14 Hostels in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Zanzibar, Tanzania. You can choose from 14 Zanzibar hostels. In total, there are 73 cheap places to stay in Zanzibar such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.

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Zanzibar Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Zanzibar, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

Total number of hostels


Average dorm price


Average private room price


Cheapest hostel in Zanzibar


(Amira's Roomz is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Zanzibar


(Baby Bush Lodge is the best rated)

Most Zanzibar hostels are located in

Stone Town

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Zanzibar for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Zanzibar for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Zanzibar? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Zanzibar alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Zanzibar. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Zanzibar (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Zanzibar. To help you make friends with Zanzibar before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Zanzibar will not leave you disappointed -- the island is a perfect getaway from the dust of major East African cities, and a good place for diving and beach bumming.

Zanzibar, along with its neighboring islands, is an autonomous region of Tanzania; prepare your passport for stamping in and out at the harbor or airport. Zanzibar is famous for producing saffron, ginger, nutmeg, and other spices, and you even can take a spice tour around the plantations. The city also offers you a visit to the old Slave Market, where guides can tell you about this dark page of Zanzibar's history. Forodhani Gardens on the waterfront is a perfect place to visit at night for an evening snack at the market. Be sure to bring your bargaining skills!

Zanzibar's Stone Town is a World Heritage Site with a nice Arab feel to it -- there are narrow streets, lots of cats, and tons of dates sold at the market. Stone Town offers plenty of tour companies who can arrange your diving, kiteboarding, spice sampling, or boat trips around the island. For a more authentic experience, head to the rural parts of the coast, such as Jambiani Village in the southeast, to see seaweed plantations and fishing boats, sit on the beach, and enjoy the sun. Keep in mind that Zanzibar is a Muslim community, so dress and behave accordingly, especially when invited to local houses outside of main tourist areas.

Zanzibar's hostels and hotels are generally more expensive compared to the mainland, but the conditions are better, despite the occasional power shortages. You can also find some traditionally equipped Zanzibari guesthouses where local families will share their life with you.

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Other Nearby Cities
Stone Town Stone Town (0.8 Km / 0.5 mi.)
Uroa Uroa (25 Km / 16 mi.)
Kiwengwa Kiwengwa (28 Km / 17 mi.)
Michamvi Michamvi (33 Km / 21 mi.)
Michamvi Pingwe Michamvi Pingwe (35 Km / 22 mi.)
Bwejuu Bwejuu (38 Km / 24 mi.)
Paje Paje (39 Km / 24 mi.)

FAQ about Zanzibar Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Zanzibar. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Zanzibar. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Zanzibar Hostels

A hostel in Zanzibar costs on average $15 for a dorm. A hostel in Zanzibar with private rooms costs on average $25.

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Baby Bush Lodge is the best rated hostel for partying in Zanzibar.
It offers: Bar.

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Your Packing List for Zanzibar

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Zanzibar and Tanzania.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Zanzibar