Customer Reviews

I had the pleasure of hiring a car from Kibabu Cars in Zanzibar

Everything went smooth. From booking the car online, the payment, picking up the car, driving around (no problems experienced with the car, it drove like a dream) and the drop-off. (Thank goodness for the Aircon in the car) Mr Kibabu was only a phone call away if anything would've happened. They even sorted out all the insurance, made sure all the car's papers was in order, and organized the Travel Permit for me. What a pleasure doing business with Kibabu Cars. I've recommended them wherever I went. Thank you guys for everything, including the guys handling the Drop Off and the Pick Up. You guys are amazing! Keep up the great work. Hope to see you again real soon!
Gerhard McD, South Africa

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Thank you very much again for your service and offer.
We found that driving on Zanzibar is fun but challenge for new driver coming from abroad.
However, Kibabu Cars help us a lot with warm reception at the airport, detailed instructions for all situations and willingness to help us at any time. Fortunately, it's a frigging friendly country and cars from KC are impeccable enough to never need any help and can fully enjoy our holidays.
Andrej

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We would highly recommend Kibabu.
We had a great holiday in Zanzibar December into January 2019. Transfers to our hotel were arranged with Kibabu. We also hired a car for two days which was delivered to our hotel by Kibabu. Great service received in all respects, pick ups on time, licenses in order and last minute changes all efficiently accommodated.
Thank you Farhat and team!
Ingrid H., South Africa

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Rented the car from 25 December 2018 to 01 January 2019....Excellent response when inquiring and booking the car, and quick pick up and drop off procedure. Car was old but being a Toyota I had no doubts about its reliability. Island roads are terrible and this little car takes them in its stride. Wont hesitate to use (and recommend) Kibabu again.
Yunus K., South Africa

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Another good experience with Kibabu cars ! Vehicle in good running condition, all papers were in order (which is useful with the amount of police around...). Next time, we will make sure to agree on a meeting point for the car return, as finding your representative can be a little tricky at Zanzibar airport. Will definitely work with you next time !
Geneviève, Tanzania Travels Switzerland

Gerhard McD, Andrej, Ingrid, Yunus, Geneviève (South Africa, Switzerland, ) · 01/2019

The organization of the rental process was perfect.

When we arrived we were already welcomed and escorted to the car. When departing there was also already someone waiting for us although we were too early. Everyone we had contact to was very polite, friendly and professional!
The car itself was in a very good condition which is quite essential on Zanzibar‘s roads. It was fun to discover the island this way together with our children. The car never made any trouble. When you see other cars with exploding tires in front of you, you know that this is not a self-evidence with the general road conditions.
We went into many police controls. With the local driving permit organized by Kibabu Car and the car itself we had never a problem. The police was also always very polite and professional. We never had to pay anything.
Before I came to Zanzibar, I often read in blogs and reviews that it‘s not recommended to drive on your own there. With the experience I have with Kibabu and the Island itself, I can not share this warning. We always felt safe and it was the best way to discover everything and travel on Zanzibar, even with children. Of course it is a little bit harder to drive on real dark roads at night, but everyone is driving carefully and you can just slow down if you feel uncomfortable. The police checks the cars and lights at many placed. So it‘s not more dangerous than driving anywhere else.
Oliver E. (Germany)

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We were totally happy with Kibabu Cars. Booking was pretty straightforward and pick-up/drop-off without any surprises. Prompt communications and friendly staff at the airport was a big plus. The car was in good condition and clean when we picked it up. Driving in Zanzibar is not as difficult as many reviews suggest, but requires attention and slow driving in some areas to be on the safe side. Police checks are focused more on local vans/buses than private cars, so no worries there either. Zanzibar is a very beautiful island; renting a car to explore is definitely a must!"
Thomas K. (Greece)

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Simply the best! People don't waste time searching for rental car company on Zanzibar - simply choose Kibabu Cars... Our experience with this company was perfect and we would highly recommend Kibabu Cars
Goran (Croatia)

