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    ALLY KEYS - THE MAN TO HELP YOU GET AROUND

    by DAO Updated Oct 19, 2009

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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.”

    LOCATION: 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

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    Getting to Stone Town from other areas

    by PierreZA Written Jun 21, 2009

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    Dala-dala

    I stayed on the East Coast of Zanzibar Island, about 1hour and 15 min from Stone Town. The safest and cheapest we could find was 40 USD. The hotel had an asking price of 80 USD! (It is for a return trip).
    We did explore the possibility of using a dala-dala, but it did not seem to be very safe, and it also takes about 3x longer to get there.

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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 and back from Jo'burg. 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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    Taxi

    by georeiser Written Dec 24, 2008

    Make sure to agree the price before you you enter the Taxi. It's also recommended to book the taxi the day before you shall go to the airport. In case there are no taxis available. The hotel can help you with that.

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    Arrival at Zanzibar with boat

    by georeiser Updated Dec 12, 2008
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    Approaching Zanzibar with a ferry is an ordinary view on long distance. But when you are closer, you can see the typical buildings in Stonetown. It's quiote picturesque. The harbour is right in the middle of Stonetown.

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    Zanzibar airport (ZNZ)

    by georeiser Updated Dec 12, 2008
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    Zanzibar airport is located only 15 minutes drive from Stonetown. It's an airport with a very small terminal building. The check-in queue started actually outside in the street, and the counter was just inside the pavement. It was raining the day I left, and I was standing in the queue across the street and became wet.

    The runway is just big enough to handle some large airplanes. I took Condor, a B767 to Frankfurt. Air Italy, Gulf Air, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM and Kenya Airways are some other airlines.

    Note that you have to pay 30 USD in terminal fee (October 2008). And you have to do this even if you have paid the airport tax in your airticket. This is an irregular fee claimed by the Zanzibar airport. I'm sorry to write this. For the Tanzanian people the passengers are just tourists with too much money.

    Even at the security scan, the officers asked for a tip. I have never seen a behaviour like this at any airport. And the stupid charter tourists paid. The old german woman in front of me paid 10000 Tanzanian shilling to the man who checked her luggage. That is almost 10 USD the security officer could put in his own pocket.

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    SMALL AND PERFECT

    by DAO Updated Apr 8, 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.

    A taxi from the Airport to Stone Town should only be about $7-8. You have to haggle.

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    THE DALLA DALLA's

    by DAO Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    THEY LEAVE WHEN THEY ARE FULL
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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.

    Please feel free to add this to your "Custom Travel Guide" and print it off before you go!

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    AIR TANZANIA

    by DAO Updated Mar 21, 2007

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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 as a quicker transport option at these prices

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    DHOWS

    by DAO Updated Mar 21, 2007

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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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    Dalla-Dalla

    by mvtouring Written Sep 20, 2005

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    The cheapest way to get around the island: a Dalla-Dalla. The journey starts as soon as about 20 people squeezed into it. We did not use it, but if you are back-packing and on a very tight budget then this is the way to go. I was always amused by the number of people hanging on at the back when it got "over-crowded"

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    Air travel

    by mvtouring Written Sep 20, 2005

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    We flew directly from Johannesburg to Zanzibar with SAA on the Tuesday morning. The flight left JHB at 8h20 so we arrived in zanzibar at approx 12h30. We bought our visa's upon arrival for US$50. Some people on our flight bought their visa's in SA, but they were not recognised when we arrived so they had to pay again! We departed again at 14h20 on the Sunday. Please be aware that there is not much at the airport. You basically stand in the street to book in your luggage. And you have to pay a departure tax of US$25 in cash.

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    Zan Air

    by husain Written Mar 3, 2005

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    There are a handful airlines operating in the region. 'Zan air' is among the better known ones.

    We took a small 5 seater flight (Cessna?) on our trip from Unguja (Zanzibar island) to Pemba. The flight lasts an hour, flying fairly low over some fairly spectacular scenery (the low altitude makes it a bit bumpy too sometimes). Its a daily flight- leaves in the morning, returns in the evening.

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    To Zanzibar by Seabus

    by sachara Updated Aug 12, 2004

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    Seabus

    Going by boat from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Town or back you have much choices. There are ferries, catamarans, hydrofoils or you can even go by dhow or governmental boat. There are different prices depending on which boat you take (10 -35 dollar). The boattrip will take 90 minutes at the fast boats and 6 hours at the slowest ones.

    From Stone Town back to Dar es Salaam we took the fast catamaran called MV ''Seabus'' of Azam Marine, two departures a day.

    But there are also other good companies. Check the fares and times at the company offices, before buying your ticket.

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    Flying right in time with Precisionair

    by sachara Updated Aug 11, 2004

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    There are several flights everyday to Zanzibar Town from Dar es Salaam, Mombasa and Arusha and maybe more towns.

    We came from Arusha with Precisionair. We decided to fly, to have more time at Zanzibar at the end of our overland trip. We booked the flight two days ahead and had a lot of choice in airlines and flighttimes.

    From the office of Precisionair in the centre of Arusha we had a free shuttlebus to the airport 8 KM outside of town, departing exactly in the right minute. Also the pleasant flight -with a marvellous view at the Klimanjaro- was exactly in time. The flight time was one hour.

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