Driving / getting around on Zanzibar

There are different ways in Zanzibar to get from A to B, mainly:

– local transport, called daladala (see photo); nowadays there are also safer but still crammed to capacity mini bus daladalas; cost is Tzs 2000 per person from the coast to Stone Town, or back. Please be aware that there are no direct daladalas from the south to the east or north coasts. For example, if you stay in Paje (south east coast) and want to travel to Matemwe (north east coast) you have to take a daladala to Stone Town (West coast) and then another daladala to Matemwe.

public transport

– taxis from Zanzibar International Airport to the coastal areas cost US$ 50 if you pre-book your taxi (if you get a taxi at the airport desk you pay $60+ depending on where you go). Whilst on the island you can negotiate prices with the local taxi drivers*

*NB: Please make sure that you only deal with registered taxi drivers! They must have red number plates on their car and show you their permit to carry passengers! Very important. We just had a bad incident where a couple made a deal with a local they met on Paje beach who told them a sob story about the hardship of his brother. They were supposed to be taken to the airport. On the way to town other men boarded the car. The couple was taken to a dark area, robbed of all their valuables and their credit cards including pins. The thieves went to an ATM and withdrew as much cash as they could get, all the while the couple was guarded by two very aggressive men in the car. Finally they were dropped off in a dark street with their passports and some cash for a taxi to the airport. 

Please either book your taxi with the hotel, a tour operator or a company that provides a booking facility on their webpage. This is a sad development but apparently it is common at popular tourist destinations.

– rent a scooter/motorbike or for shorter distances a bicycle, they are available all over the island. Scooter/motorbike: You and your passenger must wear helmets and you need a local driver’s permit (bring your original driver’s license from your home country). Nowadays there are mountainbikes and even e-bikes available for rent (at some places).

rental car, cost for a reliable car incl. insurance and breakdown service is US$ 30-35 per day for a small four wheel drive, depending on the duration of the rental period. You need a temporary Zanzibar drivers permit which a reputable car rental company will organise for you before you arrive. A copy of your valid drivers permit as well as your photo are required (scanned copies can be sent by email), you don’t need an international drivers permit here. The permit us valid for max. 3 months. You can also rent a car with a driver.

I do recommend to hire a car to explore the island, even if only for a few days. Our tar roads are generally good.  We drive on the left hand side of the road, the steering wheel is on the right hand side. Rental cars are usually with automatic transmission. Most resorts, hotels etc are off the tar road and sometimes the access roads are quite rocky. Rather choose a four wheel drive and ask the car hire company to show you how to use the four wheel drive function.

Rental companies usually provide a very basic Zanzibar map. Rather use Google Maps.

Be careful when choosing a car hire company.  Some of them have cars that are hardly roadworthy – you end up paying fines at the many police stops on the roads. Rather opt for a company that has recent reviews on their website. A car hire company with consistently excellent reviews is Kibabu Cars.

(I just received an email from a couple who decided to rent a car – I have permission to publish it, please read it at the bottom of this page.)

Please be aware that rental cars on Zanzibar are usually 15 years and older. Despite the age of the cars, they have a very low mileage since Zanzibar is a small island.  There are no new rental cars available in Zanzibar and you will not see many new cars (privately owned) on our roads. Do check the car rental companies’ websites and especially their reviews!

Speed limits (unless otherwise indicated): In Stone Town and villages 40-50 kmh, on country roads 60 kmh. Zanzibar has some weird traffic laws:

On country roads: as soon as you see oncoming traffic you must set the indicator as if you’ll turn right.  It started off to warn cars behind you of oncoming traffic but now it became a general rule.

If you see or hear police cars (blue lights or red lights flashing) you MUST pull over and stop the car, no matter which direction they come from!

Do not drink and drive.  Don’t give the traffic cops a reason to fine you since you smell of alcohol.

By law, drivers and passengers have to wear seat belts.

Do not park your car under a coconut tree, those coconuts leave very unsightly dents in the roof. That’s not a joke.

