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Issue 16

October - December 2016

Ross Symons Obsessed with origami


CONTENTS Issue 16 | October - December 2016










A message from the fastjet team

Plenty to do and see

Zen Garden


Zanzibar Coffee House

Who wants to be an entrepreneur? Wonderful Jozi


Inspired by greatness, crafted with care


Eat your heart out, Indiana Jones


Revolutionising the big game


‘I eat, sleep and breathe origami’





Nissan X-Trail

What’s new in your bookshop and cinema

A Runner’s Paradise



Eating out in Lusaka?

Halal travel means big business

All images, including cover, courtesy of photographer Elena Iv-skaya



Smart Shopping

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The face of Tanzania

Smart Thinking

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The region’s biggest street party All hail Uber!

Teeing off on spice island


Exploring Uganda’s art scene


Try Thai at the Hyatt

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FROM THE CONTROL TOWER A message from the fastjet team



t’s always a pleasure to welcome you on board fastjet. And we would firstly like to thank you for choosing to fly with us today. We are celebrating the end of fastjet’s fourth year of operations this issue. Since November 2012, we’ve flown over 2.3 million passengers to our various destinations and continue to welcome new fastjetters on board. We now offer more connections than ever, with many new routes including: Harare to Johannesburg, Victoria Falls to Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam to Nairobi. Fastjet recently welcomed their new CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, on 1 August 2016. He brings years of lowcost airline expertise and invaluable market knowledge to the company. In the last issue of Travelsmart, we mentioned we were working hard on improving customer experience. Since then, we have made significant developments to key customer service areas such as a new call centre, which serves four languages (English, Swahili, Afrikaans and



Shona), as well as an upgraded mobile payment process for Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda using Pesapal. We’re also delighted to announce that fastjet will be connecting passengers between Kilimanjaro and Nairobi once again with the re-launch of this route from 10 November 2016. Fastjet is also getting ready for the festive season – the perfect time to relax, escape the demands of daily life, recharge your batteries and spend quality time with family and friends. We will be doing our utmost to ensure you reach your holiday destination swiftly and safely during this festive season. Wherever you’re travelling to, we hope you enjoy your flight. Happy holidays!

The fastjet team

SIKUKUU ZIMEKARIBIA Daima tunafurahia kukukaribisha kwenye ndege yetu ya Fastjet. Tunapenda pia kukushukuru kwa kuchagua kuruka na Fastjet leo. Tunasheherekea kumaliza mwaka wa nne toka Fastjet ianze uendeshaji wa shughuli hapa Tanzania. Toka Novemba 2012, tumesafirisha zaidi ya wateja milioni 2.3 kuelekea katika vituo vyetu mbalimbali na huku tukiendelea kuwakaribisha wateja wetu wapya kwenye ndege yetu. Sasa tunatoa fursa zaidi ya kuunganisha safari yako, kupitia vituo vyetu vipya vikiwemo: Harare kuelekea Johannesburg, Victoria Falls kuelekea Johannesburg na Dar es Salaam kuelekea Nairobi. Hivi karibuni Fastjet ilimkaribisha Mkurugenzi wao mpya, Nico Bezuidenhout, tarehe 1 Agosti 2016. Anatuletea uzoefu mkubwa wa miaka mingi kwenye shirika hili la ndege la bei nafuu na utaalam mkubwa wa soko hili kwenye kampuni. Kwenye toleo lililopita la Travelsmart , tuligusia kwamba tunafanyia kazi kwa bidii ili kuboresha uzoefu wa mteja katika kupata huduma zetu. Tumeweza kufanya mabadilio katika sehemu mbalimbali zinazohusu huduma kwa wateja na sasa tuna kituo kipya cha huduma kwa wateja ambacho kinahudumia wateja kwa lugha nne ambazo ni (Kiswahili, Kiingereza, Afrikaans na shona), pia tumezindua njia mpya ya malipo kwa njia ya simu ambayo ni rahisi zaidi na inatumika Tanzania, Kenya na Uganda kupitia Pesapal. Tunafuraha kuwatangazia kwamba Fastjet itakuwa ikiunganisha safari kati ya Kilimanjaro na Nairobi tena kwasababu tunazindua tena safari zetu kati ya Kilimanjaro na Nairobi kuanzia tarehe 10 Novemba 2016. Fastjet pia inajiandaa kwa msiku wa sikukuu – muda muafaka wa kupumzika, na kuepuka shughuli nyingi za kila siku, kuchaji betri ya mwili wako na kupata muda wingi na familia na marafiki. Tutakupa huduma nzuri kuhakikisha tuakufikisha kwenye kituo chako salama mustarehe kipindi hii cha sikukuu. Kokote unakosafiri, tunatumaini unafurahia safari yako. Sikukuu njema!

03 Proud partners

FOUR YEARS OF FASTJET How the time has flown! On 28 November 2012 we launched fastjet in Tanzania with two aircraft. Four years on we have two bases, five domestic routes, 10 international connections and a total of 11 African destinations in the fastjet network.

01 Greetings from Marcie Hi, I am the head of cabin crew for fastjet Zimbabwe. I joined fastjet in August 2015 and I have worked to the best of my ability and with great passion ever since. I enjoy coaching the cabin crew so that we provide a memorable experience for all of our customers. We look forward to welcoming you aboard more fastjet flights over the holiday season.

02 Aircraft facts Aircraft: Airbus A319 Wingspan: 35.8 metres Height: 11.76 metres Length: 33.84 metres A total of 1,439 aircraft of the A319 type are in operation across the world. The A319 is a member of the Airbus A320 family together with the A318, A320 and A321.

The A319 has the widest single-aisle fuselage on the market, providing top-of-the-range comfort with generous seat width. The A320 and A319 are the most popular variants of the A320 family.

WIN FREE FLIGHTS Dreams can come true

Tell us your dream travel plans for a chance to win. We’ll pick one lucky winner who will get two return tickets on a fastjet flight of your choice. Email your ideal trip and full name to and be in with a chance of making your dream a reality.

Dancer, choreographer and writer Paul Modjadji is looking to unite 10 African countries in dance with his Breaking Down Borders tour. His tour began in Zimbabwe at the end of August and includes nine other stops throughout Africa, before finishing in Lesotho in December. We are very proud to be an official partner in his search for dance champions.

04 Thanks from fastjet For 10 years Realising Education has helped students in Tanzania gain access to educational resources by providing libraries, teacher training and reading programmes. Tanzanian university volunteers have transformed empty classrooms into 82 colourful libraries, serving over 51,000 students. Fastjet would like to thank Realising Education and the volunteers for their hard work.

Follow us Thank you, fastjetters!

Our social following is growing all the time, underlining our position as the most followed African Airline on Facebook. We already have over 1 million followers across our channels. We couldn’t have done this without you and we appreciate your support in making affordable air travel in Africa possible.


MiriamOdemba All images courtesy of photographer Elena Iv-skaya

THE FACE OF TANZANIA Meet Miriam Odemba, the Tanzanian beauty who is making waves in the modelling world Over the past few years we’ve seen a surge in the number of East African women perusing and finding success in the modelling business. One name we have to thank for this is Miriam Odemba. By becoming the first Tanzanian to win an Elite Model contract and the first to win a title in a major beauty pageant, Miriam has ensured the country has become a modelling force to reckon with. Now living in Paris, Miriam Odemba spoke to Travelsmart’s Kate Wingar. Q. You emerged into the limelight very young. Is age important in order to have a successful career in modelling? A. I don’t think age is an important factor, but more attitude. My attitude is what got me ahead at a young age. Since childhood I have been strong and quite fearless. It’s about focus and after that anything is possible to those who believe. I came from a tough background and nothing was given to me on a silver platter. I had to work hard. Nothing comes easy in life, but I always believe in myself and push myself to achieve what I want in life. Q. Is modelling difficult to get into? A. Modelling is a tough industry and can be depressing at times. For instance, you can have three



big castings in a day and you must be competitive and hard-working throughout the process. It can also get very personal, too, especially when casting agents may highlight bits about yourself that you don’t like. So you need to have a real passion for the industry. It’s not as easy as people think. Q. You took a break from competitions and pageants for a while. What did you do between 1999 and 2008? A. I was working in China as a model, singer and dancer for the majority of the time. I honestly thought that competitions were no longer for me. However, I met Maria Sarungi – the organiser of Miss Universe Tanzania and Miss Earth Tanzania – and she offered me a chance to go as the candidate for Tanzania had dropped out. When

I returned to modelling I became open to anything new that could possibly change my life. Q. Clearly the break did you wonders as you came runner-up in Miss Earth.
 A. When I found out I had been chosen to represent Tanzania, I had just one week to get ready and go. But I was determined to make that the moment where I became the star that I always knew I could be. I received a lot of support from my manager, Maria, and the team in Tanzania, and I also knew that a lot of Tanzanians were cheering me on. When I placed I couldn’t believe it and I had nothing but gratitude. To date, I mark it as one of the best moments of my life because I proved to myself and the world that nothing is impossible.

Modelling success Miriam Odemba



HOW IT ALL BEGAN Originally from Arusha, Miriam Odemba began her modelling career in 1997 at the age of 14 by winning the Miss Temeke beauty pageant. Over the next two years she competed in various pageants including Miss Tanzania, where she finished in the top 10. Miriam continued her journey to success by coming second in Miss East Africa in 1998 as well as in the top three of the M-Net Face of Africa model search. In 1999 Miriam made history as she became the first Tanzanian to win an Elite Model contract, transforming modelling in Tanzania forever. Nearly a decade later, Miriam took the world by storm as she relaunched her career in Miss Earth, one of the world’s top beauty pageants. Under new management, Miriam was runner-up in the 2008 Miss Earth and won the Miss Earth Water crown – a first for any Tanzanian in a major beauty pageant. Now a mother of one, Miriam lives in Paris and works as a freelance model as well as an environmental ambassador.

Q. Do you like living in Paris? A. Yes, la vie est belle. I come back to Tanzania around four times a year and I try and give back to my community. Q. More African models are finding success. What would you put this down to? A. I actually think that even more African women should be up there. We are still not recognised in the modelling industry as much as we should be. We are often limited in shows and photo shoots. Thankfully, more and more of us have started speaking up and we support each other. That’s why we have been gaining more visibility lately. Q. You have a daughter now. How do you juggle work and motherhood?

