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My latest research trip took me to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar and Tanzania’s capital city, Dar es Salaam. The contrast between the two couldn’t be more stark: Dar es Salaam is an emerging African metropolis high on US and Chinese investment that is fuelling an aggressive building boom. Zanzibar, by contrast, snoozes on the image of a honeymoon island.
Step off the boat or plane onto the Zanzibar Archipelago, and you’ll be transported through the centuries – to ancient Persia and tales of Shirazi merchants that inspired Sinbad the SailorPaula Hardy
Both places depend a huge amount on the foreign investment that tourism and business travel brings but neither are managing its implementation particularly well. In Dar es Salaam traffic is so bad you can barely get around the city while in Zanzibar basic infrastructure is almost non-existent. In both, tourist accommodation is polarised into the most basic backpacker hotels and multi-star luxury resorts. This is a huge shame as both the city and archipelago have so much to offer adventurous travellers.