Petrol is paid in Tanzanian Shilling. You can also pay in US$ but you get a really bad exchange rate.

In general: Be aware of Vespa and bicycle riders, they don’t look out for traffic, not even when they cross the road! At night, drive slowly because of ox karts on the roads and bicycles without any lights.  If I have to drive at night, I stay behind a local minibus taxi, keeping a safe distance in case it has to brake.

You need a temporary Zanzibar driver’s permit.  An international driver’s license on its own is not valid here. There are many traffic police checks on our roads.  The car hire company will get you the permit (just a piece of paper with your name on it) before you arrive on Zanzibar, it costs US$ 10 per person. A photo or copy of your valid driver’s license is sufficient to apply for the permit.

At traffic police stop: Just show them your temporary Zanzibar driver’s license together with your original driver’s license, and keep a copy of your passport handy. Greet the cops with a big smile and a hearty Jambo. Corruption is nowadays forbidden on Zanzibar! In case you should get a stubborn traffic cop (especially in the northern part of the island), openly write down the number on his ID batch (all of them have to wear it on their chest) and ask for his name. If they want to fine you for anything, ask for an official ticket. They will most likely give up then. If not, call your contact person at the car hire company, they will assist. This is highly unlikely, but just in case.

Feedback received February 2018:

dear gaby,
I’m writing to thank you for the terrific job you did on your “insider buzz” website. I consider myself very lucky to have found it on google soon after I’d booked a trip to Zanzibar. Together with the Bradt guide it meant that I was very well prepared for the trip.  we saved a lot of time because we didn’t have to find things out for ourselves.
your top tip, in our case, was the recommendation of Kibabu cars.  we are independent travelers and felt a bit stuck out on the east coast at the Paradise beach resort.  at the resort, they even discourage guests from using dalla-dallas!  The Bradt guide, too, doesn'[t recommend renting a car.  but the fact that you do, assuming certain rules are observed, gave us confidence.  we called Kibabu at 9am on a sunday morning, and at 11 we had our Suzuki, including local driving license and full Insurance.  they only charged 20 dollars to deliver it.  although we were frequently stopped by police, they were always friendly.  one policeman on a motorbike even stopped to direct us back to the east coast.  the lack of signposts was a challenge, but apart from that we had easy rides.
on our last day, at your suggestion, I visited a local school to deliver the pens I’d brought.  I had a nice chat with a teacher and the registrar and took some good pix (see attached).
again, thank you very much.  your input made us enjoy our holiday more than we would have done without it.  feel free to use some or all of this mail on your website.
with best wishes,
terri and pieter jan from amsterdam and france

55 thoughts on “Driving / getting around on Zanzibar

  1. Jambo Mailaika,
    thanks for this useful information about the police “habits”. Just returned from our Zanzibar trip. We had a rental car from Kibabu and I must say I have nothing to complain at all. We stayed in Nungwi and the car battery died overnight (guess I left the light on). But no problem, the guys came over and fixed it while I was scuba diving. Great service and no charges at all. Of course we also came into a police check. He wanted to keep my driving license. SoI followed your advise and asked him for his police ID for noting it down. After 20min he gave up on us and let us drive.

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    • Hatujambo. Mambo vipi?
      Great to hear that you were happy with Kibabu Cars, Kibabu is indeed the best, and also that my advise re police stops helped 🙂 Corruption is prohibited on the island and if an officer is reported, he will be dismissed immediately. Well done.


      • HI,

        Have you heard of Ztrans cars. we have made a booking through them.
        So driving at night sounds like it is safe if you are confident driving in darkness, are there also cop stops at night time?
        So you would recommend handing the police a photo copy of your passport and not the real one?


      • Hi, never heard of Ztrans cars. Be very careful and check recent reviews!
        No cop stops at night.
        At police checkpoints they only ask for your temporary Zanzibar driver’s permit and your original driver’s license from your home country. They don’t ask for your passport.
        A copy of your passport is sufficient when you walk at the beach etc, leave the original passport in your hotel safe.