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I booked with Kibabu cars, the situation of the car was fine, and the communication before the booking, during the handover and when we asked to change the date of the return , was really easy.
if I travel again to Zanzibar I will book car again form the same office
Chris A. (Greece)

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Our experience with Kibabu Cars was great! The staff was very kind and the car that we rented (Toyota Rav4) was pretty good maintained. We can recommend Kibabu Cars to anyone who comes to Zanzibar!
Aleksandar V. (Serbia)

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Thank you for your excellent service. The car was great and the delivery/pick-up to the hotel worked perfectly. I have deactivated my facebook account. Therefore, I cannot post my comments on your facebook page. Sorry.
Martin Sch.

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Hello, We have been very happy in Zanzibar ; roads are a bit tough, but if you go "Pole pole", everything will be fine ! Kibabu cars have been reliable, and did show up at the airport in the middle of the night to get their Noah van back, in time for our flight. Trust them as we did, you won't regret your decision. Thank you all !!
French family Leroy

Oliver E., Thomas K., Goran, Chris A., Aleksandar V., Martin Sch., Leroy (Germany, Greece, Croatia, Serbia, France) · 12/2018

The experience with Kibabu Cars Zanzibar was very positive

A representative of the company was at the airport waiting for us and they had taken care of all the documentation and driving permit.
The car allocated to us wasn’t the model we asked for but they deliver the right one the following day.
Overall the car was in great shape (considering the age) and allowed us to drive around the island the 9 days we stay in Zanzibar.
Overall we found Kibabu Cars Zanzibar very professional and reliable.
Sergio A. (Australia)

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Thank you so much for the excellent service. The car was in excellent condition and we did not have any problems when stopped by the police. I would definitely recommend Kibabu cars.
Maggie N. (South Africa)

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At first it was really hard to choose the car rental company in Zanzibar. But guys from Aquaholics recommended Kibabu and it was a great recommendation.
I would definitely hire here next time.
Here is why:
- responsive and professional
- good English
- very nice and pleasant
- online support 24/7
- good car
Thank you very much!
Tung Fam

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I rented the Toyota RAV4 for 4 days. Very easy booking process. The car was in great condition. You guys are definitely awesome/trustworthy. Waited for me at the airport both pickup/return. I had a great experience with the rented vehicle. Highly recommend.

Thank you again, Kevin Ge

Sergio A., Maggie N, Tung Fam (Australia, Sourh Africa) · 09/2018

The service from Kibabu Cars couldn't be better.

The prices are good, and the website is clear in what car you are going to get. When we arrived two staff members were waiting for us in the parking lot, despite us being very late due to a delayed flight. They showed us the car, the licenses and all the necessary information. They had also already paid for the car to leave the parking lot and it was clear that the airport staff was also familiar with Kibabu, so they have definitely made a name for themselves. The car itself was in a very good condition, much better than the cars in mainland Tanzania. We went for a RAV4 automatic, which was clean and quiet. It drove very well with a good fuel economy (a with most rental cars in Zanzibar the tank was almost empty when we got it, but a fuel station is nearby, and the gas prices are relatively cheap. You use about 1 tank of gas per week if you go and explore every day). The entertainment system was in Japanese so not very useful (no sat-nav), but we didn't really need it anyway. The climate control/air-conditioning worked very well which was good, because even in winter it is still very much needed. We made it past the police checkpoints with little to no difficulty, all the paperwork was in order.
On the day that we were leaving we had to drop the car off before 7 AM. I communicated this to Kibabu via WhatsApp (I had originally given them a later time) and I quickly received a reply that everything would be in order. We arrived at the airport a little bit early and we were very happy to see that the Kibabu staff was already present and waiting for us.
All in all, we would definitely recommend Kibabu Cars and we will use them again if we return to Zanzibar.
Kornelis K. (Holland) 08/2018

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Via FB
I can personally recommend Kibabu to rent a car in Zanzibar. We rented a RAV4 5-door for 2 weeks, and it was a great experience! Good service and good car! We didn't have any mechanical problems, or any issue at all. Police in the roads were always nice to us too. I'll do it again!
Manuel B. (Spain) 08/2018

Kornelis K., Manuel B., (Holland, Spain) · 08/2018

Zanzibar has been an amazing experience. We like it!