A. Being a mother has made me more responsible. It’s hard work, but I believe that a mother is the engine of the family. I am happier as a mother and am really enjoying motherhood even more than my work and my career. Most women are afraid of change. They are anxious about moving jobs or fear leaving a boyfriend that they can’t stand. You need to know your worth. The day you settle for less is the day you will get less. I say embrace change, because you never know what lies around the corner. Q. What are your plans for the future? A. I have lots of plans, but what will eventually come of them is unknown because our plan is not always God’s plan. I hope that in the coming year I will have advanced

A role model For young women

beyond modelling into humanitarian activities. People say the sky’s the limit. I definitely think that’s true. Q. If you could give one tip to aspiring models, what would it be? A. Stay natural and be true to yourself at all times. Be confident, patient, compassionate, generous and, most importantly, have courage.

Embrace change, because you never know what lies around the corner



Who wants to be


anzania needs more entrepreneurs to help the nation expand and diversify its economy, a recent pan-African survey has shown. If you like the idea of starting up and running your own business, then Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is eager to assist. But be warned – being an entrepreneur is not for the faint-hearted. It takes a special combination of personal skills and qualities to run



your own business. On the other hand, the rewards can be very enriching, not least in terms of personal achievement and selfesteem. According to the Chamber of Commerce there are currently in excess of a million entrepreneurs in Tanzania running small, medium or micro enterprises. These generate up to 40 per cent of total employment. Over 95 per cent of businesses in Tanzania are small enterprises. Together, they contribute about

JOB DEFINITION According to Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, an entrepreneur is: Any person who identifies an opportunity in the market, gathers resources and creates and grows a business venture to meet these needs. He or she bears the risk of the venture and is rewarded with profit if it succeeds.

‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’ – Walt Disney

35 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Weighing up the benefits It’s important to get a clear idea of the advantages and disadvantages of running your own business. This will help you to assess your risks and weigh up the benefits:

 • Financial risk
 • Stress
 • Greed
 • Getting to grips with it all
 • External factors.

 • Sense of achievement
 • Financial freedom
 • Independence
 • Contribution to society
 • Personal growth
 • Incentives.

What it takes Successful business owners, large and small, generally have these characteristics and qualities in common: • Business experience
 • Drive and attitude
 • Determination and commitment
 • Interpersonal skills and leadership
 • Money handling skills
 • Planning and organisational ability
 • Creativity and innovation
 • Health and stress management.

is to further encourage an entrepreneurial environment. A report by the Omidyar Network entitled ‘Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa’ shows that opportunities definitely exist for entrepreneurs in Tanzania. The majority of those surveyed in Tanzania indicated that a large, underdeveloped formal sector “enables small businesses to pursue new opportunities without being blocked by large, established firms”. The Omidyar report surveyed over 580 entrepreneurs in six subSaharan African countries. “There is also a strong belief that successful steps have been taken to amend costs and processes involved in starting a business,” said the report. “These measures include decentralising business registration … as well as eliminating the requirements for inspections by health, town and land officers as a prerequisite for a business licence.” Asked whether they agreed that Tanzania was a cost-competitive place for business, 74 per cent of respondents said they believed this was true for starting a services business, 68 per cent for starting a manufacturing business and 66 per cent for doing business in general. However, the survey revealed a number of challenges that are holding back entrepreneurial activity in Tanzania:

 When starting a business, an entrepreneur must first evaluate whether the idea is actually a viable business opportunity or not. Durable – The product or service will be around long enough for you to fully capitalise on the opportunity. Timely – The product or service is offered at the right time for meeting the needs of the market. Add value – The product or service must create value for the end user. Attractive – The end user must want to buy it.

Run your own business Entrepreneurship

• Inadequate infrastructure: The limited quality and size of Tanzania’s road and rail networks, together with unreliable electricity and communications, are said to have pushed up the cost of doing business.

Opportunity knocks In spite of strong gold production and a growing tourism sector, the economy of Tanzania is still hugely dependent on agriculture. One way to diversify away from this reliance

‘Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.’ – Aristotle

• Tough requirements to access capital: A major stumbling block for Tanzanian entrepreneurs is the cost and requirements needed to access funding, which are believed to be prohibitive, especially for newer firms. • Income taxes seen as excessive: The level of taxes in Tanzania discourages people from starting new firms according to 68 per cent of respondents. Nevertheless, it’s clear that there are still many opportunities for people to make their dreams of owning and running their own business a reality. Are you ready to take the plunge and become an entrepreneur?



The multicultural heart of South Africa


ohannesburg is South Africa’s economic hub, but the misunderstood city is seldom hailed as a place of beauty. That may be because its beauty does not lie in oceans and mountains, but rather in its people. The former mining town is a poster child for the term melting-pot and is home to South Africa’s most diverse population, attracting residents from across the world.



“It’s nice and that’s the problem. Eish, it’s nice.” These are the words a 27-year-old vendor, in the Jozi suburb of Yeoville, chose to use when asked to describe the city. Speaking in his heavy Tanzanian accent, Juma Domician interacts with his customers in his cigarette and sweets shop at Rockey Street’s West African market. Here, women sell ‘black fish’ imported from Congo and fabrics from Ghana. In the space of three

Shop owner Juma Domician

By Roxanne Henderson

minutes Domician sells to at least four customers – all with varied accents. Domician arrived in Johannesburg in 2014 to pursue his studies. When his father passed away, however, he found himself unable to continue with his education and started working. “I want to go back to Tanzania. Maybe in two years,” he says, reaching across the counter of his little stall to hand a customer change. Around us, the streets of Yeoville

Cultural hub Jo’burg

Its beauty does not lie in oceans and mountains, but rather in its people The relatively young city, born when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand in the 1800s, lured people onto its streets from all over the globe with the promise of fortune. More than 200 years later and nothing has changed, according to local historian Stuart Ferguson: “Johannesburg’s story is one of money. It’s a story of capitalism, mining and industry,” he says.


are teeming with life. Loud music streams into the air from an eatery down the road. Further along Rockey Street, Kelly Dube from Zimbabwe sells chicken gizzards for R 5.00 and chicken necks doused in chilli sauce for R 1.50. He has been in South Africa for 10 years and has no plans to go back home. Domician and Dube’s stories are not uncommon on the streets of Yeoville or any other suburb in Jo’burg.

One man who truly understands the relationship between the city, which is often affectionately referred to as Egoli (meaning place of gold), and money is local businessman Max Lichaba. Lichaba was born and raised in South Africa’s Orange Free State province and once lived in a garage, but has since become a jewellery design tycoon. He lives in Sandton, an area famously known as the richest square mile in Africa. “I’m a typical hustler,” Lichaba describes his success. When he is not building

his businesses, which include a shop that customises cars, a football team and a record label, he can be found at the chesa nyama (a restaurant where alcohol and barbecued food are served, often while playing local music) he owns in Soweto. His chesa nyama is located on the famed Vilakazi Street, which has been home to two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Soweto, south-west of Johannesburg, is a township bordering the city’s mining belt. It, too, tells the tale of migration and settlement. Most of its early inhabitants were miners who arrived in Jo’burg from other parts of the country to earn a living. The large urban settlement was the site of several defining moments in South Africa’s liberation struggle. Today, the city is known as many things – a tourist attraction, a heritage site and a home to more than one million people from all over South Africa.


JohannesburgCulture West of Johannesburg, the suburbs of Mayfair and Fordsburg have welcomed many settlers from South Asia. And owing to this, Fordsburg and Mayfair have become known for their stores selling a plethora of spices, fresh produce imported from India and the Middle East and colourful fabrics sewn into saris. Visitors to the Oriental Plaza, arguably Fordsburg’s best known establishment, can pick out material and have curtains made to size in just 20 minutes. A few minutes away lies another of Johannesburg’s oriental gems – a spice shop and eatery called Baps Shayona. The place is run by more than 400 devotees from the Baps Swaminarayan temple in Mayfair West, according to the restaurant’s manager, Gautam Patel. Baps Shayona sells vegetarian curries made of paneer, mushrooms, red kidney beans and chickpeas, as well as traditional Indian sweetmeats, to customers who travel from all over the city to catch a taste of the action. “We got good support from everyone,” Patel says, while helping customers during lunch service, the aroma of spices thick in the air.

Old Chinatown A five-minute drive away in the city centre rests old Chinatown, located on Commissioner Street. Though a newer version lies east of the city in Cyrildene, old Chinatown remains a historical treasure trove. One of its residents, King Pon, has lived there for 66 years. Pon owns a small firework shop, popularly known for its displays over Chinese New Year celebrations. But Johannesburg’s multicultural face is arguably best seen in its gentrified Maboneng – a jewel in the city’s tourism crown. The precinct boasts an Argentine grill called Ché,

weekly salsa-dancing parties at the Canteen, an African-Asian dining experience at the Blackanese, an Ethiopian restaurant called Little Addis and the city’s only specialised vodka bar, Lenin’s, serving liquor imported from Russia, Poland and Sweden. Maboneng, meaning ‘place of light’ in Sotho, comes alive on weekends as local Johannesburgers and tourists flock there for food markets, street art and rooftop views. Maboneng’s vast development since 2010 is the brainchild of entrepreneur Jonathan Liebmann, who has single-handedly brought the previously defunct area back to life. Glitzy Maboneng is not everyone’s cup of multicultural tea, but it beautifully tells Johannesburg’s tale of economic opportunity. From the

Treasure troves Jo’burg suburbs

rooftop of one of Liebmann’s buildings, with the city’s lights sprawling ahead, and the sounds of chatter in French, isiZulu and Afrikaans floating in the air, it’s easy to understand why Johannesburg is just so ‘nice’.

Maboneng, meaning ‘place of light’ in Sotho, comes alive on weekends



INSPIRED BY GREATNESS, CRAFTED WITH CARE The Enda Iten is Kenya’s first running shoe


enyan runners are among the best in the world and are often a source of inspiration for others striving to beat personal bests or take on new challenges. Navalayo Osembo-Ombati and Weldon Kennedy wanted to honour the legacy created by these worldclass runners with Enda, a social enterprise that aims to bring Kenyan

athletic greatness to runners around the world. Travelsmart’s Kirsten Alexander spoke to Navalayo and Weldon about their revolutionary running shoe, the Enda Iten. “From the start, we’ve wanted to connect people around the world to Kenyan running,” explains Weldon, co-founder of Enda and a social change campaigner who previously

Fit for purpose Enda shoes

worked for in Europe. “Kenyan runners inspire people across the globe, and we hope to help others better understand how a natural Kenyan running style might help them enjoy running even more.” Weldon met his Enda business partner, Navalayo, in February last year and they discovered that they both had an interest in running. “I was working in a children’s sports academy with a mission of increasing the amount that us Kenyans benefit from running,” says Navalayo, a trained accountant and lawyer from Turbo, near Eldoret in Kenya. “In the meantime, Weldon is a bit of a running shoe obsessive and had been thinking about running shoes and the Kenyan running style. When we brought together the product idea and the social mission, we had Enda.”

