Frequently Asked

Questions

Tanzania /Zanzibar in comparatively a hassle free environment . There are, of course, some local lads who will approach people asking if they want tours or transport organised or offering visitors goods; sometimes of dubious legality!! A reasonably assertive, but non aggressive, “No, thank you” is usually sufficient.

GIVEN THE RELIGION, IS THERE A STRICT RESTRICTION ON ALCOHOL?

No, alcohol is served in the majority of hotels and restaurants. There are just a limited number of hotels/restaurants in Stone Town that do not serve alcohol. Lager is brewed in Tanzania or Kenya (and very acceptable) Other types of Beer such as heineken, becks, amestel are imported from south Africa and europe. Most of the wine is imported from South Africa with some selections from Chile, California and Australia. There are a few retail stores that sell alcohol in Stone Town.

WHAT SORT OF FOOD CAN WE EXPECT?

Stone Town has a variety of restaurants that serve a selection of quality meals of different types of international and local cuisine, great quality and popular food. The local food is a must to try.

IS TAP WATER SAFE TO DRINK?

We urge people to drink only mineral bottled water and also use bottled water to clean teeth. Many shops and local kiosks sell mineral water, as do hotels and restaurants, although it is cheaper to stock-up with bottles bought at the local grocery store. Make sure the seal on water bottles are unbroken.

WHAT SHOULD I TIP?

We recommend that you tender small amounts to your lodge/hotel staff and lodge managers will provide you with guidelines for tipping if required. Where restaurant meals are involved, the tipping standard is usually 10% of the bill. Bargaining for local souvenirs and handicrafts is common especially in stores where the prices are not marked.

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