How to make a free stopover in Doha and visit Qatar

Did you know that you can have a free night in Qatar while flying with Qatar Airways? It is not uncommon to spot some flights with connection time of over 8 hours, which is usually enough time and stimulus to get out of the airport and explore the city. Qatar airways, however, went a few steps further and offers an opportunity to have a free stay over with a free night in a 4* or 5* hotel on any flight, connecting via their hub in Doha.

Guide to Zanzibar

Zanzibar Guide

Zanzibar has long been a dream destination for tourists worldwide. Chances are you already saw a lot of pictures from its sandy beaches on the tiffany-colored shores of the Indian Ocean. But there is much more to this island than those comforting beaches. If you dare to explore, you’ll find much more – be it the labyrinths of Stone Town’s ancient streets, calm life of the coastal villages or wildlife of the jungle – it is all up to you.

Eating in Zanzibar

When it comes to food, what locals and tourists eat on Zanzibar is quite different. Locals get their calories from cassawa and other vegetables, rice, mussels they collect from the sea, sardines and occasional octopus and meat. What you’ll find in restaurants is something adopted for tourists, nevertheless it is quite delicious and there is a lot to try.

Renting a car and driving in Zanzibar

Driving in Zanzibar

You probably have three choices when it comes to getting around:

  1. Taking a taxi or hiring a driver. Can be a bit expensive and not that flexible.
  2. Dala-dala, which is what locals use as a public transport. This is a really cheap and adventurous affair. However, not flexible, safety is under question and since a lot of locals use it, they are almost always full and you can’t rely on catching them.
  3. Renting a car. Costs much cheaper than a taxi, gives you a lot of flexibility, but you need to possess some driving skills and not be afraid to navigate the local roads.

I’ve chosen renting a car in Zanzibar and will elaborate on my experience in this post.

Arriving to Zanzibar: Visa, Money, Internet, Local SIM Card

Getting into Zanzibar

Unless you’re taking a ferry from Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, you’ll be flying into the Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ).

Despite construction of the new terminal, started in 2011, as of 2017 there is still only one old terminal in operation and it is really small. Quite likely, the first things to do would be getting a visa, money and local SIM Card for the Internet.