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Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for "old town"), is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. (The newer portion of the city is known as Ng'ambo, Swahili for 'the other side'). Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago.

The port here is busy with ferries and shipping and anchoring can be uncomfortable.

Clearance

Yachts travelling to Zanzibar must visit Immigration and have passports stamped, even if having already completed clearance on mainland Tanzania. A transit log must be obtained from the mainland ports (Dar, Tanga, Mtwara) before entering Zanzibar as it may be inspected.

In Stonetown, passports can get stamped with Immigration at the ferry dock. Go to Customs there as well for your transit log inspection.

Docking

Anchor in 15m. Dinghies can be left on the small beach in front of the Mercury Bar, where for a small tip one of the bar guards will keep an eye on it. Take care with the tides and be sure to haul the dinghy far enough up the beach.

The staff at the Mercury Bar can help with finding a taxi.

Last updated April 2016.

chcochain
chcochain says:
Apr 15, 2016 11:01 PM

Stonetown : nous sommes arrivés à Zanzibar, début avril 2016 : mouillage dans le port de Stonetown, dans 15 mètres d'eau, au milieu des ferries, à la pointe nord, pas très confortable, mais pas guère d'autres possibilités pour mouiller,( debut mousson SE ). Concernant le dinghy , pour aller à terre, nous l'avons laissé chaque jour sur la petite plage devant le MERCURY'S BAR , où moyennant un petit pourboire un des vigiles du bar avait un oeil dessus. Attention lors marées hautes,monter le dinghy tout en haut de la plage,et bien l'assurer:mais le gardien et le personnel du bar sont vraiment coopératifs.Nous avons trouvé une averie : demander au Mercury's les coordonnées,ils connaissent, un taxi nous a amenés,c'est environ à 2 kms du port; nous avons fait tamponner les passeports au quai d'arrivée des ferries. En ce qui concerne le "transire",il faut d'abord aller aux port pour les customs, ensuite trouver le "bureau des Transire"" au port des dhows, mais là, l'employée nous a réclamé la somme de 3000 shillings (1,5€ environ)pour l'établir pour l'île de Mafia ( alors que c'est normalement gratuit), et pas de reçu ! Nous avons essayé de discuter, en vain. Ce n'est pas le prix que ça coûte, mais c'est le principe. A part ça, Stonetown vaut vraiment la peine de s'y arrêter ! Christine et Jany / Voilier Filopré /

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