  2. Hi Gaby,

    Your blog post is excellent, thank you. And I’ve found it at exactly the right time. My wife & I are staying in Nungwi & have rented a car for the next 3 days. Apart from Stone Town, is there any other area or beach you recommend we explore by car? Also, where do you recommend I can safely park my car in Stone Town? Cheers, Andy


    • Hi Andy,
      Great to hear that you enjoy my blog and that it helps you to make the most of your holiday on Zanzibar. That’s why I wrote it. So many visitors came here who just stayed at a resort/hotel, not exploring the island because they didn’t know about the beauties of Zanzibar besides its white sand beaches – her people, delicious Swahili food, her fauna, flora, amazing empty beaches (away from the touristy spots), the ever warm Indian Ocean with its colourful inhabitants and so forth! There is so much to do and to see here that can easily fill a month.
      In my opinion, the best beaches on Zanzibar are in Kendwa (next to Nungwi) – although very touristy – and at the south east coast of Zanzibar, in Paje, Bwejuu and Michamvi. This area is simply beautiful. Paje is vibey and active with kitesurfing, diving, local musicians performing at different places. Bwejuu is tranquil and laid back. Many years ago Michamvi looked to me like Robinson Crusoe’s beach, it now has a few small resorts, but it still is very special. If you want to, you can walk from Paje via Bwejuu towards Michamvi, up until about Sultans Palace – these are 9 km of a beach walk, where you will see only a few people. You might want to stop at Blue Lagoon to swim in the chanel there even at low tide. These beaches are lined with coconut trees, which to me is the ultimate tropical island feel, and is not matched by the beaches of Kendwa, by the way. You might want to extend your car rental 🙂
      Please read the pages “discover Zanzibar south of Stone Town” for some info and stories related to this area.
      As to parking in Stone Town: You can park your car safely at Forodhani Gardens, where the Old Fort is. There a parking attendands, you pay I think Tzs 1000 per hour. From there you can explore the labyrinths of Stone Town on foot. If you take a guide, please make sure he is an official guide. These guides attended a course and paid a substantial fee for it. If you are guided by another person, you might get fined. This is to protect the guides that invested in becoming a guide and who should be supported.
      Karibu sana, Gaby


    • Hello Gaby, if we rent a car with a driver is our driving licence is needed or not because we rent the car but we won t drive it. Thank you Anna


  3. Hi Gaby! Thanks so much for all the info. Now I’m convinced I should rent a car.

    I want to know what’s your take on babu and have you heard positive feedback about them?

    So I’m planning to rent a a car and drive it myself, but I have a couple of questions to clarify regarding hiring a chauffeur as well. How does it usually work. Does the chauffeur drive you all day wherever you want and wait for you? Does he leave you the car when he is no longer needed for example and come back the next day again? are there specific hours were you can have him and others were you cannot.

    It would be useful to have one, specially if we go out to dinner and have drinks and don’t won’t to drive back as you have explained is prohibited or on those days we don’t feel like driving. So please let us know your take on this. Thanks in advance 🙂



    • Hi, I rented cars from different car hire companies until I bought my own car. I found Kibabu Cars the best, excellent service, hugely reliable and punctual (which is not at all the norm here!) and their cars are in very good condition. No other company matches that. I suggest that you look at a company with good reviews, as recent as possible.


  4. Jambo again. We are back from perfect holidays on Zanzibar. We rent car from Kibabu Car. After a miscommunications with other rental company (which has cheapest car for 5$ cheaper), I made the reservation in “5” minutes only two days before arrival. I reserve cheapest 3 door Suzuki for 30$ a day, but they freely upgrade me for 5 door car. I also get for additional 10$, Zanzibars foreigners driving permit – which is in fact just statement that you have your local driving permit. This is must have, because we were stoped few times every day – but always without any problems
    Car was clean and everything works fine – especially A/C which is must have! We do about 550 km and spend little less than 10 litres on 100 km.
    We get and leave car on Airport, and everything was done in 15 minutes.