Our car from Kibabu, a RAV 4/5 was in a good shape and worked responsible. So we had a good option to explore the beautiful island. And somtimes we felt like aliens, a white couple in a car driving through a lonely village. Most of the people were very friendly and curiouse. To pick up und drop off the car has been really comfortable, no waiting time, no unnecessary worksheet to mark the smallest scratches an very friendly people! If we go to Zanzibar again we will chose Kibabu to hire a car.
Petra und Gerald (Germany)

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Zanzibar has been an amazing experience. We like it! Luis L (Spain)

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We booked the car online. Information and contract were provided via email. They also took care of our Zanzibar Driver Permit. We paid half in advance and half when we picked up the car. Everything went perfectly. We went for the budget option but anyway the car was great. When we picked up the car we got a lot of information about how the traffic and police check points work and how to get to the nearest gas station. Returning the car was also smooth. Our flight was very early, so we made a deal in the start to return the keys to an exchange office nearby that was already open. We recommend Kibabu Cars to all who want to rent a car while traveling around Zanzibar.
Petra R (Slovenia)

Petra B., Luis L, Petra R (Germany, Spain, Slovenia) · 04/2018

Thanks for the amazing service

our holiday was wonderful and we are back home with many impressions of this wonderful island. My experience with Kibabu Cars is excellent. Everything - the pickup and the return procedure worked good. Thanks again.Maybe we come back again to Zanzibar.Best regards,Herbert H(Austria)

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The car rental procedure was easy, quick and without any disappointments. The price was very fair for the Toyota RAV 4. The condition was technically good and for the 8 days rental time it was the perfect car for the island. The small roads in Stone Town were no problem to manage as the sandy roads near the beaches. We were very happy with the handing over and drop of the car at the airport with a Kibabu representative. Any contact to Kibabu with WhatsApp was replied prompt. Next time definitely with Kibabu again. Rüdiger S(Germany )

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Your service was great! The solid and reliable car was perfect for use in Zanzibar. Pickup and return of the car was fluent and on time.Christopher W(Austria)

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My experience with Kibabu cars was excellent. Delivery and pickup on time at my hotel, the car was great, the service was friendly and professional. I definitely recommend Kibabu cars to anyone who wants an independent experience of Zanzibar. Thank you Shaul L(Israel)

Herbert H,Rudiger S,Christopher W,Shaul L (Austria,German,Austria,Israel) · 03/2018

Very good experience at Kibabu cars

The simplicity of contract, speedy response and flexibility leaves me wondering why we don't have Kibabu as an option everywhere instead of the big old rental companies. The drop-off and pick-up of the car at our house was very convenient, car was good and price was fair. I recommend Kibabu Rental Cars.Jon T(Danish)

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We rented twice with them on our holiday and we couldn't have had a better experience (except for one thing -- read on). The cars were in excellent shape (for Zanzibar) and the flexible drop off and pick up was wonderful. They met us at the airport, and when we needed to go to Stonetown we met them there to return the car. I loved doing all of the paperwork from home and digitally signing it so when we got there they just handed us the keys -- that was amazing -- including the required tourist driving licenses.You provide a great service, I hope your business thrives! BEVIN C(U.S.A)

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The car was perfect. No problem at all. The reception and return was excelent. Kind regards Francisco C

