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SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights  
User currently offlineJambo From Tanzania, joined Dec 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2529 times:

South African Airways yesterday inaugurated twice-weekly direct flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar Island (Tanzania) using the newly acquired A319 aircraft.

Flights will be operated on TUE and SUN.
Similar routes to the tourist destination of Victoria falls has also been established.

What do my fellow a.netters think about this introduction by SAA?
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This is another milestone for Zanzibar's important tourism industry.


For those who don't know what Zanzibar is like, then zanzibar is full of beautiful beaches, adventurous boat rides to neigbouring islands, history etc etc,
On my recent holiday to Zanzibar (on June 18th 2005) - i had the opportunity to just relax, swim & chill on the beautiful beaches of zanzibar, go bike riding in the old and narrow streets of the historical STONE TOWN, feed the tortoise in prison island.,,,,dolphin tours,,,etc etc

There's alot in Zanzibar for a tourist,,,
Here are some photos that i took on this old but yet beautiful Island....
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Stone town -


Sunset in Z'bar-


Prison Island (25 min boat ride from Zanzibar)


Feeding the tortoise in prison island--


tortoise--




Wooden truck --




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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2495 times:

Great move by SAA - Zanzibar is beautiful, and a great (and affordable !) holiday spot, and ideal for South Africans - only 3 hours 40 minutes away (closer than MRU), right on the Indian Ocean, fascinating history.

Nice to see this kind of intra-African tourism being developed. Good job.


User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2749 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

Have just been to Zanzibar and it is truly an amazing place.

But didn't Air Tanzania used to operate this route anyway? Or put another way, shouldn't SAA be using Air Tanz as a vehicle to operate such routes? Otherwise this airline is just being left to rot.


User currently offlineBjornstrom From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

SAA is also about to become a Star Alliance partner - good news!


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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

one of three new routes inaugerated by SAA on the 1st of July along with Washington and Livingstone.


Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineBilly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

Took a Precision Air ATR to Zanzibar for the day from DAR. Cost about $100 return and spent the day enjoying the sights. Almost got into trouble as you need your passport, even from DAR. However, the immigration officer was pretty relaxed, so managed to enter the coutry without it. Basic airport though an ET 757 landed (I think they might have stopped now).

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

Quoting Billy (Reply 5):
Basic airport though an ET 757 landed (I think they might have stopped now).

It's a fun airport - talk about kerbside check-in ! Baggage claim is a bit of a scrum, there's no belt, you just catch the eye of a baggage handler, point out your bag, and he passes it over. Great viewing terrace upstairs as well.


User currently offlineBilly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

JGPH1A,
I missed the viewing terrace, but you are right, a fun airport. I was surprised at the number of air taxi aircraft on the ramp. I have to say that the airport was struggling with an Air Europa, Ethiopian, Gulf Air and Kenya Air all operating within a few hours.


User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2749 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Yes, an interesting airport, particularly with the security staff all offering their hands in marriage in exchange for a life abroad, then begging ofr money for lunch. Hardly the most professional of ops but I guess that's Africa.

Also a pity that they don't include the US$25 departure tax in the price of the ticket so you only find out when arriving at the airport and then have to pay the extortionate exchange rate by the airport authorities. but again, such is Africa.


User currently offlinePzurita1 From Greenland, joined Sep 2002, 1393 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

Wonderful addition to SAA's African network.

What would you recommend to reach ZNZ coming from Europe. Flying all the way to Jo'burg is nonsense. What else? Limited services to DAR. Is it possible to do it via NBO? Guys who've already been there... what do you recommend?

Quoting Aerokiwi (Reply 8):
Also a pity that they don't include the US$25 departure tax in the price of the ticket so you only find out when arriving at the airport and then have to pay the extortionate exchange rate by the airport authorities. but again, such is Africa.

Not only in Africa, but also in Argentina (South America), Bhutan (Asia), Cuba (Caribbean) and I guess some other countries.


Those tortoises are huge. i thought they could only be found in Galapagos Is. Are they native in Zanzibar?



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User currently offlineJambo From Tanzania, joined Dec 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

Quoting Pzurita1 (Reply 9):
What would you recommend to reach ZNZ coming from Europe. Flying all the way to Jo'burg is nonsense. What else? Limited services to DAR. Is it possible to do it via NBO? Guys who've already been there... what do you recommend?

Well, you might want to take BA, KL, LX, direct to DAR or perhaps EK via DXB daily into DAR ES SALAAM.

Quoting Pzurita1 (Reply 9):
Those tortoises are huge. i thought they could only be found in Galapagos Is. Are they native in Zanzibar?

True! the size of the tortoises are shocking. I don't really know if they are native in Z'bar, but what i know is that they have been there for quite some time now.

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WELCOME TO TANZANIA - WORLD OF ZANZIBAR, KILIMANJARO and SERENGETI
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