Cape Town - Greater access to islands - specifically those off Africa's coast - is warmly welcomed by South African travellers who are fostering a love for #AfriTravel.
Helping to make this possible is Mango Airlines, which increased its flight frequency to the African paradise of Zanzibar.
Commencing on 8 March 2018, a Thursday flight will be added to the existing Tuesday and Saturday departures from OR Tambo International Airport.
"The 10:00 departure time on a Thursday will allow for seamless connections from other South African cities such as Cape Town and Durban," says the airline, which is SA's "only direct airline to Zanzibar".
An additional benefit for travellers is that the flight from Johannesburg to Zanzibar is a short 3.5 hours.
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Benediction Zubane, Marketing Head of Mango Airlines, says that the exotic island has become even more popular with South Africans.
“Zanzibar has captivated the hearts of holidaymakers and wanderlusts from all around the world, but no more so than the adventurous Africans who call it the 'fabled land of spices'," says Zubane.
"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," he adds.
Zubane adds that 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," he says.
Exotic island eco-tourism
Zubane says that Mango Millennial travellers will especially delight in the eco-tourism offering.
"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," explains Zubane.
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Zanzibar is an ideal eco-tourism destination as it encourages meaningful connections with local people and offers a great understanding of cultural, social and environmental issues.
"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," adds Zubane.
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