We know that a vacation is this part of year where everything should be perfect. We’d like to introduce key information on flights, mobility, health, currency and other matters that could slightly complicate your dream holidays.
Zanzibar (ZNZ) – Zanzibar International Airport. The journey takes 13-23h depending on the service you choose and the number of connecting flights.
- Emirates Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Kenya Airways
- Turkish Airlines - KLM
- Swiss Air
- British Air
Dar es Salaam (DAR) - International Airport in Dar es Salam which is the main and the largest city of Tanzania. Flights to Dar es Salaam are often much cheaper. There are two ways that you can travel to Zanzibar:
- Local airlines: Coastal Air, Precision Air (about $70/pp,a single fare). The flight takes 20 minutes.
- A Ferry: It takes about 2h 30 min, the price is about $35-$60 depending on a class.
If you need an airport transfer write to us. Give us information about the number of people, equipment, arrival time and accommodation.
At the moment there isn’t any necessary vaccination before entering Tanzania (including Zanzibar). However, the situation changes from time to time, so check the latest requirements before the arrival. Vaccination against yellow fever is required only from people who are travelling from countries where this disease occurs.
The list of current information about vaccinations and health in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Dehydration – caused by insufficient water intake or alcohol abuse:
- Dehydration – caused by insufficient water intake or alcohol abuse.
- Stomach issues which occur occasionally. Nifuroxazide or Laremid usually help. Under no circumstances drink tap water. For the same reasons, pay attention to the origin of ice-cubes which are added to cocktails at beach bars. Ice in hotels is usually safe.
- Sunburn, especially during kitesurfing when you don’t feel the force of sunlight. It is recommended to take a high SPF sunscreen.
EU Citizens obtain a tourist visa at the Tanzanian border. The visa is valid for 3 months and costs 50 USD.
The Tanzanian Shilling is the currency in Tanzania. 1 USD = approx. 2000 Tsh+. The nearest ATM is located in Stone Town. The maximum amount of money that can be withdrawn from ATM is 400,000 Tsh that equals 200 USD. You can pay in dollars almost everywhere.
Credit cards are only accepted at good restaurants and in shops for tourists. Very often this kind of payment charges a 5% commission.
Currency exchange works without major problems. You can get the best exchange rate by exchanging $50 and $100 notes. The lower notes you want to exchange the lower exchange rate you get. It is good to have some petty cash for everyday expenses. Tanzanians definitely prefer dollars than Euros.
TELEPHONE AND INTERNET USE
Mobile phones with an European SIM cards work without any troubles. Internet is available in most hotels and Internet cafés. There is a possibility to purchase a SIM card with enabled data transmission. It is the best option for people who have smartphones and tablets.
WHAT IS WORTH TAKING
- EU to UK plug adapter
- a high SPF sunscreen
- a hat to protect head from sun
WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO?
DO NOT - walk in swimsuits through the village and town because it may be treated as a form of insult of local culture and traditions that are strongly related to Islam. We are not responsible for any consequences of insulting local inhabitants by wearing skimpy clothes.
DO NOT - walk alone at night in Stone Town.
DO NOT - be tricked by ‘’beach boys’’. The men who offer all kind of services and goods but not always with good intentions.
DO - it is worth to calm your mind when something needs more time than in Europe. Locals say ‘’ Europeans have clocks and Africans have time’’.
DO - kuse only licensed taxis. We do not recommend hitch-hiking.
DO - order a meal before you get totally hungry. Waiting time may be surprisingly long.
DO - you can give children some candies but do not give them money. Money encourages them to begging.