    I recommended them a lot!


    • Hatujambo! Great review of Kibabu Cars, I will forward it to them with pleasure.
      If one looks at the big picture, it is definitely better to pay slightly more for a car and enjoy dealing with true professionals. You got an excellent deal!


  5. Hello Gaby

    We’re setting of within one month to your beautiful island. We consider hiring a car. Can you recommend a particular road map we can use that is detailed enough to find our way around?
    Many thanks in advance for your help!
    Your blog is both informational and inspirational. Many thanks for that.
    Kind regards,



    • Hi Dirk,
      I most definitely recommend that you hire a car. This island offers so many beautiful spots. A rental car works out substantially cheaper than booking taxis for transfers and day excursions, besides the added advantage of flexibility.
      There are only very basic maps available on the island. Google Maps is much better, you can also use it offline.


  6. Good afternoon Gaby,

    Genuinely appreciate the masses of information you have posted on your website, I am enjoying reading all of your blogs. I was just about to rent a car for 7 days then I read your recommendation for Kibabu Cars and opted to use them. They were quick to respond, very efficient and professional in organising a car for our trip to Zanzibar in September, 2017, so thank you very much for that. I read that you don’t recommend driving at night as the roads are completely unlit and dark. I have searched the web for things to do in Zanzibar and Mtoni Palace Ruins is a place we definitely want to go and experience, it’s only open from 18:00 and as we are staying in a hotel on Nungwi Beach that means driving at night North on Nungwi Road, is it really such a perilous and stressful journey because there are no street lights ? Any information gratefully received and keep up the outstanding work, well done !


    • Hi Lee, Thank you for your comments. Always great to hear that my info helps.
      Driving at night here entirely depends on you and how comfortable you are with driving with no street lights. Take it easy, drive slowly and if you can, follow a taxi at a safe distance – that way you become alert of any possible obstacles in the road. Every person is different when it comes to night driving.
      It would be great if you post your experience on this page. I of course wrote about this topic from my perspective.
      Hope you have a fantastic time on “my” island.
      Cheers, Gaby


  7. Hi Gaby,

    You’re blog is fantastic, so excited about my trip next year. I wondered if you knew of any good local taxis in the Bwejuu area? I’ve read online if the hotel calls one for you they charge $30+ for 5 min journeys to Jambiani which seemed a bit steep and would be a bit of an obstacle to leave the resort and see the local villages and towns.

    Thanks in advance, sorry if this questions been asked before, I did read through the posts and couldn’t see anything.


    • Hi Naomi, thank you, I am always happy when I hear that my blog really helps.
      The amount quoted is indeed ridiculously high. I personally use Mr. Abuu or his friend Rama, both are based in Bwejuu and they are very reliable. Only have Mr. Abuu’s number: +255 (0) 776 864 100
      Have a wonderful holiday on my beautiful island.
      Cheers, Gaby


  8. Hi Gaby,
    The information on your blog is very useful. We wanted to get some advice on our upcoming trip to Zanzibar – we are not sure whether we should rent a car or rely on other means of transport, like a private minibus booked through travel agencies at the towns we are going to. What would be the best option in terms of cost and comfort, for two people?

    Our rough itinerary (We are travelling from late Dec to early Jan):
    Stone Town – Nungwi – Matemwe – Jambiani + Jozani – Stone Town

    Thank you v much!


  9. Hi Gaby,
    have you heard about ZanCars Rental? They have the cheapest cars (25$ small Suzuki 4×4 in low season) and no booking deposit.
    Can’t find any recommendations or reviews about them..