Enda Iten After the two hit it off and the idea of Enda started to take shape, Nava and Weldon began working on creating their first shoe, the Enda Iten. The shoe is named after the famous athlete-producing town in western Kenya, fondly known as ‘the home of champions’. “We worked with design firm Birdhaus and running shoe expert Steve Burris to develop



prototypes,” explains Weldon. The prototypes were then given to professional marathoners Joan Cherop Massah and Justin Langat to test. The feedback from both the athletes was positive, so Nava and Weldon started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of the shoe, which exceeded its target in June this year, after little more than a month online.

Design The Enda Iten has been designed with consideration for a runner’s needs, as well as heavy influence from Kenyan heritage for the shoe’s aesthetics. The shoe comes in three colours, red, black and green – the colours of Kenya’s flag. In addition, under the sole, the word ‘Harambee’ is stamped into the shoe’s base, which means ‘all pull together’ and is the official motto of Kenya. On the edge of the sole you will find 12 diagonal lines, representing the date that Kenya became a republic: 12 December, also known as Jamhuri Day.

‘From the start, we’ve wanted to connect people around the world to Kenyan running’ The Enda Iten isn’t all style without substance, however, as it has been designed to meet the needs of runners with special features aimed at improving performance. “From a technical standpoint we’re doing everything we can to make sure the shoe is technically excellent,” says Weldon. “We kept revising prototypes until we were ready to put them on feet.” For example, the Enda Iten has a wider toe box to help with natural toe splay, ensuring the little toe doesn’t get squashed, which in turn helps to absorb impact. Additionally, the full rubber outsole gives runners grip and protection for running on pavement and light trails, too, without being too heavy. Production has already begun on the Enda Iten, with the shoes aiming to be ready for shipping in November. “The first step was

The creators Weldon and Navalayo

making all the lasts, a foot-shaped mould around which the shoe was built,” explains Navalayo. “We’re also finalising packaging design and lots of other little details.” Many pairs of shoes were pre-ordered during the Kickstarter campaign, but more will be available soon on Enda’s website. So, what’s next for Enda? “We can’t wait to get our shoes out there to runners and reviews,” says Weldon. “We also have lots of work to do in connecting runners with Kenya. We’re excited to implement Enda Community Giving, a programme where we get Enda runners to guide how some of our profits benefit social initiatives here in Kenya.” For more information on Enda or to order a pair of Iten running shoes, head to:




CRETE TO CAPE Who can forget the romantic image of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones at the controls of a vintage aircraft as he flies to exotic places across the globe? Well, a group of real-life aviators are lucky enough to be ‘doing an Indy’ from one end of Africa to the other.


n the final two months of this year, an intrepid band of flying enthusiasts will be making the epic 6,000 nautical mile journey from the Mediterranean coast of North Africa to the southernmost tip of South Africa in a spectacular organised rally. The Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally will relive the pioneering days of African aviation. The squadron of small privately owned aircraft will head south from the Greek island of Crete on 12 November, arriving in Cape Town five weeks later. Altogether, about two dozen aircraft will be taking part. In addition to the core of 15 vintage aircraft – that is, machines built before 1940 – there will be light planes and helicopters of more recent manufacture. Their crews are drawn from all parts of the globe, with aviators from Canada, the USA and Chile as well as from Botswana and South Africa and – closer to the starting point – from Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Russia and Switzerland. The Crete2Cape event is being organised by the Brussels-based organisation Prepare2go whose team has made the epic journey eight times and has lots of experience on flying that route.



By John Tavner “With our unequalled local connections, we are able to offer this incredible experience in an enjoyable and safe way,” say the organisers. “That is not to say there will not be moments of doubt or difficulty. Indeed, while we strive to visit and spend time at the locations on the planned itinerary, there is no guarantee that it will be achievable.”

Planning The planning is detailed and thorough. The organisers say: “Everything is planned for day VFR [visual flight rules] flying at a time when the weather will generally be clear skies and gorgeous sunshine with temperatures of around 25° to 30°C. By flying in very loose formation – up to 50 nautical miles between Lead and Charlie – we enhance both the safety and enjoyment factor.” Following in the slipstream of those pioneering flights in the 1920s, the air rally connects some of the most beautiful and evocative places in Africa. After crossing the Mediterranean from Crete to Egypt, the little squadron of classic aircraft will fly a low course along the River Nile from Cairo to Khartoum

Crossing Vic Falls Stunning views

SEE IT WITH FASTJET A key feature of Crete2Cape will be the opportunities it offers for African people – especially those who love historic aircraft – to see and photograph the vintage squadron at a series of scheduled stopovers along the route, including organised air shows in Nairobi on 27 November, in Lusaka on 4 December and in Cape Town on 17 December. Several of these stopovers and air shows will take place at airports and airfields served by fastjet. For more details, contact one of Prepare2go’s four destination management companies: Scenic Treasures in Nairobi, Takims Holidays in Dar es Salaam, Inspiration Africa in Harare and 7th Sense in Cape Town.

Globe trotting By plane

© Courtney Watson



‘There will be trials and tribulations, mechanical and human stress, all in stunning visual settings’

and across the highlands of Ethiopia before reaching the plains of Kenya and calling at the home of African aviation in Nairobi. Then it’s off again past Mount Kilimanjaro, across the Serengeti and on to the spice island of Zanzibar. After a short pause to enjoy the Indian Ocean, the epic journey continues across Zambia to the Victoria Falls and then on to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. In the final days, the aviators will make their way across the beautiful landscape of South Africa to Cape Town and journey’s end. En route, the aviators will stay in a wide range of venues, from five-star hotels to tented camps. The organisers say: “There will be trials and tribulations, mechanical and human stress, all in stunning visual settings.” Prepare2go will ensure that support aircraft – both aeroplanes and helicopters – are on hand to keep the show in the air and, if necessary, to help aircraft that have made precautionary landings. Among the vintage biplanes

taking part will be a Bücker Jungmann, two Travel Air 4000s, two Stampe SV.4s and four de Havilland Tiger Moths. In the course of their journey the aviators will have made stops in no fewer than nine African countries: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.

Last leg The last six days of the itinerary are taken up by the journey across South Africa to Cape Town. First stop in South Africa is Baragwanath airfield – “rich in aviation history”. The rest day there is described as “a time to get person and machine together for the final push, with lots of enthusiastic help from the Johannesburg Light Plane Club, the world’s oldest”. From there, the squadron makes its way along the Orange River to Bloemfontein and Graaff-Reinet and then, after an overnight stop, to Plettenberg Bay. “We finally reach the southern

Setting off On an amazing journey

shores of Africa – almost there!” It’s well into December and the epic journey is almost complete. “Our flight takes us into stunning Stellenbosch, the wine country of South Africa.” On 17 December it’s “back to Stellenbosch for a huge celebratory air show, supported by the Crankhandle Association, then a gala dinner that night at the Castle of Good Hope, at the foot of Table Mountain. The party will last long, the memories longer…”

THE ORGANISERS The Vintage Air Rally is organised by the Brussels-based company Prepare2go which specialises in film logistics, aviation, ferry pilot services, rallies and flying safaris to exotic places. The company has a lot of experience in ground and air logistics in difficult countries.




THE BIG GAME Matthew McCollister aims to put Tanzania on the basketball map

Basketball has long been one of Tanzania’s most popular sports, and one that we’ve had plenty of natural talent in. Yet our teams have failed to make an impact on the rest of the world. National team coach Matthew McCollister plans to change that and have Tanzania competing at a much higher level in just five years. But can he really put the flair back into Tanzanian basketball? 24



atthew McCollister has been fascinated by basketball since childhood. As a self-confessed average player in high school, he soon knew that coaching was for him – and that he wanted to learn from legendary American coach Larry McKenzie of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. “I had no prior relationship with Coach McKenzie but started writing him letters asking to be part of his team,” says McCollister. “After about the fifth letter, Larry McKenzie called

me and offered me a position, probably just to get me to stop writing him letters. At the age of 18 I was coaching high school pupils.”


Filming Coach McCollister

Coach McCollister now has 16 years of coaching experience, with over a year as the national team coach. Despite football being Tanzania’s most popular sport, he believes more attention is being paid to basketball than ever before, particularly among the younger generation. But there are still hurdles to cross: “The

largest obstacle we face is access to basketball for youths. Tanzania is roughly the size of Texas and yet there is just one indoor, regulationsized court in the entire country. This spring we held a clinic for the youth of Dodoma. Over 100 players turned up, but we only had four basketballs and two hoops to work with. There’s an overall shortage of basketball equipment.” So how does coaching in Tanzania differ from the United States? “Skill levels and experience,” says McCollister. “Players in the US have been working on their craft since they could start playing. They have access to balls and indoor courts at every school they go to. In Tanzania we are working with substandard balls and on outside courts with rough surfaces, which doesn’t help the development of skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting. But because US players have been playing for so long, correcting bad habits can be difficult. The players we work with in Tanzania come with a desire to learn and soak up the lessons like sponges, so we can get through more material faster. In a way, Tanzanians are far more coachable.” McCollister regularly travels to Tanzania to work with local coaches. He teaches them modern train-

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Future stars Soaking up lessons

‘The largest obstacle we face is access to basketball for youths’

ing techniques and has seen a huge improvement. The standard of facilities has improved, too. “I’m very proud of the work we’ve been able to do in such a short time. Since I’ve been head coach, there has been a substantial increase in donations of supplies. Within the past year a modern sports complex was constructed in the heart of Dar es Salaam featuring leagues for young people. I’m thrilled with how far we’ve come.”

