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 aviation.co.za. If rumours that Precision will no longer be flying to SA are true then book a cheap flight through www.1time.aero
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jambo Guest house. email@example.com
Florida: firstname.lastname@example.org: small clean rooms with hot water. Next to culture musical club