    • Hello Michal,
      Never heard of ZanCars. The cheapest cars more often than not turn out to be the most expensive cars because of the bad condition of the cars. There are many police checkpoints on the island and you will be fined if the car is not roadworthy. You also need a free breakdown service since rental cars here are usually 10-15 years old, the “cheap” cars are even older. In case of a breakdown reputable car rental companies offer free roadside assistance or replace the car if needed. All reputable car rental companies on the island require a refundable security deposit.
      I strongly advice to choose a company with consistently good reviews.
      Cheers, Gaby


  10. Hello Gaby, I will be staying in Uroa Beach for the first week of April. Is there any value in renting a car/scooter for a few days while I’m there? I’m interested in snorkelling and do not know if Uroa Beach has any coral reefs close by.



    • Hi Vijay,
      The entire east coast has a coral reef about 1 km offshore. You can take a local boat out there for snorkelling. Also, the Mnemba attoll off Matemwe (north of Uroa) is also a much liked snorkelling spot. You can arrange for transport with one of the local taxi drivers – which works out much cheaper than booking the trip through your hotel. Or you can rent a car or a scooter, it depends entirely on you.
      Cheers, Gaby


      • Thank you Gaby. I will check it out for the first few days and will then decide if I should hire a scooter/car. Having driven in the UK and India before – at least I am comfortable driving on the correct side of the road 🙂 I will consider a car simply for the AC.



  11. Hi Gaby,

    Thanks for your blog, it has settled some concerns. We’re leaving for Zanzibar next Saturday (super excited!!!).

    Our travel agent informed us that we would need an international drivers permit (we have Namibian drivers licences). After looking at a few car rental sites I saw that we would also require the $10 permit. Do we need both or is our Namibian drivers licence along with the permit sufficient?

    Our travel agent, though so far super helpful, does not recommend hiring a car. However I feel they might be overly cautious a possibly a bit dramatic? As we’re keen to explore the island and see more than just the resort we are staying at we’d prefer our own transport.

    On a similar note, any sites you’d recommend that might be overlooked by travel blogs? We’re staying close to Bweeju.


    • Hi Jess,
      An international drivers permit is not valid on Zanzibar. You just need a temporary Zanzibar drivers permit which your rental car company will organize for you (it costs US$ 10), plus your original Namibian drivers license.
      As I explained on the page “driving/getting around” I do recommend renting a car. On that same page are a few basic rules you should follow.
      As to things to do at the south east coast please read the page “discover Zanzibar south of Stone Town” and the other “discover” pages on my blog.


  12. Hi-
    Have loved reading your blog. We are staying in Kiwengwa for a week in mid-December. We are there primarily to dive (we are diving with Divepoint in Matemwe). The dive shop said we are back in Matemwe between 13:00 and 14:00. We have rented a car (through Karibu Kwetu at your recommendation) with a driver. Do you have some suggestions of things that we could still do in the afternoon when we are back from diving? Is Jozani Forest too far? What about a visit to a spice farm (we are not really interested in having lunch at one)?

    Also, we have one full day and one half day (morning) for sightseeing. What would you suggest as an itinerary? As we will have our own driver and car, we don’t really want organized tours with pick ups. We would rather show up somewhere and hire a guide on the spot. We definitely want to visit Stonetown, maybe do a tour focusing on the history of slavery, Jozani Forest, visit a spice farm and possibly Prison Island. Also of interest would be the turtle sanctuary. As I am not sure how long it takes to drive to different locations on the island, I’m not sure what is realistic to try to cover in a day.

    Thanks in advance for your advice!


    • Hi Kim, glad my blog helps. For good order’s sake, I recommend Kibabu Cars, not Karibu Kwetu.
      You can easily do the turtle sanctuary in Nungwi in the afternoon. Jozani is too far for an afternoon trip. I would combine the Stone Town tour with the Prison Island trip and visit Jozani Forest afterwards before you head back to Matemwe. Please read my different “discover” pages for any other suggestions that might interest you.
      Cheers, Gaby


