Juliet & Julian Silburn

Dear Michael & Natalie

Thank you for arranging the most wonderful holiday.

Our time on Zanzibar and Mafia Island is a very memorable one for a number of reasons.

Firstly, we loved the culture and the people – so gentle and kind and our visits to the villages were a highlight of the holiday.

Secondly, the hotel choices were perfect for us. We were made to feel very welcome in all.

  • Emerson Spice in Stone Town offered excellent service and delicious food; our room was stunning – eccentric, colonial charm! We loved exploring Stone Town and if we were to do the holiday again, I would extend our 3-night stay by another 2!
  • Butiama on Mafia Island offered simple ‘feet in the sand’ accommodation which was comfortable and positioned on a beautiful beach, particularly when the tide was out. Being within walking distance of Kilindoni meant that we could visit the town and get a feel for life on the island. The staff offered a number of tours including snorkeling and diving in the marine park. The whale sharks were unseasonably early and, although we chose not to see them, many guests were delighted that they were able to swim with them!
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel was sophisticated but low key and the food was excellent. Its position on a quiet, unspoilt and very beautiful stretch of coastline was just what we were looking for – a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and very good amenities of the hotel.

Finally, your agent GTI was outstanding; Alawi maintained contact with us throughout, confirming transfer times, arranging an excellent guide in Stone Town, spice tours and private dhow trips. He went out of his way to ensure Zanzibar was everything we hoped for and even stayed in touch when our return flights went awry at the last minute!

To conclude, our 2-week holiday was an amazing experience – the perfect combination of sightseeing, discovering a new culture and relaxation.

Your prompt advice in answer to my many queries and recommendations regarding all things Zanzibarian was invaluable.

Thank you once again for putting together a most memorable holiday. With best wishes.

Juliet & Julian Silburn
August 2019