Zanzibar Express Car Hire
Zanzibar Express Car Hire
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
We have a fleet of more than 80 cars available to hire in Zanzibar. Our offices are located on the outskirts of StoneTown, about 5 mins from the International Airport. We have more than 15 years experience. We offer 4×4 vehicles for rent on a self drive or chauffeur driven basis. We have a staff of experienced drivers and multilingual guides that speak fluent English.
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

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Wakyou
La Louviere, Belgium3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
Very good experience with this company. The car was as expected in the pictures. Very good budget and nice global service.

I was in Zanzibar with my wife and it was very useful to have such adapted car.

Thanks again.
Written 31 October 2021
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Kind
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Outstanding service and communication. Abeid and his team were in contact from the moment of booking. Met us at the airport to deliver the car, helped with other local information and arranged a local SIM card for us to use google maps. The car was great for what we needed and recommended a 4x4 as the roads are a little bumpy in places once you’re off the main highway.
We left a valuable sentimental item in the car, and they contacted us immediately. They even arranged to go to the airport and give the item to a friend who was traveling later that week, the honesty and going over and above! Very friendly, professional and personal service. communication excellent and value for money! 100% recommend! We will
Be using this company again and recommending to friends too. Thanks very much Abeid and team!
Written 30 October 2021
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Amy
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
Their services were super efficient and reliable. Hamid was quick responded all my enquiries about hire a car for 3 days in Zanzibar , as well as sorted out my local driving permit before I arrived over there.

They accommodated me to delivery the car to my accommodation in stone town as requested. Abeid delivered the car to me, he was even kindly drove me to covid test Center before he left car to me.

On the returning day, Abeid also arranged pick up time to suit my schedule in stone town. He dropped off me to the airport when he found out I had horrible experience with my pre arrange tour guide on that day. Whereas my pre booked tour was not from his company. I regretted that I didn’t book day tour with this company.

I would definitely highly recommended Abeid for his professional services and willingness to help in Zanzibar.
He can be contact by WhatsApp or phone +255655382336.
Written 6 September 2021
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Konstantin K
Kherson, Ukraine7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Booked a car before leaving Ukraine, WhatsApp wrote off, the guys answered quickly and met upon arrival. Everything is very fast and simple. We rent the car for 12 days and were very pleased. For these roads you need a high and all-wheel drive car)
Written 15 November 2019
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Sandra F
Brazil670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were a couple and we would rather have a private tour in Dar es Salaam. So, we use the private services from Xpress Rent a Car & Day Tours. All communication we had was excellent. Shabbir Ebrahim answered all WhatsApp and e-mails very quickly. We did 2 transfers and 1 city tour.
Lameck, our guide/driver, is excellent guide! He is very friendly and told us many stories and details regarding his country. He is also a very good driver. Highly recommended!
Written 21 August 2019
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Colourful Planet
Munich, Germany12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
We rented a car for a week and service and the car was totally fine. Once we had a tiny issue, but we were helped right away by the team. I also want to take some people the fear of driving on Zanzibar. You have to get used a little bit to driving on the left side, but with automatic gear it was fine. The streets are not what we know in Europe, but since you drive slow, also this is no problem. We heard a lot of stories about the police over there, but also that was easy. Twice they quickly checked the licence and that was it. We were very happy we had the car, which made us totally flexible while exploring the island.
Written 22 June 2019
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lloyd_drake
Aberdeen, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We booked a Toyota Rav4 through Zanzibar Express Car Hire to drive ourselves around the island for two days. Everything was arranged with Hamid via email and he was generally quick to respond to any questions we had. The car was delivered to our hotel in Jambiani on time for an extra $15 fee (plus the $10 fee for the local driving permit), which is very reasonable. We dropped off the car at the airport on our way back home and Hamid was very trusting and just allowed us to leave the keys in the car and be on our way. The vehicle was delivered as described and with the expected dents and scratches, which is the norm for any hired cars on the island. It drove really well and I think we used about 3/4 of a tank to drive from Jambiani to Jozani, Kizimkazi, Paje (a few times), Pingwe, then there and back to Nungwi stopping off at Pongwe, and finally to Stone Town airport. In other words it was really efficient on fuel. Roads are surprisingly good in Zanzibar but just be aware of the different speed limits in the north vs. the south of the island as well as traffic officers who might try and solicit a bribe. Road signs can be a bit confusing but locals are always very happy to point you in the right direction if you get lost. We'd highly recommend booking a car through Zanzibar Express Car Hire for their good service and reliable info.
Written 25 April 2019
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Marios F
London, UK26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
We worked with Sabry for most of a day exploring some of the hidden photographic treasures of Zanzibar. Sabry was very helpful and clearly knows his way around into some of the less well-known areas in and around Stone Town, so working with him is effortless and very easy. Admittedly he has a tendency to let you completely alone once you're in your intended destination (which worked very well with us, but may be a bit more challenging for less experienced photographers).
Written 6 January 2019
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Giulio G
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
I stayed in Zanzibar with my girlfriend for 2 weeks and for the last part of our trip we decided to rent a car.
Looking on TripAdvisor we decided to go for “Zanzibar Car Hire” given the really good reviews, but it would have probably been better to go for a big and known hiring company.
The staff has been unprofessional with us and here as some examples:
1- We booked on the website the car which was supposed to be brought to our hotel in Nungwi at 10am, but after many hours of waiting and calling we received the car at 2:30pm (we decided not to pay the $10 for the pick up at our place).
2- We booked a Suzuki escudo 3 doors but they gave us a bigger car in order to “say sorry” for the delay. The problem was that knowing the madness of the Zanzibarian streets I decided on purpose to hire the smallest car they had.
3- Even if before coming to Zanzibar it has been said to me that we would have gotten the car with $20 of gas, we received it empty.
4- On the website we booked the drop off at 6:30pm. The day before I decided to call them in order to make sure that everything was confirmed, but this member of the staff started to scream at me saying that I’ve just been complaining for everything. This guy told us that they would have came to pick up the car at 4pm, it ended up that we had to waste again the entire afternoon because he arrived .. hours later.

