Jambiani Travel Guide

  • R.I.P. SAU INN
    R.I.P. SAU INN
    by DAO
  • R.I.P. SAU INN
    R.I.P. SAU INN
    by DAO
  • R.I.P. SAU INN
    R.I.P. SAU INN
    by DAO

Jambiani Things to Do

  • Kitesurfing for beginners

    East coast of Zanzibar is the perfect spot for learning kitesurfing. It is windy, has almost no waves (because of the reef protecting it from the wide ocean) and has beautiful sandy lagoons with thousands of share meters of blue water just over white sand.The place very popular with kite surfers is Paje - there are at least 5 schools/centres and...

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  • SCUBA DIVING ON THE EAST COAST

    Want a closer look at the reef on the east coast? Or maybe you would like to see some dolphins up close. Sau Inn Divers in Jambiani. They are located in the grounds of the Sau Inn and are fully equipped. They offer full PADI accredited courses. You can choose from 1/2/4/6/8/10 Dive packages, trips to Mnembea Atoll and Dolphin diving trips. Prices...

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  • RELAX

    Time stops here. You should too. Please remember that if you ask for something it will take between 1 hour and 3 days. If you know this in advance, both parties will be happy. Order food before you are hungry. Arrange transport when you arrive. Relax. Do nothing. Sleep.....

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Jambiani Hotels

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  • Blue Oyster Hotel

    This place on the beach seems to be open by someone in Germany. That would explain why their website...

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  • Villa de Coco

    Jambiani Beach, P.O. Box 526, Jambiani, Tanzania

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Coral Rock Hotel

    Mfumbwi, Jambiani, 4123, Tanzania

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Jambiani Restaurants

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    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kim’s restaurant is a very nice family-owned restaurant. Everything is made from scratch, so be patient. The chairs and tables are set in sand and it is very cosy. The best part is that it is so shaded that even on a hot day it is very cool inside. You can get good views of the villagers drying seaweed next door. I was even treated to fresh coconut milk when they climbed the nearest tree and cut one down for me! I ordered the pasta and was served with a great tasting dish and good sized portions. The family are very nice and you become a ‘Rafiki’ – friend, after eating there. A real oasis of peace on hot days.

    Favorite Dish: Pasta - served with small potatos. Really fills you up.

    Kim's Restaurant Sign from the beach Fresh coconut drink comming up! Drying seaweed next door
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Jambiani Nightlife

  • RASTA ALL DAY, RASTA ALL NIGHT

    Bob Marley still lives! Want an exotic cold drink or just an ice-cold beer. Want to Chill Out? This is the place. The large bar is open on all sides and the bar stools are buried in the sand. Padded benches and tables are also available. Service is friendly and inquisitive. When they ask how your day was, they want details! The guys are superb and...

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  • STAR SHOW - EVERY NIGHT!

    It is an absolute shame that I was unable to take a picture of the stars, but any picture would not do this sight justice. Jambiani is not plagued by light pollution, so the views of the stars every night are breathtaking. If you walk down the beach away from any hotel, you will see an almost limitless panorama of stars and planets. Be careful...

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Jambiani Transportation

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    by DAO Updated Dec 11, 2005

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    There are 2 Dalla Dallas that serve Jambiani. One is the 309 which is decorated with its support of Arsenal football club. The other, whose number I cannot remember, supports Liverpool. If you want to go to Stone Town the Dalla Dalla leaves before 6am and only goes once a day. Costs are pennies. 100-200 shillings for local areas.

    I don not know if this information will help you because they are always overloaded, even with people sitting on the roof! The one time I found one with room, it was stopping for the day!

    I think Dalla must be the word for dangerous as they always say it twice. They are interesting to watch, but I wouldn’t want to travel in one farther than the village.

    Only half full The other one supports Liverpool Why they have so many road deaths
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Jambiani Shopping

  • The coin man

    This excellent shop is run by a very nice man who will tell you the story behind all the people pictured on local coins as well as tell you the history of Tanzania and Zanzibar. This is a fabulous store, but unfortunately I forgot the name of it. It is located in the southern end of the village and is well stocked. He has ICE COLD water at very...

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  • Changing money

    This is one of about 15 local stores in the village. Before you think I am recommending this shop as the best here, I am not. The man that runs it is very nice and he has an eye for self-promotion. He has the only sign for a shop on the entire beach. He also has the most expensive large bottles of water in Jambiani – 700 shillings. So what is so...