Empower McCollister believes he can use basketball to empower a future generation. “My goal is to modernise basketball throughout the country. Right now, Tanzania is behind the rest of the world and I want to change that. We need to gain more support for basketball and greater investment from large corporations and the government. They need to invest in basketball as they have in football. Once we have reached that point, players who have potential will no longer be held back due to lack of

facilities or quality training.” He and his team aim to help players get into US colleges with athletic scholarships. Before this year, Hasheem Thabeet was the last Tanzanian to play basketball for a US college – in 2006. Just last season the coaches helped one player enrol at North Platte Community College in Nebraska and they expect four more players to join him in the US in the coming school year. So where does McCollister see the national teams in five years? “There is potential for both the men’s and women’s teams, but I want to make sure there is slow, steady progress as I believe in building a foundation that leads to sustainable success. Because of the passion the younger generation has for the sport, there is potential for rapid advancement. My belief is that within five years Tanzania will be recognised as the basketball leader in East Africa and will be ready to start competing on a wider international level. We definitely expect to make some noise over the next few years!”



‘I EAT, SLEEP AND BREATHE ORIGAMI’ Ross Symons is obsessed with folding paper By Kate Wingar

Origami star South Africa’s finest




here’s an activity that seems to be unstoppable at the moment. It’s a relaxing hobby that comprises paper, is cost-friendly and can be done alone or in groups. No it’s not reading. Nor is it card making. It’s also not scrapbooking. Yes, that’s right, it’s origami. For those of you who haven’t come across it before, origami is the art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Although it’s often associated with Japanese culture, origami has become a phenomenon across the world. While some of us will shudder at the sheer thought of a small paper cut, a huge number of people find the art incredibly therapeutic. But what is it about origami that is capturing the interest of so many? I spoke to Ross Symons, a 32-year-old origami artist living in Cape Town. After growing up in Jozi, he moved to Cape Town in order to pursue a career in advertising as a web developer. But little did Ross know that he would soon decide to become his own boss and origami would take over his life.

The start So how did Ross get into paper folding? “The first time I ever folded an origami figure was when my brother, Brad, asked me to learn how to fold an origami crane (‘tsuru’ in Japanese) for a project he was working on at school,” says Ross. “I folded that crane and just never stopped. That was in 2002. Eventually I could fold a crane with my eyes closed so I decided to look at other designs such as a rabbit, fox and butterfly.”

THE ORIGIN OF ORIGAMI During the 6th century, paper was introduced into Japan by Buddhist monks. It is in Japan that paper folding first became an art form. ‘Ori’ means to fold in Japanese, while ‘Kami’ means paper, which is where the word origami has stemmed from. Most designs start with a square piece of paper and have an unlimited amount of folds.


Origami Since then, Ross’s passion for folding paper has continued to grow. At the beginning of 2014 the talented artist aimed to create one design every day for the entire year. And he did just that. By the end of the year, Ross remarkably had 365 new origami figures.

Instagram “I had an Instagram account at the time with about 160 followers, so I thought that would be a nice place to share my passion for the project with the people who followed me. All I wanted to do was fold one thing every day of the year and post it to Instagram,” Ross told me. “I didn’t expect to receive the incredible response that I did. I now have thousands of people from around the globe interacting with me and my work. I’m extremely grateful. When I started this project I had no expectations, just a desire to prove to myself that I could carry something out for an entire year. The support from my family and friends has been a very positive influence in helping me follow this through”, Ross said. As a result of the overwhelming reaction Ross received, he started an origami-inspired brand called White on Rice and is now a full-time origami artist. He makes custom commissioned pieces, works with artists and designers in Cape Town, and has recently created an installation for a brand in London. Ross’s self-confessed obsession with origami has made him a popular figure within the paper-folding world. He teaches it, researches it and checks out what other artists are doing – origami is constantly on his mind. When asked about what makes a successful piece of origami, Ross said: “It’s difficult to say really as there’s such a variety of things to make, from

‘All I wanted to do was fold one thing every day of the year and post it to Instagram’ Paper models Mind-blowing works

insects to bikes or logos. For me, it’s being able to capture the essence of the figure you’re folding. If you can look at the end result and think ‘wow that does look like a bird flying’, then you’ve achieved something.”


Mr Grey Fastjet’s parrot

I can certainly see the appeal of origami. Ross’s designs are captivating and often mind-blowing, particularly as the Japanese art consists of one square piece of uncut, unglued paper. Amidst the curiosity, one question sprang to mind: how does he make money from folding paper? “I do origami installations and activations. But most of the work I do is with brands on Instagram and social media. I make origami stop-motion animations and help brands to tell their story in a different way. In the future I’d like to do origami installations and exhibitions within South Africa and around the world in art galleries, museums, at events and for brand launches. As you can see, I

eat, sleep and breathe origami.” Ross’s passion for his hobbyturned-job can be seen straight away. Paper folding has become his life and he intends to get more of us joining him. Ross explained: “I have been inspired by many entrepreneurs and creative people worldwide, who have led me to find what I enjoy doing. I also want to inspire others to do something different in their lives. And if folding paper helps me get that message out there then that’s what I’m going to do.” Who knew folding paper could be so enchanting? I definitely didn’t. So next time you’re wondering what to do with your free time, or looking to take up a new hobby, check out Ross’s work and see if you can make one of his creations!

Take a closer look at Ross’s paper skills: white_onrice whiteonriceofficial




GUIDE TO PRICES Purse-friendly Budget Reasonable Special occasion

We have the place for you As one of the fastest-growing cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, it’s no wonder there are a number of excellent eateries in Lusaka. From fine dining restaurants to smoothie bars and relaxed cafes, there’s something for everyone in Zambia’s capital. And

whether you fancy a small nibble or a large plate, Lusaka’s top restaurants can cater for your every need. But with so many options, it’s hard to know where to grab some dinner. That’s why we’ve made it easier for you by choosing our favourite places. Hungry? Eat out in Lusaka

Steaks to die for at

Lovely food at

Situated in the Arcades Shopping Centre, along Great East Road, Rhapsody’s boasts a huge choice for diners. From European and international cuisine to sushi and grilled dishes, the restaurant serves something for all palates.

Lilayi Lodge has many appeals: beautiful grounds, gorgeous rooms and of course, the chance to see baby elephants at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. But you can also add delicious food and a top restaurant to that list.


Despite being part of a chain brand, Rhapsody’s offers personal service and delicate touches. Some of the most popular dishes include chicken espetada and beef espetada, but it’s the steaks that are to die for. Rhaposody’s is also renowned for its large collection of wines, so be sure to try a glass or two while you’re there.


Using tender meat from the game farm and organic vegetables and herbs straight from the garden, Lilayi’s restaurant ensures an unforgettable dining experience. The scrumptious menu ranges from venison pie, gnocchi or mussels (among others) for starters, while the main course options include seafood curry, roast duck and gourmet burgers. The chefs have also created a desert menu that will make you drool. Price:


Try TripAdvisor’s top rated at

MARLIN Given the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor and its ranking as Lusaka’s number one restaurant, Marlin prides itself on serving the best food in town. The steakhouse, which opened in 2000, leaves visitors wanting more after every visit and the quality of food and fantastic ambience never waivers. For a memorable evening out, Marlin is a must. Price:

Tasty local produce at

THE FOUR SEASONS BISTRO Diners at the Four Seasons can choose from a tempting menu created around locally available produce, allowing the chefs to use the freshest food possible. The bistro strives to use only seasonal ingredients from the local area – an added bonus! And if that isn’t enough to get you to the restaurant pronto, then maybe the fact that head chef and owner Jamey Townsend was a finalist in the first Zambia MasterChef will.

A taste of Thailand at

CHANG THAI If you like Oriental food then this restaurant is for you. Try some of the best spring rolls in Zambia, or indulge in grilled marinated chicken cooked in satay peanut sauce. For those who can handle the spice why not taste the Thai soups and curries?

The menu usually comprises a lot of game meat that is guaranteed to come from legal and sustainable sources, while the vegetables used are grown in the head chef’s organic garden. The restaurant, which is found on Suez Road, offers halloumi, chicken breasts, pork chops and for the really hungry, there are mighty 300 g steaks.

Our favourite dishes include ‘phad pong kraree’, which is made up of stir fried calamari, garlic, onion, spring onion and egg in coconut milk, and ‘ped tod’ comprising crispy duck with vegetables and topped with Thai oyster sauce.






elebrating its 10th year, the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon has become not only Zimbabwe’s most popular running event, but also one of the most competitive and recognised marathons in southern Africa. With an increasing number of athletes travelling from across the continent to compete in the marathon, the intensity of the contest has grown year upon year. With more participants for the 2016 race than ever before, the stakes could not have been higher for this year’s Vic Falls Marathon…



The small town of Victoria Falls was swarmed with visitors on the 3 July, as spectators and runners gathered in preparation for the sound of the klaxon. The event comprised three separate races: the Econet full marathon, the half marathon and the EcoSure fun run (a 7.5 km route which could be run, jogged, skipped or hopped). All three events started outside Ilala Lodge before crossing the Vic Falls Bridge and briefly journeying into Zambia. Offering runners some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa, including one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the

World, it’s no wonder the Victoria Falls Marathon has been dubbed the world’s prettiest course.


10th anniversary Vic Falls Marathon

The route continued through Zambezi National Park, providing great views of the river and finished at the local primary school. The full

Victoria Falls was swarmed with visitors, as spectators and runners gathered in preparation for the sound of the klaxon

ELEFENCE PROJECT As well as being home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is also sadly a place where elephants are being poisoned and killed by eating plastic. The town’s dumpsite is located in an open area where many animals roam looking for food.

Competitors Battle it out

marathon was a remorseless two laps of the course, but with many water points along the way and the odd glimpse of wildlife, runners were able to finish strongly. As an AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races) registered event, the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon attracts large crowds and allows runners to pit themselves against the best. This year was a milestone for the annual event. As well as marking its 10th anniversary, the 2016 race also saw the inclusion of new chip technology – a real first. Chips were placed within race bibs for more reliable and instant finish time recordings. The advancement also allowed race organisers to keep an eye on any potential cheating, so no stopping at the bar while your friends do an extra lap!

International Both amateur and professional competitors from 39 countries took part, making Victoria Falls a true international marathon. This year’s event saw the number of confirmed finishers rise yet again as 320 runners sprinted past the finish line in the full marathon, 1,180 in the half and 780 people in the fun run.

Recently a large number of elephants have died after an excessive intake of plastic waste. Various wildlife trusts and environmental groups have come together to figure out a way to help prevent further deaths of the world’s largest mammal. The result? The Elefence Project.

