Zanzibar Island Transportation

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    DAR ES SALAAM FERRY

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The ferry to and from Dar Es Salaam is not that expensive and the website below has the timetables. The night ferry is cheaper, but you run the risk of thieves on board waiting for you to go to sleep.

    Please remember:
    There are different prices because you will find middlemen. Try and argue the price down. They usually add $10.

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    Transport on the Island

    by PierreZA Written Jun 21, 2009

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    Dala-dala

    Transport on the island can be a bit of a problem. I suppose you can use the local dala-dala, but we passed many f them and they don’t seem very safe, they are overcrowded and takes very long to cross the island. They might be suitable for short distances. We paid 40 USD for a return trip from the hotel to Stone Town, which was very reasonable (the hotel charged 80 USD!!!).

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    Getting there by Air

    by PierreZA Written Jun 21, 2009

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    1Time

    We flew directly from Johannesburg to Zanzibar with 1Time. This is a budget airline in South Africa, flying on Tuesdays and Saturdays to Zanzibar. The major advantage of this option is that you do not need to fly to Dar Es Salaam first, getting a connection to Zanzibar. Flying time is only 3 hours!
    It is a very popular route and both flights were 100% full, so book early. By booking early, you will also bet discounted fares of about 400 – 500 USD (return).

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    THE DALLA DALLA's

    by DAO Updated May 8, 2009

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    Converted pick-ups or Dalla-Dallas (minibuses) link all major towns on Zanzibar Island. The main 'Bus Station' is on Creek Road just beside the Darajani Market on the edge of Stone Town. They tend to leave once an impossible number of people have been squeezed into, and often onto, these overworked vehicles. Each one has a number and many are decorated with English Football teams logos. The ones with letters on them have routes in Zanzibar Town. Numbers indicate farther destinations.

    Destinations around Zanzibar Town:

    A Amani Stadium
    B Bububu
    J Jangombe
    M Magomeni
    U Airport

    Destinations accross the island:

    1 Mkokotoni (sometimes Nungwi as well)
    2 Mangapwani & Bumbwini
    3 Kizimbani
    4 Mchangani
    5 Ndagaa
    6 Chwaka (sometimes to Uroa)
    7 Fumba
    8 Unguja Ukuu
    9 Paje (sometimes Bwejuu or Jambiani)
    10 Jozani, Makunduchi and Kizimkazi Junction
    11 Fuoni
    14 Uroa
    16 Nungwi
    17 Kiwengwa
    18 Matemwe

    I did see others with 3 Numbers, like the 309 in Jambiani. These may be internal routes and not go to Stone Town. Always best to ask 2 questions: 1) Where are you going? and 2) Are you going today?

    Dalla-Dalla’s can be a very cheap way to leave Stone Town and can give you some real insight into the lives of native people. It can also be a crowded and not overly safe way to get there. Some outlying areas are only served once a day.

    Returning to Stone Town from remote areas may not be possible by Dalla-Dalla. Just look at one of my pictures of 5-6 passengers on the roof. And if it is really far out, they may leave before 6am. You may not be able to get on board.

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    Flying to Zanzibar

    by toonsarah Written Apr 17, 2009

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    We flew from Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha to Zanzibar in this very small plane. I loved it, but if you’re a nervous flyer you might find this a little disconcerting – especially the way you can see straight through to the pilot and his controls, and the nearness to the ground. But if like me you enjoy flying, you’ll love the sensation of actually doing so, which large jets cannot really convey in the same way.

    Flights from Arusha take approximately 1.5 hours and there are several each day. They land at Zanzibar’s small airport. When we arrived it was early evening and we stepped off the plane to a wonderful smell of warm spices that was to become my abiding memory of this magical place.

    We left the island a week later on a rather larger (though still not huge) plane to Mombasa, where we were to pick up our connection for London. Checking in at this airport was another “interesting” experience – the desks are out on the pavement, so our minibus dropped us literally at the end of the queue! We sat there on our bags for a while waiting our turn, then after check-in proceeded inside to the small departure area. There’s not a lot to do here (though there is a snack bar and small duty free shop) so I would recommend you don’t allow more than the minimum time allowed before your flight.

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  • Adventurous trip through Cheap Flights To Zanzibar

    by rogersronald Written Apr 2, 2009

    There are many flights daily to Zanzibar Island from Mombasa, Dar es Salaam and ther cities.
    Last Night, i came here with my family from Mombasa and all of us decided to do some adventure. To spend our more time of our trip at Zanzibar Island, we booked the our flight just one day ahead from flights.worldmapsinfo.com. Flight was exactly in time and just take one hour.Also, it was the pleasant flight with a great view at the Klimanjaro. That site had many options for discount airlines and the cheap flights to Zanzibar Island.

    Thanks to flights.worldmapsinfo.com

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  • Car rental

    by robi08 Written Dec 12, 2008

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    Ally Key`s SPECIALLIST IN RENTING :-
    a)MOTOR BIKES.
    b)SUZUKI JEEPS.
    c)SCOOTERS.
    ALL THE VASSELS ARE FULL INSURANCED.
    CONTACT US :-
    TEL : +255-777-411797.
    like DAO has mentioned he is the man. and i think anyone knows him on the island
    even the Polisi (Police). just remaind add one hour for the agreed meeting time.
    the vehicle Suzuki Vitara 4x4 has already some Km on it but was working well.
    please check the labels on the windscreen like Insurance our was one week over and we got a penalty from the Polisi. But Ally showed up at the Hotel the next day with a new sticker.... and remember there are many Police check points on the island ! almost looking to make some money for there pocket (thats my opinion)
    at least i would again rent a car to discover the island and to be free.

