Traveling from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

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I entered Zanzibar by boat from Dar es Salaam. Few things when you are going to get your ticket to travel,
-there is the cheaper ferry and the expensive one. The ferry tickets differ from ferry to ferry and also locals and travelers.
Flying horse is the cheaper ferry but is very slow. It costs 20$ one way and you get a VIP ticket. There's an aircon which you will barely know is there. Blame the Indian ocean humidity.
Flying horse takes 3.5 hours to Zanzibar.
Here's what they don't tell you, from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam it travels at night. The ferry leaves port and just floats in the water all night, then moves in the morning at around 4am. I had bought a return ticket but had to cancel and forfeit $5 because I didn't know and had I used it I would have missed my bus to Nairobi.

You then have Kilimanjaro which costs $35. Yes it's pricey but so worth it. It's comfortable, air conditioned, staff dressed professionally in all white uniform. Carriage comes around with refreshments for sale.
There is a comical Asian man who is multilingual for the announcements before we start moving. Your bags have to be checked in and stowed away.
Kilimanjaro takes 2 hours from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar and vice sa versa.
In my opinion Kilimanjaro is the most convenient and pleasant way to travel. Although other options cheaper, they're not worth the headache.

Be aware of guys that offer to carry your bags. I had one who I refused over and over again and he said it's fine since he's registered porter, then wanted to charge me Tsh 10,000 I laughed in his face as I was annoyed with the process with the cheaper ferry. He tried to get security to come get money out of me which I then said no and security didn't speak much English so that was the end of that.


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