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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?

When I was there over a year ago the roads were pretty terrible, but I think you could do it and it would certainly be interesting and beautiful. Some people rent scooters in Stone Town and go to the east beaches or tour around the southern half of the island, that's pretty common. The road that goes up to the north as I remember is pretty ok for about half the way, and then gets bumpier as you get north. But nothing you couldn't handle. I say do it, sounds like fun... – cacahuate talk 22:20, 26 April 2007 (EDT)


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. -- [email protected] Nic 13:45, 6 July 2011 (EDT)

I also think it was good that you got rid of the specific hotel mention. Saying "Don't ever stay at this hotel" is a very strong statement and 2 incidents at a hotel by the same person (who was later shot dead) is not enough reason to label a specific hotel as being SO unsafe that we have to name it. ChubbyWimbus 14:54, 6 July 2011 (EDT)

Bomb blasts at Zanzibar's Tourist sites (26Feb2014)[edit]

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.



As this is a Region article, individual listings for hotels/restaurants etc should be moved to their respective location articles, who will help with that? Adzas (talk) 03:51, 26 May 2020 (EDT)

I moved some to other articles. Others are lacking info, so they should be removed. Some others are maybe located in places that do not have an article. GiulioC (talk) 08:44, 26 May 2020 (EDT)