One of the best things about the Econet Victoria Falls marathon is that it also gives competitors an excuse for a holiday, as most international travellers chose to stay on and experience the array of adventure activities available in and around the town. Many explored the vast national parks in Zimbabwe and Botswana, while others enjoyed the post-race experience by sipping cold beer on sunset cruises down the Zambezi. Whether you’re a keen runner or a couch potato, the Victoria Falls Marathon caters for all running abilities. Grab a friend and sprint, jog or hobble around one of the world’s best natural attractions. Take in the scenery, raise money for charity and treat yourself to an ice-cold beer afterwards. However you want to do it, make sure you sign up to the 2017 Vic Falls Marathon! For more information about next year’s event, visit:

The Elefence Project was the official charity for the 2016 Econet Victoria Falls Marathon. The project aims to build a fence around the dumpsite to deter elephants from feeding on the waste. The local anti-poaching team will also patrol the fence, which will be solar powered. A percentage of every entry fee from the 2016 Victoria Falls Marathon was donated to the Elefence Project in order to secure the welfare of animals around the town. Fingers crossed that this will help save some of Zimbabwe’s big-eared friends.

Save our elephants Large inhabitants






atering to one-fifth of the world’s population hardly classifies as a niche, but that’s how halal tourism has been portrayed for years. About 1.6 billion people are Muslim, yet halal tourism has only recently been recognised as an important market, with tour operators, hotels, restaurants and even whole countries now vying to attract the Muslim money. This isn’t about pilgrimages; it’s ordinary holidays or business travel for Muslims. But it imposes new demands on suppliers looking to win this lucrative trade. The figures are immense. In 2015 an estimated 117 million Muslims travelled, accounting for almost 10 per cent of the global travel market. By 2020 that figure is forecast to reach 168 million travellers with a value of US$ 200 billion, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index published by MasterCard and Cres-



By Lesley Stones cent Rating, an authority on Muslim travel. Most Muslim tourists hail from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Indonesia, while the most popular destinations are Malaysia and the UAE. The report rates 130 countries by criteria including their suitability for families, the level of Muslim-friendly facilities, accommodation options, air connectivity and visa restrictions.

Destinations Tanzania doesn’t rank among the top destinations, but it’s popular with several Muslim-focused tour operators. South Africa is so Muslim-friendly that it ranks fourth among the most popular countries that are not members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The South African National Halal Authority (Sanha) cites the abundance of mosques and halal restaurants as an important selling point, in addition to compelling beach-and-safari packages. Halal travellers are no different from any other in requiring a safe, satisfying and affordable experience with tremendous sights and good accommodation, says Sanha’s public relations officer, Ebi Lockhat. They also require halal meals and respect for their culture. “Muslim travellers have been subjected to all sorts of harass-

ments and intimidation following 9/11 in the USA, bombings in Paris and Islamophobia worldwide, exacerbated by migrants into Europe,” said Mr Lockhat. “In South Africa travellers are treated with dignity by the rainbow nation, which backs up this value as a constitutional right.” Many destinations are keen to capitalise on halal tourism in order to diversify their income base and boost their economies, but they must understand and adapt to the

since nearly a third of the population is Muslim and its safari experiences are world-class. Islamic Travels is a UK tour company that features both Tanzania and South Africa with tours that cover important Islamic sites and meetings with local Muslims for cultural exchanges. Its 11-day Tanzanian trip combines safari, trekking, the beach, cultural history and a visit to Mudio Muslim village and Islamic School in Machame.

Travel for Muslims A lucrative trade

Halal safaris

This isn’t about pilgrimages; it’s ordinary holidays or business travel for Muslims

Plenty of options Halal foods ©ChameleonsEye/

needs of Muslims. For hotels, that begins with offering halal meals and not serving alcohol. A kitchen serving both halal and non-halal foods must keep everything separate. Sanha also suggests making the Quran available, providing prayer mats, listing local mosques, providing water in the toilets by installing hand showers and having female-only swimming pools and spa times. Tanzania could do more to promote itself as one of Africa’s best countries for a halal-friendly holiday,

A halal Tanzanian safari run by Wild Secret Safaris features guides fluent in Arabic, halal food prepared by Muslim cooks, hotels with separate pools, spas and beaches for men and

women, and even separate safari vehicles. The tour visits 10th-century mosques and provides mobile tents and showers for prayer times. The rest of the world is also waking up to the opportunity. Last year, Russian tourism authorities opened an office in Dubai and started encouraging hotels and restaurants to meet halal requirements. In Australia, Queensland Tourism runs a website dedicated to halal travel. In Japan, many food outlets are adapting their ingredients to achieve halal certification, says the Japan Halal Foundation. China has set up halal certification agencies and created manufacturing hubs for suppliers of halal food.



BATTING FOR A BETTER WORLD Images courtesy of the Warriors Film



When a group of young Kenyans started to play cricket in traditional Maasai dress in 2009 there was a flurry of media attention. People from all over the world were interested in the batsmen and bowlers from Laikipia in Kenya whose aim was to campaign for women’s rights and against child marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). And boy, what a job they did! Now the Maasai Cricket Warriors are fielding a team in aid of rhino conservation. Team captain Sonyanga ole Ngais spoke to Kate Wingar.

Campaigning through cricket The Warriors

Q. It has been some years since the Maasai Cricket Warriors were in the public eye. How have things been since then? A. The Warriors have been working hard to fulfil our primary goal of bringing positive changes to our society. We’ve received a lot of media attention and this really helped us in spreading our message to many people. We believe that other people out there can use the power of sport as a tool to help society. Q. Were you surprised at the reaction you received? A. No, actually, we weren’t surprised, because we genuinely believed that we were just doing what’s right. We received a lot of support and were even recognised on several occasions. Q. What have you and the team done in the last two years? A. We’ve attended lots of events and international tours over the last two years. In August 2015 we travelled to South Africa to feature in a film, ‘The Journey is the Destination’. In September we had the official premiere for our film, ‘Warriors’, in Kenya. I also went to the UK to represent the team at the ‘Warriors’ film premiere at both the London Film Festival and the Leeds International Film Festival. In January of this year the team travelled to Australia

to take part in the Marathon Cricket event, organised by the Primary Club of Australia, and in February we played a match against the Dik Diks International Cricket Club in Tanzania. So it has been very busy. Q. Speaking of the film ‘Warriors’, did you enjoy it? A. The ‘Warriors’ film is a very powerful documentary that tells a story of the transformation of our beautiful Maasai culture. I’ve watched the film so many times and I can say it was well done in creative terms. It highlights the real story and makes you cry, laugh out loud and feel inspired all at the same time. The film was selected by the United Nations and is premiering now in Europe. Q. You were originally taking a stand against FGM. Have you seen a difference in the numbers of victims? A. For so many years I have been fighting against FGM and for women’s rights in our male-dominated society and there has


MaasaiCricketWarriors nitely been some positive change. For instance, many girls are now going to school, whereas before very few of them enrolled. A good number of the tribe elders have agreed that they will not force their daughters into the brutal cutting and many parents are realising that girls should be given the opportunity to continue with school instead of forcing them into early marriages. Q. And now the ladies have a Maasai cricket team, too. Is there a battle of the sexes? A. Yes, now we have a Maasai ladies cricketing team which I founded in 2013 with the help of my brother, Christopher. We have been playing some matches against each other in which most of the ladies play more or less at the same standard as some of the Warriors. It has been great for the female players as it really motivates them to believe in themselves and be strong. Q. We hear that you’re picking up your bats again in aid of another issue close to your hearts, conser-

vation. Can you tell us about it? A. The wild, the jungle, the savannah and nature are all connected to the Maasai. We cannot survive without them and you cannot separate Maasai from our roots. We have always conserved our environment and are brought up to understand that one should never take more than they require from the planet. As humans, we must try to live peacefully side by side with many wild animals. And this includes the northern white rhino. We have just three of these beautiful animals left in the world, and only the one male. Q. Tell us about the Last Male Standing Tournament. A. The Last Male Standing Tournament aims to raise awareness of the plight of the northern white rhino. The competition is held every June at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and this year the Maasai Cricket Warriors took part. It really is one of a kind. Playing cricket in the wild with giraffes, buffaloes, gazelles, rhinos and other animals as your specta-

Finding success On the field

‘Our next project is to develop as many cricket teams as possible so that we can spread our message further’

tors doesn’t just happen anywhere. It just makes one understand the importance of conservation and the power of sport. Q. After you’ve helped the rhinos, what will be your next project? A. Our next project is to develop as many cricket teams as possible so that we can spread our message further. We have already established two more Warriors teams and ladies’ teams in different Maasai areas. The sport and our message are all spreading like bush fire. Q. And, lastly, are the Maasai cricket teams any good? A. The Warriors and the ladies play really good cricket and we have won several matches. Personally, I’ll never stop playing cricket and I hope in years to come we will have some Maasai cricketers playing for Kenya.







n recent tough times, there has been a shining light in Zimbabwe. One standout event has something for every family member to look forward to, and is something we can all get involved with. It draws in thousands of local and international spectators and lifts the country’s spirits. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about the Harare International Carnival. Although it’s still a fairly new event, the carnival has already had a big impact. According to the chief executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), Karikoga Kaseke, the vision for the Harare International Carnival is to be known as one of the biggest street parties in the world. And it’s on its way to becoming just that.

attendance during the street party,” says Karikoga Kaseke. “However, the tourism authority is facing challenges since carnivals require a lot of resources that are not readily

Large crowds The carnival is not just a lot of fun for participants and audiences, but is also a fantastic marketing tool for tourism, as it captures large crowds in the capital. The Harare International Carnival seeks to grow the tourism industry through cultural exchange, with countries such as Botswana, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa, among others, participating in the annual event. “We have surpassed other countries in the region that started before us, particularly based on



Partygoers In fancy dress

available. The government and our stakeholders have come through for us and have assisted in a number of ways, which made the previous carnival editions possible. The carnival is for the people and it is not just about the ZTA so it is important for people to work together to make it a success.”

