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As a female traveling alone to Zanzibar are there any concerns I should know? I will be consulting with a health clinic there, but will be staying at a hotel and having my meals on my own. Any suggestions regarding places to avoid are appreciated.

Does anyone know how suitable the roads are for a mountain bike trip around the island?

When I was there over a year ago the roads were pretty terrible, but I think you could do it and it would certainly be interesting and beautiful. Some people rent scooters in Stone Town and go to the east beaches or tour around the southern half of the island, that's pretty common. The road that goes up to the north as I remember is pretty ok for about half the way, and then gets bumpier as you get north. But nothing you couldn't handle. I say do it, sounds like fun... – (WT-en) cacahuate talk 22:20, 26 April 2007 (EDT)


I recently stayed at the resort where the tourist was shot and asked the manager about it. She confirmed the incident, but explained that their is very little THEY can do to prevent it from reoccurring: Arming their guards would not only be illegal, but may also increase gun related incidents. Building a wall between the beach and the resort would be absurd.

I'm taking her word that crime is now under control after the suspect was shot and killed by police at another resort. From my experience of dealing with security incidents in South Africa, I know that the best way to fight crime is on a macro level: Governments and in some extreme cases residents associations and business associations. -- (WT-en) Nic 13:45, 6 July 2011 (EDT)

I also think it was good that you got rid of the specific hotel mention. Saying "Don't ever stay at this hotel" is a very strong statement and 2 incidents at a hotel by the same person (who was later shot dead) is not enough reason to label a specific hotel as being SO unsafe that we have to name it. (WT-en) ChubbyWimbus 14:54, 6 July 2011 (EDT)

Currently it isn't clear whether the Zanzibar article focuses on the main island in the Zanzibar archipelago, or on the entire archipelago (75 islands)[edit]

Swept in from the pub

I'm currently working on the expansion of the parallel article on the Hebrew Wikivoyage because I noticed this is a main tourist destination for Israelis these days.

While working on translating content to Hebvoy I noticed that the Engvoy Zanzibar article has a main problem - it is currently unclear if the creator of the article intended it to focus on the entire Zanzibar archipelago (which consists of 75 islands) or only on the main island of the archipelago.

On the one hand, the intro clearly states "....Zanzibar is semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of....", but on the other hand, the map shown in the article is only of the main island of the archipelago, but on the other hand the Wikipedia link in the sidebar sends the readers to a Wikipedia article about the entire Zanzibar archipelago, but on the other hand the majority of the content is only about stuff in the main island AND we have a separate article about the second biggest island in the archipelago, AND in our main Tanzania regions map only the main island in the Zanzibar archipelago is marked as "Zanzibar".

So what do you think this article should be about - only on the main island, or on the entire archipelago? ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 21:35, 23 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It looks like our Zanzibar article only covers the main island. The lede of the article mentions (and links to) Pemba Island as another part of the archipelago, but for purposes of the breadcrumb hierarchy Pemba is covered in an entirely different region of Tanzania, namely Pembwe and the Southeast. I think some copyedits ought to be made to the Zanzibar article to clarify this point. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 21:43, 23 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The article does indeed currently seem to be mostly about the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago, nevertheless, it seems to me that when tourists talk about "Zanzibar" they mostly refer to the entire entire archipelago (for example, see the "Zanzibar" article in Wikipedia), and therefore I currently tend to prefer that we'll fix this article so that it would be about the entire Zanzibar archipelago (by merging the content of the article Pemba Island into this article + fixing the rest of the issues I mentioned above). What do you guys think of that option ? ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 21:48, 23 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It seems sensible to me for there to be some kind of article about the whole archipelago, in view of its historical importance and separate identity before the merger with Tanganyika to form Tanzania. Whether it makes more sense to breadcrumb Pemba and an article concentrating on Zanzibar Island to an island about the whole archipelago or have an archipelago article as an extra-region, though, I really don't know off the top of my head. Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:55, 23 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The Wikipedia article linked suggests that when people refer to "Zanzibar", they're usually talking about just Unguja (the main island). That was my thought as well, before clicking the link. How many of the islands are able to be visited by tourists or likely to be visited by tourists? Making it a region wouldn't make much sense if only two of the islands have things to do/see and attract tourists. ChubbyWimbus (talk) 16:41, 9 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This appears still to be an issue. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:18, 26 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]