As a female traveling alone to Zanzibar are there any concerns I should know? I will be consulting with a health clinic there, but will be staying at a hotel and having my meals on my own. Any suggestions regarding places to avoid are appreciated.
Does anyone know how suitable the roads are for a mountain bike trip around the island?
I recently stayed at the resort where the tourist was shot and asked the manager about it. She confirmed the incident, but explained that their is very little THEY can do to prevent it from reoccurring: Arming their guards would not only be illegal, but may also increase gun related incidents. Building a wall between the beach and the resort would be absurd.
I'm taking her word that crime is now under control after the suspect was shot and killed by police at another resort. From my experience of dealing with security incidents in South Africa, I know that the best way to fight crime is on a macro level: Governments and in some extreme cases residents associations and business associations. -- firstname.lastname@example.org Nic 13:45, 6 July 2011 (EDT)
Bomb blasts at Zanzibar's Tourist sites (26Feb2014)
Concerns about safety in Zanzibar have surfaced following three separate explosions in Stone Town, Zanzibar, earlier this week.
Two blasts took place in the Mkunazini market area near the Anglican cathedral, a historic building in the heart of Stone Town. The other blast occurred at the seafront Mercury's restaurant and bar, a favourite spot for tourists. According to local police nobody was hurt by the explosions.
The Commissioner of Police for Zanzibar, Hamdani Omari Makame, said: "Security patrols are at maximum strength and a joint effort by all Tanzanian law enforcement agencies is underway to ensure that there are no recurrences and the culprits are apprehended."
Tour operators packaging Zanzibar have said there is no real threat to the safety of tourists. A spokesperson for Wild Frontier said the operator’s ground handler is monitoring the situation closely but felt these were isolated incidents.
Lance Zackey, spokesperson for Rove Africa, said Rove Africa was monitoring the situation and would advise guests if they felt there were any serious safety concerns. The operator has advised travellers not to overnight in Stone Town for the next week or two until they have clarity on the situation. He added that Rove Africa’s DMC assured the operator that beach resorts were safe.