Zanzibar Travel Info

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    Travel Visa

    Valid for 3 months and will be issued upon entry in the airport. Prices for tourist VISA’s is $50 for most nationalities. To prevent corruption, you will be asked to pay for your VISA by credit card.

    Location

    Nungwi is located in the North tip of Zanzibar and about one hour drive from Stone Town and the airport. Chosen by CNN as one of 2018 best beaches in the world. To find recommendations for things to do in Nungwi, visit our guide to Nungwi page.

    Taxi

    Takes one hour from anywhere in town to Nungwi. Cost $40-$60. It is very easy to find one whether you are at the airport or anywhere else on the Island.

    Local Bus

    Called “Dala Dala”. Number 116 leaves every 10 minutes, until 18:00, from Stone Town market and takes 1.5 hours to Nungwi. Always packed with friendly locals, so you might end up with a little kid sitting on your knees 🙂 Stay on until the last stop – Nungwi.

    ATM’s

    ONLY IN STONE TOWN, NON AROUND THE ISLAND!! make sure to use them while in town. Best ATM’s (others rarely work) are the one in the Airport as well as the one in Barclay’s Bank. Maximum redraw limit is 400,000 Shillings ($180) for one transaction. In case you need more cash, you can redraw more times since daily redraw limit is 1,000,000 Shillings.
    Some of the exchange places in Nungwi offer cash back service, though you should expect commission to be pretty expensive!!

    Money Exchange

    There are few exchange places in Nungwi and their rate average 5%-10% worse than the rates in Stone Town. You will need Tanzanian Shillings for paying restaurants, bars and shops. However, for Hotels and Activities you will find a better rate paying Dollars.

    Exchange rate for US Dollars
    Exchange rate for Euros

    Credit Cards

    The majority of respected hotels and activity centers accept cards as well as some restaurants. Usually with 5% surcharge that is imposed by the banks. Check ahead with your hotel in case you plan to pay by card. Spanish Dancer Divers accept all cards but unfortunately there is a 4% surcharge.

    Internet

    Most hotels offer free WiFi as well as some of the restaurants. There is free fast WiFi and coffee in our diving reception for all our customers.

    Swahili

    It is easy to get by in Zanzibar without knowing any Swahili. But, there are few word that are a must to know. Zanzibar’s people are very welcoming and almost every person you meet will welcome you in one of the following ways:

    Karibu (welcome). You should answer back Asante Sana (thank you very much)
    Jambo (Hello). You should answer back Jambo
    Habari Gani? (How are you?) You should answer back Mzuri Sana (very good), na wewe? (and you?)
    Mambo Vipi? (how are you?) You should answer back Poa (good)
    Hakuna Matata (No Problem)
    Pole Pole (slowly slowly)
    1 Moja, 2 Mbili, 3 Tatu, 4 Nne, 5 Tanu, 6 Sita, 7 Saba, 8 Nane, 9 Tisa, 10 Kumi

    That is all you need for starting a great and friendly communication with any Zanzibari you meet.

    Safety

    Nungwi is very safe and crime rate is very very low, whether in tourist area or at the village. Use commonsense like everywhere else. Try to avoid walking alone in Ras Nungwi Beach also in day time. Don’t walk alone at nights outside the hotels zone. Don’t leave you bags unattended on the beach.

    Beach Boys

    They only care about getting commission, so they will promise you the world. They will take you to whoever pays them commission and tell you its the best place. Don’t ever give them deposit, because there is a good chance you will never see them again. You will get much reliable taxi’s, excursions, diving, snorkeling, etc.. at the hotels and dive centers.

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