For those travelsmart readers who have never been to the Harare International Carnival (we’d be surprised if there are many of you), the festival’s main goal is to advance the arts, culture and heritage in Zimbabwe as well as to unite people. It’s all about celebrating diversity, gathering communities, getting to know one another and help build harmony in the country. According to Karikoga Kaseke, the 2015 carnival was the biggest compared to other years, due to a number of popular acts that graced the stage. The famous Samba girls

THE HISTORY OF THE CARNIVAL The first-ever Harare International Carnival took place in May 2013. After the success of the Carnival De Victoria in the Seychelles, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry faced much demand for the country’s very own event. Initially called the Zimbabwe International Carnival, the festival has grown in size and popularity, rising to the top of many social calendars for people across the region and the world.

Miss Zimbabwe Beauty pageant

from Brazil performed at the Private Lounge, while international rhumba star Koffi Olomide danced at the DRC Night. Jamaican reggae artist Busy Signal sang at the after party, and local star Jah Prayzah left fans cheering for more following a thrilling performance at the Parliament Building. The Harare Jazz Festival, the Ragga-Socca Night and the Carnival Bira were also part of the main acts.

2016 carnival The 2015 carnival was a success but this year’s event was even bigger and better. The 2016 edition of the Harare International Carnival was held across three days at the beginning of October and, like last year, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was the partner country for the festival. The Harare International Carnival 2016 was a fabulous showcase of talent. With so many fantastic artists included in the line up, it’s no wonder the streets were packed. Amid the excitement, did you manage to capture a snap or two? Make sure you share them with us on social media using the hashtag #CelebrateHIC. Whether you did or didn’t make this year’s event, make sure to keep an eye out for the date of the next carnival for an unforgettable experience.

The festival’s main goal is to advance the arts, culture and heritage in Zimbabwe, as well as to unite people For more information, check out: Or visit a ZTA office in Zimbabwe



ALL HAIL UBER! Uber arrives in Dar es Salaam


ber has revolutionised the way that millions of people around the world get around, and has forever changed how traditional services operate. Hundreds of cities across the globe are now served by the mega car-hailing app and Dar es Salaam recently became city number 475 as it introduced Uber to its 4 million residents. Founded in California’s technology powerhouse of San Francisco, Uber was the brainchild of entrepreneurs Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, who first released the app in 2010. The app was originally called ‘UberCab’ and was only available in the United States until the service

was introduced to Paris in 2011, then rolled out to other cities such as London and Toronto the year after. Since then more than 75 countries worldwide have welcomed Uber, with Tanzania becoming the third East African county, behind Kenya and Uganda, to offer its residents and visitors a new way to travel around the city.

kilometre, making Uber a cheaper alternative to traditional taxis. In other cities around the world, this unfortunately has caused friction between Uber and other

Travel in style With Uber

The launch Uber first arrived in Dar es Salaam in June this year and to celebrate the launch, free rides were offered over the opening weekend of the 16 to 19 June. After the introductory free rides had ended, fares were introduced at Tsh 466 per

More than 75 countries worldwide have welcomed Uber, with Tanzania becoming the third East African country, behind Kenya and Uganda


UberTanzania taxi services due to lower costs and greater competition. The success of Uber, however, is testament to the user-friendly app interface and modern technology that has impressed people over the world. Alon Lits, general manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, was pleased with the firm’s launch in Dar es Salaam. “We are proud to launch Uber in Tanzania at such an exciting point in its growing economy. As the infrastructure of Dar as Salaam rapidly urbanises, the demand for affordable, easy and flexible transport grows,” he said. Uber is a good fit for Tanzania’s booming

economy, transforming the city into one of Africa’s smart transportation hubs. Mr Lits added: “Our service complements existing transport options, so we can all work together to reduce traffic congestion and the environmental impact of transport in the city”.

Progression Travelsmart spoke to Samantha Allenberg of Uber Africa about how things have progressed since the launch weekend. “The interest in Dar es Salaam has been fantastic so far. Both the drivers and riders are loving

HOW UBER WORKS Uber is centred around a smartphone app, which uses location-based services to allow passengers to hail an Uber close to their current location. After entering pick-up and drop off locations, users can track their Uber by GPS and get an estimate of how long the journey will take and how much it will cost. Uber users can add payment details to the app after installing so the journey can be paid for electronically, or cash can be exchanged after the journey has ended. Users receive an emailed receipt and both passengers and drivers get the chance to rate each other based on the quality of the journey.

Easy to use Smartphone app

having a safe, reliable and affordable way to move around their city.” The app has already proven popular with citizens of Dar es Salaam, but Samantha hopes it will help with tourism, too. “We are seeing that if Uber is in a city, it encourages riders to visit because the app is so universal. One doesn’t need to learn a new mode of transport, rather just request a ride at the tap of a button, which is as easily done in New York as it is in Dar es Salaam.” Considering the popularity of Uber in Dar es Salaam, as well as the 475 other cities (and counting), are there plans to expand the service to other areas of Tanzania? “Uber’s ambition is to be everywhere – any progressive, forward-thinking city that has a need for safe, reliable and efficient transportation, we want to be there,” says Samantha. “We are part of a broader mobility movement, establishing smart cities of the future and we are constantly exploring our options of where to go next.”





anzibar’s newest (and only) golf course has played host to its first-ever charity event and what a success the event turned out to be – so successful, in fact, that another is planned for early next year. The pretty nine-hole course at the Sea Cliff Resort & Spa was the venue in July for a charity event, The Rotary Club Zanzibar and Fumba Town Golf Day, which raised thousands of dollars for the local Makunduchi Hospital. The day was organised by Rotarian Sjarni Muggenburg. Lead sponsor, Fumba Town Development, is a firm responsible for a local urbanisation plan aimed at providing ethically built and affordable housing within easy reach of Stone Town. The development’s

first phase sales have proved popular among Tanzanians, the Zanzibari diaspora and with foreign investors. There were also an impressive number of smaller sponsors enabling the organisers to offer a range of exciting prizes and a fun day for all those who participated in the inaugural event. Each hole on the golf course was individually sponsored and snacks and drinks were available to players throughout their rounds, courtesy of the Sea Cliff Resort.

Players A total of 48 players (who all paid US$ 120 to enter) lined up on the day and came from as far off as Kenya, South Africa and Zambia as well as from all around Tanzania. At the evening feast (many

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thanks here to the chefs at the Sea Cliff), winners of various categories from the day’s competition took home flights to Sydney, jewellery, holidays, weekends away and some

A competitor On the attractive course

THE COURSE Designed by Zimbabwean Peter Matkovich (who also created acclaimed courses such as Pinnacle Point, Leopard Rock and a string of others across Africa), the Sea Cliff course is a delight and comprises many small ponds and overlooks the ocean. The greens are spectacular and the fairways pristine. The 9/18th is the course’s signature hole and a fitting finale to any round – a sea of bunkers and a huge green await players on the tee. Just beyond the ninth green is the ocean, so be careful not to hit it long.

A GOOD CAUSE The Makunduchi Hospital is located in the south of Unguja (Zanzibar) and is co-managed by HIPZ (a British NGO) and Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health. The hospital serves a community of around 100,000 people and the medical facility urgently needs lifesaving and diagnostic equipment as well as basic supplies and even repairs to the building. The Rotary Club of Zanzibar is using the US$ 17,000 raised by the event to buy much-needed equipment.

electronic items. Among the winners was 12-year-old Celina Patel from Arusha who took second place in the ladies’ competition. Louise Serfontein and Andre De Lange won the ladies’ and men’s competition respectively and, by happy coincidence, are a couple in real life.

Making a change Volunteers and players

Prestige With the first competition becoming such a hit in Zanzibar, the organisers hope that in the years ahead it will grow in both prestige and popularity. Event organiser Gail Matemwe said: “Proceeds from the event will allow us to make a significant change to medical care across the archipelago and in the same way that the Dar es Salaam Marathon has done for cancer care on the mainland.” It must have been tough getting a new competition off the ground in a destination not renowned for golf. As Gail

told Travelsmart: “We worked it. We contacted golf clubs, pulled in contacts from all over the place and advertised extensively. Word of mouth is also very effective and as a result we anticipate a lot more golfers next year.” It is tentative, but at the moment the organisers are looking to repeat the event sometime in March 2017 when, as Gail says, even more golfers are expected to participate.



Exploring Uganda’s art scene at Umoja Gallery


eading to Kampala this weekend, or planning a trip in the near future? Be sure to add Umoja Art Gallery to your itinerary. No matter if you’re a die hard art fan or a casual gallery peruser, the collections on display at Umoja will surely satisfy your cultural cravings and awaken your inner art critic. Located in the Kamwokya region of Kampala, Umoja Art Gallery is one of the city’s most interesting art spaces, showcasing the works of artists from across Uganda and East Africa. Umoja gallery, which opened in 2011, is still relatively new and has a wide range of artworks and sculptures on display, allowing visitors to explore Uganda’s cultural heritage.

Uganda’s art scene isn’t necessarily the biggest or best known in East Africa, but Umoja is trying to change that by acting as an artists’ exchange to help share ideas between local and international creators. This, in turn, is hoped to expand the amount and diversity of Ugandan artists, which has been struggling slightly due to political instabilities in recent times.

Artwork on display Umoja Gallery

Featured artists Among some of the artists who have displayed their works in the gallery are: sculptor Patrick Mulondo, whose creations are fashioned from recycled scrap metal; Jjuuko Hoods, a painter who graduated with a first class degree from Kampala

PROF. GEORGE KYEYUNE This sculptor and painter explores the everyday life of urban Uganda. Prof. George Kyeyune is fascinated by the way people earn a living and finds inspiration in boda boda drivers, cyclists and market sellers. Kyeyune graduated with degrees from the Margaret Trowell School of Fine Arts and the Maharaja Sayajiraho University of Baroda, India.

DAVID KIGOZI Born in Kampala, David Kigozi majored in art at Kyambogo University. His paintings are based on early memories from his life, including the games he played as a child. Kigozi features animals in many of his paintings and has had many exhibitions in African and Europe.

University and has held exhibitions in East Africa and across Europe; Maria Naita, a multi-media artist who excels in both sculpture and fine art; and self-taught Edison Mugalu, who is a singer as well as a painter.

Art themes Walking through the gallery, it’s clear that there is a recurring theme of Ugandan art: abstraction. While not a strict theme for every individual artist, it’s easy to spot the repeating style in many works, including those by artists Prof. George Kyeyune and Kalule Herbert. Colour is another strong theme with yellows, reds and earthy colours popular choices across a range of artistic styles, most likely reflecting the country’s hot climate and flat landscapes. Uganda’s art may be having a slight downturn at the moment, but Umoja Art Gallery is ready to show that local artists can, and do, produce some memorable and interesting works of art that are enjoyed by both locals and international visitors to the country.

