The Way To Visit Zanzibar
Today I am going to introducing the way to visit Zanzibar.
There are roughly divided into two way. One is by ferry and one is by plane.
How to visit Zanzibar by ferry
First I’ll tell you how to visit by ferry
This is the ferry port of Zanzibar
If you want to come to Zanzibar by ferry, first you need to come by plane to the
mainland of Tanzania.
Because there is a ferry terminal only in Dar es salaam head for Zanzibar.
This is the ferry port of Dar es Salaam
Picking The Ferry Head For Zanzibar Wisely
There are two ferry companies connecting between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.
“Azam Marine” and “Flying Horse”.
Actually ferry of Flying Horse’s fare is cheaper than the Azam Mrine’s ferry but I extremely recommend the ferry of Azam Marine for the foreigners.
Do you know why?? There are three major reasons.
- The number of ships
- Difference in time required
- aspect of safety
From now I’ll explain about each of these reasons one by one.
First, number of ships are completely different.
In case of ferry from Dar es salaam to Zanzibar, Flying Horse have only one
shipping in a day but Azam Marine have four ships in a day.
Here is the schedule of Azam Marine’s ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar.
|Ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar|
From this table you can see Azam Marine has a many choice from morning to evening.
Compared to the Azam Marine, Flying Horse has only one ship at 12:00
The case of Azam Marin’s ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam is also depart at same time as ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar.
The case of Flying Horse’s ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam there is only one ship at 21:00.
Next is the difference of time required.
In the case of Azam Marine, It takes one hour and a half for one way.
It does not change the time it takes to get on the ferry any time.
Even if you take the ferry from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar either.
In the case of Flying Horse, the time it takes depends on where you take the ferry.
For example if you take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar at 12:00 it takes three hours. It takes twice as long as Azam Marine.
When you take the Flying Horse’s ferry from Zanzibar you have to be careful.
I write that the departure time is at 21:00, by that ship arrival at 06:00 at the morning.
It means it takes 9 hours ,cause of Anchored on the sea on the way.
Last is aspect of safety
In the Flying Horse’s ferry, there is a high percentage of local passengers and if you take a ferry from Zanzibar you have to spend the night.
If you are beginner of African journey it is better to use Azam Marine especially from the Zanzibar.
This is why it is better for foreigners to use Azam Marine.
More Detailed Information About Azam Marine
I will provide you more detailed information about Azam Marine here.
There are seats divided into 4 classes in the ferry.
|Price of Azam Marine Ferry （one way）|
*Fare for residents is half of this price
*Fare of Flying Horse’s ferry is ＄35 for foreigner.
This table show you the difference of price by class and age.
As you can see expect in Economy class price does not different.
I think VIP or Royal seat going to be a very comfortable trip but I recommend you to take a Economy class.
Not only because the price is cheap.
In the ferry you are able to go up to the deck.
How do you think about spending an hour and a half on a boat trip while looking at the Indian Ocean.
The wind feels good and it will be an unforgettable memory.
So if you enjoy boat trip on the deck, the class of the seat does not matter
This is why I recommend to choose Economy class.
How to visit Zanzibar by Plane
If you want to visit Zanzibar easily, choose the plane is going to be good.
It is called “Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, and this is the picture
As the name suggests it is an international airport.
So it is possible for you to come directly to Zanzibar from foreign country.
Perhaps it is able to come from your country directly.
There are direct flights to 17 cities from Zanzibar.
This is the list of direct flight from Zanzibar
- Dar es Salaam
- Addis Ababa（Ethiopia）
- Dubai（United Arab Emirates）
- Johannesburg（South Africa）
Find the best route from here!!
You must check but in most cases it is cheaper to via Dar es Salaam when you visit Zanzibar.
So if you do not care about time and danger it is cheaper to combine a plane and a ferry.
About our hostel
Our hostel “Ten to Ten” located in heart of Stone Town, Zanzibar.
It is possible to walk to our guesthouse Ten to Ten from the ferry terminal in Zanzibar.
And it only takes about 15minutes by walk.
Also it takes only 15minutes from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport: Zanzibar’s airport to our guesthouse Ten to Ten by taxi.
The proper price from the airport to stone Town is ＄15-＄20.
If you are afraid of being charged extra money, it is possible to dispatch a taxi for you.
We will provides for ＄15
Our address: Shangani street, House number160, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, postcode71000
Our homepage: https://tentoten-stonetown.com
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