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> help planning trip from Nairobi to Zanzibar, will be in zanzibar shortly need travel advice!
post Dec 4 2009, 04:16 PM
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Hello Fellow Travellers,

In just a little bit over a month from now I will be arriving in Nairobi and will be heading directly to Zanzibar. Does anyone know the best way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar? How long will this trip take? How long do you suggest I stay in Zanzibar in order to not rush through all the sites? What places do you reccommend to see/ not see/ eat/ drink, etc? Budget hotels?

I will also be travelling around Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda for four months after Zanzibar and welcome any advice you may have for travelling around those countries as well.

Thank you.

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post Dec 4 2009, 04:48 PM
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Hey Jamie!

I looked up some ways to get there, looks like air and boat are your options:


As for how long and what to do in Zanzibar, check some blogs and see what you think:


I've never been, so I can't help you with personal recommendations, but these are the places where I would look to find ideas...

Oh and also! I like to check the TripAdvisor list for the top rated attractions before I go somewhere new: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g48...rchipelago.html

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post Dec 5 2009, 03:06 PM
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My Blog on our visit to Zanzibar a couple of years ago may be of interest. It was a great holiday on a paradise island!


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post Dec 5 2009, 08:25 PM
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My blog covers Zanzibar to Nairobi (see my signature)
For Zanzibar I'd recommend arriving in Dar es Salaam and booking tickets for a ferry the next day. Having met other tourists there that tried to get tickets for that day, they said it was a nightmare (and one couple even had to get help from our guide too!). In Stonetown, you can't miss out on the night markets held in the park across from the fort and House of Wonders. The food and atmosphere are brilliant. If you have more than 1 night there, there are a heap of resteraunts, Mercury's is ok and there are a couple on the other side of the tunnel from the park that have great lunch menus. Further afield, I'd recommend doing a spice tour - one where you can have fresh spices/ teas/ fruits makes it completely worth it and it's amazing to actually see the spices 'pre-spiced' and still growing. Try to have a local meal too because the cuisine is the best (ugali, stews, seafood, veggies - all yum!)
If you have more time still, head up north around Nungwi to get some beach time. Zanzibar has a number of dive sites scuba & snorkling and some great bars to drink the night away (or dance... or eat... or chill, whatever you're after). There is also a forest in the central-south region (I didn't go but if I'd had more time I would have for sure) where you can see Red Colobus Monkeys. You can get day trips from Nungwi for most activities and find cheap places to stay (we stayed in Amaan Bungalows which was next to some expensive places but much cheaper)
Hope it helps, and if you want recommendations on more of that area of Africa, I'm sure we can help or as Louise suggested, there are a heap of blogs covering it too.


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