Zanzibar Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 88%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 86%Adventure Travelers
- 76%Luxury Travelers
- 63%Family Travelers
- 63%History Buffs
- 62%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (28)
- ZanzibarJul 04, 2012
Place to stay: Dhow Palace Hotel - get the 4-single bed penthouse for ~$150 USD/night. Comes with AC, huge bathroom, private balcony and rooftop hangout spots. Amazing.
- Monsoon - good food, relatively pricy, amazing indoor eating experience with live local music Wed and Sat nights. Need a reservation.
- Africa House - solid place to grab drinks, food, smoke hookah overlooking the water
- Fordhani Gardens (night market) - street vendors every night selling a few items super cheap. Seafood kebabs, sugar cane juice, "Zanzibar pizzas" (basically a crepe). Questionable for your stomach.
- Livingstone - awesome bar on Fri/Sat nights with live band and dance floor. Outdoor seating on the beach overlooking the stars and water.
Traveling: ferry is near a restaurant called Mercury which is just ok. Costs $35 USD per person to Dar es Salaam, and is a 2-3 hour ride. No need to book in advance.
Things to see:
- Spices tour is okay, kinda interesting
- Lots of local shopping in stone town - you don't need a tour guide for this ... should just do it on your own. Some good shopping near Monsoon and Dhow Palace
- Swim with dolphins is an amazing experience - on the south side of the island (~1 hour drive from Stone Town). Should be ~$40-50 USD per person for an 8am-4pm guided experience, all inclusive, including the dolphins, snorkeling, and 1 hour at Jozani Forest on the way back to see the colobus monkeys. Jozani by itself isn't that interesting
Place to stay:
-We stayed at Sunset Bungalows for ~$75/double with AC during high season. It's right on the beach, with a cheap massage ($14 USD per hour), a great restaurant, and the best beach for swimming on the north coast. They have a shuttle for $10/pp that goes to Stone Town.
-Can also stay at Kendwa Rocks next door. The dorm/hostel situation isn't bad, it's a room for $10 USD per person per night, with 8 clean beds. It's an outdoor room with no AC though, and you sleep with randoms.
Restaurants: Sunset Bungalows food is prob the best in the area at affordable prices. The Indian Ocean Rock Lobster for ~$10 USD is an amazing deal. Great smoothies too.
Do the walk to Nungwi, the next town over, during low-tide. It's a 30-minute walk and you'll have to wade in the water a bit, but it's an amazing walk especially around sunset. It's beautiful.
The Full Moon Party happens at Kendwa Rocks on a Saturday night once a month. This is epic. One of the funnest nights in recent memory, with great music at a bar/club opening onto the beach. Definitely end the night jumping into the water.
- ZanzibarJul 04, 2012
I lived in Zanzibar for 6 months. There's loads to do from Stone Town to the Northern beaches (Nungwi), 'Rastaville' aka Bwejuu is awesome. Also, it's just a skip over to the mainland for Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, safari etc & fairly straight forward to travel to the rest of East Africa from there. I'm dying to go back!
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