  13. Hi!
    First of all, thank you for the good and accurate information about Zanzibar that I found in this blog. It was very useful for us to plan our stay on the island in July. Thanks to him we were able to attend Mwaka Kogwa, the celebration of the new year in the town of Makinduchi in the south of the island. It was incredible.
    Car yes or no in Zanzibar? I count our experience. Self yes. If you like to walk in your own air, it is the best alternative to tour the island, which is large. We (family with 2 children) rent the car in Kibabus for 10 days. The cars a bit old but adequate for what we needed. And the service very well. Even one day the battery broke down and in a couple of hours they replaced the vehicle. The police, no problems. We were stopped 3 or 4 times: Jambo, jambo and something else. We were never asked for bribes and we were not more than 1 minute at the police checkpoints.
    Driving in Zanzibar. The steering wheel to the right and the circulation on the left, is a challenge in the first hours, but one adapts quickly. Traffic is a bit chaotic in the city of Zanzibar, but nothing serious if one takes it easy. In the rest of the island where there are very few vehicles you drive very quiet (attention with people, bicycles, motorcycles and animals !!) In the area of ​​stone town it is better to park the car, because the matter is a bit labyrinthine. You can park on a school that faces the Darajani Market, for a reasonable price. The signage is almost non-existent so it is better to download an APP like Maps.me. Anyway, asking you will get to Rome.
    In synthesis, although riding a vehicle in Zanzibar poses some difficulties, the benefits of going from beach to beach, populated in town also knowing the more rural Zanzibar, far exceeds it.
    javier (from Argentina)


  14. Hello,

    I recently arrived from a trip in Zanzibar, renting a car from Kibabu cars, and I would like to thank you for your useful post. The company is super flexible and helpful, the cars are fine and relatively new, and I faced no problem at all with the police. All of them were friendly and there was no need for a tip or anything else. If you are not drunk, you are careful with the speed limit (not exceeding 50 klm/hours), and have the documents needed with you (i.e. international driving license and local driving license) you have nothing to be afraid of. Overall, I strongly encourage everyone to chose renting a car as it is more flexible than taxis and give more autonomy to see the island while taxis are also far more expensive.



  15. Hello Gaby,
    as everybody keeps pointing out, the job you do on this site is fantastic!! Thank you very much. I read most of your sections (all those I had any kind of interest in). Am arriving to Zanzibar with my mum and my 3,5y old daughter next weekend. I see on the page of the shuttle that they are not operational yet, which is a bit sad. Was thinking about renting a scooter or a bike but would you know what the situation is when travelling with small child on these means of transport? She could eventually ride a bike on her own but I doubt they will have it in her size and am a bit sceptical about the bike seats. Would she be allowed on a scooter? I’ve seen it a lot when travelling abroad (Vietnam, China …). Many thanks, Michaela


    • Hi Michaela, thank you for your kind words. It makes me happy when tourists arrive well informed on this beautiful island.
      Pity that the Zanzibus shuttle doesn’t operate right now.
      We have Oyaa.Africa now on Zanzibar, it is like Uber. You might want to check them out.
      I do not recommend renting a scooter with a child as a passenger, it is not safe, child seats are not available here. Not sure if children’s bikes are available for rent. If so, please avoid the tar roads.
      Have a safe journey and a wonderful holiday on Zanzibar.
      Cheers, Gaby


  16. Jambo Gabi!

    Your site has saved us many many hours of browsing and searching for content of this kind. You definitely are doing a fantastic job, not to mention the community and your response timing!

    I have read all the content, all of the discovery pages, but a direct advice would be much appreciated.
    Me and my partner are coming to Zanzibar on 24.12 and we will stay there for three weeks. This is our preferred itinerary so far:
    4 days in Stone Town
    5 days in Jambiani
    4 days in Paje
    Maybe few days in Michamvi
    4 days in Kiwenga or Matamwe (what do you suggest better?)
    Last days in Nungwi

    I’m worried for transport, we want to travel around with dala dalas, since everything else is a bit pricey. Is that possible? Will it be a problem to connect the itinerary with dala dalas?

    Please advice us about some of the places that we might stay longer/shorter or add another place to stay, and what are your thoughts on going around with dala dalas.

