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Zanzibar
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Coordinates: 6°8′S 39°19′E / 6.133°S 39.317°E / -6.133; 39.317
Country Tanzania
Islands Unguja and Pemba
Capital Zanzibar City
Settled AD 1000
Government
 - Type semi-autonomous part of Tanzania
 - President Amani Abeid Karume
Area [1]
 - Total 2,643 km2 (1,020.5 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 - Total 1,070,000
Zanzibar (pronounced /ˈzænzɨbɑr/) is a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa. It comprises the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, informally referred to as Zanzibar), and Pemba. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros and Mayotte to the south, Mauritius and Réunion to the far southeast, and the Seychelles Islands about 1500 km to the east. .Zanzibar was once a separate state with a long trading history within the Arab world; it united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania in 1964 and still enjoys a high degree of autonomy within the union.^ We still would get da digits though :-) We enjoyed every minute of it, and it wouldn't be long before we were taking that drive to Newark again.
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The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City, and its historic center, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site. The name comes from the Arabic 'zanj' (زنج) meaning black and 'al bar' (البر) meaning "land."
Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. For this reason, the islands, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes called the Spice Islands (a term also associated with the Maluku Islands in Indonesia). Zanzibar's ecology is of note for being the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus and the (possibly extinct) Zanzibar Leopard.

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History

The presence of microlithic tools attests to at least 20,000 years of human occupation of Zanzibar. The islands became part of the historical record of the wider world when Persian traders discovered them and used them as a base for voyages between the Middle East, India, and Africa. Unguja, the larger island, offered a protected and defensible harbour, so although the archipelago offered few products of value, the Persians settled at what became Zanzibar City (Stone Town) as a convenient point from which to trade with East African coastal towns.
The old castle in Zanzibar
They established garrisons on the islands and built the first mosque in the Southern hemisphere.[2]
During the Age of Exploration, the Portuguese Empire was the first European power to gain control of Zanzibar, and the Portuguese kept it for nearly 200 years. In 1698, Zanzibar fell under the control of the Sultanate of Oman, which developed an economy of trade and cash crops with a ruling Arab elite. Plantations were developed to grow spices, hence the term Spice Islands. Another major trade good for Zanzibar was ivory. The Sultan of Zanzibar controlled a substantial portion of the East African coast, known as Zanj; this included Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, and trading routes that extended much further inland, such as the route leading to Kindu on the Congo River.
Monument to the slaves in Zanzibar
Sometimes gradually and sometimes by fits and starts, control of Zanzibar came into the hands of the British Empire; part of the political impetus for this was the 19th century movement for the abolition of the slave trade. The relationship between Britain and the nearest relevant colonial power, Germany, was formalized by the 1890 Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty, in which Germany pledged not to interfere with British interests in insular Zanzibar. That year, Zanzibar became a protectorate (not a colony) of Britain. From 1890 to 1913, traditional viziers were appointed to govern as puppets, switching to a system of British residents (effectively governors) from 1913 to 1963. The death of the pro-British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini on 25 August 1896 and the succession of Sultan Khalid bin Barghash of whom the British did not approve led to the Anglo-Zanzibar War. On the morning of 27 August 1896, ships of the Royal Navy destroyed the Beit al Hukum Palace. A cease fire was declared 38 minutes later, and to this day the bombardment stands as the shortest war in history.[3]
The islands gained independence from Britain in December 1963 as a constitutional monarchy. A month later, the bloody Zanzibar Revolution, in which thousands of Arabs and Indians were killed in a genocide and thousands more expelled,[4] led to the establishment of the Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. That April, the republic was subsumed by the mainland former colony of Tanganyika. This United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar was soon renamed (as a portmanteau) the United Republic of Tanzania, of which Zanzibar remains a semi-autonomous region.

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As a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, Zanzibar has its own government, known as the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. It is made up of the Revolutionary Council and House of Representatives.
.The House of Representatives has a similar composition to the National Assembly of Tanzania: There are 50 members from electoral constituencies, directly elected by universal suffrage to serve five-year terms; 10 members appointed by the President of Zanzibar; 15 special seats for women; 5 Regional commissioners; and an attorney-general.^ Zanzibar so special that even today in 2009 (30 years after it's Grand Opening) we and others are still talking about this great experience called The Original Club Zanzibar ....
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Five of these 81 members are then elected to represent Zanzibar in the National Assembly of Tanzania.[5]
Unguja comprises three administrative regions: Zanzibar Central/South, Zanzibar North and Zanzibar Urban/West. Pemba has two: Pemba North and Pemba South.
.There are many political parties in Zanzibar, but the main Parties are the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and the Civic United Front (CUF).^ Well just got of the phone with Hippie & it definitely looks like there will be a 30th Anniversary/Reunion Party for Zanzibar.
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^ Big Lock Well, there were many Zanzibar fan's from outside of the NJ area.
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^ Zanzibar reunion party in a week see you there.
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Since the early 1990s, the politics of the archipelago have been marked by repeated clashes between these two political parties. Contested elections in late 2000 led to a massacre in Zanzibar in January 2001 when the government shot into crowds of protestors, killing 35 and injuring 600.[6] Violence erupted again in 2005 after another contested election, with the CUF claiming that its rightful victory had been stolen from them. Following 2005, negotiations between the two parties aiming at the long-term resolution of the tensions and a power-sharing accord took place, but they suffered repeated setbacks. The most notable of these took place in April 2008, when the CUF walked away from the negotiating table following a CCM call for a referendum to approve of what had been presented as a done deal on the power-sharing agreement.

Political solution

.In October 2009 Zanzibar President Amani Karume met with CUF Secretary Seif Shariff Hamad at the State House to discus how to save Zanzibar from future political turmoil and to end the backlash between them[7], a move which was welcomed by many people including the USA[8] and political parties.^ Zanzibar grew and evolved over the years with several people sitting in the "Captains' Chair" and many a great dj on the Turntables.
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^ I was unable to make it to the reunion party...I had to work :( Could someone let me know how I can get a Zanzibar T-Shirt?
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^ I am a bit tired of not being included in the history of Zanzibar ....especially since I literally save it from closing in 1987!
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.It was the first time CUF agreed to recognize Karume as the legitimate president of Zanzibar.^ Hippie Torrales I never will forget the first time I had the privilege to play at Club Zanzibar.
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^ RicoSauve I will never forget the first time I went the the Zanzibar.
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.The relationship between Zanzibar government and Tanzanian Mainland has not been so well in recent years since Tanzania Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda's remark about the Isles' sovereignty that Zanzibar is not an independent country outside the Union Government, within which it can only exercise its sovereignty.^ Zanzibar so special that even today in 2009 (30 years after it's Grand Opening) we and others are still talking about this great experience called The Original Club Zanzibar ....
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^ Big Lock Well, there were many Zanzibar fan's from outside of the NJ area.
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[9] Members from both the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), and the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) disagreed with Mr Pinda's interpretation and stand firmly in recognizing Zanzibar as a fully autonomous and full state,[10] the move which is widely unrecognized by the formation of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania which raises a backlash between Members of Parliament from the Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
In 2008 Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete tried to silence the matter when he addressed the nation in a live conference by saying that Zanzibar is a state internal but semi-state international.

Geography, weather, and climate

The waterfront of Zanzibar city
Covering an area of Area: 2,461 sq km (950 sq miles)[11] Zanzibar is a mainly low lying island, with its highest point at 120 meters.[12].It is +3 GMT during winter and +2 during summer time. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian mainland coast, and 6° south of the equator. .Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.^ My girl from east orange said it was by Hanson & Davis, but the only song I found by them was "Hungry For Your Love", which I rememember but don't really want.
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[13] The coral reefs that surround the East Coast are rich in marine diversity, and make Zanzibar an ideal location for snorkelling and scuba diving.
.Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year.^ Zanzibar so special that even today in 2009 (30 years after it's Grand Opening) we and others are still talking about this great experience called The Original Club Zanzibar ....
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^ Zanzibar's best years and most authentic years were '79 - '85....Hippie, Tony, Larry and T Scott.
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The heat of summer is seasonally often cooled by windy conditions, resulting in pleasant sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coasts. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round, but officially, summer and winter peak in December and June respectively. Zanzibar is blessed with an average of 7–8 hours of sunshine daily.
Short rains can occur in November but are characterised by short showers which do not last long. The long rains normally occur in April and May although this is often referred to as the 'Green Season', and it typically doesn't rain every day during that time.

Wildlife

The main island of Zanzibar, Unguja, has a fauna which reflects its connection to the African mainland during the last ice age.[14][15] .Endemic mammals with continental relatives include the Zanzibar red colobus, one of Africa's rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus may number only about 1500. Isolated on this island for at least 1,000 years, the Zanzibar red colobus (Procolobus kirkii) is recognized as a distinct species, with different coat patterns, calls and food habits than related colobus species on the mainland.^ Zanzibar so special that even today in 2009 (30 years after it's Grand Opening) we and others are still talking about this great experience called The Original Club Zanzibar ....
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^ I thought I was the only one holding a torch for my nights at Zanzibar, Better Days, etc.
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^ I really miss the Garage, Zanzibar and last but not least, Larry Levan, he was a one of a kind DJ and way ahead of his time.
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Zanzibar red colobus live in a wide variety of drier areas of coastal thickets and coral rag scrub, as well as mangrove swamps and agricultural areas. About one third of the red colobus live in and around Jozani Forest- Ironically, the easiest monkeys to see are on farm land adjacent to the reserve. They are used to people and the low vegetation means they come close to the ground.
The Zanzibar leopard, which is critically endangered and possibly extinct; and the recently described Zanzibar servaline genet. .There are no large wild animals in Zanzibar, and forest areas such as Jozani are inhabited by monkeys, bush-pigs and small antelopes.^ Big Lock Well, there were many Zanzibar fan's from outside of the NJ area.
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Civets - and rumour has it, the elusive Zanzibar leopard! Various species of mongoose can also be found on the island. There is a wide variety of birdlife, and a large number of butterflies in rural areas. Pemba island is separated from Unguja island and the African continent by deep channels and has a correspondingly restricted fauna, reflecting its comparative isolation from the mainland.[14][15] Its best-known endemic is the Pemba Flying Fox.

