This post is expanding on topics that are too small for separate posts, but nevertheless, quite useful to know.
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.
You probably have three choices when it comes to getting around:
- Taking a taxi or hiring a driver. Can be a bit expensive and not that flexible.
- 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.
- 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.
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.