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on 12 June 2017
Well written and detailed book but not good as DK books - too much text.
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on 7 March 2011
This guide is extremly well researched and written in a very personal manner that makes you feel you are speaking to friends or returning to Zanzibar, even when it is your first time on the island.
The writers have Zanzibars future interest at heart and it resonates through the pages.
The only downside is the poor binding which meant the colour pages started falling out upon the first use. On a positive note, you can use these then as bookmarks...
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on 5 June 2008
We bought this guide before our honeymoon to Zanzibar and found it really helpful in choosing the places we wanted to stay as the reviews were so detailed. It was not the only guide we bought, but having been out and used it, it is by far the most accurate and helpful. There are lots of interesting anecdotes as well as advice on what to do, where to eat and all that. We would highly recommend this book for being down-to-earth, readable and by far the most comprehensive. Have a good trip!
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on 20 February 2010
The Bradt guide is highly recommended. It is current, well written and with excellent background/history/culture section. Detailed, appropriately opinionated and comprehensive reviews of hotels and restauranta. Good sections on Mafia island (to the south) and Pemba (north) - both of these are well worth choosing as the non-commercial alternative to Zanzibar main island. There is also a chapter on the southern mainland safari parks. In my view the dream holiday is Selous and/or Ruaha safari, then Mafia or Pemba for 4-7 days and three days in or near Stonetown on Zanzibar!
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on 15 August 2011
I normally buy DK Eyewitness guides because they offer more detail on places / sights with good colour illustrations / pictures to pick out important points of interest or jog the memory in later years.

However looking around for a solely Zanzibar guide proved unsuccessful so I bought this on the basis of the Amazon recommendations.

Little in the way of good colour illustrations / pictures are included and for those few that were included the pages promptly fell out of the book presumably through inadequate binding / glue.

However the written content is very good and was very helpful in preparing for my shortly forthcoming holiday there.

There will be a postscript in the near future if it fails to deliver on the ground.
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on 30 January 2011
An extremely thorough and accurate guide. Full of useful advice and up-to-date information on health, safety, accommodation, restaurants and how to get around. No traveller to Zanzibar should go without it.
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on 21 February 2012
If you're interested in Zanzibar's history, this is very good. It also has a section on safaris in southern Tanzania, which people often visit in combination with Zanzibar. Therefore if that's your plan, you could get this without needing a separate guidebook to mainland Tanzania. It's also good on ethical tourism, suggesting tours and shops that benefit local people (a bit of a plug too for the author's own travel agency, but hey...). The section on health, and what to bring, is also good. The downsides: the binding is pretty poor, and if you want a slim, compact guide with a removable map, I'd go for the Globetrotter Travel Pack. It's also in need of a new edition, since this book came out in 2009 (and reads like it was mostly writen in 2008), and things are changing quite fast in Zanzibar. I don't think it was essential for our trip, but it was nice to have.
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on 22 May 2010
Excellent guide - compact for a first introduction to the country but some really useful tips.
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on 28 June 2007
I'm a big fan of Bradt Guides and found this very useful for background info prior to my trip. Really appreciated all the research that had obviously gone into it.
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on 30 July 2013
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.
Secondly the map for Stone Town, now I understand that providing a map of a place with lots of small streets, allyways and so on is tricky, however, when you find that restaurantsand hotels are clearly not where the map states (on opposite side of junctions and so on) it again, doesn't fill you with confidence.
Thirdly, information on day trips could be so much better. We booked two trips with a company that was recommended in the book and paid slightly over the odds as a result, which we were happy to do so as it was (apparently) a reputable company. On both these trips (Safari Blue and Jozani Forest) the only thing the company provided was a taxi driver: for Safari Blue we were driven to a beach and passed to another company who actually ran the tour and for Jozani forest the cost of entry to the forest includes a Ranger as a guide. Both of these things could easily be included in the book but were not.
Finally the index, things were just missing. Case in point: the book recommends a shop in Stone Town, I can remember the name but not which page it was on, no sign of it in the Index (and not on either of the map of Stone Town which lists the shops).

As I said generally frustrated with the book, previous editions may have been better but this one feels sloppy and was frustrating.
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