Visiting Zanzibar


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Here's everything you need to know for planning your visit:

  • Festival tickets

    Tickets or passes are needed for admission to the main venue. There is NO allocated seating. The Old Fort main festival venue has limited capacity. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the Old Fort reception from 7th  February 2017 .


  • Ferries

    Zanzibar is served by a number of ferry companies to/from Dar es Salaam. There are several fast (2hr) hydrofoil crossings daily plus several slower (4hr) vessels. Non Residents should expect to pay up to US$50 incl port tax one-way.

  • Accommodation

    We recommend that visitors to the festival stay in or near Stone Town on the nights of 9 - 12 February 2017 (Thur – Sun). Please make arrangements as soon as possible, as most hotels are booked well in advance.

  • Visas

    The requirements and rules regarding visas vary according to your nationality and country of residence. Please check well in advance.

  • What to bring

    Zanzibar in February can be hot and sunny. Think about sun protection (sunglasses, sun cream and loose baggy clothes). Also, in the streets of Stone Town, please respect that showing too much flesh may offend local (Muslim) standards.

    Bring your camera - and any special batteries. Town power is 240v and mostly square pin sockets (like UK). Internet is widely available.

    Some restaurants and hotels have WiFi - so you might consider bringing that laptop or tablet.

    Obviously, there will be opportunities for beaches and swimming. Plastic shoes of sandals are recommended for shoreline walks at low tide.

  • Safety & security

    Zanzibar is a peaceful location inhabited by peaceful people. However, it is in the best interest of all visitors to "wise-up" on a few simple "dos and don'ts".

    Please avoid walking around with more valuables than you need, especially late at night, or on the beaches.

    Please consider the consequences of provocative behaviour and dress in public places. What maybe quite "normal" in some cultures may invite attention or cause offence in others.

  • Flights

    festival final party

    Official Carrier: 15% discount on Business and Economy tickets for all visitors to Sauti za Busara 2017 from any Ethiopian Airlines city to Zanzibar.

    Zanzibar has international scheduled flights served by Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis), Oman Air (via Muscat) and Kenya Airways (via Nairobi). Also regional flights served by Precision Air,Qatar airways,fastjet,mango airline.

    Alternatively, Dar es Salaam is served by Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Swiss Air, South African Airways, Emirates. From Dar you can get a local-hop connection at 10% off with Coastal Aviation - Festival official local airline.

  • Local transport

    Taxis from the airport can cost up to US$15. Taxis anywhere within town up to US$5. Local people travel around in shared minibuses - called "dala dalas". They tend to leave once they are full and stop often to drop and pick passengers - so not the quickest, but affordable and fun.

  • Festival location

    The main festival venue is at the Old Fort, on the waterfront of historic Stone Town. (See Google view.) This world heritage site is part of Zanzibar Town. Most places are within easy walking distance, although it can get very warm in the middle of the day and it's easy to lose yourself in the endless narrow alleyways - so you might consider taxis at times.

  • What else to see and do

    Dolphin tours

    While visiting Zanzibar you may also be interested in some of the following:

    • Spice Tours
    • Dolphin Tours
    • Dhow and Sunset Cruises
    • Safari Blue Day Out
    • Prison Island Tour
    • Jozani Forest Tour
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Last Minute Flying Safari with Coastal Aviation


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