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Old Oct 11th 2004, 12:53 am
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Bzh
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I am planning a short holiday on Zanzibar. We're flying into Dar es Salaam,
staying maybe 2 nights and then out to Zanzibar.
1. Do I need to pre-arrange transfers? Or can I get a taxi or other from of
transport when I arrive at the airport (to Hotel) and from the Hotel to the
harbour, etc. And transfers on Zanzibar? What should I expect to pay?
2. Are there areas in Dar that are better or not for accommodation?
3. What amount of cash /travellers Ch must we take? i.e. how much money do
we need per day to buy 1 good meal a few drinks and a snack. What do things
cost?
Any advice will do.
thanks
Juliette
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 11:32 am
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Not the Karl Orff
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In article <[email protected]>,
"BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I am planning a short holiday on Zanzibar. We're flying into Dar es Salaam,
    > staying maybe 2 nights and then out to Zanzibar.
    > 1. Do I need to pre-arrange transfers? Or can I get a taxi or other from of
    > transport when I arrive at the airport (to Hotel) and from the Hotel to the
    > harbour, etc. And transfers on Zanzibar? What should I expect to pay?

there are myriads of taxis. They're not too expensive. <$10 ZNZ to
Stone town

    > 2. Are there areas in Dar that are better or not for accommodation?
    > 3. What amount of cash /travellers Ch must we take? i.e. how much money do
    > we need per day to buy 1 good meal a few drinks and a snack. What do things
    > cost?

fairly cheap. Maybe USD 10-20 per person at a non-hotel location.
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 5:04 pm
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Bzh
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Thanks :-)
I am being offered transfers at $60 for 2 of us to our hotel by the agent. I
will just tell them I'll get there on my own!!!

"Not the Karl Orff" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > I am planning a short holiday on Zanzibar. We're flying into Dar es
Salaam,
    > > staying maybe 2 nights and then out to Zanzibar.
    > > 1. Do I need to pre-arrange transfers? Or can I get a taxi or other from
of
    > > transport when I arrive at the airport (to Hotel) and from the Hotel to
the
    > > harbour, etc. And transfers on Zanzibar? What should I expect to pay?
    > there are myriads of taxis. They're not too expensive. <$10 ZNZ to
    > Stone town
    > > 2. Are there areas in Dar that are better or not for accommodation?
    > > 3. What amount of cash /travellers Ch must we take? i.e. how much money
do
    > > we need per day to buy 1 good meal a few drinks and a snack. What do
things
    > > cost?
    > fairly cheap. Maybe USD 10-20 per person at a non-hotel location.
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 5:49 pm
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On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 07:04:14 +0200, "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Thanks :-)
    >I am being offered transfers at $60 for 2 of us to our hotel by the agent. I
    >will just tell them I'll get there on my own!!!
Is this hotel in Stonetown or somewhere else on the island?
$60 should be ok for transfer to Nungwi (north) or to one of the
eastcoast places

Michael


    >"Not the Karl Orff" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]...
    >> In article <[email protected]>,
    >> "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> > I am planning a short holiday on Zanzibar. We're flying into Dar es
    >Salaam,
    >> > staying maybe 2 nights and then out to Zanzibar.
    >> > 1. Do I need to pre-arrange transfers? Or can I get a taxi or other from
    >of
    >> > transport when I arrive at the airport (to Hotel) and from the Hotel to
    >the
    >> > harbour, etc. And transfers on Zanzibar? What should I expect to pay?
    >> there are myriads of taxis. They're not too expensive. <$10 ZNZ to
    >> Stone town
    >> > 2. Are there areas in Dar that are better or not for accommodation?
    >> > 3. What amount of cash /travellers Ch must we take? i.e. how much money
    >do
    >> > we need per day to buy 1 good meal a few drinks and a snack. What do
    >things
    >> > cost?
    >> fairly cheap. Maybe USD 10-20 per person at a non-hotel location.
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 8:02 pm
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Bzh
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8 km outside Stonetown. Is the currency in Zanzibar not the same as
Tanzania? or do they have their own money? About money - no ATM's on
Zanzibar? What type of money do I take?
Can one change travellers cheques or do I take cash?

"Michael Steiger" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 07:04:14 +0200, "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >Thanks :-)
    > >I am being offered transfers at $60 for 2 of us to our hotel by the
agent. I
    > >will just tell them I'll get there on my own!!!
    > Is this hotel in Stonetown or somewhere else on the island?
    > $60 should be ok for transfer to Nungwi (north) or to one of the
    > eastcoast places
    > Michael
    > >"Not the Karl Orff" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]...
    > >> In article <[email protected]>,
    > >> "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> > I am planning a short holiday on Zanzibar. We're flying into Dar es
    > >Salaam,
    > >> > staying maybe 2 nights and then out to Zanzibar.
    > >> > 1. Do I need to pre-arrange transfers? Or can I get a taxi or other
from
    > >of
    > >> > transport when I arrive at the airport (to Hotel) and from the Hotel
to
    > >the
    > >> > harbour, etc. And transfers on Zanzibar? What should I expect to pay?
    > >>
    > >> there are myriads of taxis. They're not too expensive. <$10 ZNZ to
    > >> Stone town
    > >>
    > >> > 2. Are there areas in Dar that are better or not for accommodation?
    > >> > 3. What amount of cash /travellers Ch must we take? i.e. how much
money
    > >do
    > >> > we need per day to buy 1 good meal a few drinks and a snack. What do
    > >things
    > >> > cost?
    > >>
    > >> fairly cheap. Maybe USD 10-20 per person at a non-hotel location.
    > >
 
Old Oct 14th 2004, 12:20 am
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Speedometer J Hyena
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On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 10:02:59 +0200, "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >8 km outside Stonetown. Is the currency in Zanzibar not the same as
    >Tanzania? or do they have their own money? About money - no ATM's on
    >Zanzibar? What type of money do I take?
    >Can one change travellers cheques or do I take cash?

