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Excursions whilst staying on Zanzibar island

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Excursions whilst staying on Zanzibar island


Has anyone recently been to Zanzibar and used a local tour operator based on the island or in Stone Town for booking excursions instead of booking through a tour operator in the UK? The price difference is considerable by booking with a local operator but I am unsure, as the saying goes ''you get what you pay for''!! The local tour operator I have been speaking to is called Salama Tours, they sound professional and have a website etc.

Any help or info would be much appreciated!



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1. Re: Excursions whilst staying on Zanzibar island

I received a recommendation from my TA pal Mfuwe for a private local guide and made arrangements with him via email before I arrived. He had some good suggestions and was flexible in organizing. His name is Juma R Juma and I've posted his contact info before.

Stanley, Falkland...
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2. Re: Excursions whilst staying on Zanzibar island

Well, if they have a website, they must be OK . :-)

Seriously, why not see who your hotel recommends? At least that way, they have an interest in keeping you happy.

I used Eco & Culture tours. Salama might be brilliant. Don't let my joke put you off.

Zanzibar, Tanzania
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3. Re: Excursions whilst staying on Zanzibar island

When booked from you UK it will depend because some of th eoverseas tour operators have block bookings that athey sell at a cheaper price also.

But the that will limit you to do exactly that, and if you want to change you will have to make a all new payment. This can sorted if you booked with th local tour operators

Though you have to have to find genuine ones

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4. Re: Excursions whilst staying on Zanzibar island

As most island tours depart out of Stone Town, it's often best to spend a day or two here for sightseeing.

The difference in price from UK operator might reflect your departure (and later return) from hotel, where the ZNZ tour guide has to drive to/from which adds to the actual cost of the tour.

Even if only 1/nt in ST you can do Town Tour that afternoon of arrival if sufficient time, or next morning; then on drive to your resort arrange for a stop for Spice Tour or Jozani Forest.

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