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Guide to Zanzibar – Little Backpacker

Guide to Zanzibar

Oh myyy geeee, Zanzibar was just superb. I needed to go to this lovely and friendly island for the longest time and eventually in December. We actually 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 a huge island, and within every week we hardly dig up the surface of all the superb seashores and villages, but if we only have every week, this guide is filled with great ideas and loads of info.

If you need 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 necessary metropolis and probably the most constructed space you will see that. We only had one night time right here once we went out of Safari to the mainland earlier than being hit by the beaches, however I might recommend right here no less than at some point, if not two, as a result of there’s a lot to do. Stonetown is so filled with history of the slave commerce, Freddy Mercury (his birthplace is right here), structure and rather more. For a short while 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 town, this a part of the town is situated on the west aspect of the town and relies immediately on the sting of the sea. There were several totally different lanes beside the Kenyatan street to get a very good take a look at the beautiful buildings and doorways that Stonetown is understood for. We decided to wander at 6.30 as a result of we had a short time in the city, and we had principally in the streets, apart from a couple of locals. I recommend it if you need to get these icons. However this morning the town felt a bit lifeless, so I might undoubtedly wander when every thing is open so you will get a real 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 Sundown Bar

This place was really helpful 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 sunset. If you would like a front row seat perhaps here somewhat earlier. Drinks are a bit more worthwhile than different places, but the whole lot else makes it.

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Forodhani Night time Market

This eatery was identical to I imagined; sensory overload, however scrumptious meals. We had been in Stonetown in just some hours once we obtained up here so that the whole lot seemed so new and bizarre, however it didn't get used to much. Front panel cease house owners are very keen to promote to you, but go over and you have time to look around and determine what you want. To be trustworthy, most kiosks promote one among two issues: Zanzibar pizzas or Seafood kebabs and prices don't seem to differ enormously.

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

The ultimate suggestion, however what we by no means did is the Emerson Spice restaurant.

Learn extra about Stonetown properly-recognized Helen in Wonderlust


There are plenty of choices on Stonetown's price range, however in fact we select someplace on the decrease finish.

Backyard Lodge

This small visitor 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 acquired two small double beds, however it seemed to be in Zanzibar. Our room additionally had a personal toilet and a mosquito internet over the mattress. On December 1, the whole value was $ 60. You’ll be able to ebook here.

One other finances website I had seen so many was Lost and Found Hostel with 16 beds

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

Nungwi was the primary seashore vacation spot in Zanzibar, and I will always remember the seashore for the first time with an exquisite white sand and a clear blue milky sea. Nevertheless, your seashore expertise depends completely on the tide. When the water is in a lot 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 stroll throughout the seashore and fill the sand with seaweeds and locals working on boats or small waterways. Watch out throughout this time because there are many sea urchins they usually can critically injury your legs.


Go to Nungwi Aquarium

The silly identify is certainly a turtle shrine, but this place on the east aspect of the lighthouse area ought to stop. Entry will value you $ 10 and this can help keep turtles. There one can find your personal journey information, which can inform you about all 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 numerous individuals as you stroll on the seashore, but we’ve got 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, however once we swam throughout the reef, it was simply our group (about 10 individuals). The views of the island are beautiful, nevertheless it should not be positioned on the foot.

Eat and Drink

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


That is additionally the place we stayed, however their food was superb and the dimensions of the dose was large. 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 particular Christmas Eve seafood bbq that was unimaginable!

Z Lodge

This place was well mannered for us at Christmas Day. We had a six-course menu together with turkey dinner and dance leisure. It was unimaginable and there was even an opportunity to dine on the seashore or on the terrace above. It was a fantastic price tag for $ 45, however it was Christmas Day and the meals was unimaginable

Nungwi Inn

proper on the seashore, so it's all in style. That they had a very chilled environment and have been busy virtually on a regular basis we have been there. That they had an honest menu with numerous decisions and the whole lot was reasonably priced.


We stopped here for drinks solely, but once more this place was on a superb seashore (next to Nungwi Inn) and a terrific environment. There the drink was the most cost effective and we discovered cocktails.



