Favorite thing: Its an island, you cant really get yourself lost, but its fun trying. Hire a motorbike and just ride and ride and see where you end up. In Stone town, just walk and walk and see where you end up, its all part of the fun of being in Zanzibar. Best to spend a day or two in Stone town to view the architecture, the old crumbling buildings, but also make sure you get out to the beaches. Nungwi in the north is where we stayed, but Kiwengwia on the east was probably the most beautiful beacj ive seen in the world(when the tides in that is, its not so nice apparently when its out).
THE BOAT TO ZANZIBAR
There are several boats to Zanzibar and Pemba from Dar. The normal boats/Ferry take 2 hours and a half and cost 15 US$. The Hidrofoils take 1 hour and cost 30US$. For both you have to pay 5$ of taxes. For tickets, take a walk down Sokoine Drive and you'll find lots of Ticket Offices.
The arrival to Zanzibar is quite magical, as you see the white city with all the dhows going up and down.
You can reach Zanzibar by Dhow (those wooden boats with white sails) too, is much more romantic but it will cost you a lot in money and time (more than 8 hours).
At the east coast of the island this looooong white sand beach is great to walk but if you wanna swim, the coral reef makes a pool that makes bathing a bit uncomfortable, as you have to enter quite far into the sea to be deep enough to swim. To get there, rent a car, as there are no public transports.
Another beautiful white sands beach, smaller then Kiwengwa, but with amazing turquoise waters. There are little huts just by the beach to feel yourself in paradise. To get there, head north (there is only one road so far) till the road ends, at the very very north of the island.
THE OLD STONE TOWN
The old city of Zanzibar is called the Old Stone Town. It has several monuments and churches, but its main attractive are the hundreds of narrow streets where you always get lost (want it or not) to enjoy the local life and admire the wonderful wooden doors. Though it might seem dangerous to wwander around by night, it isn't at all!!
HOUSE OF WONDERS
Also called Beit-el-Ajaib. This wonderful four-storey wooden building is a magnificient example of local architecture. Built in 1883, it was once the Residence of the Sultan. Now is a museum.
At Mizingani Road, by the Fort, in front of Jamituri Gardens, facing the sea.
Favorite thing: Zanzibar's wealth was based on the trade of spices and slaves. Fortunately, the latter has been abolished long ago. The first is no longer so lucrative, thoufh, but the so called Spice Tours are very popular with tourists, who like to see some spice plantations and experience the exotic smells of the plants from which they grow.
Favorite thing: Zanzibar is the center of the Swahili world, an ecclectic culture that has received influences from very different civilisations: Arabs, Black Africa, India... Its strategic location off the Eastern coast of Africa has made of it a crossroads of trade and culture. As a matter of fact, Zanzibar was during a time the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. In this picture you can see the ruins of the Sultan's Palace.
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Favorite thing: Hi Sandra, Just to let you know the outcome regarding Crystal Hotel (which is NOT a cheap bunch of bungalows on the beach but a mid sized hotel BTW). The thieves approached this resort during Ramadan, they approached as the sun went down and knew most people (including the police) were off to prayers and to break their fast which is why the cops showed up so late. The Mayor of the village of Page since this terrible thing happened cleaned up the whole village and kicked out any strangers there that did not have a permanent job, permanent place to live etc. Page is now much quieter because of this. Bwejuu is still a safer environment. I have been a female traveller in Zanzibar on many trips and never encountered any problem. My advise would be to NOT walk down the beach with a camera or a big backpack full of stuff. I know you have kids so you need to carry things but even trading in your backpack for a African basket to carry stuff will make you less of a risk for someone to try and grab your stuff (which rarely happens but you are concerned so I am giving you worse case scenario). Upepo Boutique Beach Bungalows is a great safe place in Bwejuu if you were looking for someplace to stay. They have a big house / bungalow that could accomodate kids and yourself so problem. Any more questions just ask. Cheers
I was worried about to go to a musulman country , specially at this time. But I found the most charming people I ever met. They always smile at you and they want to know everything from every country.
Our guide Burjan was an example of it.
He is a boy who work at day as a guide and as a malabarist on the hotels at night. He called the tourist with football players names: Example : Raul (spanish people), del piero (italian people) , figo (portuguese people) and so on :)