More than 1200 years ago, the three-cornered outlines of Arab Dhows were first spotted off the eastern shores of Africa. They came from Arabia & Turkey to trade goods for African ivory and slaves. These explorers came across an island so idyllic that the Sultan of Omar moved the seat of his empire to these shores called ‘Zayn Zal Barr’ – ‘Fair is the Island’ – and so began the extraordinary past of this scented land of coconuts and spices.
Today Zanzibar is a fascinating mixture of African & Arabic influences. Stone Town is a world heritage site with its ancient ruins, tightly tangled streets, coral stone houses and legendary wood carvings. Beyond the town, perfect bliss awaits along the pristine white beaches of this island gem, surrounded by the turquoise, balmy waters of the Indian Ocean. Spectacular sea life of its unspoilt coral reefs, local sailing dhows, groves of coconut palms and magenta sunsets provide an unforgettable tropical paradise of lazy days.
Although Zanzibar’s equatorial climate is pleasurable for most of the year, the best time to travel there is July-November when temperatures average 25 C. December-March is very hot, while April-June is the rainy season.
Hi Joan - We have arrived home safely - with just a little jet lag. Your guidance and expertise in planning this trip was invaluable. The trip exceeded all of my expectations!! I would not have changed anything. It would be difficult to pick out the best part of the trip - in that each day was so special. Rob and Heath were exceptional and a great part in making the trip so special. Londolozi was amazing. I'm not sure who we have to thank for our special Anniversary treat of lunch in the tree house; but thank you, thank you, thank you!! It still brings tears to my eyes thinking of the it!! We started the trip by saying "if" we go back to Africa only for it to be quickly changed to "when" we go back to Africa. So until next time, I thank you again for making this such a special experience!!
We were a group of three couples traveling to South Africa for the first time. We have traveled to Italy, Cuba, Mexico and other locations together and had arranged to stay in a house outside of Cape Town on our own. Redfoot Safaris was introduced to us by a friend in Phoenix that had a great experience in 2017. We communicated with Rex by email and phone and were impressed by his patience as none of us had ever been on a Safari and we had lots of questions. Rex arranged for us to have two full day tours of Cape Town and the surrounding area and we were so impressed with our guide that we engaged him for another full day. Upon arrival at Rattray on Mala Mala we could not believe how comfortable and luxurious the facilities were and the staff and their service was impeccable. Our guide, Garrett, was fantastic and a wealth of knowledge. We were exposed to a great number of animals and learned so much about their lives and their environment. It was both an educational and relaxing break and our photos and memories will be enjoyed for years to come. We highly recommend letting Redfoot make the arrangements so that the total experience can be enjoyed even though it is far from home. We would love to return and repeat the entire experience.
Our trip was just perfect - spent three days touring Cape Town and surroundings with our guide, George Meyer, who was fantastic. Other than our pick-up time, nothing was set in stone, and George allowed each day to unfold as it happened. We got to see everything on our list - and then some. From there we headed to MalaMala for a couple days safari, which were amazing - the accommodations at Rattray's were beautiful, and we saw more wildlife than we were expecting. Our safari guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and perfectly suited for our group. All details were taken care of by Redfoot/Rex, including being met at the Johannesburg airport, which was a huge help on our way home! Can't say enough about Rex, George, and MalaMala. Loved the trip!!