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How to get to Zanzibar

Getting to Zanzibar
You can fly into Zanzibar either from Dar es Salaam or Nairobi.
There is only one airport in Zanzibar called Kisauni International Airport.
You may also come by speed boat from Dar es salaam it takes two and a half hours.
It is a five minutes drive from the airport, and fifteen minutes drive from the airport.

Planning your trip to Zanzibar
As you start planning your trip to Zanzibar, please be sure to see the information about visas and immunization for travel to Tanzania.

 General Information
Some helpful information for travelers is available from the following agencies and websites:

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES:

British Airways (London-Heathrow),
Tel: +255 22 211 3820,
Fax: +255 22 211 2629
Website: www.britishairways.com
Daily flights to Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam), +255 22 213 9790,
Daily flights with a stopover in Kilimanjaro.

Swiss International Airlines (Zurich),
Tel: +255 22 211 8870,
Sokoine drive, Luther House
P.O Box 2109, Dar es Salaam
Phone: +255  22 211 8870 – 3
Fax: +255 22 211 2808
E-mail: habari@mail.swiss.com / mally@mail.swiss.com
Website: www.swiss.com
5 flights a week with a stopover in Nairobi, Kenya.
Middle East and Asia.

Emirates (Dubai),
Tel: +255 22 211 6100,
Fax: +255 22 211 6273 / 284 3619
Website: www.emirates.com
Daily flights.

Flight Centre (Australia)  
Tel: +61 7 3170 7886
Website: http://www.flightcentre.com.au/    Daily flights
http://www.flightcentre.com.au/product/Zanzibar-1350534

Oman Air
JM Mall Centre,
P.O Box 19185, Dar es Salaam.
Tel: +255 22 2138 903 / 2121 926/2135 600
Fax: +255 22 2135 670
E: omanair@cats-net.com Website: www.oman-air.com

Qatar Airways (Doha), +255 22 284 2675,
Daily flights to Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,.

Turkish Airlines
Dar es Salaam Airport
Room Number 1045, Airline Operators Block Julius Nyerere International Airport
Email: daressalaam@thy.com
Website: www.thy.com
Three flights a week to DAR ES SALAAM
Working Hours:
Saturday: 08:00 – 17:00
Monday, Wednesday: 08:00 – 17:00

NB: Almost All Flights fly to: Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, some to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

AFRICAN AIRLINES:
South African Airways
(Johannesburg),
Tel: +255 22 211 7044,
Fax: +255 22 211 6715
Email: alliance@raha.com / phenyo@raha.com
Website: www.flysaa.com
Daily flights.

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa),
Tel: +255 22 211 7063,
Fax: +255 22 2116492
E-mail: reservations.daressalaam@klm.com
Website: www.klm.com
Daily flights with a stopover in Kilimanjaro.

Kenya Airways (Nairobi), +255 22 211 9376 (Dar) & +255 24 223 8355 (Zanzibar),
several daily flights with some stopping in Kilimanjaro.
Carriers originating from Egypt, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe also have regular flights to Dar es Salaam.

Egypt Airways
Tel: +255 22 2136663/65,
Ohio street,, Movenpick Hotel
P.O Box 38331, Dar es Salaam
Fax: +255 22 2136664
E-mail:daressalaam@egyptair.com
Website: www.egyptair.com
4 flights a week.

Uganda airline
Flights to Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,.

Air Malawi (
Blantyre) +255 2127746, 0741 321315
Flights to Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,.

Air Zambia
Website: www.airzambia.zm

Air Zimbabwe
Reservation Office: Easy Travel & Tours Ltd.,
Raha Tower, Bibi Titi Mohamed Street
P.O Box 1428,  Dar es Salaam
Tel: 255-22-2121 757 / 2123 526
Cell: +255 748 602 151 / 2 / 3 / 0754 602 151
Fax: 255-22-211 3842
Email: easytravel@raha.com
Website: www.easytravel.co.tz

DOMESTIC AIRLINES:
Air Tanzania, +255 22 211 8411, email: bookings@airtanzania.com.

Precision Air, +255 22 212 1718,
Along Nyerere/Pugu Road, P.O Box 70770, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, email: info@precisionairtz.com or pwreservations@precisionairtz.com

Domestic Air Charter
Coastal Aviation, +255 22 211 7959,
P. O. Box 3052, 107 Upanga Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, email: safari@coastal.cc

ZanAir, +255 24 223 3670,
P.O.Box 2113, Zanzibar, Tanzania, email: reservations@zanair.com.
Provide almost daily service to and from Dar es Salaam to all major cities including Arusha, Mwanza, Mbeya, Zanzibar, and most national parks.

