Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an island (archipelago) in the Indian Ocean, 30 km off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is known for its beautiful white beaches and the ideal destination for a beach holiday after a safari. The capital of Zanzibar is Stone Town, a World Heritage Site.

We have selected 3 hotels in Zanzibar which give high value for money. Each in one budget category:  Standard, Medium and High Budget. These hotels are good, well located and have a good price. Please see the sample plans of these hotels below. These plans can be adjusted to any number of days. 

It is also possible to select a hotel yourself, we are able to book all hotels in Zanzibar. Tell us where you want to stay and we will arrange it for you!

 

Tours

Tours Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Casa del Mar (6 days) Zanzibar, Casa del Mar (6 days)
 Tanzania

ZANZIBAR, CASA DEL MAR (6 DAYS)

Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25 to 50 km off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba.

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Zanzibar, Spice Island (6 days) Zanzibar, Spice Island (6 days)
 Tanzania

ZANZIBAR, SPICE ISLAND (6 DAYS)

Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25 to 50 km off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba.

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Zanzibar, Karafuu Beach Resort (6 days) Zanzibar, Karafuu Beach Resort (6 days)
 Tanzania

ZANZIBAR, KARAFUU BEACH RESORT (6 DAYS)

Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25 to 50 km off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba.

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Zanzibar is a perfect place to relax after your safari in Uganda, Rwanda or Tanzania. Apart from relaxing there are also many things to see and to do.

Highlights Zanzibar:

  • White beaches, ideal for relaxing
  • Great Marine life, ideal for snorkeling and diving
  • Marine highlights include whale sharks and dolphins
  • Jozani Forest, with the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus, endemic Zanzibar Blue Monkey and the elusive Zanzibar Leopard
  • Stone Town, the historical capital of Zanzibar
  • Exotic spices and historic sites

Photos

Photos Zanzibar

Travel info

Travel info Zanzibar

Health Tanzania

A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!

Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):

  • Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
  • DTP
  • Hepatitis

For Malaria you need to take tablets,  Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).

Hygiene is not at the same standard as in your home country, so we advise you to bring a disinfectant cream with you. Always drink bottled water instead of tap water.

On arrival

On arrival on the airport our guide will be there waiting for you. During safari we use custom made safari vehicles, custom made for an optimal view of the wildlife. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.

Visa Tanzania

Visa - for those who require one - can be purchased in advance through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country. Visa can also be obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro / Dar es Salaam International Airport or at any overland border. The price for a single entry visa is USD 50 per person.

It is your own responsibility to arrange your visa(s) correctly and in time, but if anything is unclear of course we will be glad to assist you.

Note: This information is subject to change! Always consult the Tanzanian embassy in your country if you are not sure.

Money

In most of the cities it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. Travelers Cheques are not widely accepted and it is very difficult or impossible to pay by credit card outside the cities. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference. We advise to bring some Dollars for daily expenses and tips.

Dollar bills should not be older than 10 years.

Currency Tanzania

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.

AMREF Flying Doctors


We advise you to apply for a Flying Doctors membership. The membership provides a quick and reliable air evacuation and medical care if needed.

AMREF Flying Doctors offers 2 covers (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia).

Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.

Language in Tanzania

The national language of Tanzania is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the main language in the tourist areas.

Climate Tanzania

Tanzania is a tropical country, with high temperatures along the coast and at lower altitudes (especially in the Southern Part). The Northern part is at higher altitudes (except for Lake Natron and Tarangire).

Areas around the Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and Arusha are generally cooler.

What to wear Tanzania

Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at higher altitudes, so carry a couple of light sweaters too.

Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly.

Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and a waterproof jacket. During safaris we advise to avoid black and dark blue clothes (because they can attract tsetse flies). For hiking and walking safaris Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks.

If you are planning on doing a community walk or visit the local people, we advise you to wear appropriate clothing. For example women putting on long skirts and a top that covers the shoulders.

What to bring

A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.

To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides.

Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards with you. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.

A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful

Electricity Tanzania

We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. The system used in Tanzania is the British system. In most lodges it is possible to charge your batteries.

Stopover Points

Please mind that washrooms along the road are sometimes not to European standards, for example squatting toilets, no flushing toilets or no toilet paper available. Like the locals say: T.I.A. This Is Africa.

Tipping

Tipping will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% in hotels and restaurants. Guides, drivers and carriers should always be tipped. Indication: for carriers USD 1-3 and for your driver/guide USD 5-15 per day, depending on the group size, number of days and your satisfaction.

Further information Tanzania

The Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide are the most detailed guidebooks for Tanzania. For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet and The Bradt ‘East African Wildlife’. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.