by Chris McIntyre
Zanzibar Travel Guide – Travel information and expert tips from accommodation and restaurants to Stone Town highlights, resorts, beaches, diving sites, snorkelling, wildlife and culture. Also included are Tanzania safari extensions, Pemba and Mafia islands, Mtoni Palace, Nungwi, Matemwe, Michamvi Peninsula, Menai Bay, Chole Bay and marine reserves.
About this book
For the UK
This new tenth edition of Bradt’s Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia remains the most in-depth guide available to these exotic and alluring islands. Thoroughly updated following extensive on-the-ground research, accommodation listings are near comprehensive, with over 300 properties spanning all budget levels featured, many newly built and the vast majority not featured in other guides. Bradt’s Zanzibar also offers for more detailed coverage of the islands’ cultural, historic and environmental status than other guides, and the authors make a point of featuring more ethically- minded hotels, tour operators and activities, from fair- trade shopping opportunities to marine awareness guidelines. All maps have been accurately updated with every property, major attraction, eatery and road recorded using GPS. No other guidebook provides this level of guidance.
Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia have become increasingly accessible dream destinations. All offer some wonderful beach resorts catering to most styles and budgets, but they also offer superb diving and snorkelling, while Swahili-related cultural highlights range from the history-steeped alleys of Zanzibar Stone Town to a scattering of evocative ruins spanning several centuries, and the more low-key fishing villages that line the coast.
Bradt’s Zanzibar is the most frequently updated book on the islands: the authors are personally known in the region for their face-to-face research methods and this is the book of choice for hoteliers and expatriate workers/residents on Zanzibar. The guide also includes a dedicated section on southern Tanzanian safaris in the Selous/Nyerere and Ruaha National Parks, making this the ideal choice for a bush and beach combination.
About the Author
Chris McIntyre went to Africa in 1987, after reading physics at Queen’s College, Oxford. He taught with VSO in Zimbabwe for almost three years and travelled extensively, before co-authoring the UK’s first guide to Namibia and Botswana for Bradt Travel Guides. He now has three Bradt guides to his name: Namibia, Botswana and Zambia, and co-authors three others: Tanzania, Northern Tanzania and this guide, Zanzibar. Chris is also the managing director of Expert Africa, a leading tour operator to Africa. When not travelling and researching, he works with his specialist team to organise tailor-made trips and honeymoons to southern and eastern Africa – including these Tanzanian islands.
Susie McIntyre has spent the last two decades promoting responsible global travel, both as a PR and marketing consultant, specialising in travel and tourism, and as an author and journalist. From Indian Ocean diving to cutting-edge conservation, community development to family travel and off-grid adventures, she is dedicated to thorough, on-the-ground research and works tirelessly to ensure the complexities of these archipelagos are accurately represented. With her husband and co-author, Chris McIntyre and their adventurous young children, she spends a significant amount of time travelling and researching in Africa to get her fix of the continent and ensure she remains totally abreast with developments.
This edition has been updated with Philip Briggs, who has been exploring the highways, byways and backwaters of Africa since 1986, when he spent several months backpacking on a shoestring from Nairobi to Cape Town, and when he first visited Tanzania, bussing from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam then catching the Tazara Railway to Zambia. He has since returned to Tanzania and Zanzibar numerous times, among other things to research and author the first Bradt Guide to Tanzania, published in 1992, as well as all eight subsequent editions. Tanzania and Zanzibar aside, Philip is the author of more than 10 Bradt Guides and has visited more than two dozen African countries in total.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 History, Politics and Economy
History, Politics and recent history, Economy
Chapter 2 People and Culture
Chapter 3 Natural Environment
Physical environment, Wildlife, The seas and shores of Zanzibar
Chapter 4 Planning and Preparation
When to visit, Highlights, Organised tours and tourist information, Red tape, Getting to Zanzibar, Getting around, Health, Crime and safety, What to take, Money and banking, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Watersports, Shopping, Media and communications, Business hours, Becoming involved
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 5 Zanzibar Town
Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Bars, clubs and entertainment, Shopping, Other practicalities, Tour operators, What to see and do
Chapter 6 Around Zanzibar Town: the West Coast and Offshore Islands
Changuu, Chapwani and Bawe islands, Chumbe Island, The west coast: south of Zanzibar Town, The west coast: north of Zanzibar Town
Chapter 7 Nungwi, Kendwa and the Far North
Nungwi, Kendwa, Regional excursions
Chapter 8 The Northeastern Coast from Matemwe to Chwaka
Matemwe, Mnemba, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Pongwe, Uroa, Chwaka
Chapter 9 Jozani-Chwaka Bay and Surrounds
Jozani-Chwaka Bay National, Around Jozani-Chwaka Bay, Ufufuma Forest Habitat, Dunga Ruins
Chapter 10 Paje, Jambiani and the Southeast Coast
Michamvi Peninsula, Bwejuu, Paje, Jambiani, Makunduchi, Kizimkazi
Chapter 11 Pemba
Highlights, Natural history and environment, Getting there and away, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Other practicalities, Activities, Chake Chake, South of Chake Chake, Wete, Ngezi Peninsula
Chapter 12 Mafia Archipelago
Natural environment, Climate, History, Economy, Religion and culture, Getting there and away, Getting around, Where to stay and eat,Diving, Around Mafia Island, Islands around Mafia
Chapter 13 Southern Tanzania Safaris
Overview of your trip, Selous/Nyerere, Ruaha National Park
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Further Information