Population

Population and Settlement.
The people of Zanzibar are of different origins, mostly African people of Bantu origins[17]; there is also minority population of Asians, originally from India and Arab countries. The population of Zanzibar was 984,625 in 2002,[18] the date of the last census, with an annual growth rate of 3.1%, which has remained fairly steady for some years. Of this, around two thirds of the people – 622,459 – live on Zanzibar Island (Unguja), with the greatest proportion settled in the densely populated west. Zanzibar's largest settlement is Zanzibar Town (sometimes called Zanzibar City), on Zanzibar Island, with 205,870 inhabitants. Other towns on Zanzibar Island include Chaani, Bambi, Mahonda and Makunduchi, but these are small. Outside these towns, most people live in small villages and are engaged in farming or fishing.
On Pemba the overall settlement pattern is similar. The largest town is Chake Chake, with a population of 19,283; other smaller towns are Wete and Mkoani. Mafia's total population was 40,801. There is a considerable disparity in standard of living between the inhabitants of Pemba and Unguja and between urban and rural populations, which are split roughly equally. The average annual income of just US$250 hides the fact that about half the population lives below the poverty line. Despite a relatively high standard of primary health care and education, infant mortality is still 83 in 1,000 live births, and it is estimated that malnutrition affects one in three of the islands' people; life expectancy at birth is 48. While the incidence of HIV/AIDS is considerably less in Zanzibar than in Tanzania as a whole (0.6% of the population, as against the national average of around 8%), it is a growing problem.

Religion

The most commonly practised religion is Islam. About 97% of Zanzibar's population follow the laws of Islam. Its history was influenced by the Arabs and the Indian mainland people. The remaining mix is a combination of Hindu and Christian.
A large Hindu population existed on the island, but many of them fled the country or were killed during the revolution in 1963. The Christians came later during the period of Portuguese rule and British colonialism.[19]
.There are 51 mosques, whose muezzin cries vie with each other at prayer time, as well as six Hindu Temples and a Catholic Cathedral as well as an Anglican Cathedral in Zanzibar's multi-ethnic town (Stonetown).^ Big Lock Well, there were many Zanzibar fan's from outside of the NJ area.
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^ Well just got of the phone with Hippie & it definitely looks like there will be a 30th Anniversary/Reunion Party for Zanzibar.
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There are many burial places around the outskirts with interesting headstones and graves, and some important graves in the town itself, usually of religious leaders of the past.

Economy

Zanzibar, mainly Pemba Island, was once the world's leading clove producer[20], but annual clove sales have plummeted by 80% since the 1970s. Explanations given for this are a fast-moving global market, international competition and a hangover from Tanzania's failed experiment with socialism in the 1960s and 1970s, when the government controlled clove prices and exports. Zanzibar now ranks a distant third with Indonesia supplying 75% of the world's cloves compared to Zanzibar's 7%.[20]
Zanzibar exports spices, seaweed and fine raffia. It also has a large fishing and dugout canoe production. Tourism is a major foreign currency earner.
The Michenzani apartment blocks near Stone Town, once the pride of East German development cooperation with Zanzibar.
Zanzibar's economy is based primarily on the production of cloves (90% grown on the island of Pemba), the principal foreign exchange earner. Exports have suffered with the downturn in the clove market. Tourism is a promising sector with a number of new hotels and resorts having been built in recent years.
The Government of Zanzibar legalized foreign exchange bureaus on the islands before mainland Tanzania moved to do so. The effect was to increase the availability of consumer commodities. The government has also established a free port area, which provides the following benefits: contribution to economic diversification by providing a window for free trade as well as stimulating the establishment of support services; administration of a regime that imports, exports, and warehouses general merchandise; adequate storage facilities and other infrastructure to cater for effective operation of trade; and creation of an efficient management system for effective re-exportation of goods.[21]
The island's manufacturing sector is limited mainly to import substitution industries, such as cigarettes, shoes, and processed agricultural products. In 1992, the government designated two export-producing zones and encouraged the development of offshore financial services. Zanzibar still imports much of its staple requirements, petroleum products, and manufactured articles.
During May and June 2008, Zanzibar suffered a major failure of its electricity system, which left the island without electricity for nearly a month. Another blackout happened from December 2009 to March 2010, due to a problem with the submarine cables and the local plant. This led to a serious and ongoing shock to the island's fragile economy, which is heavily dependent on foreign tourism. In 2000, the annual income per capita was US$220.[1]
.There is also a possibility of oil availability in Zanzibar on the island of Pemba, and efforts have been made by the Tanzanian Government and Zanzibar revolutionary Government to exploit what could be one of the most significant discoveries in recent memory.^ See there still is a site on Club Zanzibar made me start to get a little emotional.
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^ CLUB AMERICA , NEWARK....yeah those days were all made possible by the owners of the "LINCOLN MOTEL" the Berger family...were not for "Miles and Bruce" there would have not been a ZANZIBAR or CLUB 88 ....Best Regards to all!
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.Oil would help boost the economy of Zanzibar, but there have been and disagreements about dividends between the Tanzanian mainland and Zanzibar, the latter claiming the oil should be excluded in Union matters.^ See, I used to hear about the Zanzibar and thought what was all the hype was about it was just a club, Yeah until I got in there.
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A Norwegian consultant has been sent to Zanzibar to investigate its oil potential.[22]

Education

.In 2000 there were 207 government schools and 118 privately owned schools in Zanzibar.^ Before Zanzibar there was the Show Case, which was managed be James Telefaro and that was a hot spot for teenagers coming into their own.
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[1] .There are also two universities and one college: Zanzibar University, the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and the Chukwani College of Education.^ Some of the acts that performed (at Zanzibar)while I was there was Two Tons Of Fun, Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, Eddie Kendricks, Whispers and Kurtis Blow.
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[23]
SUZA was established in 1999, and is located in Stone Town, in the buildings of the former Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Language (TAKILUKI).[24] It is the only public institution for higher learning in Zanzibar, the other two institutions being private. In 2004, the three institutions had a total enrollment of 948 students, of whom 207 were female.[25]
The primary and secondary education system in Zanzibar is slightly different than that of the Tanzanian mainland. On the mainland, education is only compulsory for the seven years of primary education, while in Zanzibar an additional three years of secondary education are compulsory and free.[1] Students in Zanzibar score significantly less on standardized tests for reading and mathematics than students on the mainland.[1][26]
In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, national service after secondary education was necessary, but it is now voluntary and few students volunteer. Most choose to seek employment or attend teacher's colleges.

Transport

Zanzibar has a total road network of 1,600 kilometres of roads, of which 85% are tarmacked or semi-tarmacked. The remainder are earth roads, which are rehabilitated annually to make them passable throughout the year. .There is no public transport owned by the government at the moment in Zanzibar, but the Dalala (as it is officially known in Zanzibar) is the only kind of public transport owned by private owners; the term Dalala originated from the swahili word DALA or five shillings during the 1970s and 80s (at that time public transport cost five shillings).^ I was up there during Christmas week (time share tour, lol).
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^ Photos of Club Zanzibar during demolition submitted by ZanzForever Description: The Zanzibar dance floor, the ceiling and a remnant of the cage moments before demolition in September, 2007.
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^ It is so awesome to reminisce and remember these songs and great times we had during the original club era in this tri state area.
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Zanzibar now has an improved and thriving sea transport network, by which public owned ships and private speed boats serve the ports of Zanzibar, which was renovated by the help of European Union. There are five ports in the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. The Zanzibar Port Corporation (ZPC) is a public entity, which has full autonomy for operation and development of ports. The wharves of the main seaport were constructed in 1989-1991 with financial assistance from the European Union. [27] The port handles more than 90% of Zanzibar trade. Malindi port was built in 1925 as a modest lighter port.
The port is in a poor state in terms of infrastructure (quays, container stacking yard, etc.) as well as very limited operational area and storage facilities. Several assessments of the Malindi port's condition were made between 1995 and 2001. However, no repair works has been done resulting in further deterioration of the wharves. The main port wharf has deteriorated to the extent that it can no longer be repaired.
The most recent accident was in May 2009, when a cargo vessel sank before departing for Dar-es Salaam. It is still unclear how many people lost their lives, as is the cause of the accident. It took more than a week to rescue and lift the vessel. Zanzibar is well connected to the rest of the world. Zanzibar's main airport, Zanzibar International Airport, can now handle larger planes, which has resulted in an increase in passenger and cargo inflows and outflows.

Energy

The energy sector in Zanzibar consists of unreliable electric power, petroleum and petroleum products; it is also supplemented by firewood and its related products. Coal and gas are rarely used for either domestic and industrial purposes. Zanzibar gets 70 percent of its electric power needs from mainland Tanzania through a submarine cable, and the rest (for Pemba) is thermally generated. The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the government of the Kingdom of Norway signed an agreement in August, 2008 whereby Norway agreed to provide funds for the Tanga-Pemba Sub Sea Cable Project, which will enable Pemba Island to receive electricity from the National Grid from the Tanga Region; the laying of a 40 megawatts marine cable started in December 2009.[28] Between 70 and 75% of the electricity generated is used domestically while less than 20 percent is used industrially. Fuel wood, charcoal and kerosene are widely used as sources of energy for cooking and lighting for most rural and urban areas. The consumption capacity of petroleum, gas, oil, kerosene and IDO is increasing annually, going from a total of 5,650 tons consumed in 1997 to more than 7,500 tons in 1999.[citation needed] Zanzibar suffered its second major blackout on December 10, 2009,[29] and the Tanzanian island's energy ministry says it is unclear when the problem will be fixed[30]. The first major blackout, which left the islanders powerless and entirely dependent on alternative methods of electricity generation (mainly diesel generators), was from May 21 to June 19, 2008. The mainland, where the fault originated, managed to be restored at the same time.[31]

Culture and language

Zanzibar's local people are from an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds,[32] indicative of its colourful history. Zanzibaris speak Swahili (known locally as Kiswahili), a language which is spoken extensively in East Africa. Many believe that the purest form is spoken in Zanzibar, as it is the birthplace of the language. Zanzibar's most famous event is the Zanzibar International Film Festival, also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries. Every July, this event showcases the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar's favourite music, Taarab.[33] Important architectural features in Stone Town are the Livingstone house, the Guliani Bridge, and the House of Wonders.[34] The town of Kidichi features the Hamamni Persian Baths, built by immigrants from Shiraz, Iran during the reign of Barghash bin Said.