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Jambiani Local Customs

  • GREETINGS - A GUIDE

    Basic SwahiliAs you walk down the road, your conversations will go like this:You will hear (shouted at you) – “Jambo!” (Hello)You reply – “Jambo!””Habari?” (what is the news or how are you?)”Nzuri” (I am fine)You usually hear “Karibu” (you are welcome here) sometimes the name of the village is said as well. I often heard “Karibu Jmbiani.”Always...

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  • THE TYRE GAME

    During my stay in Jambiani Village I kept seeing kids playing with old bicycle tyres rims. They would use a good stick and propel the tyre along the road at great speed with the stick pushing along the groove. Not only is this not easy to do – these kids were amazing fast. If you think its easy – give it a try.

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  • THE MONEY TRICK

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS FOR BUDGET TRAVELLERS, NOT SOMETHING AGAINST LOCAL PEOPLE. You have to haggle EVERY price in Zanzibar, except some restaurants. So, you can play the money trick to make sure you always get a good price. Tanzanian Schillings are weak against the U.S. Dollar, which everyone will take. Make sure you take some single $1 notes for...

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Jambiani Warnings and Dangers

  • MALARIA KILLS

    PLEASE PREPARE! Malaria can sometimes be fatal and at best may make you regret that you survived. Medicines must be taken weeks BEFORE you come here. There are 4 different species of Malaria and humans can get them all from the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Illness and death from malaria are largely preventable - if you plan...

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  • THE RAINY SEASON

    During the rainy season the large lakes that appear in the road take up exactly the entire width of the road. Also they are only located where the vegetation is so dense, that you cannot actually walk along the sides or avoid walking in the water. Take good boots that dry quickly. Get used to it. It is the rainy season and you are going to get wet...

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Jambiani Tourist Traps

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    by DAO Written Dec 9, 2005

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    During my stay in the village I met exactly 0 people trying to sell me something. This is a family oriented, conservative Muslim village with fantastic natural beauty. The children play and go to school and the younger adults go to work. Older people talk about life and everyone is happy to see a visitor.

    So what is the trap? Every hotel. I was the only tourist that ever got out of a vehicle and/or hotel and actually walked around. I was treated with respect, amazement, gratitude and friendship.

    Lay in the sun if you must, but what are you doing in the afternoon? Go for a walk. If you don’t have 20-50 new friends (Rafiki) in an hour, you have not walked enough!

    There is no crime, no street sellers, and no beach boys. Just dress respectfully for your walk.

    Do not get caught in the hotel trap.

    Unique Suggestions: Wear good boots/shoes during the rainy season.

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Jambiani What to Pack

  • A GOOD PAIR OF BOOTS!

    Walking around Zanzibar is a fantastic way to see everything, but you get plenty of hazards. Natural ones are the usual rocks, vines, animal droppings, etc. Manmade items like glass and other rubbish make an appearance from time to time. And if that wasn’t enough – the rainy season will make you want those quick dry light hiking boots!

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  • A FEW THINGS

    Shoes that dry quickly and can get completely wet if you want to walk the sea bed during low tide or going for a walk in the rainy season. YOU MUST WEAR SHOES to walk out to the seaweed beds and coral reef edge. Simple flip flops get stuck in the mud. A waterproof poncho is essensial during the heavy rainy season. Bandages Batteries Mosquito...

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    11 Hotels in Jambiani

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Jambiani Off The Beaten Path

  • THE END OF THE ROAD

    Jambiani is a long north-south village. The end of the road (more or less) is in the south. Just slightly to the west you will find the Jambiani ‘Football Stadium’ where the local team plays. It is really worth the walk along the entire road to really experience Jambiani.

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  • THE ONLY WOODEN DOOR IN THE VILLAGE

    In the middle of the village is a house that has the only traditional Arab wooden door in the area. It is located on the western side of the road. The door looks to be an antique that has been renovated. It was probably moved here from Stone Town, as this is a new house.

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Jambiani Favorites

  • THERE IS A POST OFFICE IN JAMBIANI !

    And they are very nice people. Need to buy some post cards or send a letter. They offer a full service. It is located just across the road from The Karibu Restaurant. I forgot to take a picture of the Post Office (and Mini Market!), but I do have a picture of the Karibu Restaurant.

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  • THE COCONUT MEN

    In several places across Jambiani I was offered a coconut, or more specifically a coconut drink. On both occasions I was not asked for any money. I was shouted towards and offered a coconut with the words your hear everywhere ‘Karibu Jambiani’. Welcome to Jambiani and the friendliest village on earth. On hindsight I wished I had offered a small...

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