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Zanzibar Archipelago

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

While Zanzibar remains a relatively safe place, incidents of robberies, muggings and the like occur with some frequency, especially in Zanzibar Town and along the beaches, and there have been several recent violent robberies on east-coast beaches.

Avoid isolated areas, especially isolated stretches of beach, and keep your valuables out of view. If you go out at night in Zanzibar Town, take a taxi or walk in a group. Also avoid walking alone in Stone Town during the pre-dawn hours. It’s generally best to leave valuables in your hotel safe, preferably sealed or locked.

If you’ve hired a bicycle or motorcycle, avoid isolated stretches of road, and don’t stop if you’re flagged down in isolated areas.

Given the ongoing history of political tensions on Zanzibar and Pemba, it’s a good idea to check your government’s travel advisory site before you go.