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The service provided by Kibabu cars was exceptional. Although our flight was delayed, upon arrival the agent was waiting for us and showed us the car as well as a map with instructions on how to get to our hotel. The car was clean and reliable and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was easy to communicate with Kibabu via WhatsApp and we met the agent again upon return to the airport so overall no issues. If I return to Zanzibar, I would definitely use Kibabu again and also recommend it to all my friends and family. I would also recommend that tourists should hire cars rather than use taxis because overall does work out cheaper and you get to see much more of the beautiful country. Thank you for all your help.Kind Regards, Arif S(British)

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overall I was very pleased with the car and the services. In case of mechanical problem on the car, replacement car was brough very quickly (within 1 hour) to the surroundings of the Stone City and we had meanwhile pleasant time playing checkers with local "professionals" who were much better than my son and myself. I would not hesitate to use Kibabu on next visit and it would be my obvious choice, Petr H(Czech)

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The holiday was wonderful and we really enjoyed it . We would recommending Zanzibar to every one. It is a very nice place with a lot of things and places to see and visit. The experience we had with Kibabu Cars was great. We took a rent a car for 8 days and we did not have any problems with it. We also took the taxi from Kibabu Carsor and as you can assume every thing was great. The driver was there on time and we had a enjoyable drive from the airport to our hotel . I highly recommend to take a rent a car to see the whole island and I would recommend Kibabu Cars to be your choice for the rent a car or taxi if you need one. They have a very quick response on all of mails and questions and are very friendly. Best regards, Tin T(Croatian)

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We definitely recommend Kibabu Cars in Zanzibar. The representative was waiting for us at the airport and all the administrative procedures went quickly and smoothly. The car (Toyota RAV 4, 3 doors) was in perfect conditions and all the registration and insurance documentation were up to date. During our stay, we contacted Kibabu via Whatsapp to ask about parking in Stone Town, and the response was immediate and really helpful. We have rented many cars during our holidays through various companies, and we can safely say this was one of the easiest!"Thanks again for the great service and experience and hope to see you soon! Kind regards, Julien & Giorgia(French)

Jon T,Bevin C,Francisco C,Arif S,Petr H,Tin T,Julien&Giorgia (Danish,USA,Argentina,British,Czech,Croatian,Frech) · 01/2018

we really had an amazing vacation in Zanzibar

and it was the best opportunity to rent your car. With the car we visited the whole island and could learn more about the life of the locals. We arrived at 02 o clock in the night and we really were suprised that we could pick up after landing the car. :) All paperwork was already done and we could leave from the airport after 10min. Amazing service, precisley on timeand next time we would choose again Kibabu Cars because the service was top, the car was in good condition. All what we agreed before we arrived in Sansibar was respected.
Thanks Farhat for your service
Sandra und Anita(Austria)

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Best service ever.clean interior and well maintained. so smooth on roads and well air conditioned. Pickup and drop off at zanzibar airport on time. Good staff and all documents proper.No hidden charges too. Well satisfied with their service. Thanks Kibabu.Linesh K(India)

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As a travel agent I work with a lot of different companies in the world and I can say it was a plesure working ith you. You have been very supportive and understanding – having in mind my client are a bit tough.
Thank you for your time and looking forward to working with you in the future!
BEST REGARDS, ANI M(Bulgaria)

Sandra und Anita,Linesh K,Ani M (Austria,India,Bulgaria) · 12/2017

Can’t recommend Kibabu cars enough!

Everything was super easy and efficient in a comfortable car.
Would recommend using 100%
Kind regards, Dario (British)

