Zanzibar

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Island:Zanzibar
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Top Descriptions

The Zanzibar archipelago is on every serious traveller’s bucket list. It is famously alluring, although for what reasons exactly are unclear. Historians and anthropologists alike might very well be drawn to the cultural concoction that is , while beach bums and backpackers most often find themselves immediately shooting off to one of the many stunning beaches in search of that picture-postcard experience. Indeed, powdery white sand and lusciously blue waters are in no short supply here, and neither are midrange or even upscale accommodations and dining options. Zanzibar is no backpacker haunt. If you come here expecting to see scantily clad package tourists amid traditional and impoverished seaside villages, then your transition to these islands will be a smoother one. While Zanzibar struggles to compete with other top world locations of a similar ilk, for its East African location this is as good is it comes. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

Zanzibar is not a backpacking destination by any means. Public transport is limited to taxis and slow dala-dalas, cheap accommodation is thin on the ground, and it can be hard to find a meal for less than TZS15,000. Nevertheless, with few attractions and no safaris to drain the costs, Zanzibar may still work out cheaper than other parts of East .
If you’re into kitesurfing, definitely head to . For historians and anthropologists alike, you’d be better off starting in , while those who just want to swim, eat and relax might be best catered for in .
Bring alcohol with you from somewhere such as if you have the opportunity. Alcohol shops are in short supply on the island and bars aren’t cheap to spend the night at.
There are no ATMs outside of Zanzibar Town. Stock up in before you head elsewhere.
 
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The Location

What should we know?

Name in local script:Zanjibā, زنجبار
Also known as:
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Environment type:beach, ocean
Religion type:Christianity, Islam

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How much will it cost us?

Currency:Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Average daily budget:TZS86,545

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:11 nights
High season:December
Low season:March, April, May

How can we get in contact?

Language(s):English, Swahili
Timezone:UTC+03:00
Country calling code:255

How can we get there?

Coordinates:
Geographical feature:Indian Ocean

The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Altitude:sea level to 15m
Population:1303569
Size:2,461km2

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500mlTZS2,750
Beer (national)500mlTZS2,750
Fizzy drink1 litreTZS1,500
Fruit juice1 litreTZS2,500
Gin (multinational)1 litreTZS36,500
Gin (national)1 litreTZS24,500
Milk1 litreTZS3,000
Oil1 litreTZS3,750
Rum (multinational)1 litreTZS35,500
Rum (national)1 litreTZS25,000
Vodka (multinational)1 litreTZS27,000
Vodka (national)1 litreTZS13,750
Water1 litreTZS775
Whisky (multinational)1 litreTZS30,000
Whisky (national)1 litreTZS45,000
Wine1 bottleTZS13,750
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Almonds100gTZS4,000
Apples1kg
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Bananas1kg
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Bell pepper1kg
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Bread1 loaf
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Carrots1kg
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Chillies1kg
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Chocolate (multinational)1 barTZS1,750
Chocolate (national)1 bar
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Coconut milk1 can
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Cucumber1kg
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Eggs1 dozenTZS4,000
Garlic1kgTZS11,000
Ginger1kg
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Honey1 jarTZS6,000
Ice cream1 unitTZS1,500
Jam1 jarTZS4,250
Onions1kg
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Oranges1kg
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Pasta1kgTZS4,000
Peanut butter1 jarTZS6,500
Peanuts100g
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Potatoes1kg
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Raisins100gTZS1,200
Rice1kgTZS2,500
Sandwich1 unit
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Tomatoes1kg
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Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
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Conditioner1 bottleTZS5,000
Condoms1 packTZS2,700
Deodorant1 canTZS4,500
Floss1 pack
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Hand sanitizer1 bottleTZS4,500
Laundry soap1 barTZS2,500
Razors1 packTZS14,000
Sanitary towels1 packTZS1,700
Shampoo1 bottleTZS3,500
Soap1 barTZS1,500
Tampons1 boxTZS9,000
Toilet roll1 unit
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Toothpaste1 tubeTZS1,750
Washing powder1 boxTZS2,900
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Antiseptic cream1 tube
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Bandages1 pack
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Chapstick1 unitTZS5,500
Contact lens solution1 bottle
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Headache tablets1 packTZS2,700
Ibuprofen1 pack
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Mosquito repellent1 bottleTZS7,500
Nail clippers1 setTZS11,500
Plasters1 pack
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Sun cream1 bottle
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Sunglasses1 pair
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Batteries4-packTZS7,500
Chilli powder100gTZS1,500
Cigarettes (multinational)20-packTZS3,500
Cigarettes (national)20-pack
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Coriander100gTZS800
Cumin100g
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Fuel1 litre
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Internet1 hour
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Lighter1 unitTZS2,000
Matches1 pack
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Paprika100g
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Travel multiadapter1 unit
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Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100gTZS1,500
Stock1 pack
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Local Cuisine

