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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

      What can we see or do there?

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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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          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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            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            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
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            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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            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            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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