KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
How do I get there? I drove – it takes a good two weeks from South Africa to Dar es Salaam, from where you can catch a ferry to Zanzibar. It’s easier and faster to fly: Mango flies direct from Joburg to Zanzibar for about R4 959 return. flymango.com
Where do I stay? I stayed at Al-Minar Hotel for R1 133 per person, with breakfast. Check if there are any special offers. Al Minar has friendly staff, decent rooms and is only 150 m from the beach. booking.com
What else? There are plenty of small travel agencies in Stone Town (or just enquire at your hotel’s reception) that offer day trips: snorkelling outings, short dhow trips, or visits to an old slave cave, a spice farm or Jozani Forest. We recommend you do the guided walking tour of Stone Town: about US$15 (R200) to US$30 (R400) per person depending on the tour. You can also visit one of several museums like the Peace Memorial Museum (furniture and clothing) and the Natural History Museum (dusty stuffed animals and skulls).