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Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar
"While wandering through the old city of Stone Town listen closely to our guide’s sagas and tales of Zanzibar’s most popular inhabitants among them Princess Salme Farrokh Bulsara and Bi Kidude and follow their footsteps of past.This half day historical city tour includes the visit to the Darajani Town Market the former Slave Market Forodhani Gardens with view to the House of Wonders Sultan Palace Old Fort and much more worth exploring.For those who would like to do some souvenir shopping your guide will show you some art craft and souvenir shops and teach you how to bargain the best prices."
From $40.00
 
Full-Day Tour of Mombasa
"You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Fort Jesus. This is Mombasa's oldest museum and it depicts the culture and the origin of the local people mentioning the origin of Swahili. With a guide you will be able to trace the historical pattern leading to the influence of the sultans. In addition you will learn the culture of the local people through different exhibitions.You will enjoy a walk in narrow streets of the Mombasa old town passing through the famous fish market before driving to see the elephant tusks as a monuments of the ancient (now illegal) ivory trade. After you will then walk in the market with lunch at a local dishes to sample the local cuisines. After lunch you will be taken to the Haller Park. This is not a zoo but a free roaming animal sanctuary born out of the idea to conserve a big old vast former cem"""The tour begins from any accomodation in Mombasa area and visits: Fort Jesus Historical Museum
From $125.00
 
Half Day Mombasa City Tour
"Start your half day tour by walking through Mombasa the second largest city in Kenya to see the asymmetrical streets slow pace of life and diverse population. It is mostly a Swahili town and women can be seen wrapped in brilliant multicolored kanga. You will walk through the winding streets of the Old Town viewing the mosques and buildings as you pass before arriving at the Old Port to see the Dhows.Later you will visit the Mackinon market Elephant Tusks and Indian Temple before visiting Akamba Woodcraft at Changamwe where you can see the craftsmen at work. Here you can try your bartering skills before being transferred back to your hotel.""""Depart from your beach hotel in the morning and drive to Mombasa. Visit to Fort Jesus Museum built by the Portuguese at the end of the 16th century the Old Port
From $72.00

More Warnings and Dangers in Zanzibar Island

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Bribes

It is true that many of the police in Zanzibar are friendly and non-threatening. However, most of them will do what they can for a bribe. They either hope you just give them a "tip" when they pull you...
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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...
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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...
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Malaria, Yellow Fever etc

Zanzibar is in a malaria area and you need to take precautionary measures. Prophylaxis is most probably the better option. But, also use repellents and other precautionary measures.You need a yellow...
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Falling coconuts

If you spend some time on a beach in Zanzibar (and almost every visitor does), be careful where you sit. A palm tree may provide some welcome shade, but a coconut landing on your head could cause...
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Hassle from would-be guides

The least-appealing aspect of our stay in Stone Town was the amount of hassle we were subjected to by touts, would-be guides etc. One in particular made a real nuisance of himself. He would wait for...
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Warning: armed robbery

Hello, I am the wife of a fench man who was shoted during the night of 17 september 2008. Here after you will have the global story but what i can say is : 1st the story is real and my husband is...
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THE 'BEACH BOYS'

Street Touts are often called ‘Beach Boys’ even when they are 40-50 years old. The local name for them is ‘Papasi’ the Swahili word for ticks. So what do they want? Most are friendly, definitely...
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SKIN CANCER

SUNBURN can cause SKIN CANCER. Zanzibar is absolutely blessed with sunshine an almost continuous 10 months a year. Combine this with being at sea level and only a few hundred miles south of the...
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Beach Boys

There is one thing you really should beware of in Zanzibar, the scourge of so called beach boys touting for business.They are usually hanging around the hotels and beaches and will approach you with a...
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Walking to the edge of the reef

When the tide goes out, there is a huge stretch of sand and rocks left bare which alllows you to walk out to the edge of the reef. A lovely walk, barefoot in the sand, but beware! Firstly there are...
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The night ferry to Pemba

A friend I met in Stone Town took the overnight ferry to Pemba in first class. Several ‘gentlemen’ sat next to him and ignored other empty seats. When he asked to see their First Class tickets, they...
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Exit stamp on departure

If you leave Zanzibar via some unorthodox way, say by ship other than the Pemba/Dar ferries or catamarans, ensure you get an exit stamp at the immigration office. Especially if you leave for another...
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Violent and loud films on the catamaran to Unguja

The catamarans that ply Dar es Salaam to Stonetown play very loud and extremely violent films. While local youth may cheer and applaud at limbs being chainsawed off and gore splashing about and what...
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Top Things to Do in Zanzibar Island

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Kendwa Village Tour

Staying in Kendwa for a week, it was great to see beyond my hotel walls. The tour is run by a NGO so all profits goes back to their community for projects like Water for Kendwa. The guides were really...
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