Zanzibar - Taxis/ Safety - how to recognise an official taxi ?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 10:42 PM Last Post By: Kelstarama
Nov 25, 2012 9:58 AM
Zanzibar - Taxis/ Safety - how to recognise an official taxi ?Hello
I will be arriving at ZNZ and then travelling (probably by taxi) to Nungwi.
Having read all the reports of bogus taxis in Dar, I would like to ask - is this also the case for Zanzibar?
I understand an official taxi has a red number plate with yellow letters and numbers. Is this correct?
Is there an official taxi desk at ZNZ airport, as per many other cities?
Your advice would be appreciated.
Nov 25, 2012 12:36 PM
1Hi - I have been to Zanzibar twice in recent years & I lived there for 7 weeks last year and I doubt I saw an "official taxi" with the number plates you describe. At the airport all the vehicles parked in the "official taxi stand" area appeared no different to the other cars. It was a similar situation in down town Stone Town - around the Livingston bar and the Gardens. The only advice I can offer is to have your accommodation arrange the taxi - it will cost around the same (maybe a few dollars more - $70 v $55-60 if you negotiate it yourself). If you have friends who have been to Zanzibar recently they may have a contact number - if I can find one in my contacts I will send a PM. Hope you enjoy!!
Nov 25, 2012 11:44 PM
2Correct, the official taxi has a red number plate with yellow letters and numbers.
Written on their doors TAXI or PRIVATE HIRE.
There is no official taxi desk at Zanzibar airport.
If you are not ready for crowd-bargaining from taxi drivers outside the airport,
use the one provided by your hotel or TO.
Better to finish transfer issue prior your landing there.
Nov 26, 2012 2:17 AM
3Hi, it may seem risky talking to strangers but, actually the easiest way for you will be to ask a fellow passenger to help you out with this. Most of the people I have come accross with in Tanzania are extremely friendly and very helpful....it's safe to have it all arranged from your hometown but, really wild to try out other ways as well...it's an experience after all!!
Nov 26, 2012 5:31 AM
4There have never been reported problems with taxis wether offial/registered itaxis in zanzibar
Dec 2, 2012 10:42 PM
5I have booked all my transfers through Naseeb at Zanziland for my last couple of visits. The prices have been almost the same as taxis for the same trips.
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