Just chatting to my Zan contact and they're saying $10 per vehicle for
that distance. Where are you staying out of interest?


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Old Oct 14th 2004, 12:41 am
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On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 10:02:59 +0200, "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >8 km outside Stonetown. Is the currency in Zanzibar not the same as
    >Tanzania? or do they have their own money? About money - no ATM's on
    >Zanzibar? What type of money do I take?
    >Can one change travellers cheques or do I take cash?

Sorry forgot to say....
Same currency as Tz but US$ will do just as well anywhere, your change
will always be in TzShillings though and you can end up with lots of
them if you're not careful!!
There's now an ATM that will accept credit cards in Stonetown, ask
anyone for directions!
If you don't mind paying commission then travellers cheques can be
changed in many places.

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Old Oct 14th 2004, 3:31 am
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I seem to have gotten my locations mixed up. I asked for quotes for Paje by
Night and Mtoni Marine Centre and the $60 transfer was to Paje. Mtoni is
only $10. Mtoni seems much closer to Stonetown and therefore a better bet. I
also made enquiries about Botanic Country House. What suggestions do you
have? East or West. In or near Stonetown or elsewhere? We are nor all day
beach sitters. We'd like to see lots of museums and sights(culture) in
Stonetown, but adding a regular dip in the Ocean and a bit of snorkelling.
Eating in lots of local locations, etc.
thanks
Juliette

"Speedometer J Hyena (Whitedog)" <[email protected]> wrote in
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    > On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 10:02:59 +0200, "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >8 km outside Stonetown. Is the currency in Zanzibar not the same as
    > >Tanzania? or do they have their own money? About money - no ATM's on
    > >Zanzibar? What type of money do I take?
    > >Can one change travellers cheques or do I take cash?
    > Sorry forgot to say....
    > Same currency as Tz but US$ will do just as well anywhere, your change
    > will always be in TzShillings though and you can end up with lots of
    > them if you're not careful!!
    > There's now an ATM that will accept credit cards in Stonetown, ask
    > anyone for directions!
    > If you don't mind paying commission then travellers cheques can be
    > changed in many places.
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    > .--~~,__
    > :-....,-------`~~'._.'
    > `-,,, ,_ ;'~U'
    > _,-' ,'`-__; '--.
    > (_/'~~ ''''(;
 
Old Oct 14th 2004, 4:09 am
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Speedometer J Hyena
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On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 17:31:33 +0200, "BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I seem to have gotten my locations mixed up. I asked for quotes for Paje by
    >Night and Mtoni Marine Centre and the $60 transfer was to Paje. Mtoni is
    >only $10. Mtoni seems much closer to Stonetown and therefore a better bet. I
    >also made enquiries about Botanic Country House. What suggestions do you
    >have? East or West. In or near Stonetown or elsewhere? We are nor all day
    >beach sitters. We'd like to see lots of museums and sights(culture) in
    >Stonetown, but adding a regular dip in the Ocean and a bit of snorkelling.
    >Eating in lots of local locations, etc.
    > thanks
    >Juliette

Ah well now you say Paje it all makes sense!! Those prices are about
right in that case, Paje is a long drive, not in distance but the last
stretches of road are made of dirt, rocks and potholes.
Mtoni is nice and has a nice beach area too and is just far enough
away from Stonetown to make all the difference. Stonetown is great, I
love it, but I don't like to stay there and it's nice to escape from
it after a day's sightseeing. Next to Mtoni is our friend's new place
(Maruhubi Beach Villas) which you can walk to and eat at for a change
if you're staying near town for a few days. Next to them is the old
Maruhubi Palace ruins which are worth a look round.
Snorkelling is easily arranged and is good near the small islands off
Stonetown. Chapwani Island ( sometimes called Grave Island) is a good
day out if you like exploring, though it's tiny, there's lots to see
and you can eat there too.
The East Coast is different in many ways, the reef makes the whole
scene different and the east coast beaches are nicer in general.
The reef also means that swimming is difficult or impossible at low
tides but again, there are plenty of trips out available.
Personally I'm not comfortable with the dolphin trips, as the boatmen
chase them to try to allow customers the chance to swim with them and
usually manage to scare them off, but it's popular enough.
The feel of much of the Paje and Bwejuu area is more laid back than
Stonetown or the North, though you'll be swapping the Mosque amplified
noise for the musical variety!
The choice of accommodation on the East Coast is huge, from basic to
luxury so it's worth having a look around at the competition wherever
you decide to stay.
Hope that helps, enjoy Zanzibar.
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Old Oct 15th 2004, 11:29 am
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Not the Karl Orff
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In article <[email protected]>,
"BZH" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > 8 km outside Stonetown. Is the currency in Zanzibar not the same as
    > Tanzania? or do they have their own money? About money - no ATM's on

Hard to find ATMs in Tanzania! At least in Arusha and Stonetown

    > Zanzibar? What type of money do I take?

USD is always good though Euros are accepted too.

    > Can one change travellers cheques or do I take cash?

cash is better I think.
 

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