Media and communication

.Zanzibar was the first region in Africa to introduce colour television, in 1973. The first television service on mainland Tanzania was not introduced until some twenty years later, but it currently ranks low among African countries due to poor services offered and lack of modern production tools as well as experienced staff.^ Wow I didn't know Hippie was at the Zanzibar; he was at Docks by the time I started and Naim Johnson was his understudy at Docks a few years later.
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The current TV station is called TVZ.[35] Among the famous reporters of TVZ during the 1980s and 1990s were the late Alwiya Alawi 1961–1996 (the elder sister of Inat Alawi, famous Taarab singer during the 1980s), Neema Mussa, Sharifa Maulid, Fatma Mzee, Zaynab Ali, Ramadhan Ali, and Khamis Faki. The first television service on mainland Tanzania was not introduced until some twenty years later. There is about 8 private radio stations. In term of Communication Zanzibar is well served by the newly restructured public telecommunication company (TTCL) and four privately owned mobile systems. Through these systems the whole of Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba) is widely covered and connected to most parts of the world. Zanzibar Telecommunicatio known as Zantel was the first and only Zanzibar based Tele-communication company since 1999[36] before relocate its main headquarters to the Mainland,Almost all Mobile and Internet companies served in Mainland Tanzania are available in Zanzibar.

Sport

Association Football is the most popular sport in Zanzibar, overseen by the Zanzibar Football Association.[37] Zanzibar is an associate member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). .This means that the Zanzibar national football team is not eligible to enter national CAF competitions, such as the African Nations Cup, but Zanzibar's football clubs get representation at the CAF Confederation Cup and the CAF Champions League.^ Lovesexy1 There will NEVER, EVER, be another Club like ZANS! I have been to numerous clubs in NY back in the late 70's early 80's and NOTHING, I MEAN NOTHING beats ZANZIBAR's!!!
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The national team participates in non-FIFA international tournaments such as the FIFI Wild Cup, and the ELF Cup. Because Zanzibar is not a member of FIFA, their team is not eligible for the World Cup.
The Zanzibar Football Association also has a Premier League for the top clubs, which was created in 1981.
Since 1992 there has also been Judo in Zanzibar. The founder, Mr. Tsuyoshi Shimaoka established a strong team which participates in national and international competitions. In 1999 Zanzibar Judo Association (Z.J.A.) was registered and became an active member of Tanzania Olympic Committee.

Famous people

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Education in Zanzibar - Southern and Eastern African Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality
  2. ^ Else, David. Guide to Zanzibar. ISBN 1 898323 28 3. 
  3. ^ editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday (2007), Guinness World Records 2008, London: Guinness World Records, p. 118, ISBN 978-1904994190 
  4. ^ Yeager, Rodger (1989). Tanzania: An African Experiment. p. 27. ISBN 978-0813306933. 
  5. ^ Composition of the Zanzibar House of Representatives
  6. ^ "Human Rights Watch report". http://hrw.org/english/docs/2002/04/10/tanzan3838.htm. 
  7. ^ http://ippmedia.com/
  8. ^ http://zanzibar-tanzania.usvpp.gov/
  9. ^ http://www.unpo.org/content/view/8392/155/
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  14. ^ a b Pakenham, R.H.W. (1984). The Mammals of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands. Harpenden: privately printed. http://www.scribd.com/doc/14538645/The-Mammals-of-Zanzibar-and-Pemba/. 
  15. ^ a b Walsh, M.T. (2007). "Island Subsistence: Hunting, Trapping and the Translocation of Wildlife in the Western Indian Ocean". Azania 42: 83–113. http://www.scribd.com/doc/14444883/Island-Subsistence-Hunting-Trapping-and-the-Translocation-of-Wildlife-in-the-Western-Indian-Ocean/. 
  16. ^ http://www.galenfrysinger.com/red_colobus.htm
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  18. ^ http://www.tanzania.go.tz/nbsf.html
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  20. ^ a b "Zanzibar Loses Some of Its Spice, Los Angeles Times". http://articles.latimes.com/2005/nov/24/world/fg-cloves24. 
  21. ^ http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2843.htm
  22. ^ http://thecitizen.co.tz/newe.php?id=10276
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  24. ^ SUZA website
  25. ^ Higher education – zanzibar.go.tz
  26. ^ Tanzania entry – SACMEQ
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  28. ^ http://www.dailynews.co.tz/home/?n=6654&cat=home
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  33. ^ http://www.ziff.or.tz/
  34. ^ http://www.zanzibarheritage.go.tz/House%20of%20Wonders%20Museum.htm
  35. ^ TVZ.
  36. ^ http://www.zantel.com/company%20profile.html
  37. ^ http://www.tanzaniasports.com/?p=3115

Further reading

  • Revolution in Zanzibar, Don Petterson (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2002)
  • Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar, Emily Ruete, 1888. (Many reprints). .Author (1844–1924) was born Princess Salme of Zanzibar and Oman and was a daughter of Sayyid Said.
  • Banani: the Transition from Slavery to Freedom in Zanzibar and Pemba, H. S. Newman, (London, 1898)
  • Travels in the Coastlands of British East Africa, W. W. A. FitzGerald, (London, 1898)
  • Zanzibar in Contemporary Times, R. N. Lyne, (London, 1905)
  • Pemba: The Spice Island of Zanzibar, J. E. E. Craster, (London, 1913)
  • Nyerere and Africa: End of an Era, and Tanzania under Mwalimu Nyerere: Reflections on an African Statesman, Godfrey Mwakikagile, (Pretoria, South Africa: New Africa Press, 2006)
  • Hatice Uğur, Osmanlı Afrikası'nda Bir Sultanlık: Zengibar (Zanzibar as a Sultanate in the Ottoman Africa), İstanbul: Küre Yayınları, 2005. http://www.kureyayinlari.com/Icindekiler.aspx?KID=23.^ Shelton was interviewed this past Sunday by DJ Alvero Jimenez (www.2-Travelers.com) who produces the show.
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    ^ Hippie LA -- I have some classic house and NJ-style club on my page at http://www.myspace.com/basementsoulmuzik Long live the Zanz!
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    ^ First, check out my Podcast at http://djhenrock913.podomatic.com I put a Zanzibar mix on there I hope you all can enjoy.
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    For its English version, see http://seyhan.library.boun.edu.tr:80/record=b1268198
  • Challenges of Informal Urbanisation. The Case of Zanzibar/Tanzania, Wolfgang Scholz (Dortmund 2008) http://www.amazon.de/Challenges-Informal-Urbanisation-Zanzibar-Tanzania/dp/3934525504/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books-intl-de&qid=1252497358&sr=8-1

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From Wikitravel

Africa : East Africa : Tanzania : Zanzibar
A view over Stone Town from the sea
A view over Stone Town from the sea
Map of Zanzibar
Map of Zanzibar
.Zanzibar is semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of Zanzibar Island (locally, Unguja), Pemba Island, and many smaller islands.^ In addition to the two main islands, there are many other islands and islets in the Zanzibar archipelago which stretches from the top of Pemba to the south point of Unguja.
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^ Zanzibar, a part of the United Republic of Tanzania, is a series of many islands, the main ones being Unguja and Pemba.
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^ Pemba lies 80 km north of its sister island, Unguja, directly east of the Tanzanian city of Tanga.
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.Zanzibar island is approximately 90km long and 30km wide.^ The slightly hilly island itself is about 85 km long and between 20 – 30 km wide at its widest points.
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^ For a small island in the southern waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar has a long and unexpected history.
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.In 1896, Zanzibar was the location of the world's shortest war — they surrendered to the British Army after 38 minutes.^ During this time Zanzibar was a Protectorate under the British Government, and they were not about to release control of the island to an attempted palace coup.
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^ In 1896 the building was slightly damaged during the Shortest War in History.
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^ The war lasted only forty-five minutes and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest war in history.
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  • Stone Town – the vibrant and somewhat enchanting capitol
  • Nungwi – a popular small resort town on the northern tip of the island
  • Kendwa – a small fishing village a couple miles from Nungwi, a great place for reading on the beach or scuba diving

Get in

By Boat

.There are many ferries and catamarans that can take you between Dar es Salaam and the Island.^ There are many tour operators on the island, many of whom have offices in Stone Town.
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^ Sea Express and Flying Horse are two other ferries between Unguja and Dar.
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^ Sea Bus (1 & 2) operated by Azam Marine leaves the Zanzibar Harbor 3 times a day for Dar-es-Salaam.
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.Azam Marine,Sea Express, Sea Star, Seagull and Sepideh Megaspeed Liners are among the nicest available.^ Passage on these boats are usually priced slightly less than that of the Mega Speed Liners or Azam Marine.
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^ Sea Bus (1 & 2) operated by Azam Marine leaves the Zanzibar Harbor 3 times a day for Dar-es-Salaam.
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^ They are carpeted and retain the scents of past sea sickness; the air conditioner sometimes fails and the windows don't open and there's no outdoor deck like there are on Mega Speed Liners and the Azam Marine Boats.
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Azam runs at 14h30 and 16h15 on weekdays and Sea Express at 07h30 daily. .Fares range $35 to $40 for non-residents, including a $5 Port Tax.^ Local currency can be used for all transactions including port fees, airport tax, national monument fees, and hotel and restaurant bills.
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.First class is only $5 more expensive than economy and certainly worth the money.^ About a 30-minute boat ride and slightly more expensive than the boat to Prison Island, this island is much less visited.
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^ They are more expensive than guesthouses and they have less Zanzibari/African flavor than the small guesthouses.
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Most ferries schedules allow you to do the return trip the same day. .For instance leave Dar es Salaam at 07:30 and return from Zanzibar on the 16:30 ferry.^ There are a small number of consulates in Zanzibar but the capital city of Dar-es-Salaam is where you need to go if you need an embassy.
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^ All other European-originating flights will get you as far as Mombasa, or Dar-es-Salaam (frequently with stops in Nairobi) or Muscat, Oman, from which you'll need connecting flights to Zanzibar.
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^ Sea Bus (1 & 2) operated by Azam Marine leaves the Zanzibar Harbor 3 times a day for Dar-es-Salaam.
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.That leaves plenty of time to explore the Stone Town, the museum and have a nice lunch.^ While walking tours are nice and can be arranged with a guide, getting lost in Stone Town is fun and harmless.
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.The trip is beautiful and lasts about two hours approximately.^ Some people have had lovely dhow rides but if the winds die or are light, your trip can last well over eight hours.
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However, if the weather is bad it can take much longer and the trip can be very unpleasant. .If you suffer from seasickness you are advised to take some anti-seasickness pills prior to boarding.^ If you have your heart set on a dhow ride from mainland to island, you can legally board a dhow in Mombasa that will take you, most likely, to Pemba.
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The on board personnel hands out free sickness bags at the start of the journey. .Flying Horse makes the same journey for $20. However, it will take around 4.5 hours whereas the others take 1.5 hours.^ Sea Express and Flying Horse are two other ferries between Unguja and Dar.
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.You may be able to hire a private boat for cheaper, but the trip will take considerably longer and unless you know something about boats, you could be on a vessel that is not equipped for bad weather conditions or an emergency.^ Do you know the one I'm talking about?
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^ You'll see crabs running in the black mud and you may learn about the nine different types of mangrove on the island.
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^ Rigo, Hi partner, I hope you read all my party stories, because you know you were my sidekick, you and I experienced all of what I stated about the Clubs together!!!!
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Remember: you get what you pay for.
.Be aware that the "porters" at the Dar ferry terminal will hassle you for money and expect tips for referring you to "the best boat."^ These are the fastest boats to Dar (assuming they're running) and the price is roughly the same as the other ferries.
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^ Travel Tips (What to pack, what to leave at home, and what to expect when you get there) .
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.If you don't want their help, be forceful.^ You'll want to stay there and sleep on the bluff instead of facing the bumpy ride home after dinner – but dinner is worth the trip even if you don't stay overnight.
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The dock is a zoo -- a prime hangout for pickpockets.
Passport. .Although Zanzibar is part of the Union it maintains its own immigration service and you need to have a valid passport to enter, even if you come from mainland Tanzania.^ Visitors entering Zanzibar are required to have a passport.
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^ If you lose your passport you'll need to visit the Ministry of the Interior in Zanzibar in order to get off the island.
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^ There are a small number of consulates in Zanzibar but the capital city of Dar-es-Salaam is where you need to go if you need an embassy.
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By plane

