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Zanzibar Airport Transfers: Experiences?

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Magdeburg, Germany
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Zanzibar Airport Transfers: Experiences?


we are going to Zanzibar for our honeymoon in August this year. I was just looking fo a transfer from ZNZ Airport do Nungwi an gut an offer from Zanzibar Airport Transfers (http://www.zanzibarairporttransfers.co.tz/).

Did anyone already take advantage of their service and can recommend them or dissuade me from booking the transfer with them? We don´t want to be abandoned by our transfer provider ;-)

Thank you for your replies!

Magdeburg, Germany
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Or should we take a taxi? My girlfriend googled for images of taxis on Zanzibar and found a lot of old and unsave looking vehicles, that´s why we are not sure which is the best way to get to our hotel.

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You can also ask your hotel to arrange the pickup for you, but not sure how much it costs.

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I don't recommend a taxi from the airport. I took a taxi to Nungwi and regretted it. No A/C and very dusty with windows open, very low to the ground and it had a lot of trouble with the constant (and huge) speed bumps. As far as I could tell, all taxis looked the same so I don't know that a different car would have made a huge difference.

On our return trip, we arranged for an air conditioned van through the Doubletree (which was only $10-20 more than the cab) and we were much happier. It's a long ride to Nungwi (almost an hour) so comfort is nice.

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I agree to ask your hotel. That's what we did and had a nice car at a good price.

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the hotel I've booked in Stonetown will provide me USD10 for airport pick-up and USD 40 for other destination, such as Nungwi or Paje.

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Seattle, Washington
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The hotel should definitely be able to arrange something for you, but they will of course take a piece of the price charged since they are facilitating the transfer service (unless they are large enough that they have their own service - I am not sure any do, but some of the largest in Nungwi and Stone Town might).

I don't know their current pricing, but as an alternative, I can definitely recommend Zanzibar Car Hire (ttp://www.zanzibarcarhire.com/ ). We hired them for several things during our visit last August/early September, including being taken to the airport at the end of our trip, as well as 2 day tours, and renting a car from them for three days at the beginning of our stay. The service to the airport and both the day tours were in extremely comfortable, clean, well-maintained, air-conditioned vans with very prompt service. Our rental (we rented their base car, so no A/C), was also delivered very promptly - it was waiting for us at the airport with the company owner, Sabry, there to answer questions, provide maps, ensure we had cash to get fuel for the car, etc., when we arrived early on our flight from Serengeti (I was impressed they were there when we got in early - I'd assumed we'd be waiting until the regular arrival time). You might consider pinging them to get a price for transfer to Nungwi, as I know they are very dependable and go all over the main island.

Not that you asked for it, but a few suggestions for things to do while there if you are going to be on the island a few days:

- Definitely consider going to The Rock restaurant (http://www.therockrestaurantzanzibar.com/) and hanging out for awhile as well as eating - it's an adventure and the food is tasty (though it's priced in US resort prices). We took the boat out and spent about an hour lounging in the sun and shade on their patio with drinks before going in to eat a very tasty meal (a LOT of seafood for the money; other items are normal sized portions). We made reservations; probably not necessary unless a Fri or Sat night, but we wound up with the best table in the house because we'd reserved. :-)

- The spice tours are fun. We went to two - one we just found on our own, and a much better one arranged for us by Zanzibar Car Hire as part of one of our two days of tours (they arranged Prison Island tour, below, for us, too). Regardless of who does it, I'd recommend you have someone set it up for you (rather than just finding one randomly).

- Prison island has some interesting history, a pretty beach, a nice boat ride to/from, and awesome huge tortoises if you are into wildlife at all (I went there for the tortoises).

- We enjoyed the night market in the tourist area of Stone Town by the fort. My husband ate and drank there and had no issues (I wimped out and didn't eat or drink there :)). Even if you don't eat, the ambiance is festive and fun, and they have some dessert items as well as the fresh limeade and LOTS of meat kebobs that they'll cook very thoroughly before delivering to you.

- Depending on when you're going, if you enjoy snorkeling/diving, be sure to check to see if the whale sharks are in the area (they were not when we were there).

- Probably too late if you already have all your reservations, but we LOVED spending 2 nights on Chumbe Island (http://www.chumbeisland.com/). You can take a day tour out and go snorkeling (arranged by Chumbe directly, I believe), but everybody on the boat for the day tour was so bummed they had not made reservations to stay at least one night that I'm not sure how much I could recommend just that day snorkeling tour unless you REALLY enjoy snorkeling. Staying on the island is pricy, but the experience - incredibly good food, small group, whole Robinson-Crusoe experience (I was nervous about this, but it was great), and the snorkeling, the coconut crabs, etc. is truly spectacular - I hope someday we get to return - it's an amazing place <I'm grinning like an idiot just thinking about being there again>. Note - no night life; if you're there to party, Chumbe will bore you to tears.

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A very reliable transfer and guide - really kind and trustworthy is

Sabry Majara with ZANZIBAR CAR HIRE


- also on Facebook: Zanzibar Car Hire

email: zspice2002@hotmail.com

Tel.: +255-786414044

You will enjoy his company & advice.

Have fun !

Astrid Radtke

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Most of the clients recommend positive with http://www.zanzibarairporttransfers.co.tz they are specialists, cars are clean, air-condition and have fleet of them

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Zanzibar Transfers are well done by every one you book with as it is a direct drive to the final point. The costs ranges from $ 50 to 70 with or without AC, and you can decide with who to go with per your budget interests. Many of the vans are fine and well maintained with less breakdowns on the way. Many of the drivers are carefull and know what they are doing.

Edited: 7:47 am, August 28, 2013