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MY FAMILY AND I HIRED A 5-DOOR RAV 4 FROM KIBABU CARS .
THE VEHICLE WAS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, WAS DELIVERED TO US CLEAN, AND WITH ALL THE NECESSARY
PAPERWORK. AS ADVERTISED, THE VEHICLE HAD A GREAT AIR CONDITIONER, AND WAS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER THROUGHOUT OUR USE. WE USED THE VEHICLE EVERY DAY AND HAD TRIPS PRACTICALLY EVERY DAY WITH IT. OWNING A SIMILAR CAR BACK HOME, I CAN VOUCH FOR THIS PARTICULAR'S CAR GOOD WORKING ORDER AND MILEAGE.
THE OWNER MR. KIBABU IS VERY HELPFUL AND WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO GET US OUT OF "TROUBLE" WITH THE ZANZIBARI POLICE - WHILE KIBABU CARS WERE NOT AT FAULT AT ALL, THE TRAFFIC AUTHORITIES AND POLICE DO NOT HESITATE TO HASSLE TOURISTS WHEN THEY LOOK FOR THE OCCASIONAL AND QUICK BRIBE.
THE RETURN OF THE VEHICLE WAS AS EASY AS THE DROP-OFF AND MY DEPOSIT WAS RETURNED INTACT.
THE STAFF ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND COURTEOUS AND WHEN I RETURN TO ZANZIBAR, I WILL SURELY HIRE ANOTHER CAR FROM KIBABU CARS!_
Kind Regards,GOPAL T (Zambia)

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Perfect service: Transportation to the hotels; perfect deliverance; German speaking guide for Stone Town Car very reliable "Budget Car"; very good technical condition of the car. Good price.
We certainly would use KIBABU Cars again. we miss Zanzibar
PS. The blog on your homepage about Zanzibar was very helpful for us. Thank you.
Dr. Michael M(German)

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I would like to reccoment Kibabu cars to anyone who comes to Zanzibar driving gives you many opportunities in this island and we took a toyota rav 4 - the car was new in excellent condition, we were met at our hotel by the owner himself an procedure was very quick a week later we gave it back at the airport. the prices are relatively cheap too. all in all this was a very good experience
Yuval D,( Israel )

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Kibabu cars was a pleasant surprize. Simple and unfussy handing over,friendly and accommodating, prompt services. Thanks for contributing to a lovely experience.
Best regards, Stoleru V (Roman)

Dario S, Gopal T,Michael M, Yuval D,Stoleru V (British,Zambia,German,Israel,Roman) · 11/2017

We were very satisfied with the car.

It was in very good condition and we had no problems.
We used it through out whole island of Zanzibar.
Good condition of the car is also verified by other people in hotels where they asked as about rent a car agency.
We kindly recommend it.
Marija R. (Serbia)

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We had a wonderful vacation on Zanzibar and enjoyed a lot that we could explore the island with one of your cars.
Everything worked out very well - from the Airport pickup (we appreciated a lot that you offered to pick us up from the Airport although we have rented the Car only a few days later) until the car handover. No technical issues at all and even when we had a problem getting fuel we could reach you by phone and got helpful advice.
Thanks again for the good service - we would definitely recommend you if one of our friends would go to Zanzibar.
All the best & Kind Regards, Cosima & Jan H. (Germany)

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We had a wonderful time in Zanzibar and that was truly made possible due to kibabu. We could move any where at our convenience because of the availability of your car.
May we request you to consider for new vintage cars, if possible.
Thanks, Col N.(India)

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We rent a car at Kibabu twice this year, first in February and second in September. At both times we get very clean and from all aspects good car. Second time we ask for petrol fill up and it was done at our arrival. Our plane have ben delayed for two hours (I send the message from Dubai, that we will be late) and guy from Kibabu wait for us, until we came. Also when we leave the car back it was 5 minutes work, and everything was perfect. I can really recommended that company! Of course we will be back to Zanzibar, probably at February next year.
Best regards,Jurij B.(Slovenia)

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WE loved Kibabu Cars and would totally recommend the company.The car was delivered at the airport and picked up there as promised. I dropped my drivers license in the car park and Kibabu picked it up and delivered it to me in Stone Town.The car is interesting as cars in Zanzibar are definitely well used so you cannot expect a sparkling new car but that is part of the Zanzibar experience. The car worked well and was fun to drive. I would totally recommend driving in Zanzibar as it is a small place but slow getting around due to the roads, type and number of different vehicles. However renting a car is a great way to get to know Zanzibar and visit more places on the island. Having a car avoids waiting for taxis or shuttles and these can add up as the roads are slow. Driving there is fun and an experience.Everyone is very helpful, even the police, so do rent a car with Kibabu cars and enjoy the freedom of learning about the island on your own time.
Best Regards, Sibylla.(Canada)