.There are several flights from Dar to Zanzibar.^ There are a small number of consulates in Zanzibar but the capital city of Dar-es-Salaam is where you need to go if you need an embassy.
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^ There are several charter airlines that will fly to Pemba for a large group or may sell you a seat on a scheduled flight.
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^ There are several local hospitals in Stone Town but tourists should always try Zanzibar Medical and Diagnostic Centre .
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.Air Excel, Regional Air, Precision Air and ZanAir, Coastal Aviation, Tropical Air, Sky Aviation, Zantas Air Services, Flightlink Air Charters, Ilyas Aviation, Northern Air, Auric Air, Kenya Airways, Uganda Airways, Air Tanzania, Kili Air, Tanzanair, SafariAirLink, Fly540, to mention a few Tanzania scheduled and charter operators.^ Various charter companies also operate flights to and from Zanzibar but schedules are subject to passenger volume.
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^ Pemba has one airport that services charter flights but at this writing there are no regularly scheduled flights to and from the Pemba airport.
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As of January 2009, Coastal was charging $160.- USD for a return flight from Dar with a 15kg baggage limit preferably in soft bags. .The planes are small so luggage can be an issue if you're doing a lot of shopping.^ Makunduchi is a long drive, but the village has most of what you may need including a small post office, a bank, and quite a few little shops.
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^ Hippe, keep doing what you're doing, as long as it is viable and satisfying to you.
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A Precision Air ticket will cost a bit less but with a more generous baggage allowance.
Zanzibar has two (2) departure taxes. .Domestic flights: 5,000 Tsh (or $5) and International flights: $30. When returning to your own country, you will be charged $30 as an exit tax.^ If you do not have a Zanzibari driver's license, you are obliged to purchase a TSh 3,000 police permit to drive, good for one day only.
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^ Bring your own food and drinks because you can't even buy water on Bawe.
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.The customs sign asks for dollars, so it's probably safer to keep $30 in cash for when you leave.^ You'll have to ask a local resident where it is because it doesn't have a sign.
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^ Keep in mind that you'll have to do quite a bit of asking around to find out where the shows are.
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^ There is no guide at the location and it is difficult to find without a one - ask local villagers and keep your eyes open for the SMZ sign if you're not being driven by a guide.
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.Check first to see if you can pay the tax in Tanzanian Shillings.^ Paje is the first village at the end of the road to the southeast and there's a police check (as are common on Zanzibari roads but nothing to worry about) as you approach the village.
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^ First, check out my Podcast at http://djhenrock913.podomatic.com I put a Zanzibar mix on there I hope you all can enjoy.
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.Many travel agents on mainland Tanzania are not aware that this tax has to be paid in cash only and may add it to your ticket fare so it is better to cross-check before you purchase the ticket.^ They may also be more aware than your regular physician of the possible health threats in your destinations and can prescribe medications accordingly.
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^ Keep in mind that, after you buy your ticket, you'll need to pay the Port Tax of TSh 500 (if you're going to a Tanzanian destination) and it's a good idea to do this the day before departure just to prevent last minute rushing.
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^ Customs is mandatory at the airport and a cursory check will be made of your luggage resulting in a chalk mark on each bag to get you past the guards and out the door.
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Taxi

.There are a number of taxis waiting for passengers when you exit the terminal.^ A taxi from town should take you there for no more than TSh 2,500.
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^ There are a small number of consulates in Zanzibar but the capital city of Dar-es-Salaam is where you need to go if you need an embassy.
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.Despite having a "list" of prices for the various tourist destinations on the island, prices are negotiable.^ Prices vary depending on the island and the number of people in the boat.
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.Although you can arrange a pick up at the airport with your hotel or tour company, even a little negotiating will get you a better price than the inflated one quoted by most hotels.^ Tour companies can arrange anything from hotel reservations to Spice Tours.
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^ Ask the hotel where you're staying for reliable tour companies.
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^ Tour agencies can also arrange boat trips as wells as most of the better hotels in town.
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.However, some Stone Town hotels do offer free shuttle service from the airport.^ You can convert them to cash at the People's Bank of Zanzibar, the Forex bureaus at some hotels (International, Mazson's and the Tembo) and at the Forex offices at the port and airport.
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^ These two dala-dalas travel to other villages near Stone Town, but their access routes are the same as traveled by some of the other dala-dalas.
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^ In Mazizini between Stone Town and the airport and viewable on the right on the way to Mbweni Ruins, this church was built in the 1800's by the UMCA and although it is in a remote location, it is still used for services from time to time.
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Get around

.Although taxis are available, you will probably want to walk through Stone Town.^ If you're visiting Stone Town during the full moon and the tide is right – try to go to Sandbar Island for the moonrise.
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^ A taxi from town should take you there for no more than TSh 2,500.
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^ Some places in Stone Town are set up for viewing, and as you walk through town on certain nights you'll see a courtyard filled with blue faces, lit by nothing but the light of a solitary TV screen as they watch a TVZ broadcast.
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After all, most of the alleys are barely wide enough for a bike to pass.
.Journeying outside Stone Town is most comfortably done with a taxi or a private car, however a network of dalla-dallas, small minivans, exist which service all the major villages on the island.^ Islands near Stone Town .
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^ Things to see outside of Stone Town .
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^ There are many tour operators on the island, many of whom have offices in Stone Town.
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.The adventurous, armed with a phrase book and map, will experience a wonderful side of Zanzibar life, which all too often is just another photograph to the typical tourist zooming past.^ See, I used to hear about the Zanzibar and thought what was all the hype was about it was just a club, Yeah until I got in there.
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^ JeffW Boy, just hearing the name Club zanzibar brings back fond memories, some of the best times in my life were spent there.
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.A private car is of course a lot more expensive than a dalla-dalla, $15 compared to $3. It will take you about 2 hours to get to Nungwi, on the northern tip of the island.^ About a 30-minute boat ride and slightly more expensive than the boat to Prison Island, this island is much less visited.
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^ You'll see crabs running in the black mud and you may learn about the nine different types of mangrove on the island.
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^ Don't forget to take a peek and pick up some souvenirs for the folks back home but try the gift shops first – they have better stamp selections and better hours than the Post Office, and they give you more time to browse.
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.Many hotels are happy to arrange a taxi for a transfer to the harbor, airport, spice tour or to another hotel.^ Tour companies can arrange anything from hotel reservations to Spice Tours.
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^ Tour agencies can also arrange boat trips as wells as most of the better hotels in town.
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Beware, however, as they get commissions from taxis and so the prices tend to be higher. For example, your hotel might say that an airport transfer is $10, while out on the streets of Stone Town there are so many taxi drivers needing business you'll probably be able to negotiate the price down to $6.
Avoid street hawkers and sellers by ignoring them completely. Do not even say hello or make eye contact. .It is the most efficient way of getting rid of them, some may be dangerous.^ I realize I may be loosing some of you now because I'm really going way-back.
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.If they try to sell you a tour, you may never see he or she again.^ You'll see crabs running in the black mud and you may learn about the nine different types of mangrove on the island.
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^ Watch your guide closely because, if he sneaks up on the monkeys, they may try to pee on you.
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^ So you may want to consider stopping off there on your way to or from the coast (see the chapter called Tours).
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.Book from an office, and make sure to state that you walked in without help from anyone.^ Anyone remember a song "without you".
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  • Zanziabar Island, a.k.a., The Spice Island, was an important stop in the Spice Trade centuries ago. .Today, it is one of the few places in the world where saffron is produced, and many other Middle Eastern/Asian spices (cardamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, etc.^ All along the tour there are kiosks where tourists can buy packaged spices including the following: turmeric, tandoori, vanilla beans and extract, masala, hot chilies, black pepper (ground or whole), cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks or powder, saffron (not locally grown but affordable), ginger, and others.
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    ) are grown here. .For $10-$15 you can go on a spice tour, which winds you around the island, showing you how anise (licorice) grows; letting you sample some of the exotic fruit grown on the island; and allowing you to tour the beautiful plantations.
  • Jozani Forest has excellent nature trails, featuring some very exotic (and large) trees.^ On the road to the southeast coast are some fun places to visit, such as Jozani Forest (the road actually drives through the conservation area) and ZALA park.
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    ^ He'll show you around but he was not able to answer any of our questions that were posed in Kiswahili.
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    ^ Vanilla is a vine that grows on large trees and cardamom seeds grow at the base of large, ginger-cousin light green plant that has shoots or runners from which the seeds are picked.
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    .Even more interesting, though, are the Red Colobus Monkeys that live here.^ You also had Shaniques which though catering to a more straight crowd did have it's share of influence (with it's living room style club which I believe influenced Sensations later on).
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    ^ Philise and C. Jones though I am a little younger and have never met either of you, we share so similar lives as I believe many who come here do.
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    ^ The Red Colobus monkeys are indigenous only to Zanzibar and they are e about 1,000 strong in and around the protected forest.
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    Native to the Island, these monkeys are now nearly extinct. They are very curious and playful and will likely pose for a picture. .The entry fee (8$) also include an optional visit to a beautiful mangrove forest which is highly recommended.
  • There are a number of historically important (and frankly, just plain beautiful) buildings in Stone Town, like The House of Wonders and The Arab Fort.^ Only 226 or about 13 per cent of Stone Town's buildings are considered to be in good condition – the remaining structures are either deteriorating or in ruins.
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    ^ Located just south of the Serena in Stone Town, the Sand Bar is only about a 30-minute boat ride from town.
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    ^ There's one in the same building as TTCL in Stone Town; it's called ASKO and it's on the left hand side of the building.
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    .It is easy to arrange a simple walking tour with a local guide who can teach you some history.
  • The market in Stone Town is one of the largest, most vibrant open-air markets anywhere.^ While walking tours are nice and can be arranged with a guide, getting lost in Stone Town is fun and harmless.
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    ^ Some of the ruins are well marked and easy to find if you're self-driving but others are almost unmarked and overgrown requiring a driver in order to find them.
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    ^ One night my friends were not going so I decided to go by my self good OL NJ TRANSIT, I walked from penn station up market st to broad st and it was on.
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    .Here, you can find several varieties of bananas, "elephant garlic" unique to the island, the largest avocados you'll probably ever see, and more.^ As more details are release, it'll be posted here.
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    ^ Keep in mind that you'll have to do quite a bit of asking around to find out where the shows are.
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    ^ If you lose your passport you'll need to visit the Ministry of the Interior in Zanzibar in order to get off the island.
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    Prices are extremely reasonable. Even if you have no intentions of purchasing food, the spectacle alone is worth a visit.