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TRY THAI at the Hyatt


e foodies here in Dar certainly have something to look forward to. One of the city’s top restaurants, the Oriental at the Hyatt Regency, has prepared a brand-new and exciting Thai menu. The Oriental has continuously managed to surprise our taste buds with both tangy and mild dishes, as well as spicy and sweet flavours, all served in generous portions. Whatever the dish, we’ve come to expect high quality food and the new menu promises just that. Thai appetisers are not only pleasing to the eye and the tongue, but to the waistline, too, as the Oriental uses fresh ingredients to create healthy yet delicious meals. The new menu offers an exotic, flavoursome variety of salads such as the pra jun kra dard (Thai spiced prawn and chicken pastry) and the som tum goong yang (spicy green papaya salad with grilled prawn). The mains include talay phad nam prik pow (stir-fried seafood and vegetables in ginger and chilli), pla yang bai kluay (grilled grouper wrap with banana leaves), and phad broccoli fi daeng (broccoli, pak choi, garlic and chilli), all served with noodles or rice.



Incredible cooking skills Pharita Sandee

FACT FILE Name: Pharita Sandee Age: 51 From: Lampang region, Thailand Lives in: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Job role: Chef de cuisine Since: September 2015 Favourite hobby: Listening to music

COOK IT YOURSELF Dine at the best

Fancy cooking up a storm tonight? Here are two of Chef Pharita’s very own recipes.

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Ma kua ted salad gub goong yang, grilled prawn salad Portion size: one person

The woman behind the menu Having grown up in northern Thailand, Chef Pharita Sandee has been delighting diners with her cooking skills since 1991. Now based at the Oriental at the Hyatt Regency in Dar es Salaam, she aims to change the city, one palate at a time. Travelsmart spoke to Chef Pharita to see what she has in store for the Hyatt. Q. Have you always wanted to be a chef? A. Yes, always. I started cooking at a very young age. First for my family, then my friends and I later made it my profession. I like to create new dishes by playing with different flavours. It also gives me great satisfaction to see the smiles on my guests’ faces as they eat my food. Q. How did you come to work in Tanzania? A. Well, Hyatt is like my second home. I have grown and learned a lot with the company. I parted with

Hyatt for a short period of time, but soon came back to join Hyatt Regency in Dar. Tanzania is a beautiful country and I’m so happy to be cooking Thai food here as we can find so many ingredients fresh like coconut and seafood, which makes cooking really exciting. I love to share my recipes and the heart of Thailand with the people of Tanzania. Q. The Hyatt is one of Dar’s top hotels, we bet the kitchens are always busy? A. Yes, the kitchens of Hyatt are always buzzing with action. I like it that way, though. Q. With so many options for foodies in Dar, how does the Oriental stay at the top? A. We have to constantly evolve. We are always trying to do new things and give our diners new experiences. Although Thai cuisine is served in many places across Dar, every dish has different ingredients and flavours. Chefs are artists and only that artist can serve you that specific taste. Q. And what recipes are you sharing with us today? A. One is a grilled prawn salad and the other is grilled beef with Thai green curry sauce. They’re simple to follow and easy to cook. Both have fantastic flavours…enjoy cooking!

Ingredients: Tiger prawns Soy sauce Vegetable oil Tomatoes Red chilli, chopped Garlic, chopped Lemon juice Fish sauce Coriander, chopped Lemon grass, sliced White sugar Salt

3 pieces 10 ml 10 ml 250 grams 3 grams 2 grams 30 ml 20 ml 3 grams 15 grams 15-20 grams 3 grams

Method: Wash the prawns in cold water and marinate them in the soy sauce and vegetable oil. Grill the prawns until they are cooked. Dice the tomatoes into small pieces and remove the seeds. Place the tomatoes and all of the remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Season to taste. Carefully place the tomato salad onto a plate and top with the grilled pink prawns.

Nua yang rad sauce gaeng kiew warn, grilled beef with Thai green curry sauce Portion size: one person Ingredients: Beef tenderloin Vegetable oil Soya sauce Pak choi Green curry paste Coconut milk White sugar Fish sauce Oyster sauce Basil leaves Red chilli

250 grams 50 ml 15 ml 200 grams 30 grams 200 ml 15 grams 30 ml 20 ml 3 grams 2-3 grams

Method: Marinate the beef with soya sauce and half of the vegetable oil. Gently grill the beef until cooked to taste, then thinly slice. Lightly sauté the pak choi, before arranging on a serving plate. Place the sliced beef on top of the pak choi. Heat the remaining half of the oil in a pan and add the green curry paste once hot. Next, add the coconut milk and mix well. Then add the remaining ingredients and season to taste. Cook for a further two minutes. Pour the prepared green curry sauce onto the beef and serve hot.



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e often look up the top rated restaurants online and pick one that tickles our fancy. Whether you’re treating the missus to dinner to keep her sweet, going out with the kids at the weekend or even wining and dining a client mid-week, you want to impress. So you study the pictures on the website and they look nice, the restaurant has mostly good reviews and it doesn’t appear to be too expensive. Fantastic! However, after pulling up outside a crumbling building that resembles a deserted prison more than a restaurant, then squirming in your seat as you take a look at the pursefrightening and uninspiring menu,



you can’t help but feel disappointed. This happens to diners more often than we care to admit. But luckily for us, Zen Garden is not one of those places. Ranked in the top 15 restaurants in Nairobi, Zen Garden comprises a 2.5 acre area within the scenic surroundings of Spring Valley. The familyowned business was started by two sisters, Shivani and Payal Radia, with the help of their mother, Smita Radia. Despite becoming hugely successful, the family vibe is still very much present, with friendly staff and personal touches. At Zen Garden visitors are spoilt with not one but two dining options: Bamboo-Oriental Restaurant and Jade Coffee & Tea House.


Bamboo favourites Popular dishes

Bamboo-Oriental is an elegant fine dining restaurant that specialises in Pan-Asian cuisine. If you’re looking to impress, then here is one of Nairobi’s top picks. The menu consists of a wide array of Pan-Asian dishes giving customers the chance to enjoy a combination of Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines all in one sitting. Bamboo-Oriental also boasts a sushi bar, ideal for a speedy lunch or quick bite to eat. The skilled sushi chefs keep guests entertained as they serve up some of the most popular sushi dishes. And if you’re still not convinced, the restaurant was even voted the best Asian Fusion restaurant at the Taste Bar & Restaurant Awards in 2013 and 2015. Inspired by the urban gardens of Asia, the main menu at BambooOriental offers a huge variety of tasty meat, fish and veggie options. A must-try is the crispy duck rolls,


which are also the chef’s special. For the veggies among us, the salt and pepper vegetables tossed in fresh oriental herbs and spices will light up your taste buds. The dim sum also comes highly recommended. These little parcels of deliciousness, with fillings including king prawns, mushrooms, minced chicken and marinated barbecue pork, are hand made from carefully sourced ingredients by the specialist dim sum chef. The classic dynamite dish is one of Zen Garden’s most popular and comprises prawn tempura, avocado and cucumber with a spicy sauce. And if you’re really hungry, a mixed platter should just about do the trick.

One of the best Zen Garden

The second of Zen Garden’s dining options is the Jade Coffee and Tea House. The relaxed restaurant is open all day and serves breakfast, brunch, light lunch and snacks as well as exotic teas and moreish coffees. Jade is well known for its delicious pizzas which are cooked to order in the outdoor kitchen. As well as tantalising food, Jade offers a relaxing atmosphere and scenic views overlooking the landscaped Zen Gardens.

Since opening in 2008, Zen Garden and the Radia sisters have built up quite a name for themselves. The girls even launched their very own cookery book, Zen Garden Cookbook, which features some of Bamboo’s most loved dishes including spring rolls, Asian salads, Thai curries and stir-fries. With people travelling from all over Nairobi to taste some fine Asian food, and leaving the restaurant very satisfied, it’s no wonder Zen Garden is ranked as one of the best in Kenya’s capital.

MORE INFORMATION Bamboo-Oriental is open every day from 12:00 to 14:30 for lunch and from 18:30 to 22:30 for dinner sittings. Jade Coffee and Tea House is open everyday from 8:00 to 19:00. For more information, check out:



Zanzibar Coffee House


anzibar is inundated with fantastic places to stay. From idyllic beachfront lodges and vintage apartments to unique luxury resorts and reliable chain brand hotels, the island’s visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking accommodation. But for me, there is only one way to experience Zanzibar and that’s by staying in a small boutique in the centre of Stone Town. Tucked away down one of Stone Town’s winding alleys, Zanzibar Coffee House allows guests to get lost (quite literally) in island life. The guesthouse is located within Unguja’s famous maze of stalls and small shops selling fresh food, crafts, gifts and paintings and just a stone’s throw from Darajani Market and some of the best restaurants.

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Be warned, though, as after a while the meandering streets begin to look the same and it’s very easy to get lost – something I found out the hard way. But as Stone Town is one of the friendliest places to visit in East Africa, not knowing where you’re going totally makes the experience. By choosing the Zanzibar Coffee House, guests can stay in one of the oldest buildings on the island, constructed in 1885 by the Wazir for the Sultan Said Bargash. The ancient Arabic house has been transformed into a stylish yet authentic hotel, offering a romantic getaway in the heart of Stone Town. With rich fabrics, dark woods and antiques spread throughout, the property oozes history and allows visitors to get a true Zanzibari experience.

With just eight individually designed rooms, the coffee house offers cosy touches and personal service. All of the rooms have air conditioning and boast traditional four-poster beds, ancient furniture and unusual details. I would definitely recommend the Arabica Suite, with its terracotta décor and low Arabic sofas. For families the Bourbon Suite, which has two adjoining rooms decorated in cobalt blue and gold, is a fantastic choice.

