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James and Oksana are wonderful hosts, we really felt at home in their apartment in Stown Town. The place is clean and tidy, and the room as both ac and fan. Its walking distance to any place in town and near a very nice ethiopian restaurant.
Hopefully we will come visit again when back in Zanzibar.
James and Oksana were fantastic hosts!! They are great people, good company and truly opening up their home to us. The apartment is in a great location, clean and tidy. They provided us with a tour of Zanzibar's back streets on our first night (complete with fresh hot bread from a local bakery!!), organised accommodation and transport for us elsewhere on the island! We spent a lot of time talking, discussing and sharing meals. It was a real pleasure staying and hard to match your kindness! We are indebted to you both by your kindness!
So James place is amazing. Its bigger than it seems in the pictures. Four of us stayed there and we were never on top of each other and had space to have our own quiet time on the three different levels of his place. The neighborhood was convenient to the 44 Stanley area shops and restaurants (though I will say it was hard to find cabs to get to other areas of the city so Uber is your best bet).
His place was very clean and the maid came in throughout and cleaned and even offered to do our laundry. James places was very secure and he even allowed us to store our luggage in his place while we took a three day trip to Cape Town. He was very accommodating to our late checkout as well. He even set us up with a guide for a personal tour of Soweto, which was amazing.
The only negative I would say is that it lacked two modern conveniences, a working TV and wifi. For some this may not be an issue but its really hard to get a SIM card in South Africa for data on your mobile phone, so wifi for international travels is a must. However I will say that James was very helpful to us as we tried to navigate the process in getting a SIM card.
I will say overall James was a great host and VERY responsive. I will say that over the course of a week we probably emailed at least 15 times.
Waow, what an incredible find.
James is a gem, the place is a palace, the location is hot and the amenities are full on.
Would never stay anywhere else in Joburg!
James and Oksana were excellent hosts! They graciously gave us a tour our first night so we would know where everything is. They will also help organize transport and help you find accommodations on the beach. They provided us with use of an internet stick and anything we needed. Their home is lovely and comfortable. The location is convenient to everything, while being a few minutes walk from the main tourist areas, making it easier to find local shops for water and necessities as well as the opportunity to try local restaurants as well. I definitely recommend staying here.
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