Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Scouting out Zanzibar

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Scouting out Zanzibar

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How to get there There are direct flights to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and from Mombasa, Kenya, but these can be unreliable. The easiest way to get to Zanzibar is via hydrofoil from Dar es Salaam. It takes 70 minutes, and there are at least four trips a day with the Sea Express company. First class is US$35, second class $30. Where to stay There are many cheap and clean guest houses; you can just show up and get a room. Those looking for old-world elegance at $60 a night should opt for Mazsons (tel. 255-54-33694, fax 255-54-33695) or the sister hotels, Dhow Palace and Tembo (reservations tel. 255-54-330-12 or 255-54-330-05). What to eat Zanzibari food is similar to Goan - sumptuous curries with a strong emphasis on coconut. Reasonably priced prawns and lobster are plentiful. Good eateries in Stone Town are Fisherman's Restaurant on Shangani Street (good seafood) and Sea View Indian Restaurant on Mizingani Street (it has the best location, on a balcony overlooking the harbor). …
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