Frequently Asked Questions

How is the weather on Zanzibar?
Zanzibar is close to the equator. This means temperatures are stable around 25C all year round. The hottest month of the year is February, where it reaches 28C on average. April is considered the wettest month with an average of 401mm of rain. This rainy weather means nature flourishes and the island is in full bloom. April and May are therefore also called the green season.
What is the best season for kitesurfing?

For beginners and/or intermediate kite surfers the circumstances are perfect from the second half of June until the second half of October and second half of December until the second half of March. For experts the wind is at its best from June until September and in January and February.

Where is Mahali located?
Mahali is situated in Paje, on the east coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania. It’s a great location because everything you need is right within walking distance: beach bars, shops, kite surfing and diving centers and many restaurants.
How far is Mahali from the airport or ferry?

It is a 45-minute drive from Stone Town to Mahali, Paje. You can arrange a taxi but we also offer a pick up service. If you are interested, please see the booking page for more information.

How can I pay at Mahali?

You can pay in US Dollars, T-shilling and Euros. We also accept credit cards (5% extra). There are no banks nearby. You can withdraw money at the airport or at Barclays in Stone Town.

Can I book a safari through Mahali?

Of course! We’d be more than happy to help you organize a safari trip. Please fill in the contact form and let us know what your wishes are. We will find the perfect safari to fit your needs.

Do I need a visa to enter Zanzibar?

Visitors flying directly to Zanzibar are expected to purchase a single entry tourist visa on arrival at the airport. To obtain this visa your passport should be valid for at least an additional six months on the day of your arrival. The fees have to be paid by credit card. When you also want to visit mainland Tanzania you are free to do so on the same visa. The border control might ask to see your vaccination chart regarding your yellow fever vaccination. Don’t forget to bring it.

Tip: When you purchase your visa on arrival, be patient. Your African journey will start as soon as you land. Be prepared to wait.

What about medication?

Please seek advice from a medical professional. Malaria is not as common on Zanzibar as it is on mainland Tanzania but the choice, whether or not to take pills, is entirely yours. What we do recommend is bringing plenty of mosquito repellent. Also keep in mind that medical facilities on Zanzibar are limited, so bring enough of any medication you expect to need during your stay.

How to dress on Zanzibar?

On Zanzibar dressing modestly is considered a virtue. In our accommodation and on the beach you are free to roam in your bathing suits, however topless bathing is not allowed. In the towns and villages of Zanzibar women are expected to cover their shoulders and men are expected to wear a shirt, no matter the heat.

Do I need a converter plug?

Zanzibar uses a 220 – 240 volt AC current. The power supply on the mainland and on Zanzibar can be unreliable. Mahali uses a generator to deal with any unexpected power cuts. This way we can ensure you will never have to go without electricity.