Zanzibar villa rental
Get in [ edit ]
Visa [ edit ]
No visa is required for stays of less than 3 months for citizens of Namibia. Romania. Rwanda. Hong Kong. Malaysia and all commonwealth member states (except the United Kingdom. Australia. Canada. Bangladesh. New Zealand. Nigeria. India & South Africa ). A Tourist Visa costs US$50 for a three-month single entry or US$100 for a three-month double entry visa. The visa can be obtained upon arrival. Having the cash handy when obtaining the form might accelerated the process as depending on the officer filling it out will no longer be required. Do carry your certificate of yellow fever vaccination with you upon arrival as this might be checked.Visas are valid for the duration from the date of issuance. However, obtaining a visa before arrival is highly recommended. Holders of a US passport can only obtain a USD100 multiple-entry visa due to a policy of reciprocity by Tanzania (which can be purchased on arrival). US travellers departing from the US can pay USD20 for a rush service from the Tanzanian embassy, which takes three working days. The website of Tanzania's Embassy in the US gives the current requirements. Visas may also be obtained from any of Tanzania's diplomatic mission abroad.
By Boat [ edit ]
There are many ferries and catamarans that can take you between Dar es Salaam and the Island. Azam Marine ,Sea Express. Sea Star. Seagull Kilimanjaro and Sepideh Megaspeed Liners are among the nicest available. Azam runs at 14:30 and 16:15 on weekdays and Sea Express at 07:30 daily. Fares range USD35 to USD40 for non-residents, including a $5 Port Tax. First class is only USD5 more expensive than economy and certainly worth the money. Most ferries schedules allow you to do the return trip the same day. For instance leave Dar es Salaam at 07:30 and return from Zanzibar on the 16:30 ferry. That leaves plenty of time to explore the Stone Town, the museum and have a nice lunch. The trip is beautiful and lasts about two hours approximately. However, if the weather is bad it can take much longer and the trip can be very unpleasant. If you suffer from seasickness you are advised to take some anti-seasickness pills prior to boarding. The on board personnel hands out free sickness bags at the start of the journey. Flying Horse makes the same journey for USD20. However, it will take around 4.5 hours whereas the others take 1.5 hours.
You may be able to hire a private boat for cheaper, but the trip will take considerably longer and unless you know something about boats, you could be on a vessel that is not equipped for bad weather conditions or an emergency. Remember: you get what you pay for.
Be aware that the "porters" at the Dar ferry terminal will hassle you for money and expect tips for referring you to "the best boat." If you don't want their help, be forceful. Touts will tell you anything to get you to use a service which pays them commission, and scam you in any way they can. They will say the company kiosk you are heading towards only goes to mainland destinations (when they do service Zanzibar), they will say their service is a 90min ferry (when it actually takes over 2 hours), they will quote you a price for first class tickets (but issue "e/c" economy tickets and pocket the difference), they will sell you a return ticket (leaving you to later find out it is actually only valid for return travel with a different, cheaper company and the seller has pocketed the difference). The dock is a zoo -- a prime hangout for pickpockets.
Passport. Although Zanzibar is part of the Union it maintains its own immigration service and you need to have a valid passport to enter, even if you come from mainland Tanzania. This farcically means you must fill out a Tanzania arrival card for your arrival in Stone Town, and a Tanzania departure card when you leave.
By plane [ edit ]
International flights direct to Zanzibar are offered by Mango Airlines, Ethiopian Air, Oman Air and Jetair. Other international airlines fly to Dar es Salaam. Several local airlines offer flights from Dar to Zanzibar (15 minutes): Precision Air, ZanAir, Coastal Aviation, Tropical Air, Flightlink Air Charters, Fly540, to mention a few Tanzania scheduled and charter operators.
A departure tax is applicable for domestic flights from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam. International flight fares (may) include the departure tax.
Taxi [ edit ]
There are a number of taxis waiting for passengers when you exit the terminal. Despite having a "list" of prices for the various tourist destinations on the island, prices are negotiable. Although you can arrange a pick up at the airport with your hotel or tour company, even a little negotiating will get you a better price than the inflated one quoted by most hotels. However, some Stone Town hotels do offer free shuttle service from the airport.
Get around [ edit ]
Getting around on the island: Cheapest way is the dala-dala, it costs about USD1.50 per person to get from Stone Town to the north, east or south coast. Shared taxis operate from Stone Town for $10 per person. Regular taxis from Stone Town to any coastal area in Zanzibar are USD50 (minibus taxis up to 6 people).
