Friday, June 17, 2016


With less than one month to go ahead of the 19th annual Zanzibar International Film Festival – the time is now to book your trip with the specially created travel deals from ZIFF’s travel partners.
Once again this year ZIFF is excited to offer discounted rates on flights and accommodation to Zanzibar from 9th – 17th July 2016.
ZIFF Partners with fastjet
ZIFF is excited to be partnering with fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline that now operates three flights per week between Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport direct to Zanzibar. 
fastjet offers flights to Dar es Salaam from across east Africa and is ready to welcome all guests for ZIFF 2016. Fastjest commenced daily flights to Zanzibar on 11th January 2016 in response to strong passenger demand from within Tanzania, the region and Southern African market.
Commenting on the partnership, fastjet Tanzania General Manager, John Corse said that fastjet offers flights from across East Africa and was ready to welcome all guests for ZIFF 2016, “fastjet’s direct flights to Zanzibar will make it easier than ever for guests to explore ZIFF and all the sites of Zanzibar Island by providing convenient, safer and affordable air travel”, Corse said.

Within Tanzania, fares from Dar es Salaam from Zanzibar start from Tsh: 22,000/- (exclusive of taxes) with those from Zanzibar to Johannesburg in South Africa starting from Tsh: 110,000/- (exclusive of  taxes) respectively.
Ethiopian Airlines Specials
Guests traveling from further afield can also get to ZIFF with discounted rates from Ethiopian Airlines, another ZIFF travel partner. To book your discounted route simply click on this link: or contact your local Ethiopian Airlines office.
Accommodation Partners
While staying in Stone Town, where ZIFF screenings and special events take place, guests are invited to make use of special accommodation rates from ZIFF partner hotels: The Seyyida Hotel, The Marumaru Hotel Zanzibar, The Tausi Palace Hotel and Al Minar Hotel are all offering special rates to guests who quote their fastjet reference number when making a booking.  All hotels must be contacted directly to secure the ZIFF guest rate.
Africa House Hotel:  The History of the African House dates back over 150 years.  The first English Club of East Africa opened in this former royal residence which was ultimately converted into a luxury hotel at the end of colonial era retaining its Royal culture and colours of Arabic and English heritage. The hotel has been fully renovated just recently with extensive enhancement in its stategic settings, ambience, facilities, comfort, catering and above all its services to match its 4 star graded category.  $80/night

Beyt Al Salaam:  For those who want to experience the charm of a classic Zanzibar setting with a touch of ancient Arabian mystique, the place is Beyt Al Salaam, formerly known as Beyt Al Chai. This is an exquisite 10-room boutique hotel within a traditional Zanzibar house, built on 3 floors on what was once a tea house. Sitting only a few paces from the sea, the house is cool and breezy.  $110/night

Doubletree Hilton: Experience a perfect blend of culture and comfort at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar – Stone Town, where our friendly staff looks forward to welcoming you at check-in with a warm chocolate chip cookie. Set in the heart of the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town, this elegant hotel offers the hospitality and charm of the ‘Swahilis’ combined with the renowned coziness of a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. $140/night

Maru Maru Hotel: A three star hotel, lovingly restored to offer 44 bright rooms blending classic Zanzibar style with iconic design and modern luxuries. $100/night, $140/night

Mashariki Palace Hotel: The domicile of the Sultan's religious councillor is now restored beyond its former magnificence. IT IS NOT A STANDARD HOTEL. THE MASHARIKI PALACE HOTELis a privileged RESIDENCE for travellers choosing refined hospitality in a historical setting, outside from the others standard hotels. 30% off list rates for ZIFF Guests

Park Hyatt ZanzibarThe Park Hyatt is Stone Town’s newest and most luxurious hotel. This 5 star experience will make for a truly memorable experience.
$185/Night, $200/Night
+255 24 550 1234 – reservations department

The Seyyida Hotel & Spa: The Seyyida is an elegant, eighteen room boutique hotel is located right by the Palace Museum, old residence of the Zanzibar royal family and overlooks the Indian Ocean waterfront. $80/Night, $110/Night

Zanzibar Beach Resort: (free 15 minute shuttle to town) Situated on the south-west coast of Zanzibar,  15 minutes from Stone Town contiguous to the beautiful Indian Ocean and flawless white sandy beach; only ten minutes from the historic exotic Swahili Stone Town and five minutes from the International Airport.  The Resort is set in a magical hand-picked stunning location with gorgeous landscaped gardens. It is a beautiful spot to watch some of the most magnificent sunsets. $85/night, $125/night

*Standard T’s & C’s apply for bookings made with Ethiopian Airlines, fastjet and relevant hotels. Please check websites for details.

For full details and costs on the workshop please visit the ZIFF website,

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