Getting there: Getting money
Your point of arrival into Zanzibar will be Stonetown whether you arrive by air or by sea. It is very important that you note that there are very few ATMs outside Stonetown. There is one at the gas station in our neighbouring village, Paje, and a few in the northern part of the Island. Most places, including our house, are cash-only!
Getting there: Finding the house
Zanzibar is not huge, but the roads are below international standards, and the 50-kilometer journey from Stonetown to Jambiani takes around 75 minutes by taxi.
If you wish, we can arrange a taxi to pick you up from the airport (or sea port) and take you straight to the house when you arrive.
When the driver picks you up, he will be holding a Dude’s Guesthouse sign with your name on it so you know whom to look for. Please let us know at least one day in advance if you wish to book a pickup service on arrival. In order to pick you up, you must notify us of your flight number (if travelling by flight) and your time of arrival (flight or ferry).
The price is approximately $30, to be paid in cash directly to the driver upon arrival.
You can also hail a taxi at the airport, but be prepared to haggle with the driver to get a decent price. Cars can be rented in Stonetown, though not actually at the airport. If you’re feeling very adventurous, you can also take dala dala no. 309 to Jambiani, but we don’t recommend that.
Getting around: Local transportation and rentals
The Zanzibari equivalent of public transport is the dala dala. They have no fixed time tables but run continuously throughout the day, picking up passengers who flag them down. Riding in a dala dala is cheap and an experience, but we do not recommend going far. The seats are narrow, low, hard, and uncomfortable, and the many holes in the road mean you frequently bang your head against the low ceiling. On the other hand, a trip from Stonetown to Jambiani – taking anywhere from an hour and a half to over three hours – costs only around 50¢.
In general, most people prefer to rent a car to get around the island, or hire scooters or bicycles for local transport.
Note that driving a local car in Zanzibar requires a separate permission apart from having an international driving permit. Car rentals can help you fix this when you rent.