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Zanzibar island

Ultimate guide (November 2019)
Zanzibar is an island in the Indian Ocean, located near the mainland of Tanzania. Excellent white beaches are the main goal of the island. Stone Town old streets are also notable attraction and were included into UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beach and seabed: sand. [edit]

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This island ranks #3 of the "Best islands in Africa"
Rating: 8.9 - 401 votes [vote]
Coordinates: -6.119175, 39.354200
See also: Best beaches in Zanzibar

Hotels [edit]

Beach resorts are rather expensive, though sometimes there are pretty exceptions. Stone Town has lots of cheap hotels, but unfortunately there's no good beach in the town area.

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How to get there [edit]

Fly to Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ). Then take a taxi. Public transport on the island is undeveloped, and we don't recommend to rely on it.

Sometimes it may be cheaper first fly to Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR), and next get to Zanzibar by ferry or by plane.

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When to go [edit]

Any time, except for the rainy season in April-May. Also try to avoid the small rainy season in November-December.

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Useful information [edit]

Evening market in Forodhani Gardens (Stone Town) has take-away food at the cheapest price on the island. We recommend to taste delicious seafood.

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[2017-10-30] Tiago

Expect to pay 40-60$ per person per day in the beach areas. Stone Town is much cheaper. You may also think about Full Board or All Inclusive meal plans in your hotel. These are often reasonably priced.

[2017-10-30] Jaylin

How much are cafes/restaurants in Zanzibar?

[2017-08-08] Eddie

Mobile internet in Zanzibar.

It is possible to buy in the airport in the exchange currency booth. Zantel: 10 Gb = 20$

Vodacom is very good, even better than hotel's Wi-Fi. 15 Gb = 20$

[2015-04-07] Ben

Public transportation in Zanzibar is a overcrowded minibus, so I highly recommend to avoid it. You'd better take transfer for $50 or rent a car for $20-35.

There's no snork in Zanzibar!

[2015-04-07] Serge

We'll be in Zanzibar in January. Is there public transportation? What is snorkeling like in Zanzibar?

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