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The Rough Guide to Zanzibar Paperback – January 27, 2003

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Jens Finke has been travelling around East Africa since 1988. He is also a long-term contributor to the Rough Guide to Kenya and author of the forthcoming Rough Guide to Tanzania.

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WHEN TO GO Zanzibar’s climate is typically tropical, making for hot and humid weather most of the year. There are two rainy seasons. The "long" masika rains (dubbed the "Green Season" by some hoteliers) fall from March to May, and are especially heavy from April onwards when some of the larger hotels close. The lighter "short" mvuli rains come between October and early December. The end of both rainy seasons is heralded by blustery winds. The rest of the year is hot and dry, with temperatures gradually increasing from July until the onset of the short rains. Ramadan (see p.30 for dates) is not the best time to visit, as most restaurants are closed by day and the atmosphere, especially in Stone Town, is not at its brightest.
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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Mini Guides
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides (January 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858288681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858288680
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,643,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This guide is very useful. It gives a good background on the island and helps with planning the trip. The historical and cultural info is excellent. We stayed in a hotel as part of a package, so the book was not critical. However, my daughter visited Zanzibar as part of a back packing holiday and the guide was incredibly useful.
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For Kindle / iPhone compatibility, I give this product one star. For content, five stars.

Kindle / iPhone compatibility:

I purchased this guide primarily for the maps of each beach village. I wanted to see how closely the hotels and restaurants were located to one another and to the villages and main roads. Unfortunately on the iPhone the maps are too small read and magnifying them makes the map image highly pixelated and illegible.

Another problem is that I wasn't able to loan the Kindle book. I wanted to transfer the book to my travel partner's iPad, but the publisher (Amazon?) does not grant loaning rights.

Book content:

Despite the technical issues, the content of the book is wonderful. I appreciated the sections on responsible tourism, the blunt, honest yet humorous bit about male prostitutes, and the information littered throughout the book about respecting local culture and appropriate dress. It was a great mix of tourist information and reality.

I would recommend anyone interested in this book to either purchase the physical (non-Kindle) version or use this book only for iPad.
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This book helped me a lot to prepare my trip to Zanzibar, information is up to date, covers all you need to know when going to Unguja island.
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I'm very happy with all the information that I've gotten from this guide. It's very detailed and informative.
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This book is small and compact, so it's perfect for travel. The descriptions are rich and accurate. This was a terrific help in planning my visit to Zanzibar.
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