Kaya Travel: 5-Step Checklist to Get You Zanzibar Ready
It’s no secret that in a less than a week we’re heading off to the beautiful island of Zanzibar. If you’ve bought your space on this Kaya Listener Tour, this is your official reminder! Five things you need to check off your list to be Zanzibar-ready
- Final Checks on Your Documents
The good news first: You do not need a visa to enter Tanzania, and therefore to go to Zanzibar. However, what you do need is your valid South African passport. If you recently applied for your passport, now is the time to follow up and find out when it will be ready. If you last saw your passport in the family trunk of documents, dust it off and put it somewhere safe until you travel.
- Medical Final Round
According to the Travel Clinic, you need to take malaria tablets for Zanzibar and these are usually started prior to travelling and you continue taking them after you get home. Zanzibar’s requirement for the yellow fever vaccination is that if you are flying direct, you no longer need this vaccine. However, Travel Clinic says if you are taking a connecting flight from Ethiopia, Kenya or any other yellow-fever area African country, you will need a yellow fever vaccine — even if you will only be in transit. Remember that the vaccine needs to be done in advance as the window period is four to six weeks before travel.
Beyond vaccines, other travel recommendations are that you eat and drink safely (find out if the water is drinkable, for instance), prevent bug bites with things like Tabard insect repellent and don’t touch any animals as they might be carrying disease. However, Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa is quite safe; your only concern might be keeping the mosquitos away, so remember to take long-sleeved tops and long pants for the evenings and keep spraying that Peaceful Sleep.
- Some Beauty Concerns
It was a rough winter. As you begin to slowly shed your winter scales, think beyond exfoliating. A pedicure to go with your new beach sandals wouldn’t be bad, nor would stocking up on a new tube of high SPF sunscreen.
- Money Talks
What’s a trip without special experiences and gifts? While our Zanzibar holiday is all-inclusive, you might want cash handy for a few extras…
You have two choices when it comes to the money you will use in Zanzibar. You can use the local currency, which is the Tanzanian shilling. Or you can use the American dollar. While the dollar and the rand have an unhealthy relationship currently, the dollar goes a long way in Tanzania. You can exchange money at banks (the big branches, mostly). Check with your bank and tick it off your list.
- Get Your Head in the Game
Now prepare yourself to have the island adventure of your dreams!
How is your Zanzibar holiday checklist looking?