Memorable The most memorable part to a stay at the Zanzibar Coffee House is waking up to the smell of fresh coffee thanks to the adjoining Zanzibar Coffee House Café. The café serves a variety of moreish coffees, with the beans grown by the hotel’s

Cosy décor Personal touches

owners on estates in Zanzibar and the Southern Highlands in Tanzania, as well as a range of cakes and continental snacks. As the coffee aromas seeped through to the room, I knew it was the beginning of an exciting day ahead and I certainly missed this when I returned to Tanzania mainland from my stay. As well as the ideal location, the stunning rooms and the lovely staff, Zanzibar Coffee House provides an experience every visitor should have when going to Zanzibar – a rooftop. It may sound simple, but to eat breakfast or watch the sun set while listening to the muezzing calling and overlooking the minarets is quite simply unbeatable. This homely boutique really does allow its guests to experience the rhythms of every day life on the island.

Authentic Arabic Stylish rooms


CAR REVIEW Nissan X-Trail

A JAPANESE DARK HORSE Will playing it safe win the consumer race?

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Playing it safe Nissan X-Trail

s most Travelsmart readers are probably aware, used Nissan X-Trails are popular right across eastern and southern Africa and are viewed as a less pricey alternative to the allconquering Nissan Prado. Now there’s a new X-Trail and it’s only a matter of time before previously cherished examples of the model filter into the region’s car bazaars. Nissans in general tend to be conservative (or worse) in terms of design and the X-Trail is no different in this respect. The Japanese carmaker’s design team has clearly played it safe here and, like its predecessor, the new model is solid rather than exciting. But if you’re looking for a car that’s still fun around town, can glide effortlessly over potholes, will provide a measure of protection if you have an accident and doesn’t cost the earth, then the X-Trail fits the bill and can be specced up depending on needs and budget. So as is usual with Nissan, the X-Trail comes in five mildly confusing sounding trim levels: Visia, Acenta, Acenta +, N-tec and Tekna. All X-Trails are pretty well equipped. For example, even the entry-level Visia has alloy wheels, cruise control and air conditioning. The Acenta adds a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and the option of an automatic gearbox or four-wheel drive, which aren’t available on the base trim. The Acenta+ offers a touchscreen, a DAB radio and additional safety assist features. The N-tec has larger 19-inch alloy rims, a parking camera,

and keyless entry and start. Broadly speaking, the Tekna just adds leather seats. A 1.6-litre diesel is the only engine on offer. Four-wheeled drive versions are available with a CVT automatic gearbox or a standard six-speed manual. The manual has a much higher towing limit of 2,000 kg, while CVT is restricted to just 1,500 kg. X-Trails come in 2WD or 4WD. Four-wheel-drive versions send all their power to the front of the car in normal on-road conditions. Only when the intelligent system senses slip does it send power to the rear wheels as well.

Load space There is also a choice of either five or seven seats. The two extra seats, which fold neatly into the floor, can come in handy if you just want to squeeze a couple of kids in the back. The downside is, naturally enough, a consequent loss of load space with seven on board. Very conveniently, the middle bench seat slides forward. In my opinion, if you want a Nissan then the less expensive Qashqai is a much better choice for everyday use. If you really need something a bit bigger or want to tackle expeditions to the bush, then I think the Hyundai Santa Fe makes more sense. But as often the case in East Africa, Toyota always seems to come out top and the Prado will still take some beating.


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• To pre-book your hold luggage to get the best price. Passengers can checkin a maximum of 2 bags (20 kg each) on domestic and international flights. • Every ticket allows you to take 1 piece of hand luggage on board for free. Your hand luggage must be no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25 cm. See the CREDIT CARD illustration below for further guidance. Dar es Salaam to • Passengers travelling Johannefrom sburg South Africa may bring one item of hand luggage at a maximum weight of 7 kg. • Passengers wanting to carry more baggage weight on flights may purchase in advance ‘Freighty’. Allowing you to travel with 80kg of luggage for $80. Baggage prices* • Pre-book sports & music equipment half price than when paid for at the airport. 1234 5678 8765 4321 Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg


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$25 R 375 55,000 W 300 100,000 S 2,750


80kg Domestic 20kg $10 R 150 Tsh 22,000 ZMW 120 Ush 40,000 KES 1,100

Paid airport $80 at DRAC TIDERC 20kg R1,200

Freighty - Pre $15paid

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$80 33,000 Tsh R1,200 ZMW 180 Tsh 176,000 ZMW 960 Ush 60,000 Ush 320,000 KESKES 8,8001,650

Paid at airport International 20kg Pre-paid

Paid at airport $30 R45020kg $15 $30 Tsh 66,000 R225 R450 Tsh 33,000 ZMW 360 Tsh 66,000 ZMW 180 ZMW 360 Ush 120,000 Ush 60,000 Ush 120,000 KES 1,650 KES 3,300 KES 3,300 20kg

03 CHECK-IN Remember: • To have already checked in 40 minutes before the departure time. • To bring the credit card you booked your flight with. A photocopy of both sides of the credit card will also suffice. • In the unlikely event of a long delay or cancellation, fastjet will put you on the next available flight or refund your ticket in full.

04 ON-BOARD Remember: • We offer food and beverages on-board all our flights for an additional fee.

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International Freighty - Pre paid


Paid at airport




$80 R1,200 Tsh 176,000 ZMW 960 Ush 320,000 KES 8,800

$15 R 225 Tsh 33,000 ZMW 180 Ush 60,000 KES 1,650

$30 R 450 Tsh 66,000 ZMW 360 Ush 120,000 KES 3,300


days. Fees vary between US$ 30 and US$ 100.

To obtain a visa, travellers will need to provide the following:

South Africa

• A valid and acceptable passport or travel document. The validity must be for a minimum of 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. However, a validity of six months is recommended at all times. • At least two blank pages in your passport for endorsements. • Proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay. • Hold a return or onward ticket. • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts within, or entails passing through, the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

Visitors’ visas are a requirement for international travellers with a permanent residence outside South Africa. Visas may be granted to those who wish to visit on a temporary basis for tourism, business or visiting family or friends. These visas are valid for a period of 90 days or less. Requirements for visitors’ visas differ from country to country, and are subject to change. Ensure that visas are applied for before departure, as they are not issued on arrival in South Africa.


• If travelling with children under 18 (minors), a proof of guardianship or custody, or consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor, is needed.

All foreign citizens wishing to travel to Kenya will need an e-visa, except citizens from countries who are exempt. Applications for all e-visas to enter Kenya need to be completed online and in three easy steps:

• Two colour passport photographs.

• Create a single account that will be used for future e-visa applications.

Information on visa requirements for all our destinations is for guide purposes only, and is subject to change. For more information on visas and fees associated with obtaining a visa, visit any of the countries’ government websites.

Tanzania All visitors require a visa with the exception of citizens of some African and commonwealth countries. Visas can be issued on arrival at Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro international airports. However, obtaining visas in advance from Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions is advised in order to avoid long queues.

Zimbabwe The Embassy of Zimbabwe issues tourist visas on arrival at either Harare or Victoria Falls International Airports, for a maximum stay of 90 days. Business visas are also issued upon arrival at these airports for a stay up to 30

• Fill the application form and pay securely using Visa or Mastercard. • Download the e-visa PDF from the e-visa visitor account. An e-visa is valid for three months before travel. Present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry where you may be issued with a stay period of up to 90 days.

Uganda Any foreign person intending to enter into Uganda must obtain a visa and can be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival. The singly entry visa is valid for up to 90 days.

Zambia As of October 2015, all foreign nationals who require a visa can apply online via the e-visa facility.

Different visas are available depending on the nature of your trip. Each visitor to Zambia must declare the main purpose for visit. The Zambia Immigration website contains visa guidelines for various types of visitors.

06 YELLOW FEVER Each customer is required to carry an up-to-date yellow fever card when travelling on any of our international flights.

FLEET INFORMATION Airbus A319 – Quick facts Length:............................................ 33.84 m / 111 ft Height:..................................... 11.76 m / 38 ft 7 in Wingspan:........................... 34.1 m / 111 ft 11 in Maximum capacity:........................ 156 seats Cabin length:........................... 23.78 m / 78 ft Range:........................... 6,850 km / 3,700 Nm Maximum speed:.......................... Mach 0.82 Number of aircraft:............................................. 4

Greener flights through innovative design Fastjet operates a fleet of A319 jets manufactured by Airbus as part of the A320 family of aircraft. Identical to the A320 except in length, the A319 is a single aisle twin-engine jet designed to carry up to 156 passengers. These highly efficient aircraft have a low environmental impact. Moreover, comfort has been improved for the smaller jet and the state-of-the-art A319 has a wide single-aisle fuselage, which gives a generous seat width, thus helping to maintain the high level of comfort that modern air travellers have come to expect.



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FASTJET CONTACTS Speak to our team To book tickets or for any customer service enquiries. Happy to help with your bookings or enquiries in either English, Swahili, Afrikaans or Shona. Kenya +254 205 230 977 South Africa +27 10 500 2560 Tanzania +255 784 108 900 Zimbabwe +263 86 77 00 60 60 Uganda +256 750 080 190 Zambia +260 211 253 064-5

Tanzania fastjet Samora office Samora Tower, Shop No 1, Ground floor, opposite the NHC House, Samora Avenue, Dar es Salaam

fastjet Ten West office Ten West Office, Ground floor, 10 Vingunguti, Nyerere Road, Dar es Salaam

fastjet Julius Nyerere International Airport office fastjet Arusha Town office Corridor Springs Hotel, Ground floor, Ingira Road

fastjet Moshi Town office Kaunda Street, opposite Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel

fastjet Kilimanjaro Airport office fastjet Mbeya Airport office at Songwe fastjet Mwanza Airport office



fastjet Mwanza Town office

International Terminal Office

Mwanza Hotel, Kenyatta Road

Harare International Airport

fastjet Zanzibar Town office

Victoria Falls Town Office

Muzammil Centre Building, Mlandege Road

Shop 1 Centre, Corner of Livingstone Way and Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls

South Africa

Victoria Falls Airport Office

fastjet Johannesburg Airport office


AVIAREPS counter, Terminal A, International departures, OR Tambo International Airport


c/o Travel & Tours Voyagers, 6941 Suez Road, off Church Road, Rhodes Park, Lusaka


c/o Star Travel, 9 Philips Avenue Belgravia Harare

Domestic Terminal Office Ground Floor, Harare International Airport

Shearwater Aviation Office, Victoria Falls

fastjet Entebbe Airport office fastjet Travelcare office Lugogo Mall, Kampala

fastjet Simba Travel office 8 Colville Street, Kampala

Kenya fastjet Nairobi Airport office Jomo Kenyatta International Airport