    Keep up the amazing work!!!
    Best regards,


    • Hujambo Marija,
      Thank you, great that my blog assists in your travel planning.
      Daladalas drive only sporadically to/from Jambiani, as well as Michamvi. I’d rather focus on Paje and Bwejuu on the south east coast, daladalas serve these areas frequently.
      There is no direct daladala connection between the south east coast and the north/north east coast. You have to first travel to Stone Town and take another daladala there to your next destination.
      On the north east coast I would choose Matemwe over Kiwenga.
      I don’t get involved in travel planning, this is a personal matter of every individual, based on their likes and dislikes.
      I wish you a wonderful holiday on my beautiful island,


  17. Hi Gaby, thanks for this insightful blog. with regards to getting around. I see in a previous post you mentioned something like uber? What is this? A taxi to order service via an app? What are the costs like? I see some people mention getting cars with drivers, how / where is this arranged? Thank you for your help.


  18. Hello Gaby,
    Please any recommendation on both normal bicycle and e-bicycle rentals? And can this be booked online or must be in person? In whichever case where please?
    We are currently trying to organise our trip from Germany to Zanzibar. I have read in your previous post about ferry’s from Dar to Zanzibar. I still have few questions on this:

    – Would taking a flight from Mombasa to Zanzibar require a negative corona PCR Test?
    – What if one decides to go by Ferry would this also apply?
    -I have checked online for connections with ferry from Mombasa to Zanzibar but all I could see was bus to Dar then Ferry to Zanzibar. Unfortunately there is no link to book this online. Is there something you could please recommend?
    – I also read a comment of yours advising someone to chatter a boat from Mombasa to Zanzibar. Please could you share a reliable company/person that we could contact? I believe this offer comes with a sailor?

    PS. Sehr gut geschrieben:)

    Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Ruckmeldung!

    Best wishes,


    • Hello IGJ,

      Please any recommendation on both normal bicycle and e-bicycle rentals? And can this be booked online or must be in person? In whichever case where please?

      -> You can rent a bicycle in the villages along the beaches. Some have e-bicycles. No online bookings to my knowledge.

      We are currently trying to organise our trip from Germany to Zanzibar. I have read in your previous post about ferry’s from Dar to Zanzibar. I still have few questions on this:
      – Would taking a flight from Mombasa to Zanzibar require a negative corona PCR Test?
      – What if one decides to go by Ferry would this also apply?

      -> All travellers arriving on Zanzibar either by plane or boat must have a negative Covid-19 certificate, please read page “To do and not to do”

      I have checked online for connections with ferry from Mombasa to Zanzibar but all I could see was bus to Dar then Ferry to Zanzibar. Unfortunately there is no link to book this online. Is there something you could please recommend?

      -> No idea.

      I also read a comment of yours advising someone to chatter a boat from Mombasa to Zanzibar. Please could you share a reliable company/person that we could contact? I believe this offer comes with a sailor?

      -> That was for Dar to Pemba, I suggested Zanzibar Yacht Charter. No idea about Mombasa to Zanzibar.



  19. Hi Malaika!
    Your recommendations are awesome, thank you very much!!

    I wanted to ask you if it’s easy to move by daladala from west coast yo east coast, for example, from Mchangamle Beach to Paje, or if it’s better to rent a car or take a taxi.

    We would like to stay at the west coast but it would be nice to see the sunset or go dinner at the east coast.

    Thank you very much again!!!


    • Hi Gracia, it depends on where on the west coast you are staying. From Mchangamle beach you need to first take a daladala to Kitogani and from there another daladala to Paje. Daladalas stop driving at sunset though, thereafter you need to take a taxi. You cannot see the sunset at the east coast though, only at the west coast.


  20. We are planning to rent a scooter during our holidays. Can you tell me who issues a temporary driving permit in Zanzibar? I only know that someone in Stonetown issues such permits. Do you know what kind of office it is and where exactly it is located?
    Car rental companies take care of the permits themselves, but as far as I know, in the case of scooter rentals, you have to swing the permit yourself and nobody will rent a scooter without it.