We stayed at GOas and I couldn't advocate this place. Proprietor Tracey was probably the most loving host ever and their place is simply beautiful. It was an actual family environment and also you have been very protected because the whole place was fenced off the street. All of the employees have been very friendly 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 because it had its own swimming pool. You’ll be able to e-book right here.

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

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



This appeared to be the rationale most people came to Paje and there have been faculties that provided schooling or mortgage operations up and down the seashore. We thought I'd give it then, but once I saw how exhausting you had to hold the kite, I acquired a bit scared!

Consuming and Consuming

We have been uninterested in eating and consuming a number of places once we have been in Paje and no one was disenchanted.


We just decided to head right here for a drink, but they’ve a very effective lineup with swings, loungers and comfy picket sofas. It was a slightly small place, so I recommend that before the primary meal time, when it turned far more energetic. Their drinks have been relatively low cost, and the DJ recreation had a vigorous environment. Additionally they had a great-wanting menu with their very own burgers and local dishes.

New Teddys Place

Once I first stated that I used to be going to Paje, so many advised staying here throughout our time. We determined to choose some place else, but we determined to direct the meals and see what everyone was talking about. It was a really relaxed place where everyone had hammocks and a cute little bar. The food we had had delicious and fairly low cost for large elements, regardless that cute cats have been quite desperate to share my seafood!


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

Cristal Resort

We additionally had a restaurant with an enormous menu and plenty of specialties within the evenings. We had a delicious Boxing Day bbq and a menu of major menu the place that they had an awesome number of worldwide dishes and Thai dishes. The only disappointment was that their costs have been just a little more than the opposite locations in Paje.

The Rock

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

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Cristal Resort and Spa

We went high-quality in our accommodation in Paje, as a result of it was the primary wedding ceremony anniversary and it wasn't dissatisfied! It was right in front of the seashore, and the sand got here proper on our doorstep and palm timber from all angles. There was a unbelievable pool, sun loungers on the seashore (I didn't see other close by), eating places, bars and spa remedies. It was the right place to spend a number of enjoyable days with out much to stroll between the pool, sun lounger and the ocean.

Our room was large and it was the one place we had a double bed, it additionally had its own rest room and air con. Cristal Resort additionally had cute eco-villas with solely a fan, but that they had a lot better sea views.


I’ve an entire submit in Zanzibar's finances, but I needed to speak more about real cash. Tanzania Shilling is a closed foreign money, which suggests you possibly can solely get it once you come to the nation. There are numerous currencies that they settle for in change for purchasing it, but almost definitely are US dollars because they’re also accepted by corporations.

When it comes to cash trade, Zanzibar Airport has three counters they usually supply the same worth. I feel there are some locations to change in Stonetown, but I've by no means executed it. I observed that the bigger and sharper your notes, the extra money you’d be provided. I additionally found it very troublesome to eliminate the large reminiscence 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, be sure that it’s in small notes (nothing more than 20). Quite frankly, you favor shilling since you are provided a greater worth and you should use it all over the place. The one time it turns into con is that you find yourself with it so large as a result of its worth is.

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I found transportation to be the costliest a part of outbound journey. There are native buses in Zanzibar, however when someone will get sick badly and once we carried the suitcases, we decided towards them. They’re in fact mega-low cost, but they are quite sluggish because they cease a lot and what we saw was also very cramped.

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

There are plenty of taxi corporations and your lodging may help you but I used a Zanzi taxi journey

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Whereas in Zanzibar, I felt fairly protected on a regular basis, though I traveled with my husband in order that there are all the time two of you help. Nor did I walk by way of the streets late at night time or exit alone. Nungwi was informed that our guesthouse proprietor stated that it was perfectly protected to stroll at night time.

We skilled lots of our seashore boys who got here to us as we walked along the seashore or sunbathing and tried to sell issues. Typically they go straight on the market at other occasions once they only have a basic dialogue. The latter discovered it troublesome to say no or just ignore, however they have been often the most effective tactic. So long as you stated a couple of occasions, they often went away.

Other safety methods obviously apply: be sure that 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 one other blog.

And it's time to make this information shut, with about 3,000 phrases I'd be amazed if somebody of you really does it, however hopefully solely a small a part of this information for Zanzibar is helpful. planning a trip.

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