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The car ( RAV 4 WD) was in good conditions and the perfekt car for Zanzibar roads – even fort he bad ones.
Thanks for your good service –including being very flexible and absolut correct.
Even the giving back on an earlier time worked perfekt.
Thanks to you and your team.
Best regards , Jakob E. (Austria)

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Just want to say a big Thank You to you and Kibabu for all your help last week. The car was perfect for us and your service and warm smiles made the trip all the more special. Hope to see you again one day.
Our best regards,Nigel & Jayne (UK)

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thank you for the services given by Kibabu Cars. The rented car was delivered to the hotel on time. During the rental time we had no problems with the car. On the day of departure we were timely met at the airport so that we could duly hand over the car to a representative of Kibabu Cars. The rental prices were reasonable.
Continue doing it so well.
Best regards, Matthias Z, (Germany)

Marija R, Cosima & Jan H, Col N,Jurij B,Sibylla,Jakob E, Nigel & Jayne,Matthias Z, (Serbia, Germany,India,Slovenia,Canada, Austria,UK,Germany) · 10/2017

We had amazing time on Zanzibar!

It would be way less exciting and adventurous if we haven't rent a car. We found the best recommendations for Kibabu car rental on Trip Advisor so we decided to contact him.
Before him, we googled few car rentals Zanzibar, but they answered with very few information or didnt answered at all. When we contacted Kibabu, we got the answer the same day with all the info we need. He prepared Zanzibar's temporary driving licence which was waiting for me at the airport together with map of Zanzibar. Car was clean and safe and didn't had a slightest problem for all 14 days of our stay. Everything was as we arranges trough emails. He was waiting us at the airport on our departure to take the car back and to return taken deposit.
All recommendations for everyone who wants to rent a car in Zanzibar.
Jovana and Vuk R., Serbia.

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We had a wonderful time in Zanzibar and hope to come back soon. Our experience with Kibabu cars was positive. The delivery and collection times were right on time; my Zanzibar driving permit was all sorted and our Toyota RAV4, all wheel drive vehicle, gave us superb service with no issues whatsoever.
A late request to extend the hire time by a further day was met with good attitude and the balance owing was simply deducted from the initial deposit paid. No unnecessary paperwork needed.
I had no issues with this but one item that could possibly become contentious, is that there is no formal record/documentation of scratches and bumps on the car upon delivery or consolidation of these or return at the end of the hire period.
We will use Kibabu again in the future and can recommend others use their service.
Asante Sana.
Ierfaan W. and Holiday crew from South Africa.

Comment of Kibabu Cars Zanzibar:
Rental cars on Zanzibar are in average between 10 - 15 years old. They all have scratches and bumps of course. Renting a car on a small tropical island is not comparable with a Western city where you'd get a new car and recording of a few scratches or bumps is easy.
Looking forward to seeing you again on our beautiful island.
Karibu sana

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I was totally satisfied from Kibabu Cars. The car was in an excellent condition. When we had a flat tire, their response was very fast. I know that in my next trip there, i will definitely rent a car from Kibabu Cars. Highly recommendable!
Giannis/Rumpina (via facebook)

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Landing in Zanzibar and leaving the airport looking for a sign always we were a little bit unsure. Leaving the terminal, there was someone from Kibabu with our names. Warm welcome and all smiled. Car Toyota Noah was ready on the parking, clean and ok. Keys and documents were ready and in 5 min we were off. Communication before via email and during our stay was very fast and fluent. Thank you for helping us enjoying Zanzibar. We see you again next time
Jan D., Belgium

Jovana & Vuk R., Ieerfaan W., Giannis/Rumpina, Jan D. (Serbia, South Africa, Greece, Belgium) · 09/2017