At last - an opportunity to buy a home in Zanzibar
...possible for a person who is not from Zanzibar to buy a property on this magnificent island. However, last week, the Pam Golding Property group announced that it has been appointed to market luxury apartments and villas in the first phase of the...
Pam Golding Property group appointed to market ground-breaking luxury Zanzibar Amber Resort
The Pam Golding Property group has been appointed to market luxury apartments and villas in the first phase of the groundbreaking Zanzibar Amber Resort, a world-class beach, golf and hospitality resort situated on the prime north-eastern coast of...
Dr Ramakrishna Sithanen, former Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, visited Zanzibar on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to offer strategies that led Mauritius to become one of Africa’s leading economies.
Anantara announces development of new resort in Zanzibar.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, a leading operator and developer of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, has announced the development of Anantara Zanzibar Resort, expected to open in 2020 as part of the Zanzibar Amber Resort mixed-use lifestyle community...
Zanzibar Amber Resort to debut East Africa's first Signature Golf Course.
Ernie Els Design is excited to announce that it has completed a new agreement with Zanzibar Amber Resort and is now in the planning phase for what will be East Africa's first Signature Golf Resort Development...
British firm now set to build modern golf course in Z'bar
A British firm, Pennyroyal Gibraltar, is constructing a state-of-the-art golf course in Zanzibar. The project is under the recently launched Zanzibar Amber Resort and is expected to be East Africa’s first signature golf resort development in the region...
China, UK firms ink $300m deal for Z'bar tourist resort
The Zanzibar's Ministry of Finance and Planning Permanent Secretary, Mr Hamis Mussa who graced the signing ceremony in Stone Town, said that the ambitious project would create more than 2,000 jobs for the locals and boost tourism in the Isles. He expressed the government's commitment to supporting the project...
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Zanzibar Island (Unguja) is located between 6 and 6.5 degrees south of the equator, 39km east of the Tanzanian mainland.
How big is the Population of Zanzibar?
Zanzibar population is 1,300 000 people of which 95% is African with 5% being a mix of Asian, Arab and European who all live in harmony and a very relaxed environment.
Zanzibar time zone
Both Zanzibar and Tanzania are on GMT + 3.
Capital of Zanzibar
The capital of Zanzibar is Stone Town, which is located on the western coast of the island. Stone Town is a city of distinguished historical and artistic significance in east Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, with the East African culture being preeminent, there is a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Being a small and busy island the vibrant markets, harbour, and dining in the open-air restaurants makes for a very special atmosphere and experience.
What is the current use of the land site proposed for the development?
The land is currently rough coral scrubland of little commercial value, used in the past for grazing and some nominal slash & burn agriculture. There is no occupation of the land by local people and only a small unmade track to the edge of the site.
Where is the development located on the Island?
The development is located on the north-east coast of Unguja Island, between Matemwe and Nungwi. The development occupies just over 4km of coastline.
Who owns the development?
The development is wholly owned by Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Limited.
How large is the development?
Stage 1 of the development occupies 411ha of land.
When will the resort open?
The resort will open in the first quarter of 2020.
How will the resort be developed?
Following initial design and implementation of the required infrastructure, the resort will be developed in a series of phases according to market demand over a number of years.
What does the resort consist of?
Stage 1 of the resort consists of the following:
Circa 250 luxury beach & golf villas, five 5* luxury hotels, 18-hole championship golf course, water park, retail souk, marina, deep-water mooring, underwater restaurant and night club, luxury marine villas, Under- overwater Lodges, super-plot villas, 10 private islands.
What is the current status of the development?
9.2km of main public access roadway has been constructed by Pennyroyal. Government Investment and construction approvals are in place. Land and Marine Environmental & Social Impact Assessment approvals have been obtained. Website is complete and is available for viewing (zanzibaramberresort.com).
The first villas are designed with marketing planned from October 2017(April 2018). Development agreements are in place with Anantara and Ritz-Carlton Hotels with a view to completion in 2020.
Resort infrastructure is already underway, and will be implemented in advance of the residential development.
More development detail
Villas: Luxury beach-front, ocean-view, cliff-top, golf-side and golf-view villas, 4, 5 and 6 bed, with base areas of 650m2, 800m2 and 1000m2 respectively.
Hotels: Five 5* Luxury Hotels, average 75-100 keys per hotel, accommodating Spas, Speciality & Beach Restaurants, Bars etc.
Marine Villas: Luxury Villas on reclaimed marine causeways.
Marina: Unique marina with deep-water facility, including chandlery, diving and fishing centres. Mooring depth ranges from 6 - 8m, yachts up to 100m accommodated depending on draft.
Underwater Restaurant & Night Club: Located in marine setting; Restaurant 700m2, Night Club 350m2, Public Underwater viewing 400m2 and open viewing Deck 1200m2.
Super Villa plots: 3500m2 with deep water mooring facility.
Retail: Up to 25,000m2 footprint retail with living accommodation over the lower retail floors. The retail space will be a high-end shopping experience with all the character of an eastern bazaar.
Who will do the design for the Hotels & Villas?
This will be a combination of international design companies and Pennyroyal’s experienced in-house design team.
Who will do the design for the Underwater Restaurant & the retail space?
Planning and design by Pennyroyal’s in-house design team in collaboration with a renowned restaurant designer.
What on-site security is in place?
There is a 2-tier security procedure in place; firstly main entrance security for all site visitors and secondly gated and walled enclosure to all private villa development. General site security as well as “state-of-the-art” building entry security systems will be incorporated.
What is the price range of the residential villas?
The villas will range in cost as determined by location and size with entry level units starting around $700k.
