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1. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

Anybody know the approximate cost of a flight from Zanzibar to Arusha. Also, any other info on getting between the 2 would be helpful. Any accommodation tips would be useful too.

Thanks,
Dave.

2. Posted by dmutua (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hello,

I would suggest that you check this web-site http://www.coastal.cc/. Go to Flight schedules. They fly that route.

They have also provided their contacts that you can use to enquire from them their current cost.......

The schedules contain prices for 2006 which will give you a rough figure of how much they might be charging now.

Hope this helps.........be blessed

3. Posted by dmutua (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Oh sorry..........

What they have in their schedules are the current rates from 15th Dec 2006........

In this case is US$ 200

4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

Why not go over to Dar and get the ferry from there, its only a few hours. Take in a bit more of Tanzania on the way????

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting dmutua

In this case is US$ 200

Right, I paid about $US 150 when I was there in 2005 for a one-way ticket. Ferry and bus would be cheaper, but obviously much longer.

As for accomodation, do you mean in Zanzibar or Arusha?

Either way, I stayed at the L’Oasis for $45 a night (single) in Arusha. Very nice. Just across the road and through a couple streets from the Novotel Mount Meru. L’Oasis provides a clean and very atmospheric bungalows in a quiet setting. It’s run by a couple of Brit ex-pats. They are also renovating a backpacker hostel across the street, which I think they said they would charge $15 a night for. That was back in 2005, so it should be done by now.

For Zanzibar (Stone Town), I stayed at the Garden Inn on Kaunda Road. $US 20 for a single including breakfast on the rooftop patio. The rooms were nice with four-poster beds, mosquito nets, fans and hot water. It is also an excellent choice because it is on a major road, and thus easy to find. One of the places I was thinking of I stumbled on while lost in the twisting alleys of Stone Town. There is no way I would have been able to find a hotel in those back streets in the dark after a few beers.

I also was in Kendwa up the coast. I stayed at the Amaan Bungalows. It was $US 30 for a single “sea view.” It was about 20 metres from the beach. They wanted $US 50 for a sea view on the beach, but I decided that the extra $20 wasn’t worth the saved 40 steps to the beach. Very nice place – hot water, beds with mosquito nets, fan, AC. A beach bar and restaurant is on the property. Food is a little pricey.

I also checked out Kendwa Rocks next door. They were a little cheaper than Amaan Bungalows, but didn’t have any singles available. I liked the architecture at Kendwa Rocks better – the thatch hut look rather than the stucco bungalow look, but that’s just window dressing. I have heard that Kendwa Rocks can get a little rowdy at night – they do host full moon parties.

Greg

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

Thanks for the info,

still not sure what to do with flights. I can get a flight from London - Zanzibar - Arushay - London for £589, or a return from London to Zanzibar for £462. I guess i get a bit more flexibility with how long i want to stay in each place,but has the disadvantage that i have to return to Zanzibar to get home, so may work out more expensive.

Thanks for the accom. info Greg. I have already checked out the Kendwa Amaan and e-mailed them,so i may well end up there.

One more question - how long is the bus trip from Dar - Arusha??

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I didn't take the bus, but I understand it to be 10 hours to 12 hours, depending on the number of stops.

http://www.betheladventure.co.uk/bus-timetables.htm is an article on different bus companies running the route with timetables and costs.

8. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

I didn't take the bus, but I understand it to be 10 hours to 12 hours, depending on the number of stops.

http://www.betheladventure.co.uk/bus-timetables.htm is an article on different bus companies running the route with timetables and costs.

Very useful link - thanks Greg. I'm now booked up to fly into Dar es Salaam. Bus journey times are not as painful as i thought they would be to get to Arusha, and the boat trip to Zanzibar looks easy enough. I may bombard you with a few more questions in the coming months!!!

Dave