rich and fascinating history. Its roots are a mix of African, Middle Eastern, and European influences, which is evident in its people, food, and culture.

Part of Zanzibar's history is Stone Town. Founded in the early 19th Century, it's an old part of Zanzibar City and played a significant role in the Spice and Arab slave trade. While here, why not explore the historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn about Zanzibar's complex past?

Exotic Wildlife
Unique Culture

Due to its history shared earlier, Zanzibar boasts a diverse population. With a mix of African, Arab, and Indian influences, you'll get the chance to experience the island's unique culture through its food, music, and arts and crafts.

From traditional Swahili cuisine to vibrant taarab music, there's always something new and exciting to discover in Zanzibar.

Flight Prices from South Africa to Zanzibar

Airline Price
FlySafair Airlines Flights to Zanzibar R3450.00
Ethiopian Airlines Flights to Zanzibar R4744.00
Kenya Airways Flights to Zanzibar R4928.00
Qatar Airways Flights to Zanzibar R8185.00

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

Why Book Cheap Flights to Zanzibar with SA Airlines

At SA Airlines, we believe in making your travel experience stress-free and enjoyable by allowing you to compare and book cheap Zanzibar flights from South Africa. Using our search tool, you can find and secure your flight in minutes.

Here are some reasons we think you’ll love booking with us:

  • Unbeatable prices: We allow you to book the cheapest flights, with access to 1000s of airlines and travel agents.
  • Easy booking process: You’ll find the booking process a breeze, thanks to our easy-to-navigate and user-friendly website. With only a few clicks here and there, you’ll be able to book your flight to Zanzibar and start planning your East African adventure.
  • Multiple airlines and partners: You’ll be able to select the low-cost carrier that best suits your needs and budget for your flight to Zanzibar.

Best Time to Book a Flight to Zanzibar

While you can hop on a Zanzibar flight year-round, some months are better for your budget.

The cheapest month to book Zanzibar flights is typically May (followed by June), as prices tend to be lower. When it comes to days, you’ll find that Saturdays and Tuesdays are the cheapest days to book flights to Zanzibar since the FlySafair flights are weekly as opposed to the other daily flights by other airlines.

That said, the prices of your Zanzibar flight ticket may vary depending on which city you’re flying from.

When is the Best Time to Visit Zanzibar?

Thanks to Zanzibar’s oh-so-tropical weather, the island is ripe for visiting year-round. But you may prefer some months more than others.

Budget-conscious travellers may appreciate the short rainy seasons’ lower prices. Running from December to February, this time also allows you to enjoy fewer crowds. However, it doesn’t rain much, and when it does, it’s usually later on in the evenings.

On the other hand, the dry season runs from June to October and is also known as the peak tourist season. The weather’s much cooler but still warm enough to partake in water sports or lounge at the beach. Peak tourist season results in higher prices, which is something to keep in mind when planning when to visit Zanzibar.

Top Things to Do in Zanzibar

Apart from heading to the beach, here are a few top things to do in magical Zanzibar.

  • Sail on a Dhow: Take a traditional Dhow boat trip and watch the sunset as it melts over the Indian Ocean.
  • Visit Chumbe Island:: Go snorkelling and diving at Chumbe Island, a marine reserve with pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life.
  • Go on a food tour in Stone Town: Embark on a culinary adventure as you sample the island’s delicious food, spices, and fruits in Forodhani Garden.

FAQs about Zanzibar Flights from South Africa

Which Airlines Have Direct Flights to Zanzibar?

Only FlySafair offers direct flights from South Africa to Zanzibar. Please keep in mind that the airline only offers these flights to Zanzibar on Saturdays only at the moment.

Can You Fly From South Africa to Zanzibar?

Yes, there are direct and single-stop flights to Zanzibar from South Africa. You’ll find direct flights to Zanzibar from Johannesburg, with trips from other cities needing a stop in Joburg.

How Long Is the Flight From Johannesburg to Zanzibar?

The Johannesburg to Zanzibar flight time is around 3 hours and 25 minutes for direct flights.

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Interesting Facts About Zanzibar

Here are some lesser-known facts you may have missed about Zanzibar:

  • Zanzibar is not an island but rather an archipelago.
  • Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the iconic British rock band Queen, was born in Zanzibar.
  • Zanzibar is 35 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania and is located in the Indian Ocean.
  • The servaline genet and the red colobus monkey are two animals you’ll find in Zanzibar, but won’t find elsewhere on Earth.

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