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Guide to Zanzibar – Little Backpacker

Guide to Zanzibar

Oh myyy geeee, Zanzibar was simply superb. I needed to go to this lovely and friendly island for the longest time and eventually in December. We literally had the most effective trip once we have been here and needed to convey collectively the Zanzibar guides so you might also enjoy the unimaginable journey right here.

It's an enormous island, and within every week we hardly dig up the floor of all the superb seashores and villages, but when we only have every week, this information is filled with nice concepts and plenty of info.

If you would like to understand how a lot every week pays you, then I even have a submit for you.

  Guide to Zanzibar

Guide to Zanzibar


This is the island's most essential city and probably the most constructed space you can see. We only had one night time here once we went out of Safari to the mainland before being hit by the beaches, however I might recommend here at the least at some point, if not two, because there’s a lot to do. Stonetown is so filled with history of the slave commerce, Freddy Mercury (his birthplace is here), structure and rather more. For a short time here we principally targeted on structure.

The a part of Stonetown, which you’re in all probability most acquainted with from pictures, is the previous city, this a part of the town is situated on the west aspect of the town and relies instantly on the sting of the sea. There were several totally different lanes beside the Kenyatan street to get an excellent take a look at the beautiful buildings and doors that Stonetown is understood for. We determined to wander at 6.30 as a result of we had a short while in the city, and we had principally in the streets, apart from a number of locals. I like to recommend it if you’d like to get these icons. But this morning the town felt just a little lifeless, so I might undoubtedly wander when all the things is open so you will get a real really feel for the town.

Eat and drink

I’ve researched on-line before consuming and consuming Stonetownissa, as a result of I knew that time was brief and virtually all views have been the identical three suggestions.

African House Sunset Bar

This place was advisable for drinks when the solar drops and it isn’t dissatisfied. This bar overlooks the ocean and a small park where the locals play football and is the right place to watch the solar sink into the sea. The views are uninterrupted and the bar was a reasonably vigorous feeling about 15 minutes before sundown. If you would like a front row seat perhaps right here somewhat earlier. Drinks are a bit extra beneficial than different locations, however every little thing else makes it.

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Forodhani Night time Market

This eatery was identical to I imagined; sensory overload, however delicious meals. We had been in Stonetown in just some hours once we received up right here in order that every little thing seemed so new and bizarre, however it didn't get used to much. Entrance panel stop house owners are very keen to promote to you, however go over and you have time to go searching and determine what you need. To be trustworthy, most kiosks promote considered one of two things: Zanzibar pizzas or Seafood kebabs and prices don't appear to range drastically.

We determined to attempt both of us right here. Pizza was produced from a very skinny, virtually crepe-like dough, and we determine to have beef, vegetables and cheese. No gluten or dairy-free various for me, but JP loved it. Seafood kebabs have been far more on my road, we selected lobster, octopus and tuna that have been all scrumptious.

The ultimate suggestion, however what we never did is the Emerson Spice restaurant.

Learn more about Stonetown properly-recognized Helen in Wonderlust


There are numerous choices on Stonetown's price range, but in fact we select someplace on the lower end.

Garden Lodge

This small guest house was a reasonably primary pillar, however the location was very central they usually had a powerful roof terrace serving breakfast. We booked a double room and obtained two small double beds, however it appeared to be in Zanzibar. Our room also had a personal toilet and a mosquito internet over the mattress. On December 1, the whole value was $ 60. You possibly can e-book right here.

Another price range website I had seen so many was Lost and Discovered Hostel with 16 beds

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This magnificent Rantakylä is just north of Zanzibar and about 1 hour and 30 minutes away. Stonetownista. By taxi or bus it is attainable to get here, but extra about this. Nungwi is a well-liked place to stop for a visit to Zanzibar and for good cause. The seashores are lovely, situated close to the Mnemba Island for snorkeling, with a huge vary of accommodation choices and a vigorous environment.

Nungwi was the first seashore vacation spot in Zanzibar, and I will always remember the seashore for the primary time with an exquisite white sand and a clear blue milky sea. Nevertheless, your seashore experience depends solely on the tide. When the water is in much of the seashore, it disappears and it’s the blue colour of paradise. Nevertheless, when the sea goes out and it goes away for miles and the seashore modifications utterly. During this time, you’ll be able to walk across the seashore and fill the sand with seaweeds and locals working on boats or small waterways. Watch out throughout this time as a result of there are lots of sea urchins they usually can significantly injury your legs.