  21. Hi there,

    Do you know what the rule is regarding infants/young children in cars. Do they need to be in a car seat?



  22. Hi Gaby
    Ich habe eine Frage bezüglich parken auf Sansibar.
    Wie sieht es aus mit Parkplätzen in der Nähe von den Stränden oder auch z.B. in Stonetown? Ist da eher schwierig was zu finden oder kann man auch einfach irgendwo am Strassenrand parken?
    Vielen Dank für deine Antwort!
    Liebe Grüsse


    • Hi Desiree,
      an den Straenden kann man – je nach Gegend – in der Naehe parken (nicht unter Kokosnuss-Palmen!) und dann ein paar Schritte zu Fuss zum Strand gehen. Alle Wertsachen am besten im Hotel-Safe lassen, speziell den Pass, Kreditkarte usw. Leider hat der Tourismus auch die Drogen nach Zanzibar gebracht, d.h. dass Diebstaehle stark zugenommen haben. Es genuegt eine Fotokopie vom Pass wenn ihr hier unterwegs seid. Und natuerlich euer Fuehrerschein plus lokale Fahrerlaubnis.
      In Stone Town gibt es Parkplaetze die auf Stundengebuehr arbeiten. Am besten ein Tagesticket fuer 3000 Tzs kaufen, dann koennt ihr so lang ihr wollt auf verschiedenen Parkplaetzen in der Stadt parken (das Ticket auf das Armaturenbrett legen damit man es durch die Windschutzscheibe sehen kann.)
      Beste Gruesse


  23. Hi Gaby. Thanks for recommending Kibabu Cars. We used them for an 8 day rental last month and they were great. A relatively new 5 door Suzuki was delivered to our Airbnb apartment in Stone Town and the delivery driver was great. He drove to a petrol station with us to ensure we got fuel without problems and then made sure we knew where to go to drive down to Jambiani. The car was very comfortable and we had no problems. Did get stopped once by a police checkpoint and they initially tried to give us a ticket as the 2 back seat passengers had not put their seat belts on (a warning to others). He wanted to fine us 40,000TZs for each passenger which I did slightly argue politely about. He made a crucial mistake in trying to ask us for a bribe to forget the crime. I politely said we were quits as we had both committed an offence. His police companion was smiling in the background as there was no way I was going to pay a bribe. He let us off but phoned the next checkpoint about 10miles down the road and we were stopped again. All passengers had their seat belts on by then and they could find nothing else wrong so we were let off. Moral of the story, belt up and never pay a police bribe. Kibabu cars were great and I wholeheartedly recommend them. We dropped the car off at the airport and the driver was waiting to collect it from us.


    • Thank you for your comments. Well done! Unfortunately there are still a few cops that try their luck. You handled the situation excellently. Kibabu Cars are great indeed, the best on the island. They will also assist in situations like yours, in case of a really stubborn cop 🙂


  24. Hi Gaby,
    congats to this really helpful blog, I really enjoy all the information given here.

    I will go to Zanzibar in June with my family (t/o 2 children, 8 and 11).
    We will rent a car and now I wonder, if there are any official regulations concerning booster seats for kids
    – are they ok or are only child seats allowed?
    – are there any regulations at all concerning booster seat/child seats for children?

    I did not find any reliable information in the web so far….
    Thank you so much in advance for a short answer,

    Liebe Grüße aus der alten Heimat
    (die Kinder werden auf jeden Fall auf Sitzerhöhungen sitzen, ich will nur wegen den Polizeikontrollen sicher gehen , dass wir auf jeden Fall die lokalen Regularien befolgen….)

    All the best,


    • Hi Marc,
      Great to hear that you like my blog. I have no idea what the regulations for 8 and 11 year olds are regarding car seats. Better ask the car rental company to be sure.
      Best regards,


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