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"African Maldives»: bright journey across Zanzibar (Tanzania) on a rented car

"African Maldives»: bright journey across Zanzibar (Tanzania) on a rented car

12.02.2018
There are no paid parking lots, you can leave the car in any suitable place.

Most tourists know little about the distant exotic corner called Zanzibar, although the island has everything you can only dream of: endless sandy beaches, turquoise ocean, real jungle.

Gorgeous diving, kitesurfing, rich excursion program, national parks, ancient architecture - holidays in Zanzibar have plenty of advantages.

«Африканские Мальдивы»: яркое путешествие по Занзибару (Танзания) на прокатной машине

Rent a car: tips for tourists

Those who feel confident behind the wheel, won’t have any problems with driving on the island. There are not so many cars and drivers stick to traffic rules. The main danger are suddenly appearing animals or cyclists.

To rent a car, you need:

  • international driving permit;
  • special driving permission. It’s issued in police stations. Some car rentals may help you to get it.
  • foreign passport.
«Африканские Мальдивы»: яркое путешествие по Занзибару (Танзания) на прокатной машине

You can both book a car in advance or rent it right in the office - there is now rush there. The traffic is left-handed. There are no paid parking lots, you can leave the car in any suitable place.

Zanzibar sights

The capital Stone Town is the most attractive place for tourists. Its old centre is protected by UNESCO. Among the most popular sights are mosques, ancient cathedrals, an ancient Arabic Fort, the Museum of Livingstone, ancient baths, etc.

The Museum of History and Culture occupies the former residence of the last ruler of the island Sayyid Barghash bin Said Al-Busaid.

 Freddie Mercury’s fans come to visit the musician’s homeland. His apartment was turned into a museum, and the house is a luxury hotel now.

«Африканские Мальдивы»: яркое путешествие по Занзибару (Танзания) на прокатной машине

All the local beaches are very beautiful, but the Kizimkazi is one of the most famous. It is very vast, so you are sure to find a nook. Dolphins often come close to the coast.
Kiwenga is a more lively beach, full of resorts, cafes and restaurants.

Youth enjoy Nungwi Beach located close to night clubs and other entertainment establishments. The main natural landmark of the coast is a coral reef. Exotic fauna lovers will enjoy an interesting excursion to the aquarium with sea turtles.

You can see wildlife in the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park The tropical forest is inhabited by monkeys, leopards, many snake species.

"Prison Island" is the former prison converted to a hotel. The island is inhabited by big turtles, you can pet them. Other buildings house restaurants with local cuisine.

If you want to get to know the fishing villagers, choose an excursion with a guide to learn more about the history and culture of Zanzibar and reveal local fishing secrets.

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