Do

.There are a lot of things to do on Zanzibar Island.^ Some of the best diving off Zanzibar is reported to be around Mnemba Island and for experienced divers, there are some challenging dives off Mnemba and Nungwi.
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^ In addition to the two main islands, there are many other islands and islets in the Zanzibar archipelago which stretches from the top of Pemba to the south point of Unguja.
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^ There was a prison built on the island after the General had left but it was never used for its intended purpose, instead housing quarantined visitors to Zanzibar.
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It just depends on where your interests lie.
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  • Stone Town, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most unique cities in the world.^ There's one in the same building as TTCL in Stone Town; it's called ASKO and it's on the left hand side of the building.
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    ^ One of Stone Town's oldest mosques, the Malindi Mosque was built by the Sunni sect in a typical simple style.
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    ^ Across from the mosque entrance is an old mausoleum, one of the few left in Stone Town.
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    .Blending Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions and architectures, it is possible to spend days winding through Stone Town's labyrinthine alleys; shopping; drinking tea; and visiting the city's historic sites.^ It is the only town on Pemba that has a city center feel to it with a central market, a hotel and, albeit small, a strip of shops.
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    ^ If you're visiting Stone Town during the full moon and the tide is right – try to go to Sandbar Island for the moonrise.
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    ^ Fumba is only 15 km from Stone Town and the village does welcome visitors just don't expect to find a dive shop in the region.
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    .Be sure to take sun screen, a hat and lots of water since your tour through Stone Town can be quite tiresome.
  • Visit Slave Market, The site of the old Slave Market is quite an experience.^ There are many tour operators on the island, many of whom have offices in Stone Town.
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    ^ Bububu is a village just outside of Stone Town to the north and it is also the gateway to the Spice Tours.
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    ^ There are other rumors about the name of the town but no one is quite sure what the origin is.
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    .Go into the holding chambers to see how this wretched piece of history played itself out in small dark dungeon-type cells.^ Going in the dark and comming out the sunlight welcomed me...
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    Priced at $3 or TS3.5 its well worth it.
.In the tourist areas around the waterfront, Kenyatta Road and Shangani Road, you will be beset by all manner of papasi, touts and others wanting to offer you taxis, spice tours, music, gifts, etc.^ Gizenga Street, off Kenyatta Road by the Post Office is an excellent street for finding all the things mentioned above plus postcards, stamps, skin-covered drums, spices, and antiques.
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^ Because the town is small and all roads eventually lead to either the waterfront or large, car-traffic roads, tourists can wander and explore while they take in the sights; eventually, they will arrive at a building or landmark visible on a map.
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^ If you show an interest in the park and the animals, Muhammed, will give you a personal tour and take you into "labs" and let you in on all his other projects (starting an aviary, frog-catching, salamander hatching, etc.
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A polite but firm No, thanks usually does the trick, but it can get exhausting. .Best thing to do here is wander into the more residential alleys where you won't be disturbed.^ Not all of the large resorts are this way, but it's a good thing to look into if you're going to spend some time at one.
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  • Be certain to have dinner on the wharf near Blue's Restaurant in Stone Town.^ Islands near Stone Town .
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    ^ For most of the islands near Stone Town it is easy to find a boat pilot.
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    ^ These two dala-dalas travel to other villages near Stone Town, but their access routes are the same as traveled by some of the other dala-dalas.
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    .Every evening, for just a few dollars, you can sample local fish, food, drinks, and hear local music.
  • Visit Forodhani Gardens If you are not scared of local food, then this place is definitely worth a visit.^ It has definitely been worth the hearing loss that I suffered.
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    ^ Bring your own food and drinks because you can't even buy water on Bawe.
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    ^ The atoll is home to quite a few dolphins and you can expect to see them regularly and even swim with them if you can catch them.
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    It is possibly the cheapest food you will find on the island, and value for money too. Ranging from crab claws, calamari steaks to plain old chips done in big woks. You are well advised to try the local sugar cane juice. The curio market can be found next to the food market. .Here you will find all the gifts you may want to take back to friends and loved ones.^ As soon as we got in, we would race upstairs and dance ALL NITE. Walking out in the daylite and all Wet from dancing, and taking a quick nap and back up dancing again!!
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    ^ May you ALL REST IN PEACE! "You go boys" up there in Heaven until its time for us to join you all once again!!!!
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    ^ I realize I may be loosing some of you now because I'm really going way-back.
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    Do not buy the first thing you see. .First take a walk through the market, and you will see prices get progressively less.^ Visitors should act less like they're walking through a human zoo and more as if they are guests in a foreign land.
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    ^ The mangrove walk is about an hour from start to finish but that's only because you have to walk through someone's farm for ten to 15 minutes before reaching the boardwalk of the mangrove.
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    ^ For the nature walk, the monkey walk and the mangrove walk, a guide will take you in and a nominal fee must be paid before going in.
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    .You must always haggle and bargain with the vendors or try to set the prices off against each other.^ No one will try to rip you off in a crowded market or square unless you make it easy for them by putting your camera or bag down unattended.
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    ^ Be sure to locate the spare tyre , jack, and other essentials before setting off to Nungwi or Paje where roads can be in poor condition.
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    .This is their way of doing business and it also ensures that you get the best price.
  • Spice tours are being offered by many companies, they take you out to a spice farm, where your guide will show you how things like cinnamon, jack fruit and kukurma are grown, and will let you taste most of them.^ Hippie, you keep doing your thing the way you always knew how to do it!!
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    ^ Once inside the aquarium (a lagoon in coral rock surrounded by makuti walls) you'll walk on a boardwalk from which your guide will throw seaweed to the turtles.
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    ^ Customs is mandatory at the airport and a cursory check will be made of your luggage resulting in a chalk mark on each bag to get you past the guards and out the door.
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    .Be wary of buying them on the street, in which case the tout might just take your money without a booking.^ In some cases there will be a guide to tell you a brief history, but often there isn't even a person to collect your money or check your receipt.
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    .Another common scam is for a tout to follow you into (or give you directions to) the office, in which case the tour price will change from $10 to $15, with you paying the commision.
  • The East Beaches are popular among travelers.^ Travelers’ Cheques are accepted at large hotels and restaurants and can be exchanged for local currencies at Bureaux de Change as long as you have your passport with you and the Cheques are properly signed.
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    ^ The office doesn't have much, but can help to book beach bungalows and bandas (another word for bungalow but usually meant as a modest accommodation on the beach) on the East Coast of the island.
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    ^ While traveling in East Africa, a trip to the doctor is recommended should you have a question or notice that you're feeling a little off.
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    .The sand is brilliant white, and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are a deep teal.^ For a small island in the southern waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar has a long and unexpected history.
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    Here, you can:
  • Find plenty of opportunities for scuba diving; Rising Sun Dive Center [1] (based at the Breezes beach resort, equally well recommended) is PADI accredited and well recommend, taking divers out onto the beautiful (and un-touched) reefs.
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  • Kimikazi Dolphin Tour For $25-$35 You can take this beautiful (but not necessarily moral) tour.^ There are many boats and captains who will take you out on a dolphin safari.
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    .This includes a ride from Stone Town to the village of Kimikazi in the south tip of the island, a few hours boat tour that includes snorkeling and chasing dolphins, local lunch, nap on the beach and an optional tour to Jozani Forest (see above).^ It's a short boat ride from town.
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    ^ Islands near Stone Town .
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    ^ Things to see outside of Stone Town .
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    The full tours leaves town at 8AM and comeback at 5PM - A complete day of fun and a very memorable experience, especially for the dolphins.
  • Arrange for a ride on a local's dhow (a carved, wooden boat).
  • Sit and stare at the water for hours on end.
  • Kendwa Beach on the North Western coast is beautiful. .Here you can swim during low and high tide, which is not always possible on the East side of the island.^ Sandbar Island is an island only at low tide.
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    ^ When the tide is out on the East Coast, there's no sea swimming and pools are a welcome import from the modern world.
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    ^ If you're visiting Stone Town during the full moon and the tide is right – try to go to Sandbar Island for the moonrise.
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    Just beware of the "Sea Urchins" that gives a powerful sting if stepped upon during low tide. .Kendwa offers lots of beach bars and restaurants serving everything from pizza to local curries.^ There's a bar and restaurant and a nice beach for sunbathing and swimming.
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    ^ They have a nice bar, offer full board and the rooms are deluxe compared to the surrounding beach bungalows.
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    Kendwa Beach is also known for the Full Moon Party, arranged Saturdays just before or after a full moon. While not as big or extreme as those arranged in Thailand, the parties on Zanzibar attract quite a large group of people, especially when the full moon coincides with public holidays in Europe and North America (i.e. easter and christmas).
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  • Africa house in the stone town was the old english club and explorers like livingstone and stanley relaxed in the bar and billards rooms before exploring the main land.^ I'm 44 years old from Newark, NJ; I started clubbing in the clubs in 1981 at Z-Bar & Docks.
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    ^ Located just south of the Serena in Stone Town, the Sand Bar is only about a 30-minute boat ride from town.
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    ^ Tourist information can be obtained from the Zanzibar Tourist Corporation located in the Livingstone House on the Bububu Road just outside of Stone Town.
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    the billards now is a pool hall that plays english pool with american looking balls.
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  • Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, (Located near to Jozani National Park), [2].^ Located on Creek Road near the intersection of Kuanda Road and designed by the same architect who designed the High Court, J. H. Sinclair, the National Museum is home to many of Zanzibar's memorabilia including, most notably, Livingstone's medical chest.
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    9AM - 5PM. .The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is a community development project and tourist destination just down the road from Jozani Forest.^ Kizimkazi (broken into two villages just down the road from each other) is well known for the dolphins that live off the shore.
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    ^ On the road to the southeast coast are some fun places to visit, such as Jozani Forest (the road actually drives through the conservation area) and ZALA park.
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    ^ Tourist information can be obtained from the Zanzibar Tourist Corporation located in the Livingstone House on the Bububu Road just outside of Stone Town.
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    .Revenue from admissions is used to pay farmers in the village sustainably farming butterflies.^ The farms are easy to spot at low tide because of the sticks popping up out of the water, but use caution walking through the villages so as not to trample the harvest.
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    .This genuine little project really makes a real difference to the farmers' income and provides a wonderful experience for visitors as they can see spectacular local species flying close at hand in a beautiful tropical garden. $5 per person.
    ^ If possible, see an Infectious Disease or Tropical Disease specialist because they will have perishable vaccinations on hand and won't have to order them.
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    ^ There are only two guesthouses in Kizimkazi and they both play host to visitors who are there in hopes of seeing dolphins.
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.Zanzibar currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH), which is exchanged at a rate of around 1EUR = TSH1600. On the beaches, US $ and TSH are accepted.^ The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSh) and at the time this guide was printed the rate was at 680 per dollar but expected to settle to about 640.
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.However, $1 = TSH 1000, which is much less than the official exchange rate.^ Many doors have Koranic inscriptions and some of the older doors found in town are much less ornate than the later ones.
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^ About a 30-minute boat ride and slightly more expensive than the boat to Prison Island, this island is much less visited.
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^ Pemba's infrastructure is also less developed than Unguja and it is much less visited by tourists.
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.Best would be to trade some of your dollars or euros for TSH, and use that to buy food.If you buy curios with dollars and euros you will get a better deal, since the hawkers are more prone to bargaining when buying with foreign currency.^ It waes the best club in the world with some of the best DJ's that jersey would have ever known.
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^ It is available via MP3 download or you can buy the CD. You can also buy some on HTFR.com.
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^ It's like it connects us all in some way, and puts a smile on your face as you read the comments reminising about the fun you had.
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Remember! You get a better exchange rate on large $-notes i.e. $ 50,100 than on smaller $-notes i.e. $20, $ 10. There are four ATMs on the island, all in Stone Town. .A store that accepts credit card payment is a rarity.^ Credit cards are accepted at large hotels and restaurants only.
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Don't rely totally on your bank card. Take extra cash or traveler's checks.
.Stone Town is a one-stop-souvenir-shopping for the traveler.^ One of Stone Town's oldest mosques, the Malindi Mosque was built by the Sunni sect in a typical simple style.
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^ Fumba is only 15 km from Stone Town and the village does welcome visitors just don't expect to find a dive shop in the region.
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^ These two dala-dalas travel to other villages near Stone Town, but their access routes are the same as traveled by some of the other dala-dalas.
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You can find beautiful textiles, handmade jewelry, intricate wood or stone carvings, spices, knick-knacks, and the list goes on and on . . .
Buy a cookbook and spices. .Take the trip home with you!^ If you stick to the main roads, take a guide at night and leave the diamond-studded Rolex at home, you'll be unlikely and very unlucky to get robbed.
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^ You'll want to stay there and sleep on the bluff instead of facing the bumpy ride home after dinner – but dinner is worth the trip even if you don't stay overnight.
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Beware that many of the vendors sell fake saffron (appears waxy like a shredded red crayon).
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  • Hurumzi, earlier known as Emerson and Green and later as Emerson's Tower Top Restaurant, is well worth a visit.^ Some restaurants feature Ngoma on certain nights (Friday night at Emerson's & Green Tower Top Restaurant is Ngoma night).
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    ^ The recently restored Old Dispensary, also known as the Aga Khan Cultural Centre is worth a visit for the small museum on the upper level that describes and depicts the restoration process.
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    It can be found at 236 Hurumzi Street in Stone Town. Amazing food and sublime atmosphere. While dinner is quite expensive and has to be booked in advance, the rooftop view of the sunset punctuated by the sound of prayer calls is not to be missed.
  • Kidude, near Hurumzi, serves traditional Zanzibari cuisine at moderate prices.
  • Forodhani Market is a nightly affair by the water. .You can purchase 'Zanzibari pizza' or get all sorts of grilled seafood and meat for less than $1 per serving.^ They are more expensive than guesthouses and they have less Zanzibari/African flavor than the small guesthouses.
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    ^ If you do not have a Zanzibari driver's license, you are obliged to purchase a TSh 3,000 police permit to drive, good for one day only.
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    Also available are banana and chocolate pancakes which are to die for (Note: bring an extra bar of chocolate for them to add to your pancake). .Some consider the market to be overrated -- the food quality can be mixed and there will be papasi or touts who may hassle you.^ May you ALL REST IN PEACE! "You go boys" up there in Heaven until its time for us to join you all once again!!!!
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    ^ I realize I may be loosing some of you now because I'm really going way-back.
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    ^ The beaches are breathtaking all along the coast, but you may want to look into the tides before setting off to be sure there's some water to wade in when you arrive.
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    The twilight atmosphere however makes for a nice setting to have a cheap meal. .While Forodhani Gardens by the waterfront is temporarily closed due to renovation work, the nightly market is still in business, moved to the streets near The House of Wonders.
  • Amore Mio, on Shangani Street, serves good Italian gelati ice cream, pizzas and pasta (~ $10-15 per person).
  • Monsoon Restaurant, just to the west of the Tunnel at the edge of the harbour and the southern corner of Forodhani Gardens.
  • near the harbor there are lots of people selling food on the street, like chapati and fried fish.
  • Passing Show Restaurant, next to the Malindi Police Station just outside the harbor.^ I'll be visiting Newark (from Chicago) 1/9-10/2009 and wondering where I can CURRENTLY hear classic house like from back in the day??
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    ^ The Streets of Downtown still play classic club, house, gospel house on the corner and hip-hop on the next with a little classic soul for good measure.
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    ^ N.J. A lot of people that I know from Fl don't like club music.
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    .A place where they have very decent local food, like pilau, and all sorts of stews.^ I am very LUCKY and PROUD to have lived in the time and place it all started.
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    .All the men go there in the evening to drink tea.^ May you ALL REST IN PEACE! "You go boys" up there in Heaven until its time for us to join you all once again!!!!
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    ^ I am here in VA where there is no club music and I go to youtube a lot to get some mixes but I heard the all b4 for.
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    ^ I used to go there just to hear my favorite song o all times to this day.
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    .Muslim place, so no alcohol.
  • Mercury, near the port, is dedicated to Freddy Mercury who was born on the island.^ Born Farok Bulsara on September 5, 1946 in Zanzibar, Freddie Mercury succeeded in becoming one of, if not the , most famous Asian pop star in the UK and America.
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    Excellent food and cold beers. .Nice view over the harbor and bay.
  • Serena Hotel, Stone Town, has a very nice restaurant with live music almost everyday.^ Located just south of the Serena in Stone Town, the Sand Bar is only about a 30-minute boat ride from town.
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    ^ Try the Old Fort in town and ask around at hotels and restaurants.
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    ^ The population of the archipelago is estimated at over 740,000 while the population of Unguja is estimated at almost 450,000, forty per cent of which live in Stone Town.
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    .Beautiful view of the ocean and excellent, although expensive, food.
  • Botanic Country Resort, Tunguu central region, 14km from the Stone Town towards the East Coast behind the new Tanzanian Houses of Parliament.^ The first train in East Africa ran from Bububu to Stone Town and the main water source for Stone Town is located in Bububu.
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    ^ Fumba is only 15 km from Stone Town and the village does welcome visitors just don't expect to find a dive shop in the region.
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    ^ It got its name by being the first house in Stone Town with electric lights.
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    Taarab Square and Kipepeo Grill and Pub/Beer Garden with discotheque on weekends, live music on public holidays including outdoor cinema and live sports events on giant screens. Beautiful Gardens, food is from traditional Swahili & Zanzibarian dishes to International Cuisine.
  • Blues Restaurant, on the water, has closed down.

