Paradise on a dental floss budget

Zanzibar is truly one of the best destinations in Africa.  It’s historic, it has views (whether you are in Stone town or in Kendwa) and it’s the heart of the Swahili coast. Being here feels like starring in an ancient movie. It sounds like a cliché, the pictures you’ll see look like a cliché and the stories you’ll hear are 101 percent cliché.  But it’s a beautiful cliché. It also happens to be one of the cheapest destinations in East Africa.  R6500 can buy you the amazing experience that is Zanzibar. Flights, accommodation and meals included.   Before you plan your getaway, bear in mind that I believe in traveling with an open mind. It’s more practical than waiting to afford a holiday.

1. Budget airlines Precision Air and 1Time have direct flights at no more than R4500 for a return ticket. All taxes are included in the fare.

I prefer flying on Precision Air. Their service is efficient, their fleet is comfortable, they serve food and unlimited alcohol.  You can pay via EFT. There will be no stress. Their star consultant Palesa Sejake is always eager to help. She’s on 011 289 8072/ p.sejake@holiday  If rumours that Precision will no longer be flying to SA are true then book a cheap flight through

2.You are not sheik. Eat at any of the local joints around Stonetown. Dine at Forodhani.

3. Use dladlas to move around the island. Using public taxis is great for meeting locals, locals open the door to organic experiences.

4. Sleep a local guesthouse. They’re not the Hilton, but they provide a comfortable bed. A bed at 165 a night comes to R825 for five nights.

Here are a few options. Google more.

Monica’s Guesthouse:

Jambo Guest house.

Florida: small clean rooms with hot water. Next to culture musical club

Safari njema.

The Land of a thousand splendid sun.


About leratomogoatlhe

I fell in love with traveling Africa on a four day trip to Accra in 2006. I started my journeys around the continent in 2008, when I went to Senegal, and around West Africa to launch my dream of knowing Africa through all my senses. I have been to 24 countries (and counting) over five years of stopping everything in my life to focus on one phenomenal continent. #AfricaRocks.
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5 Responses to Paradise on a dental floss budget

  1. mel says:

    I must mention that even the Hilton is fairly well-priced compared to all other Hiltons. There is a Doubletree by Hilton in Nungwi, North of the island. I stayed there for $81 per night. This is cheaper than most 3 Stars in Africa. The service was amazing. It is a bit far from Stonetown (an hour’s drive because of the bad roads) but it gives one the opportunity to relax and be romantic.In Nungwi there are amazing restaurants by the beach. they can also arrange candle lit dinner by the beach. the food is fresh and the ambiance is amazing (all this for R125 for 3 courses).

  2. Lebogang Mokwene says:

    Im encouraged by the fact that it costs that much! Im planning a sabbatical, explore africa and Zanzubar is definately on the list. Thank you. This blog helps!

  3. Koneom says:

    I have missed reading your work on the sunday paper. I love travel and the way you put the wording makes me want to just pack up and go. What is the best time to travel there?

    • My work here is done 🙂 I am glad you want to travel. February kills two birds with one stone because then you can be town for Sauti Za Busara. It’s a music festival. I’ll post about it soon. You’d have to add R1000 for a pass. It’s East Africa’s biggest music festival.

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