Will Non-Tanzanian residents have the chance to purchase residential property on the development?
There are no restrictions on foreign ownership.
What status will buyers of residences be entitled to?
Buyers of residences will gain automatic residency, renewable after 3 years, and become entitled to a host of benefits afforded to citizens of Zanzibar.
What tax advantages can buyers of residences expect?
Zanzibar welcomes buyers of residences and has made it very tax efficient by offering residence permits, suspending capital gains tax, 15% corporate tax on villa/apartment rentals and zero tax on international earnings.
In what currency will rentals and re-sales be transacted?
All residential sales, rental pool revenues and re-sales are in USD. Buyers are not subject to local currency fluctuations.
Can non-citizens buy property in Zanzibar?
All land is owned by the Government and available to lease to foreign investors.
What is the procedure for buying property in Zanzibar?
Pennyroyal developer handles all local procedures on behalf of a buyer.
VISITORS & GUESTS
How do you get to Zanzibar?
At the moment, no airlines fly directly to Zanzibar from the UK. Airlines that fly to Zanzibar from other locations include Air Tanzania, Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines, Fly540, Kenya Airways, Mango, Oman Air, Precision Air, Regional Air Services, Tropical Air, and Zan Air.
Seasonal summer flights are also operated by Arkia Israel Airlines, Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines, Condor, Meridiana, Neos, and Travel Service Airlines. Some charter flights are also offered by Arkefly and Jetairfly.
Kenya Airways has daily flights from Heathrow, overnight to Nairobi (8.5 hours) then connecting early morning on to Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. (1.5 hours). Return flights are usually an afternoon/evening flight from Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam to Nairobi connecting with an overnight flight to Heathrow. We suggest Kenya Airways for people doing a safari in Kenya and in the northern parks of Tanzania.
KLM flies from many UK airports, via Amsterdam then on to Nairobi connecting on to Zanzibar or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those doing a safari in the northern parks of Tanzania.
Emirates and Qatar Airways fly to Dar es Salaam via Dubai & Doha respectively.
The flight time from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar is approximately 20 minutes.
Oman Air has direct flights to Zanzibar, via Muscat, 3 times per week.
Ethiopian Airways flies to Zanzibar, via Addis Ababa, usually well priced but in addition to transit in Addis there are other stops en-route.
Other airlines await the completion of a new terminal to start their flights directly into Zanzibar.
Is a visa required?
Visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months (according to the Tanzanian immigration department) or a month beyond the period of intended stay (according to IATA).
Countries from the following countries can visit Tanzania without a visa for up to 3 months.
British Virgin Islands
Antigua & Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
Papua New Guinea
All other countries will need to obtain a tourist's visa for a single entry at any one of the following four main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements:
Dar es Salaam International Airport
Zanzibar International Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder point)
Citizens of the following countries and territories must obtain a visa in advance from a Tanzanian Diplomatic Mission.
What are the vaccination requirements?
Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required for all travelers travelling through or from the following countries:
Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela.
The Tanzanian ministry of health mandates a transit time of more than 12 hours or a disembarkation from the immediate airport area from the above mentioned countries during transit as a possible health threat and requires travelers in such situations to possess Yellow Fever Certificates.
What is the weather like in Tanzania/Zanzibar?
Zanzibar is an all-year holiday destination. There is a well-established weather pattern. The monsoon normally arrives late March lasting until late May. April has the most rain however most falls in the afternoon. June through to October is glorious, relatively cool with temperatures in the mid 70 celsius – 80 celsius and relatively low humidity. From October on it starts to warm up. Zanzibar is also not affected by Hurricanes or Typhoons.
What is the currency in Tanzania/Zanzibar?
Tanzania Shillings (TSH), which cannot be obtained until arrival in Tanzania/Zanzibar. It is best to take US$ cash which is readily accepted as payment and can also be easily changed in to TSH.
What is the electricity supply?
220 – 240 volt AC. In general, they are the 3 square pin plugs (same as UK), but it is advisable to take a multi-adaptor in case.
How do we get around Zanzibar?
Taxis from a reputable company is the favoured mode of transport. Stone Town is small enough to walk to most destinations. Hire cars are available and cycles can also be hired from many outlets in Stone Town and at many beach hotels to ride for miles along the beach. Airport transfer services are also readily available.
What is the main language?
Swahili is the local language. However, English is widely spoken and staff at all hotels, shops and restaurants speak English.
What is the main religion?
In Zanzibar the majority of the people are Muslim. On the Tanzanian mainland Christianity is the main religion.
Is Zanzibar over-developed for tourism?
Zanzibar’s tourism market has grown by approximately 28% in the last 12 months. The rooms available have remained the same. New developments are needed which will increase occupancy across the board.
What sorts of things are there for visitors to do on Zanzibar?
Island tours, Stone Town world heritage and historical tours, Whale & Dolphin watching, diving & fishing trips and spice tours.
What sort of food can we expect?
Because of Zanzibar’s rich and diverse history, the cuisine found here finds its inspiration from many different cultures: African, Indian and Chinese to name a few. Fresh fish is in abundance, as well as a wild variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables. There are many restaurants offering a wide selection of international cuisine.
Bank Business Hours
Banks operate from 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am to noon on Saturdays.
Tipping for Services
At restaurants, the standard tipping is 10% of the bill. For lodge and hotel staff, it usually is 10 - 15%.
All the major hotels, resorts and many of the restaurants provide internet connectivity.
Is there a Dress Code?
Modest or conservative dress code in public areas should be adhered to.
Normal good manners apply with some restrictions on Government property.