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.
"The best, by far."
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Chapter 1 History, Politics and Economy
Chapter 2 People and Culture
Chapter 3 Natural Environment
Chapter 4 Planning and Preparation
Chapter 5 Zanzibar Island Essentials
Chapter 6 Zanzibar Town
Chapter 7 Around Zanzibar Town
Chapter 8 Northern Zanzibar
Chapter 9 Northeastern Zanzibar
Chapter 10 Southeastern Zanzibar
Chapter 11 Southwestern Zanzibar
Chapter 12 Pemba
Chapter 13 Mafia Archipelago
Chapter 14 Southern Tanzania Safaris
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Further Information
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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.