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Zanzibar (Bradt Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Chris McIntyre , Susan McIntyre
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Book Description

6 May 2013 Bradt Travel Guides
Both evocative and magical, Zanzibar offers travellers the quintessential Indian Ocean experience; palm fringed coastlines, powder- white sand, and colourful aquatic life. Passionate about detail, Chris and Susan McIntyre have carried out extensive on-the-ground research in producing this updated edition. There has been significant growth in the number of hotels, lodges and guesthouses on all three main islands since the last edition and, consequently, the accommodation listings have increased significantly: notably in Zanzibar Town (Stone Town), Matemwe, Michamvi Peninsula, and Mafia island. They visited all the accommodation listed. With almost 300 properties featured, many are newly built and the vast majority (spanning all budget levels) do not feature in any other guide on the market. Each entry has a detailed description with a strong emphasis on guiding readers to the most ethical options. Zanzibar goes into far greater depth than its competitors on the natural environment, history, culture, and sights. Few other guide books cover the islands of Pemba and Mafia in any detail and yet they are easily combined in a trip. With a focus on the environment, visitors are directed towards fair-trade shopping opportunities and sustainable marine parks. This new edition also includes a dedicated section on southern Tanzanian safaris, making this guide excellent for readers looking for a bush and beach combination. Advice is given on how to be sensitive to the local Muslim culture. Bradt's guide is the most frequently and scrupulously updated guide available, vital for a destination with tourism growing and changing so rapidly.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 8 edition (6 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841624586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841624587
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The best, by far.' The Sunday Times 'The only guidebook of any quality devoted to the islands.' Conde Nast Traveller

About the Author

Chris McIntyre is managing director of a UK travel company, Expert Africa, specializing in southern Africa. A regular traveler throughout the region, he is the author of Bradt's Namibia, Zambia, and Botswana guides. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a tourism consultant to the Department for International Development. Following a childhood in Africa and the Middle East, Susan McIntyre is a London-based PR and marketing consultant, specializing in the travel and tourism industry. Susan has worked closely with the media to promote responsible global travel in southern Africa and has written a number of travel articles.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy Information 30 July 2013
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I bought htis book as previous editions got good reviews and this was the most recent edition so I assumed all information would be up to date. I was wrong.

I would say this book breaks down into two parts:

Part 1: History/Culture/Politics and general information about the Islands: pretty good and very interesting.

Part 2: Current information (especially about Stone Town): Poor, out of date or just incorrect.

Part 1 is generally well written and interesting, my partner would often complain I would lose myself reading up about the history of the islands and current situation. I had no problems with this section of the book and, on its own would probably get 4 stars as background to the islands.

Part 2 I got increasingly frustrated with. We spent 2 days at a beach lodge north of Stone Town and then 4 nights at a hotel in Stone Town. We had booked with a beach lodge before getting the book (based on Trip Advisor reviews) so the limited information about our particular lodge was not a problem, however, using this book as a guide to Stone Town was, as I said, increasingly frustration. Despite this being the most recent edition of the book (published only a couple of months before our trip) the majority of prices were several US dollars both for museums and restaurants (several places it claimed you could get a meal for eg $6 each and despite being frugal we found we could never match that when the bill came). While the current prices are not expensive it didn't give us faith in the book (I should also say the quoted exchange rate for Tanzanian Shillings to US Dollars was about right so it wasn't as if that had affected the prices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 9 May 2014
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very well written guide written by 2 very experienced travellers , included were the e mail addresses of the authors in case any extra information needed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide. 8 Aug 2013
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Another great guide from Bradt.

Excellent information to help with your trip to Zanzibar. I found it very helpful and readable.
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