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fascinating places
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Cities and Towns

dar es salaam
arusha
mwanza
tanga
 

Mainland Coast and Islands

zanzibar island
pemba island
mafia island
 

Northern Tanzania

serengeti
ngorongoro
lake manyara
tarangire
arusha national park
 
kilimanjaro
marangu route
machame route
 
 

South and West Tanzania

selous
mikumi
ruaha
katavi
mahale mountains
 
 
rubondo
 
scenic flying safaris
 

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ZanzibarMagic is an online marketplace for Tanzania Safari Tours and exotic island beach extensions specializing on Zanzibar and Tanzania.

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Speed Boat Ferries Tanzania Zanzibar Pemba Islands

We do travel on a regular basis between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar on these speed boats, they depart punctually and our favorite speed boats are the Kilimanjaro and the Royal Express.

It is advisable to have your ticket in hand atleast a day before travel, on certain days such as holidays boats can be very overbooked.

We recommend you tryand get a seat towards the back and in the moiddle of the speed boat as it is less movement on this point of the boat to avoidsea sickness.

If you do start feeling sick best to go outside and catch some fresh air and in general the weather is really excellent whilst at sea and seating outside you can really enjoy the fresh air and envirinment.

Once the speed boat departs do grab a seat outside infront where you can view the passing islands and fisherman you sail by in their small dhows.

Ferries to and from Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, Tanzania:

There are several daily high-speed ferries from the port in Dar es Salaam to Stone Town on Zanzibar.

There are ferries that go between Dar es Salaam and Pemba (usually stopping in Zanzibar). A slow boat can take up to 14 hours to make the journey.

Ferries Ferry Fare Bookings Through us Have a service charge included and cost:

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam Speed Boat Ticket 1 Way 1st Class VIP $60.- USD 

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam Zanzibar Speed Boat Ticket 2 Way Return 1st Class VIP $120.00

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam Speed Boat Ticket 1 Way Economy $50.- USD

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam Zanzibar Speed Boat Ticket 2 Way Return Economy $100.00

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You do not necessarily have to take the luxury option, as the seats are basically the same in both classes.

Movies are offered for your entertainment in both classes whilst in the luxury class, you will be offered tea or coffee.

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FERRY SCHEDULE Dar es Salaam Zanzibar Pemba

Schedules for ferries from Zanzibar to Pemba.

Departures from Zan to Pemba: Wednesday & Saturday   

Departures from Pemba to Zanzibar: Thursdays & Sundays  

Vessel Departs at both ends at 7AM- It is a good 4 to 5 hours sailing each way.

Cost per seat $65.- USD one way x 2 for return.

There is a second company sailing the same route once a week or so, but please take strong note boats to Pemba are not always reliable, I would advice you fly which is reliable at $110.- USD a seat one way on any date you wish, reservations have to be done now in any case it is high peak season then.

Ferries (Daily departures from Dar es Salaam) Time

From Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Kilimanjaro 0730HRS Kilimanjaro 0930HRS Kilimanjaro 1230HRS Kilimanjaro and Royal Express at 1530HRS

Flying Horse and Seagull slow boats 1200 approx 4hrs sailing

Ferries (Daily departures from Zanzibar) Time

From ZANZIBAR to Dar es Salaam

Kilimanjaro 0730HRS Kilimanjaro 0930HRS Kilimanjaro 1230HRS Kilimanjaro and Royal Express at 1530HRS

Night Boats Flying Horse and Seagull at 2200HRS, only docks in Dar es Salaam at 0600HRS.

Speed Boat Tanzania Zanzibar Pemba Islands

Flying Horse, Seagull and Aziza slow boats 2200 These Night Boat crossing dock in dar es salaam at 0600HRS the following morning

Speed Boat sailing duration is approx 2HRS each way.

Be sure to remember your passport when traveling to Zanzibar port from Dar es Salaam, as the authorities will ask for it.

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The trip Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar should take about 2 hours whilst the trip Pemba/Zanzibar will take about 70 minutes.

The ferry between Dar and Zanzibar operates daily and goes from Zanzibar to Pemba on Tuesdays to Friday.

Ferries between Pemba and Zanzibar leave regularly and take about 120 minutes.

As Zanzibar is an island, sea travel is also possible.

If you fancy a part scenic sea trip (the view of the Stone Town as you approach Zanzibar), board a speed boat / ferry from Dar es Salaam seaport to Zanzibar.

These are the boat companies that operate services from Dar es Salaam seaport to Zanzibar.

The slower boats are much cheaper but as you can see and the journey is considerably longer.

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Tanzanian Speed Boat Ferries companies are pursuing a vigorous policy of modernizing and maintaining its fleet in line with fast-moving developments in the world of water transport.

The air conditioned catamarans were built in Australia to Azam’s specifications to provide that best possible services for Tanzanian travelers, international tourists and businessman.

The entire fleet of vessels has up to date communication and navigation instrumentation along with stringent safety equipment on board. The crews are well trained and experienced.

There are currently no official passenger-ferry services on Lake Victoria to connect Tanzania with Uganda and Kenya.

To and From Malawi: The only route across the lake from Tanzania is on the Songea ferry from Mbamba Bay (Tanzania) to Nkhata Bay (Malawi) near Mzuzu.

The ferry is meant to run twice a month. The Ilala sometimes travels from Lake Malawi to Tanzania but schedules vary.

To and from Burundi: A Weekly runs between Kigoma and Bujumbura and takes about 14 hours.

To and From Mozambique: You can try and hire a Dhow to get to Mozambique from Tanzania and vice versa.

Find out information locally in Tanzania's dhow ports of Mikindani, Mtwara and Msimbati.

In Mozambique check the ports at Mocimboa da Praia and Palma.

To and from Kenya (Mombasa): A ferry runs about once a week from Mombasa, Kenya and Tanga, Tanzania to Unguja and Pemba. Fares are around $40.

To and From Zambia: A Regular connects Kigoma (Tanzania) with Mpulungu (Zambia) along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

The ferry was the inspiration for the classic movie, African Queen.

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You can get off at smaller stops along the way including Lagosa, to get to Mahale Mountains National Park to enjoy the chimpanzees.