Car rental in Zanzibar. Make sure you chose a car rental company with excellent reviews. Rental cars in Zanzibar are in general about 15-20 years old with very low mileage - remember this is a
small island. Therefore make sure you choose a rental car company that offers regularly serviced cars! Some of the car rental companies offer cars in bad conditions and don't have a backup/exchange service - it will be up to you to fix the car.
It works out cheaper if you take over your rented car at the airport or ferry port and return it there again. Hotel transfers are at least $ 50 one way. If you want your car delivered to your hotel at the coast, usually a delivery fee applies to cover the cost of petrol and driver. Same applies to collection of the car from the coastal areas.
There are many police checks on the roads. Make sure you have your driving licence, the temporary Zanzibar drivers permit, the car insurance as well as road license stickers on the windscreen. Also check that the rental car is roadworthy and the police will wave you through with a kind jambo. The temporary Zanzibar drivers permit can be obtained from local authorities. However, if you ask your car rental company in advance, they will get it for you and deliver it with the car. They need a scanned copy of your valid driving licence. Expect to pay $20 for the permit.
- A rental company with consistently excellent reviews and a free breakdown service is www.kibabucars.com Their cars are in very good condition and regularly serviced. Kibabu Cars is based in Stone Town. They deliver their cars free of charge to the airport, 24/7, and collect the cars again from the airport. They also organize the temporary Zanzibar drivers permit before one arrives in Zanzibar. An international drivers license is not valid in Zanzibar.
Hotels are happy to arrange a taxi or rental car for you although they might add some (sometimes: a lot) commission to the price.
A taxi from the airport or ferry port to the north / east or south coast is $ 50 and more. Try to book in advance. If you hail a taxi at the airport, it's usually $ 60. You can of course negotiate a price with the taxi drivers when you arrive. Make sure you agree on a price before you get into the taxi.
See [ edit ] [ add listing ]
- There is a lot to see and to do on Zanzibar island. First and foremost, do enjoy the amazing white sand beaches especially at the north, east and south coast. The sand has the consistency of castor sugar! Zanzibar also has quite a lot of caves, e.g. Tazani near Nungwi. A tour company in Jambiani "Mambopoatours" offers excursions off the beaten track. Also do a village tour that are offered all over the island. The villagers don't see tourists as intruders, to the contrary, they welcome foreigners. Please do make sure that you are dressed with a t-shirt and knee-length pants - Zanzibarians are 98 % Muslims and walking through villages in beach gear is disrespectful. A Zanzibar resident put together quite a lot of information on "Zanzibar Insider Buzz", you can google it.
- Zanzibar Island, a.k.a. The Spice Island, was an important stop in the Spice Trade centuries ago. Today, it is one of the few places in the world where saffron is produced, and many other Middle Eastern/Asian spices (cardamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, etc.) are grown here. Visit one of the spice farms where you can see how anise, pepper, cloves etc. grow; you can sample some of the exotic fruit grown on the island. And do check out the "lipstick tree".
- Jozani Forest has excellent nature trails, featuring some very exotic (and large) trees and plants. Even more interesting, though, are the Red Colobus Monkeys that live here. These Monkeys can only survive on Zanzibar, nowhere else in the world, since they need a diet of 70 different plants, berries etc. The Red Colobus Monkeys are a protected species. A major part of the entrance fees goes to the local farmers in the surrounding area. In the past, the farmers killed the Monkeys because they destroyed their crops. Ever since they are compensated for their losses, the killing stopped. They are very curious and playful and will likely pose for a picture. The entry fee (USD10) also include an optional visit to a beautiful mangrove forest which is highly recommended. You can take the local daladala from Zanzibar Town for TZS 2000 per person. They might want to charge you more (because you are a tourist). The official price for everyone is TZS 2000.
- There are a number of historically important (and frankly, just plain beautiful) buildings in Stone Town, like The House of Wonders and The Arab Fort. It is easy to arrange a simple walking tour with a local guide who can teach you some history.
- The market in Stone Town is one of the largest, most vibrant open-air markets anywhere. Here, you can find several varieties of bananas, "elephant garlic" unique to the island, the largest avocados you'll probably ever see, and more. Prices are extremely reasonable. Even if you have no intentions of purchasing food, the spectacle alone is worth a visit. If seeing raw meat and fish covered in flies makes you squeamish, avoid that part of the market. Overall, pretty much all food that is not packaged in plastic is covered in flies.
- Seaweed Center ( Seaweed industry development project ), ( Paje, East Coast, Zanzibar ),