Visit Nungwi Aquarium

The silly identify is certainly a turtle shrine, however this place on the east aspect of the lighthouse space should stop. Entry will value you $ 10 and this can assist keep turtles. There you’ll discover your personal travel information, which can inform you about all of the turtles on them, what they do to shield them and even feed them seaweed.

Snorklaus on Mnemba Island

The Mnemba Island is among the greatest locations for snorkeling in Zanzibar and is simply over an hour's drive from Nungwi. You’ll be provided a visit to countless individuals as you walk on the seashore, however we now have reserved a safer lodge with the lodge. The reef round Mnemba Island is sort of giant and attracts various visitors. Once we first jumped from boat to water, it was very busy, but once we swam across the reef, it was just our group (about 10 individuals). The views of the island are beautiful, however it should not be positioned on the foot.

Eat and Drink

There are such a lot of places to eat and drink in Nungwo and we couldn't discover a dangerous place. I all the time attempt to find places that have already got a handful of consumers. I hope not everybody can assume the same as me!


That is additionally the place we stayed, however their food was superb and the dimensions of the dose was big. Although we have been there, we ate a daily menu a number of occasions (prices ranged from 15,000 to 200,000 hp), and we had a special Christmas Eve seafood bbq that was unimaginable!

Z Lodge

This place was polite for us at Christmas Day. We had a six-course menu including turkey dinner and dance entertainment. It was unimaginable and there was even a chance to dine on the seashore or on the terrace above. It was an ideal price tag for $ 45, however it was Christmas Day and the meals was unimaginable

Nungwi Inn

right on the seashore, so it's all widespread. That they had a really chilled environment and have been busy virtually all the time we have been there. That they had an honest menu with numerous decisions and the whole lot was reasonably priced.


We stopped right here for drinks solely, however again this place was on a superb seashore (subsequent to Nungwi Inn) and a terrific environment. There the drink was the most cost effective and we found cocktails.



We stayed at GOas and I couldn't advocate this place. Owner Tracey was probably the most loving host ever and their place is just beautiful. It was an actual household environment and you have been very protected because the whole place was fenced off the street. All of the employees have been very pleasant and just couldn't do enough for you. Additionally they assist to manage what you want to do on the island. The rooms have been all particular person small villas that have been hidden in the midst of the timber and on their very own terrace. It’s situated a few 5-minute stroll from the seashore, however it didn't matter as a result of it had its own swimming pool. You possibly can ebook right here.

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Paje was our final cease in Zanzibar and it impressed. The second we reached the taxi and walked alongside the street of the lodge seemed to actually walk to paradise. Blues had probably the most dreamiest colours towards tall palm timber and delicate, white sand. It didn't matter if the water was in or out, nevertheless it was an ideal colour all day. When the tide was gone, it left a kind of steep water lagoon and was good for cooling.

Paje was a lot smaller than Nungw, however I liked it as much if I didn't. An important attraction that pulls individuals is the right kitesurfing circumstances, but we have been principally mendacity there on a sun lounger and reading books. The ocean was continuously full of kiteboarders who might typically swim at sea, however the tide went simpler.



This seemed to be the rationale most individuals got here to Paje and there have been faculties that provided schooling or loan operations up and down the seashore. We thought I'd give it then, however once I noticed how exhausting you had to hold the kite, I obtained a bit scared!

Consuming and Consuming

We have been uninterested in eating and consuming several locations once we have been in Paje and no one was dissatisfied.


We just decided to head here for a drink, but they have a really high quality lineup with swings, loungers and comfy picket sofas. It was a moderately small place, so I recommend that before the first meal time, when it turned rather more vigorous. Their drinks have been comparatively low cost, and the DJ recreation had a vigorous environment. Additionally they had a great-wanting menu with their own burgers and native dishes.

New Teddys Place

Once I first stated that I used to be going to Paje, so many steered staying right here during our time. We determined to choose some other place, however we determined to direct the food and see what everyone was talking about. It was a very relaxed place where everyone had hammocks and a cute little bar. The food we had had delicious and fairly low cost for large elements, despite the fact that cute cats have been quite determined to share my seafood!