Drink

.While predominantly a Muslim community, small bars can be found everywhere in Zanzibar.^ The people of Zanzibar are predominantly Muslim, about 95% of the population being followers of Islam.
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Try the ginger beer - tangawizi. The sugar cane juice and fresh coconut milk are not to be missed.
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  • Africa House Ice cold beer and a huge balcony that overlooks the ocean - great at sunset.
  • Taarab Square At the Botanic Country Resort, Tunguu Central Region offers reasonably priced spirits and drinks compared to most of the bars on the island.^ Nationals from Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Finland, Iceland, Kenya, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Zimbabwe, most Caribbean island countries, and many island states of the Pacific and Indian Oceans are not required to have a Tanzanian visa for entry, but all others must.
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    ^ They have a nice bar, offer full board and the rooms are deluxe compared to the surrounding beach bungalows.
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    .Live sports bars and the only outdoor cinema showing Indian, African and English movies, discotheque over weekends and live music on public holidays.
  • Various Beach Bars On the beaches you will find beach bars who will supply you with good local beer and cocktails.^ Keep in mind that you'll have to do quite a bit of asking around to find out where the shows are.
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    ^ Keep in mind that the only natural fabrics you will find are cottons in the form of West African prints, locally-worn kangas (printed in India) and imported plain cotton in different colors.
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    ^ Philise and C. Jones though I am a little younger and have never met either of you, we share so similar lives as I believe many who come here do.
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    You must try a Dawa-cocktail!