Greystoke Aviation Ltd.
P.O.Box 681, Arusha
Tel: +255 25 255 3819/255 3820
Fax: +255 27 255 3820
E-mail: info@mahale.co.tz
Web: www.mahale.co.tz

Regional Air Services Ltd.
P.O.Box 14755, Arusha
Tel: +255 27 250 2541/250 4477/250 4164
Fax: +255 27 254 4164
E-mail: resvns@regional.co.tz / sales@regional.co.tz
Web: www.airkenya.com / www.regional.co.tz
Private air charters and daily schedules to Northern Parks. Convenient connections to Nairobi and Zanzibar. Associated with Air Kenya and British Airways in Nairobi.

Tanzania Air Services Ltd. (TANZANAIR)
P.O Box 364, Dar es Salaam.
Movenpick Royal Palm Hotel
Tel: +255 211 3151/2
Fax: +255 22 211 2946
Cell: +255 741 406 407
E-mail: reservations@tanzanair.com

Tanzanair Airport Terminal:
Tel: +255 22 218 3131-3
Fax: +255 22 284 4600
Cell: +255 741 406 409
E-mail: info@tanzanair.com
Website: www.tanzaiar.com
Air Excel Ltd.
P.O.Box 12731, Arusha
Tel: +255 27 250 1595

Coastal Travels
P.O Box 3052, Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255 22 2117 959
fax: +255 22 2118 647
Email: judy@coastal.cc / safari@coastal.cc for bookings.
Website: www.coastal.cc

Getting to Zanzibar by Sea

There are several sea ferry companies that ply the waters between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. The largest of these is Azam Marine. You can book ferry tickets through a local tour operator. Links to these companies can be found in the Touring Zanzibar section of this website.

Ferry Boats Timetable year 2011
Route Dep Time Duration Schedule
Zanzibar – Dar 07:00 2 Hrs Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 10:30 2 Hrs Daily
Zanzibar – Dar 10:00 90Min Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 14:00 90Min Daily
Zanzibar – Dar 13:00 90Min Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 16:00 90Min Daily
Zanzibar – Dar 16:00 90Min Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 07:15 90Min Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 09:15 2 Hrs Daily
Zanzibar – Dar 22:00 3 Hrs
(Overnight)
Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 12:30 3Hrs Daily
Zanzibar – Dar 22:00 3.5 Hrs
(Overnight)
Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 12:00 3.5 Hrs Daily
Zanzibar – Pemba 22:00 4 Hrs
(Overnight)
Daily
Pemba – Zanzibar 10:00 4 Hrs Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 12:00 2 Hrs Daily
Dar – Zanzibar 10:30 90min Daily
Zanzibar – Pemba 09:45 2 Hrs  
Pemba – Zanzibar 12:30 2 Hrs  
Zanzibar – Dar 16:00 90Min  
- Departure Time change regularly, but there is usually a boat every hour or two.
- Price (approx) from $20 – $40

General

Time Zone GMT + 3
Currency Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh)
Approximate exchange rate US$ 1 = 1,500 Tanzanian Shillings = 100 cents
Official languages Kiswahili & English
Electricity 220 – 240 V AC, 50 Hz
Religion Predominantly Islam
International Dialing code + 255 24, followed by 7-digit local number

Food

Lobsters, kingfish, prawns, octopus, crabs and squid are just a few of the many types of seafood on offer. It is not surprising that Zanzibar’s specialities are centred around what is available locally, so take full advantage of the variety of spicy seafood dishes on offer. Coconut also features in many dishes.

Help us Preserve Zanzibar’s Magic

Zanzibar is unspoilt by the unpleasant effects of mass tourism – the number of visitors to the island is still low, but has been on the rise throughout the 1990′s. It is our hope that increases in tourism do not impact adversely on the magic of Zanzibar, and we humbly ask all visitors to follow a handful of guidelines, ensuring they will not offend the traditional values of the local people or harm the environment in any way. It is typical of the Zanzibaris’ friendly nature that they will not harass you for infringing these guidelines, but you should be aware that this is merely politeness, and is not an excuse for ignoring them!

•           Please ensure that you dress modestly when off the beach. Women should not expose too much leg and chest, and topless sunbathing is also strongly discouraged.
•           If you have children and are bringing them to Zanzibar, please make sure that they don’t display their expensive toys in front of their Zanzibari contemporaries. This may instill a false sense of values in the local children, whose parents are unlikely to be able to afford such luxuries.
•           If you are diving or snorkelling, you may be tempted to collect some pretty shells from Zanzibar’s many coral reefs. Please do not, as this kills entire reefs, the devastating effects of which can be seen in the well-trodden areas of East African coast. Although there are shell sellers, you are asked not to buy shells from them, as it simply encourages this harmful industry.
•           Zanzibar is an amazingly photogenic place, but if you want to take photographs of people, please ask their permission first out of courtesy.
•           If you are non-Muslim, then please do not enter any of Zanzibar’s many mosques.