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About Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town is situated on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Stone Town is one of the most popular backpacking tour destinations in the country.

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Nearest Stone Town Zanzibar airports include:
•Zanzibar International Airport
•Julius Nyerere Dar es Salaam International Airport


Stone Town Zanzibar birdlife is rich and diverse, with a large number of species to be found across the harbours and town. The primary habitats are garden, coastal areas, and palm forests, and a wide range of birds can be found including green pigeon, Scops owl, white-eye and sunbird.


The relatively small size of the island makes Stone Town Zanzibar conservation much easier to regulate some areas, and a number of preservation and protection projects can be found, with nearby national parks and pristine marine reserves among these projects.


Stone Town Zanzibar malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


Stone Town Zanzibar money and banking information is as follows:
•Credit cards are accepted in large hotels and stores only
•US Dollars are accepted at many hotels and stores
•Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, some hotels and airports
•There are limited ATMs in Stone Town, many of which accept foreign cards
•Banking hours are Monday to Friday 08h30-12h30 and Saturday 08h30-13h00


Stone Town Zanzibar plant life is mostly tropical, with a large number of palms and island vegetation. Main plants and crops include coconuts, cloves, bananas, citrus fruits and other spices, plus maize, cassava and other vegetables and cereals are grown. Mangrove regions can also be found in areas surrounding the town, as well as beautiful gardens.

Safety Tips

•Zanzibar is mostly safe to travel, however there have been some armed robberies in recent years so be cautious
•Keep valuables secure and out of sight when walking around
•Don't walk around alone, especially on quiet stretches of beach
•Women should dress appropriately and cover legs and shoulders
•Public displays of affection between couples could result in animosity or even violence in same sex partners

Travel Books

Stone Town Zanzibar recommended travel books include:
•Zanzibar by Giles Foden
•The Rough Guide to Zanzibar by Jens Finke and Rough Guides
•Zanzibar Bradt Travel Guide 7th Edition by Chris McIntyre and Susan Shand
•Zanzibar: Its History and Its People by W.H. Ingrams
•Zanzibar & the Swahili Coast Lonely Planet Custom Guide by Mary Fitzpatrick


Stone Town Zanzibar wildlife includes large populations of beautiful red colobus monkey which are found in the Jozani Forest Conservation Area, south-east of Stone Town. There are also a number of cats situated around the harbours and beaches, however not much other wildlife can be found on the island.


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