Sleep

Zanzibar does not offer much of cheap accommodation. .Most budget hotels in Stone Town charge 30$ per night and more.^ The population of the archipelago is estimated at over 740,000 while the population of Unguja is estimated at almost 450,000, forty per cent of which live in Stone Town.
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^ Only 226 or about 13 per cent of Stone Town's buildings are considered to be in good condition – the remaining structures are either deteriorating or in ruins.
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^ Located just south of the Serena in Stone Town, the Sand Bar is only about a 30-minute boat ride from town.
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Choosing a cheaper option will probably demand compromising on location, quality and most probably both. When selecting accommodation be sure to also consider safety aspects. .In spring 2008 there has been a series of armed robberies in east coast hotels.^ When the tide is out on the East Coast, there's no sea swimming and pools are a welcome import from the modern world.
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Latest incident happened on the 17th of September 2008 in Cristal Resort hotel, where a tourist was shot and critically wounded. Cristal Resort was also similarly targeted in March 2008, and due to the lack of security measures should be avoided.
Also see Nungwi, Paje, Kendwa, Matemwe and Kilombero
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  • Zanzibar Hotel [3] is a newly refurbished hotel in Stone Town.^ Zanzibar's capital and largest town is Stone Town, located in the middle of the west coast of Unguja.
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    ^ Tourist information can be obtained from the Zanzibar Tourist Corporation located in the Livingstone House on the Bububu Road just outside of Stone Town.
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    ^ There are several local hospitals in Stone Town but tourists should always try Zanzibar Medical and Diagnostic Centre .
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    .It was originally the first hotel on Zanzibar island.
  • Flamingo Guest House is a great budget place 10 minutes from the city centre.^ Easily accessible for the people of the African mainland, the Zanzibar islands are believed to have been settled first by Africans, some three to four thousand years ago.
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    ^ In 1870 the island was used to anchor the first telegraph cables to Zanzibar linking it with Aden, South Africa and the Seychelles.
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    ^ A group of girls from Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island would spend the night at a girlfriends house in Staten Island and head to the Zanzibar.
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    It is simple, clean and all rooms have a shared bathroom. The breakfast is quite nice and substantial including fruit, a loaf of bread, eggs, and coffee/tea. .(24,000 TSH)
  • Chavda Hotel is in the middle of Stone Town, 15min by foot from the Harbour (or 1,000 TSH by taxi).^ The population of the archipelago is estimated at over 740,000 while the population of Unguja is estimated at almost 450,000, forty per cent of which live in Stone Town.
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    ^ A taxi from town should take you there for no more than TSh 2,500.
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    ^ Zanzibar's capital and largest town is Stone Town, located in the middle of the west coast of Unguja.
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    Rooms are nice but without luxury. Double beds, 2 single or 3 single beds are available, all with air conditioning and mosquito drapes. .Breakfast is small (it's better to eat around the corner) but the cheap hotel bar is on the roof of the hotel and offers nice views of Stone Town.^ It is the only town on Pemba that has a city center feel to it with a central market, a hotel and, albeit small, a strip of shops.
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    ^ Located just south of the Serena in Stone Town, the Sand Bar is only about a 30-minute boat ride from town.
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    ^ Boat tickets are available from kiosks at the port entrance in the Malindi corner of Stone Town.
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    Rate for a room with double bed was 90 USD incl. breakfast and taxes .(10% charge when you pay by Credit Card).
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel [4] is a small hotel on the eastern side of the island.^ The sign to the ruins is small but an indication that you are nearing it is the rows of old mango trees on each side of the road.
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    ^ Credit cards are accepted at large hotels and restaurants only.
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    ^ Dives can be arranged for Nungwi either in Stone Town before you depart or you can try Paradise Guesthouse, Amaan Beach Bungalows, or the Ras Nungwi Hotel (on the left side of the village).
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    .It is ideal for those looking for a relaxed and secluded "paradise island" experience.
  • Bottoms Up!, an eclectic, unusual hostel in the heart of Stone Town.
  • Pearl Guest House is a simple budget guest house for backpackers.^ Islands near Stone Town .
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    ^ One of Stone Town's oldest mosques, the Malindi Mosque was built by the Sunni sect in a typical simple style.
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    ^ There are many tour operators on the island, many of whom have offices in Stone Town.
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    .Don't expect much (common bathrooms, cold water shower and without breakfast) but the owner is friendly and it offers a very good value for money (8-12$ pp).^ Don't expect a Pina Colada, green coconuts don't have sweet milk – it's more like subtly flavored water – and the meat is delicious.
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    ^ The guides may offer you a green coconut while you're on the tour and they're very good.
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    .The Pearl is located in middle Stone Town, about 5 minutes walk east of the port/ Mercury's Restaurant.^ Only 226 or about 13 per cent of Stone Town's buildings are considered to be in good condition – the remaining structures are either deteriorating or in ruins.
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    ^ Zanzibar's capital and largest town is Stone Town, located in the middle of the west coast of Unguja.
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    ^ Located just south of the Serena in Stone Town, the Sand Bar is only about a 30-minute boat ride from town.
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    .If your are coming from the market, it is about 2 minutes walk east of the junction of Creek Road and Malindi Street.
  • Malindi Guest House, near the fish market (but the smell isn't so bad) is an inexpensive place to stay.^ Zanzibar's 'mall' is across Creek Road near the main market on Darajani Road.
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    ^ The mangrove walk is about an hour from start to finish but that's only because you have to walk through someone's farm for ten to 15 minutes before reaching the boardwalk of the mangrove.
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    ^ They stop on the Stone Town side of Creek Road near the market.
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    .You can get a double room for about $20.
  • Island View Hotel located in Kilimani (right next to Stone Town) is a great option for budget travelers.^ I'm in Snellville, right next to Stone Mountain.
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    ^ Islands near Stone Town .
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    ^ There are many tour operators on the island, many of whom have offices in Stone Town.
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    A night for two people goes for $35-$40 US/night which includes a big breakfast. Rooms have a TV with many channels, clean washrooms, a telephone and the option of air-conditioning. .Staff are very friendly and helpful!
  • Botanic Country House located in Tunguu, central region (behind the new Tanzanian House of Parliament) is a great option for budget travelers who have had enough of the beach.^ Tony Humphries, Larry Patterson, Tee Scott helped create what is now known the soulful house or New Jersey House music.
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    ^ Highly recommended for budget travelers, H Beach Bungalows has a great view of the ocean as well as clean, functioning, facilities and access to the Dive Adventures' dive center at Matemwe Bungalows.
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    A night for two people goes for $40 US/night which includes a tasty breakfast. .Nights are cool and it is a mosquito free environment in the countryside of Zanzibar.
  • Dhow Inn, Paje Beach (Turn left at the Paje junction, go for about 200 meters, then turn right), +255777525828, [5].^ Be careful when going to the beach around Paje or in Chwaka to make sure that you don't walk on someone's farm.
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    ^ Festival of the Dhow Countries All About Zanzibar .
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    checkin: 13.00; checkout: 12.00. .This quiet, comfortable and atmospheric hotel is small and intimate with only 6 rooms.^ It is the only town on Pemba that has a city center feel to it with a central market, a hotel and, albeit small, a strip of shops.
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    .Well equipped rooms, stylish swimming pool, free wifi, attentive staff and the hotel is active with various local NGO's.^ Karafuu and Breezes are well run, serve good meals, and welcome day-trippers for lunch, drinks, and dips in the swimming pool.
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    No small children.
    65$.  .'sleep', 'Zanzibar');return false;" title="click to edit Dhow Inn">edit
  • Tamarind Beach Hotel, Uroa Village, East Coast, +255(0)777411191, [6].^ One of the last villages on the lower half of the northern stretch of the east coast is called Uroa and it is home to the new Zanzibar Safari Club , the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Uroa White Villa .
    • Independent Travel Guide to Zanzibar, Geography, Climate, People, History of Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa, Vacation Travel Companies, Tour Operators, Shopping, Tours, Getting There, Culture, Beaches, Accommodation, Snorkeling/Diving 9 January 2010 10:59 UTC zanzibar.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Resorts on the coast south of and around Pwani Mchangani are Mapenzi Beach Village, Coral Reef Village, Kiwengwa Club Village and Karibu Club Village .
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    ^ For top end traveling, stay at the Ras Nungwi Hotel located almost on its own on the East side of the village.
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    .Bungalow hotel by the Indian Ocean on the east coast of Zanzibar.^ One of the last villages on the lower half of the northern stretch of the east coast is called Uroa and it is home to the new Zanzibar Safari Club , the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Uroa White Villa .
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    ^ The office doesn't have much, but can help to book beach bungalows and bandas (another word for bungalow but usually meant as a modest accommodation on the beach) on the East Coast of the island.
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    ^ Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate that is largely dominated by the Indian Ocean monsoons.
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    Tamarind is affordable Paradise
    US$ 100.  .'sleep', 'Zanzibar');return false;" title="click to edit Tamarind Beach Hotel">edit
  • Fontaine Garden Village, PO.4072 Stone Town Zanzibar (south east coast of Zanzibar in the village of Bwejuu), +255 713419451, +255 714902618 (), [7].^ One of the last villages on the lower half of the northern stretch of the east coast is called Uroa and it is home to the new Zanzibar Safari Club , the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Uroa White Villa .
    • Independent Travel Guide to Zanzibar, Geography, Climate, People, History of Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa, Vacation Travel Companies, Tour Operators, Shopping, Tours, Getting There, Culture, Beaches, Accommodation, Snorkeling/Diving 9 January 2010 10:59 UTC zanzibar.org [Source type: General]

    ^ A four-day-long celebration, Mwaka Kogwa is best observed in Makunduchi, a village in the south part of Zanzibar.
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    ^ Bububu is a village just outside of Stone Town to the north and it is also the gateway to the Spice Tours.
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    .Offers 11 bungalows, some en-suite, some shared facilities.^ Matemwe Bungalows has self-contained bungalows as well as shared facilities and full board is recommended if not essential.
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    ^ Along with some ZTC Bungalows there is the Kigaeni Reef Lodge which offers rooms of different sizes for reasonable rates.
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    .There is also a house that sleeps 5. 20-seat restaurant.^ There's a restaurant in the large house (formerly the General's) and there is a smaller building that serves as a guesthouse.
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    100 meters from the beach. 45 minutes from Stonetown.
     edit
  • Ras Michamvi Beach Resort, Michamvi, +255 24 22 31 081, [8]. .A peaceful hotel on the northern end of the southern East Coast of Zanzibar.^ One of the last villages on the lower half of the northern stretch of the east coast is called Uroa and it is home to the new Zanzibar Safari Club , the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Uroa White Villa .
    • Independent Travel Guide to Zanzibar, Geography, Climate, People, History of Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa, Vacation Travel Companies, Tour Operators, Shopping, Tours, Getting There, Culture, Beaches, Accommodation, Snorkeling/Diving 9 January 2010 10:59 UTC zanzibar.org [Source type: General]

