Zanzibar is only a 3 hour flight from Johannesburg and although it’s close to home, it makes you feel as if you are a million miles away. We chose Zanzibar for a mini girls getaway and it definitely did not disappoint us. If you’re looking for relaxation and serenity then this is the place for you.
I enjoy booking holidays directly but in some parts of the world, booking via a travel agent will ensure that you get the best deal. Travelstart offered reasonable packages to Zanzibar so we decided to book our holiday via them. Mango Airlines got us from Johannesburg to Zanzibar in 3 short hours. Immediately after touching down in Zanzibar, we felt the true African spirit.
The airport is definitely the most “unique” one I have ever seen. Everything is manual with a scary lack of digital equipment. So much so that even the luggage is manually carried from the plane into a small room without a conveyor belt. It’s like herding sheep into a pen with travelers screaming and scratching to get closer to their bags. Surprisingly enough, they did have a great airline lounge. Thank you FNB!
We stayed at the incredible Neptune Pwani Beach Resort and Spa. It was an all inclusive deal which meant all food, drinks and accommodation was included. There were dozens of options to choose from where food was concerned.
Friendly and spacious, Neptune Pwani Beach Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for guests in search of a retreat that offers the “special touch”, matched with attention to the finest of details.
The Resort has been meticulously created, emulating traditional Zanzibar style, using the best in local design, interiors and furnishing, meeting top international standards. It features multiple pools, so your choices are endless.
Neptune Pwani is located on the beach with 24/7 security guards. This means that guests are free to roam this private beach whenever they like. It is not as rocky as the other beaches along the coast but doesn’t make for a very pleasant swimming experience due to the fact that deeper in, it is surrounded by sea urchin.
The resort offers ample entertainment. Each night is uniquely themed and during dinner, guests are entertained with traditional music, singing, dancing and even mini shopping markets from the Masai. I highly recommend staying at Neptune Pwani when you visit Zanzibar.