Zanzibar Books

We often get asked which books we would recommend. In association with and , we are happy to suggest a hand-picked selection of travel guides, reference books, travelogues and music. All titles relate to Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa, or Africa as a whole. Please click on the relevant title/s for more details and ordering information.

Travel Guides
Zanzibar: The Bradt Travel Guide
David Else, Heather Tyrrell

Concentrating exclusively on Zanzibar and Pemba, this fifth edition brings every aspect of travel on the islands up-to-date, from sourcing hotels to creating an individual itinerary from the selection of landmarks, markets and activities detailed in the guide. It includes background on the history and culture of the islands – with coverage of festivals, markets, arts and crafts – a thorough section on land and marine wildlife and a guide to the architectural treasures of Stone Town.

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Tanzania: The Bradt Travel Guide
Philip Briggs

For this fourth edition of Tanzania: The Bradt Travel Guide, Africa expert Philip Briggs has covered significant areas of the south and west that are only just opening up to travelers, as well as fully revising information on top attractions such as Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and Zanzibar.

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Tanzania & Zanzibar
Annabel Skinner (Editor)

This excellent guide includes detailed travel advice; over 280 safari lodges, hotels and tented camps; over 150 restaurants, bars and cafes; 25 maps; stunning color photography; comprehensive safari-planner and wildlife guide and idyllic island hideaways. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 452 pages, color photos, maps)

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Lonely Planet: Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba
Mary Fitzpatrick

This Lonely Planet guide to Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba contains a 16-page colour safari section; complete coverage of Tanzania’s national parks, reserves and marine areas; expert advice on trekking Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru; a section on birdspotting; and extensive dive site information.

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Lonely Planet: East Africa
Hugh Finlay, Geof Crowther

Offering background information about the history and culture of the five countries of East Africa in addition to travel advice, this guide covers Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

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Dive Sites of Kenya and Tanzania; Including Pemba, Zanzibar and Mafia
Anton Koornhof

The definitive guide to diving in Kenya and Tanzania, with a great section on Zanzibar. Individual sites are star-rated, and cover location & access, conditions, depth and marine life. Regional directories include information on dive facilities, where to stay and eat, emergency contacts and other recreational facilities.

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The Rough Guide to Tanzania (Rough Guides)Jens FinkeTanzania offers the traveller a varied geography that ranges from Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and Lake Tanganyika to the shores of the Indian Ocean. This guide includes practical information on getting about from buses to bicycle and boat rental, while listings sections provide reviews of the accommodation, eating and drinking for all budgets. Also covered in the book is hiking and outdoor information including trekking Kilimanjaro to snorkelling off Pemba’s coral it in:UK AmazonUS Amazon


The Mini Rough Guide to Zanzibar (Mini Rough Guides)Jens FinkeThis guide offers practical coverage of Unguja (Zanzibar) and Pemba, Africa’s legendary “Spice Islands”. There are detailed accounts of every attraction, from the labyrinthine Stone Town to ruined Omani palaces and idyllic beaches. The author provides incisive reviews of the best places to eat, sleep and drink, as well as practical tips on a range of activities and expert background on Zanzibar’s history and it in:UK AmazonUS Amazon


Lonely Planet: Africa on a ShoestringHugh Finlay, et alLonely Planet’s ninth edition of Africa on a Shoestring (written by no less than 14 intrepid souls) begins with an extensive nuts-and-bolts chapter: visa requirements, vaccination information, how to score the cheapest airfares (couriers, charters, consolidators), suggested itineraries, medical checklists, safety precautions, etc. As its name suggests, the book is chock-a-block with dirt-cheap suggestions on where to stay (from campsites to hotels), eat (street stalls to restaurants), as well as places to view wildlife (Masai Mara, Serengeti), tour ancient Casbahs (Morocco, Tunisia), or unwind on a tropical beach (the islands of Mozambique, Egypt’s Red Sea resorts). The appendix is loaded with practical stuff like basic phrases in numerous languages (including Arabic and Swahili) and a glossary of common terms (medina, baksheesh, dhow).buy it in:UK AmazonUS Amazon


Kenya and Tanzania (Gold Guide)Fodor’sIncludes up-to-date information on this popular tourist destination. It includes information for all types of traveller including those on business, the more general tourists and those who are heading there for guided safaris. This guide covers all the must-sees; the national parks, Nairobi, Lake Victoria, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and more. There are all the usual fantastic tools – Smart Travel Tips chapter, Web addresses, itineraries, Post-it flags and balanced practical and cultural information – plus added extras such as a Swahili it in:UK AmazonUS Amazon