I discovered a suggestion here once I had studied earlier than the journey, and I can see why. It is a very chilled thing with a settee, similar to seats constructed into steps, and I might virtually call it a hipster cafe. That they had a huge number of mild bites and picked a salad and the sandwich was scrumptious. It seemed like the right place to come for food, however stay and chill (and use wifi).

Cristal Resort

We also had a restaurant with an enormous menu and plenty of specialties within the evenings. We had a scrumptious Boxing Day bbq and a menu of most important menu where that they had a terrific choice of worldwide dishes and Thai dishes. The one disappointment was that their prices have been just a little greater than the opposite places in Paje.

The Rock

Not technically in Paje, but only a 10-minute drive away and doubtless probably the most well-known restaurant in Zanzibar. This place is like it, constructed on a rock that, underneath sure tidal circumstances, breaks off the seashore and only reaches the seashore. It is primarily a seafood restaurant with pasta and principal dishes around it. Both meals that have been delicious and the service was incredibly quick, we even had to get a dessert. Anticipate to spend about $ 100 here for a bottle of wine and a couple of programs of a meal.

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Cristal Resort and Spa

We went positive in our accommodation in Paje, as a result of it was the primary wedding ceremony anniversary and it wasn't dissatisfied! It was proper in entrance of the seashore, and the sand got here proper on our doorstep and palm timber from all angles. There was a incredible pool, sun loungers on the seashore (I didn't see different close by), eating places, bars and spa remedies. It was the right place to spend a couple of enjoyable days without a lot to stroll between the pool, solar lounger and the ocean.

Our room was big and it was the only place we had a double bed, it additionally had its personal toilet and air con. Cristal Resort additionally had cute eco-villas with only a fan, however that they had a lot better sea views.


I’ve an entire publish in Zanzibar's finances, however I needed to speak more about real cash. Tanzania Shilling is a closed foreign money, which suggests you’ll be able to solely get it whenever you come to the nation. There are lots of currencies that they settle for in change for purchasing it, however probably are US dollars as a result of they’re additionally accepted by corporations.

When it comes to cash change, Zanzibar Airport has three counters they usually supply the same worth. I feel there are some places to change in Stonetown, but I've never executed it. I observed that the larger and sharper your notes, the extra money you’d be provided. I additionally discovered it very troublesome to eliminate the large memory I didn't change.

The morale of the story is: to change quite a bit of cash into shilling and the money you hold in dollars, make sure that it’s in small notes (nothing greater than 20). Fairly frankly, you favor shilling since you are provided a better worth and you need to use it all over the place. The one time it becomes con is that you find yourself with it so big as a result of its value is.

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I found transportation to be the costliest part of outbound travel. There are native buses in Zanzibar, however when anyone gets sick badly and once we carried the suitcases, we decided towards them. They’re in fact mega-low cost, but they are somewhat sluggish because they stop much and what we saw was also very cramped.

The one choice that appeared was the taxis and these have been fairly expensive, but then the distances have been lengthy. In the course of the week, we spent almost $ 200 at taxi fares that solely made the above gadgets, so it's something in thoughts.

There are many taxi corporations and your accommodation might help you but I used a Zanzi taxi journey

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Whereas in Zanzibar, I felt fairly protected all the time, though I traveled with my husband so that there are all the time two of you help. Nor did I stroll via the streets late at night time or exit alone. Nungwi was advised that our guesthouse owner stated that it was perfectly protected to walk at night time.

We skilled lots of our seashore boys who came to us as we walked alongside the seashore or sunbathing and tried to promote issues. Typically they go straight for sale at different occasions once they only have a basic dialogue. The latter discovered it troublesome to say no or simply ignore, however they have been often one of the best tactic. So long as you stated a couple of occasions, they often went away.

Other safety strategies obviously apply: make certain your valuables are locked in your room, never carry your passport, simply spend a small sum of money, spread your reservations around the luggage, don't maintain valuables in your pockets and I might proceed, however that's an inventory of another blog.

And it's time to make this information shut, with about three,000 phrases I'd be amazed if somebody of you really does it, however hopefully solely a small part of this information for Zanzibar is useful. planning a visit.

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