jambo
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SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 5:59 pm

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 --


 
JGPH1A
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:28 pm

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.
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aerokiwi
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:26 pm

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.
 
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:51 pm

SAA is also about to become a Star Alliance partner - good news!
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:54 pm

one of three new routes inaugerated by SAA on the 1st of July along with Washington and Livingstone.
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Billy
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:18 pm

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).
 
JGPH1A
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:25 pm

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.
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Billy
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:31 pm

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.
 
aerokiwi
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:11 pm

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.
 
pzurita1
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:09 pm

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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jambo
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RE: SAA Launches J'burg - Z'bar Direct Flights

Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:49 am

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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