The only positive note was that the car has been perfect as well as all the insurances needed.
Written 21 October 2018
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Dear Giulio We apologise for the bad experience, We have now change the full system in our company including company name, management and staffs, We hope to serve you again in future and see the most changes we have made in our company. Please contact us again once you visit Zanzibar for the second time.
Written 19 August 2020
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Shibac701
Bengaluru, India151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
I just finished a 2 day booking through this company. I booked & paid for the 2 day rental through their website.

Though I wanted to book a 4 wheel drive with a driver for 2 full days, I did not get that option on the website. So I ended up booking for self drive for 2 days but the website collected the payment for just 1 day.
Subsequently I exchanged Whattsapp messages & requested for the driver at an additional cost. I later paid for the 1 unpaid day & the driver with cash upon arrival. Fuel was at our cost.

I got a good quality Suzuki Grand Vitara, Automatic transmission for usd 35 per day & a driver from 8 am to 8 pm for another usd 20 per day.

The positives - Good clean car. Experienced & safe driver. Driver was punctual at the airport. Driver knew the area well & suggested good place to have lunch. Arranged for our dolphin trip, Snorkeling trip & Prison island trip through operators/ "friends"

The negatives - We were staying at Matemwe. The driver drove the car back for 1 hour plus each way to come & sleep at Zanzibar Town. the fuel cost was on us. The driver made a cut on every tour that he arranged for us. So we were paying probably 10 usd more for everything that he arranged. This we discovered accidentally when during the prison island trip the boat operator asked for the amount directly from us despite having prepaid the amount to the driver before the boat ride. Later we cancelled the Stone Town Walking tour guide booking & the airport drop through this driver & saved usd 10 for each of these 2 activities that he was arranging for us. The last point is around taking liberties with familiarity. After our Snorkeling trip day 2, he was not in the designated place & requested the boat to drop us to a different place where he had gone to eat. This was not a big problem as we got an extra boat ride which was really nice. later, when we came back from the Prison Island tour arranged by him, he & the car was not available. He said he will arrange for someone else to come & drop us to our chosen restaurant for dinner & agreed to pick us up from the restaurant at a designated time to drop us back to our hotel. He did not show up at the designated time for the last drop to our hotel.

So in short, the Car Company was great. Delivered on everything & I thought at a fair price. Will definitely recommend them.

The driver - a bit of a mixed feeling. Tour arrangement etc was not the car company's deliverable. This the driver took upon himself & we allowed this to happen. The driver was an enterprising guy. Made our lives easier but it came at a cost. The last bit of not showing up for the last drop to the hotel was in bad taste but our hotel was walking distance & did not matter much.

In short, Zanzibar Express Car Hire is recommended as they were not responsible for any of the pricing or deals that the driver arranged for us.

Hope this helps.
Written 8 October 2018
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