DishAverage CostLocation Availability
Biryani (meat)TZS13,000
Biryani (vegetarian)TZS8,000
Breakfast (continental)TZS20,000
Breakfast (cooked)TZS25,000
BurgerTZS10,500
Burger (cheese)TZS10,444
Burger (vegetarian)TZS11,335
Cake (slice)TZS15,000
CalamariTZS13,028
Calzone (large)TZS13,000
CannelloniTZS23,000
CarbonaraTZS13,500
CevicheTZS25,000
Chicken wingsTZS7,500
Chilli con carneTZS12,000
Chilli con (vegetarian)TZS21,000
Chow mein (meat)TZS15,000
Chow mein (vegetable)TZS7,000
Curry (generic – meat)TZS13,889
Curry (generic – vegetable)TZS12,500
Curry (South Asia – meat)TZS8,250
Curry (South Asia – vegetarian)TZS8,000
Cutlet (beef/chicken)TZS12,000
Eggs (how you like)TZS9,500
Fajitas (meat)TZS15,000
Fajitas (vegeteble)TZS12,000
Fillet (beef)TZS17,500
Fillet (fish)TZS29,111
Fish and chipsTZS14,833
FishcakesTZS12,000
Fish fingersTZS12,333
French friesTZS5,000
Fried (chicken)TZS12,000
Fried (fish)TZS21,750
Fried rice (vegetable)TZS4,500
Fruit saladTZS7,250
Grilled (fish)TZS14,667
DishAverage CostLocation Availability
Ice cream (scoop)TZS4,625
Ice cream (sundae)TZS24,000
Lasagna (vegetarian)TZS16,000
LobsterTZS37,500
NaanTZS1,000
Noodles (meat)TZS13,000
OctopusTZS16,375
OmeletteTZS7,250
Pancake (simple)TZS7,000
Pasta (meat)TZS14,733
Pasta (vegetable)TZS13,800
Pilau rice (meat)TZS10,833
Pizza (simple)TZS10,833
Pizza (loaded)TZS17,167
PrawnsTZS22,667
QuicheTZS22,000
DishAverage CostLocation Availability
RibsTZS11,000
Roasted (vegetable)TZS7,000
SaladTZS7,875
Salad (meat)TZS9,972
Sandwich (basic)TZS8,917
Sandwich (loaded)TZS10,750
Samosas (vegetable)TZS3,800
Samosas (meat)TZS1,050
Skewers (meat)TZS12,000
Soup (meat)TZS10,097
Soup (vegetarian)TZS7,917
Spring rollTZS12,000
SteakTZS13,000
Stir fry (meat)TZS13,000
Stir fry (vegetable)TZS10,000
StroganoffTZS10,000
Sweet and sour (meat)TZS12,500
Whole (fish)TZS18,167
BeverageAverage CostLocation Availability
Alcoholic mixed drinkTZS10,333
Bailey’s (shot)TZS6,000
Beer (multinational)TZS5,000
Beer (national)TZS5,000
Brandy (shot)TZS7,000
CappuccinoTZS5,000
Cider (bottle)TZS6,833
CoffeeTZS2,875
Cointreau (shot)TZS5,000
Cognac (shot)TZS5,000
EspressoTZS3,750
Fruit juice (fresh)TZS4,000
Gin (shot)TZS6,625
Malibu (shot)TZS5,000
MilkTZS8,000
MilkshakeTZS7,125
Red BullTZS6,750
Rum (shot)TZS6,500
Sambuca (shot)TZS5,500
SmoothieTZS6,250
Soft drinkTZS2,200
TeaTZS2,583
Tea (herbal)TZS2,750
Tequila (shot)TZS6,250
Vodka (shot)TZS6,500
Water (2L)TZS4,063
Whisky (shot)TZS7,000
Wine (glass)TZS6,000

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