    ^ The farming on the coasts of Zanzibar is a point of contention between residents and hotel owners.
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    ^ For top end traveling, stay at the Ras Nungwi Hotel located almost on its own on the East side of the village.
    • Independent Travel Guide to Zanzibar, Geography, Climate, People, History of Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa, Vacation Travel Companies, Tour Operators, Shopping, Tours, Getting There, Culture, Beaches, Accommodation, Snorkeling/Diving 9 January 2010 10:59 UTC zanzibar.org [Source type: General]

    All 15 rooms are overlooking the Indian Ocean, with powder-white sand.
     edit

Respect

Zanzibar is largely a Muslim community. .Although they are used to Western ways, you should try to be respectful.^ They had many hits back then like: Devotion Suspicions Whatever Makes You Happy That's the Way Love is I Should Learn to Love You My Peace of Heaven Posted Nov 16, 07 .
  • Club Zanzibar : Disco Clubs at DiscoMusic.com 9 January 2010 10:59 UTC www.discomusic.com [Source type: General]

^ Sometimes you'll be told that you have also to visit immigration on your way out, but most likely they'll be more interested in a cursory inspection of your bags on your way in.
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^ Watch your guide closely because, if he sneaks up on the monkeys, they may try to pee on you.
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This means:
.
  • Women and men should make an effort to cover their legs and arms.
  • Be discreet when drinking alcohol.
  • During Ramadan -- the month of fasting -- travelers should avoid eating and drinking during the daytime.^ When in town women and men should have their shoulders and knees covered.
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    ^ Ramadhan is a holy month in which drinking, smoking, and eating in public are prohibited.
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    ^ The Muslim population expects and appreciates men and women alike to keep their knees and shoulders covered while in the streets.
    • Independent Travel Guide to Zanzibar, Geography, Climate, People, History of Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa, Vacation Travel Companies, Tour Operators, Shopping, Tours, Getting There, Culture, Beaches, Accommodation, Snorkeling/Diving 9 January 2010 10:59 UTC zanzibar.org [Source type: General]

    Also, be sure not to smoke in front of people, nor chew gum, and it is polite to avoid talking about the nice lunch you had.

Get out

.You can take the night ferry to Dar, it's the cheapest option, $20, and you also save a night's stay in a hotel.^ Please, please do not forget to give the location as sonas you can as several people are flying in and we'll stay at the same hotel.
  • Club Zanzibar : Disco Clubs at DiscoMusic.com 9 January 2010 10:59 UTC www.discomusic.com [Source type: General]

It leaves at 22h00, and arrives at about 06h00 in Dar.
This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

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.There is more than one meaning of Zanzibar discussed in the 1911 Encyclopedia.^ A taxi from town should take you there for no more than TSh 2,500.
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^ Lovesexy1 There will NEVER, EVER, be another Club like ZANS! I have been to numerous clubs in NY back in the late 70's early 80's and NOTHING, I MEAN NOTHING beats ZANZIBAR's!!!
  • Club Zanzibar : Disco Clubs at DiscoMusic.com 9 January 2010 10:59 UTC www.discomusic.com [Source type: General]

^ Many have tried but no one I mean no one will ever be able to recapture the vibe and love of ZANZIBAR!!!!
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.We are planning to let all links go to the correct meaning directly, but for now you will have to search it out from the list below by yourself.^ Not all of the large resorts are this way, but it's a good thing to look into if you're going to spend some time at one.
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^ Willie Rivera Oh my how can you all forget the search lights and Happy Birth Tony at Zanzibar!!!!
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^ May you ALL REST IN PEACE! "You go boys" up there in Heaven until its time for us to join you all once again!!!!
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.If you want to change the link that led you here yourself, it would be appreciated.^ We would love to speak to you in person or send out a Q&A to accurately document this dance music culture here in NJ esp Essex County.
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English

Etymology

Possibly from Persian "زنگی" (zangi) and "بار" (bâr).

Proper noun

Singular
Zanzibar
Plural
-
Zanzibar
  1. Island region of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean.

Translations


Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /dzandzibar/

Proper noun

Zanzibar f.
  1. Zanzibar

Simple English

Zanzibar
—  Both Islands  —
File:Flag of
Flag
Map of Zanzibar's main island
Zanzibar is part of Tanzania
Coordinates: 6°8′S 39°19′E / 6.133°S 39.317°E / -6.133; 39.317
Country Tanzania
Islands Unguja and Pemba
Capital Zanzibar City
Settled AD 1000
Government
 - Type semi-autonomous part of Tanzania
 - President Amani Abeid Karume
Area
 - Total 637 sq mi (1,651 km2)
Population (2004)
 - Total 1,070,000

Zanzibar is the name of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean 25–50 km off the coast of East Africa. There are numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as 'Zanzibar'), and Pemba Island.

The archipelago was once the separate state of Zanzibar, which united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania (derived from the two names). Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous within the union, with its own government.

The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. The city's old quarter, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.

The people are mostly African Bantu, with some asians of Indian origin.[1]

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Politics

Zanzibar has its own government, known as the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. It is made up of the Revolutionary Council and House of Representatives.

the main Parties are the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and the Civic United Front (CUF). Since the early 1990s, the politics of the archipelago have been marked by repeated violent clashes between these two political parties.

Independence claimed

In October 2009, Zanzibar President Amani Karume met with CUF Secretary Seif Shariff Hamad at the State House to discus how to save Zanzibar from future political turmoil and to end the backlash between them,[2] a move which was welcomed by many people including the USA[3] and political parties. It was the first time CUF agreed to recognize Karume as the legitimate president of Zanzibar.

The relationship between Zanzibar government and Tanzanian Mainland has not been good in recent years since Tanzania Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda's remark about the Isles' sovereignty. He said that Zanzibar is not an independent country outside the Union Government, within which it can only exercise its sovereignty.[4]

Members from both the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), and the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) disagreed with Mr Pinda's interpretation and stand firmly in recognizing Zanzibar as a fully autonomous and full state.[5] The move was not recognized by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

In 2008, Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete tried to silence the debate when he addressed the nation in a live conference by saying that Zanzibar is a state internal but semi-state international. There the matter rests for the time being.

A proposal to amend Zanzibar’s laws to allow rival parties to form governments of national unity was adopted by 66.4 per cent of voters, after official results of a referendum which was held on July 31, 2010.[6]

Religion

Zanzibar is 95% Islamic in religion, and has been so for hundreds of years. It was once part of the Persian Empire, then under the Caliphate of Oman. It was ruled by a Sultan.

Zanzibar was conquered by the British in the late 19th century. The islands were involved in the Arab slave trade, and the British conquest was an attempt to stop this. They appointed puppet rulers, and Zanzibar became a 'protectorate', not a colony.

Zanzibar gained independence on 10th December 1963 from the British.

Spices

Zanzibar's main industries are spices (which include cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper), raffia, and tourism. Zanzibar is also the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus and the elusive Zanzibar Leopard. The word "Zanzibar" probably derives from the Persian زنگبار, Zangi-bar ("coast of the blacks") and it is also known as Zanji-bar in Arabic. Zanzibar is sometimes referred to as the "Spice Islands," a term that is more often used for the Maluku Islands in Indonesia. Pemba Island is the only island apart from Zanzibar that still produces cloves on a major basis which is the primary source of spice income for the islands.

Economy

The islands are poor, and the economy is in trouble. Zanzibaris are living a hard life compare to the mainland. In 2000, the annual income per capita was US$220.[7]

During May and June 2008, Zanzibar suffered a major failure of its electricity system, which left the island without electricity for nearly a month. Another blackout happened from December 2009 to March 2010, due to a problem with the submarine cables and the local plant. This led to a serious and ongoing shock to the island's fragile economy, which is heavily dependent on foreign tourism.

Cloves

Zanzibar's economy is based primarily on the production of cloves (90% grown on the island of Pemba), the principal foreign exchange earner. Exports have suffered with the downturn in the clove market.

The clove, originally from the Moluccan Islands (Indonesia), was introduced to Zanzibar by the Omani sultans in the first half of the XIX century.[8] Zanzibar, mainly Pemba Island, was once the world's leading clove producer,[9] but annual clove sales have plummeted by 80% since the 1970s. Zanzibar's clove industry has been crippled by a fast-moving global market, and international competition.

Tanzania's failed experiment with socialism in the 1960s and 1970s, when the government controlled clove prices and exports, is also a factor. Zanzibar now ranks a distant third with Indonesia supplying 75% of the world's cloves compared to Zanzibar's 7%.[9]

Other options

Zanzibar exports spices, seaweed and fine raffia. It also has a large fishing and dugout canoe production.

Tourism is a major foreign currency earner. A number of new hotels and resorts having been built in recent years.

The Government of Zanzibar legalized foreign exchange bureaux on the islands. The effect was to increase the availability of consumer commodities. The government has also established a free port area. This stimulates trade and support services. There is a management system for re-exportation of goods.[10]

There is also a possibility of oil exploration in Zanzibar on the island of Pemba. Oil would help boost the economy of Zanzibar, but there have been disagreements about dividends between the Tanzanian mainland and Zanzibar, the latter claiming the oil should be excluded in Union matters. A Norwegian consultant has been sent to Zanzibar to investigate its oil potential.[11]

References

  1. "People and Culture - Zanzibar Travel Guide". zanzibar-travel-guide.com. http://www.zanzibar-travel-guide.com/bradt_guide.asp?bradt=1844. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  2. "?". ippmedia.com. http://ippmedia.com/. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  3. "Welcome to VPP Zanzibar, Tanzania". United States Virtual Presence Post. U.S. Department of State. http://zanzibar-tanzania.usvpp.gov/. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. "Zanzibar: Premier under fire on Zanzibar status". Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. July 10, 2008. http://www.unpo.org/article/8392. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  5. Salma Said (July 27, 2008). "Zanzibar is a sovereign state, says minister". Daily Nation. http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/443430/-/14apsamz/-/index.html. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  6. "?". http://ippmedia.com. http://ippmedia.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  7. Education in Zanzibar - Southern and Eastern African consortium for monitoring educational quality
  8. Professor Trevor Marchand. Oman & Zanzibar: The Sultans of Oman. Archaeological Tours.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Edmund Sanders (24 November 2005). "Zanzibar Loses Some of Its Spice". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2005/nov/24/world/fg-cloves24. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  10. Bureau of African Affairs (June 8, 2010). "Background Note: Tanzania". U.S. Department of State. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2843.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  11. "?". thecitizen.co.tz. http://thecitizen.co.tz/newe.php?id=10276. Retrieved 2010-08-11. [dead link]


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