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A maze of narrow streets jammed with bicycles and motorbikes, Stone Town is a place of historical and artistic value
Stone Town is a lively jumble of narrow colourful alleys and traders, with a wealth of cross-cultural influences in its architecture. A number of historical sites are worth visiting, such as the old slave market, the Old Fort and the House of Wonders.
When you arrive, you have to clear customs and immigration at the airport. Zanzibar has its own government and therefore it's own fairly lax legislation that could change from time to time. Yellow fever certificates are usually checked and international flight departure taxes charged. If you arrive on an international flight, you'll need to show your visa and yellow fever vaccination certificate. If you arrive from within Tanzania you just walk through the airport building after you collect your luggage.
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We recommend that you prearrange your transfer so that you know someone will meet you when you arrive. It's important to use reliable transport to get from the airport to your lodge or resort. Your lodge or resort can arrange this for you. Try not to drive at night as there are many hazards on the roads.
If you arrive late, your first night's accommodation should be in Stone Town itself, which is just a 10-minute drive away. If your flight leaves early in the morning or at night, spend your last evening as close to the airport as possible to avoid driving in the dark.
The airport can become fairly busy and disorganised so make sure you arrive in plenty of time for your departing flight. If you're boarding an international flight you'll have to pay your taxes in cash before you leave, but if you’re flying anywhere within Tanzania you just board your flight.
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