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    AIR TANZANIA

    by DAO Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    Air Tanzania calls itself ‘The wings of Kilimanjaro’ and they have some excellent prices within Tanzania. Their international flight prices are not as economical. You might want to consider flying vs ground inside Tanzania as a quicker transport option at these prices.

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    PERFECTION AIR

    by DAO Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    PRECISION AIR is a small well-run airline based in Tanzania. Unlike many airlines that fly you about 6 miles above the earth, Precision air has a fleet of smaller planes allowing you to see the real beauty of Eastern Africa. Their fleet consists of ATR 42’s, an ATR-72 and LET – 410’s. While most travellers to Tanzania see just clouds, you can see the plains of Kenya and the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Kilimanjaro. Always ask the staff which is the best side to sit on for their flight. I flew on the right hand side from Nairobi to Zanzibar and had a first class seat to view Mount Kilimanjaro. Staff are friendly and genuinely seem to be happy to see you aboard. This airline is a partner of Kenya Airways, so you can combine their flights with your adventures.

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    DHOWS

    by DAO Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    PLEASE NOTE: I do not recommend these as a means of transport.

    Dhows are traditional wooden boats with a triangular sail. You will see them, both big and small, all over Zanzibar. Larger ones are called ‘Jahazi’ by locals and have sails and motors. ‘Mashua’ are the smaller ones that may be powered by sail only. They are used for just about anything from fishing, goods transport, ferry service, and even snorkelling trips. No problem hiring them to take you snorkelling or fishing. You can haggle the price way down. The reason that I do not recommend using them to get to the mainland or any far distance is that they may not be trained sailors, know the way or be safe at all. Not only could it take a very long time to get there, you may not even make it. They carry no safety equipment and have been know to be lost at sea. Stick to the proper ferry services for the mainland and Pemba Island. The government has also made it illegal for foreigners to ride on Dhows to sail to Dar es Salaam – following numerous accidents.

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    ALLY KEYS - THE MAN TO HELP YOU GET AROUND

    by DAO Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    Need some Wheels? Ally Keys is The Man in Stone Town. He hires bicycles, motorcycles, cars and 4x4 jeeps. What ever you need, Ally has the keys to it. A friendly man with a great sense of humour ? Ally can help. Prices are reasonable and you can negotiate on longer hires.

    As his own sign says:

    'The main man in town for motorcycles is a colourful character called Ally keys. He's not as disreputable as he looks and his bikes are safe.'

    In the Kiponda area Just to the west of the Bus Station (where the Dala Dalas are) and north of the Darajani Market. Just ask anyone, Ally is well known.

    Phone: 0777 411797

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  • Road conditions on main roads

    by tliuska Written Oct 22, 2007

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    Visited Zanzibar last week and was quite surprised that the main roads are in quite good shape. Roads leading to Nungwi and to the east coast used to be in terrible condition some time ago. Nowadays they are just finishing up new tarmac to Nungwi and the taxi driver told that the situation in east coast is currently similar, the government has been doing their best to get those roads fixed.

    Taxi from airport to Kendwa beach took us around 40 minutes and costs 60 000 Tsh (around 50 USD). Shuttle buses are much cheaper option, from Kendwa to Stone Town it was 8000 Tsh (7 USD).

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    Local transportation

    by eli034 Written May 18, 2007

    Its no problem to take the buses at Zanzibar. They leave opposite from the market place. You never know when they leave, but they leave and they are cheap. You pay 1500 tsh one way. You can just enter one and go around. To the east coast you take the bus either to Bejeew (Paje) or Jambiani, they even go to Michemvi (sign: Bejeew). they are safe and you get in contact with the locals. sometimes they stop, but then they just take a brake, find a screwdriver and soon its running again. In the mango season they even stop so everybody can buy mango to eat.

    Its two kind of local buses. One really local: like a lorry where you are sitting back, sideways. Its the same price, takes longer time and are filled with all kind off stuff. The other one is minibuses and more comfortable, but not so charming as the lorry!

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    Flying to Zanzibar

    by Saagar Updated Aug 19, 2005

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    If you are coming in from overseas or other parts of Africa you can transit Arusha, Mombasa or Nairobi and fly direct to Zanzibar without bothering about Dar es Salaam. Also local airlines fly Arusha-Zanzibar - very convenient and not over the top expensive.
    Kenya Airways flies from Mombasa and Nairobi, Air Tanzania flies Nairobi-Zanzibar-Dar es Salaam, KLM flies (Amsterdam)-Kilimanjaro/Arusha-Zanzibar, and local Tanzanian airlines operate from Tanzania. From Dar it only takes 10 minutes.

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    Renting a car in Zanzibar

    by SanguiniA Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Having some free time in Zanzibar, we decided to rent a car to have some flexibility. We had already used public transport - but whilst quite satisfied, we felt we needed some extra freedom.

    Anyway - it is a good idea to rent 4x4, though I believe this is the main choice. There are very few asphalted roads in zanzibar - the rest are either tracks in the sand or soil. Pot holes are enormous, and in the rainy season you may end up with your 4*4 half submerged in water. Or else honking the horn to scare off the ducks happily swimming in them. Believe me it does happen - I have experienced this first hand. Another major 'danger' in the secondary roads is the amount of children, cows and chickens running around, unaware of any road protocols - so always keep a sharp eye out for such 'obstacles'.

    Still, driving through secondary roads of 'remote' villages is fun - you get a chance to see the real everyday life of the locals away from the tourist industry.

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