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Submitted on Jul 03, 2019 Useful Info

How to get around Zanzibar

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Once you are on the island you have three main ways of getting around taxi, dala dala (shared minibus) and shared shuttle bus. This guide will explain how to get between the three main tourist areas with these different options - the information is shown for one direction but can be applied to the reverse route


Taxi: If you are a group taxis can be a good option as they give you the flexibility to depart at any time. Taxi fares vary hugely, so you will need to ask around to get the best prices. Unfortunately, many taxi drivers make a habit of ripping off tourists so you will usually need to haggle to get fair price. Hopefully, Uber or Lyft will reach Zanzibar one day, but in the meantime pre booking taxis online (with set rates) is the best option


Dala Dala: There are no official bus companies operating on Zanzibar, instead there are a large number of privately owned minibuses (known as dala dalas). The buses don't have timetables, instead departing when they are full. It is not possible to prebook tickets, in fact don't pay anyone until you are already on the bus as this is likely to be a scam (this guide has some tips on how to avoid being scammed). You should pay the conductor during your journey and make sure you are paying the same as the locals (~2000tzs). Some conductors try to take advantage of tourists demanding up to 10x the normal price, but just stand your ground and insist on paying the same as everyone else (it is normal to pay extra for large luggage though). Stone Town is the main hub and almost all journeys will go via Stone Town. Journeys from Stone town to Paje or Nungwi require just one dala dala, however, most other journeys will require multiple vehicles. For example, if you wish to go from Nungwi to Jambiani you first need to get a dala dala to Stone Town, then a short dala dala between terminals in Stone town, next a Stone Town to Paje dala dala and finally one going down the coast from Paje to Jambiani.


Shared Shuttle Bus: Our shuttles give you the convenience of a taxi at much lower prices. You can book your tickets online and get picked up and dropped off directly at your accommodation. Luggage is carried free of charge and you go door-to-door in the same vehicle. The only company running these shared shuttles on Zanzibar is The Zanzibus - you can book tickets with them here: www.thezanzibus.com