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How to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar

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How to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar

Hi everyone,

Hoping you can help me... I am volunteering in Africa for 6 months. I will be staying in Nairobi for 3 months at the end of the year. Will then be going to Tanzania for 2 months. In between these 2 placements I would like to go to Zanzibar for 1 week.

My travel needs to be Nairobi - Zanzibar - Arusha.

Can't find information on best way to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar. Do you need to go through Dar es Salaam to get to Zan?

I am a young blonde female travelling on my own so must be safe option! I am a bit worried about this...

Any info would be most appreciated.



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1. Re: How to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar

You can fly from NBO/JKIA (main int'l airport to ZNZ - believe Precision Air PW); from ZNZ you can fly to Arusha/ARK - check Coastal, Regional, do not use ZanAir.

Another Visa will be required, along with Yellow Fever inoc and proof of same for entry to ZNZ/TNZ.

Nairobi, Nairobi...
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2. Re: How to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar

Dear Sussana,


You can fly JKIA/Zan with precision air(U$296) and Zanzibar/Arusha you can use shuttle bus which normally leaves the sea port of Dar eslam every morning (U$35) after a boat ride from the zanzibar port. All the best and i hope it works....

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3. Re: How to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar

You can as #2 above go by ferry and road to Arusha, however the ferry though cheap is 2/hrs on open ocean to DAR; once at DAR the bus to Arusha though cheap is a full-days drive. So you'd have to check schedules carefully not to miss one or the other... and do you have a full-day to spare?

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4. Re: How to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar

Depending with your budget but it is always easy Nairobi to Zanzibar.

Fly direct from JKIA to ZNZ..fly 540,KQ,Precision Air every day.

Take a bus whole day Nairobi to Dar.Overnight and the next day take a ferry to Zanzibar from 0700,0900,1200 and the last ferry is at 1530 Dar to Zanzibar.

Talk to the wallet but this are the ways NBO to ZNZ.

Nairobi, Kenya
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5. Re: How to get from Nairobi to Zanzibar

best is to fly.

for ZNZ-Arusha use fastjet.com costs about US $30.00

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