High Light Description
Discover the one of the world’s most beautiful island. Zanzibar has for centuries been a center of attraction for merchants, sea farers, explorers, fortune hunter, missionaries and invaders. The cultural heritage of the people of Zanzibar is a reminder of the past left by Assyrians, Hindus, Egyptians, Portuguese, Arabs, Germans, and British, who left their mark on the islands. Kiswahili the local language is full of Arabic words, Hindu and Portuguese.
Zanzibar Stone Town
The Zanzibar Stone Town is about 150 years old covering an area of 96 hectares of residence, gardens and bazaar streets. It is physical evidence of the rich cultural heritage from Arabs, Indians and Europeans combined with the local African tradition. The Central Market (1904), the Anglican Church (built on the site of the former slave market), the old Arab fort, the Palace Museum, the House of Wonders (built in 1883 by Sultan Bargash) and the Livingstone House. A walk along the narrow lanes of the Stone Town gives you an opportunity to see some splendid artifacts like miniature samples of the famous Arab doors and chests with their studded brass decorations.
The famous spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg and many others are grown here. Also to be seen and tasted are different kinds of tropical fruits such as durian, Zanzibar apples (tufah) drupes (coconut) and many others, not forgetting rare plants like the Henna, Perfume tree and Lipstick trees, e.t.c. The spice tour includes visits to some historical places such as Persian Baths at Kidichi built in 1850 by the first Sultan of Zanzibar Sayyid Said bin Sultan, for his Persian wife and Princess Shehzad, granddaughter of the famous Fateh Ali the then Shah of Persia. You will get the chance to visit Mangapwani Slave Caves.
The Jozani Forest situated 35 km Southeast of Zanzibar Town is the only remaining natural forest. A visit to the forest will give you a very rare opportunity to see different species of its animal and flora. The forest is the refuge of the Red Columbus Monkey.
Smell Spice Tour
Walk through the spice farm with your guide. Touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess which is which, Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicines and in food and drink.
Depending on the season you are visiting, you can find anything from vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, chilli, oregano and more!
Fruits can include banana, pineapple, jack fruit, custard fruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grape fruit and many others.
Prison Island is situated to the west of Zanzibar Town about 30 minutes ride by motor boat, the islet measuring about half a mile long and one eighth of a mile wide, was formerly used slave owner as a private detention place for a disobedient slaves. It was then bought by General Mathews who constructed a jail in 1893. It was however never utilized as such but it still stands. At the moment the island have small resort where you can relax, sunbathe, swim, snorkel, walk around and see the giant Tortoises some has old as 100 years
Historical Town Tour
While tracing the steps of the past, the walking tour provides you with a window into modern life in Stone Town. Explore the markets, seafood and fish piled in the fish market, fresh loaves of bread in wicker baskets and the neat stacks of fruit and vegetables as traders sell their wares from their stalls. An optional stop at The Zanzibar Coffee House provides a rest from the heat and hustle and bustle. A selection of drinks, local sweets & seasonal fruits act as the perfect pick me up, for you to continue your tour.
The City Tour is very flexible and can be adapted suit your interest and time frame, If you want to hunt for antiques and souvenir shop, follow David Livingstone’s time in Zanzibar and walk the path of the slave trade, your guide can recommend and develop routes and itineraries that will optimize your time and get the most out of your trip.
Jozani Forest Tour
Your park ranger will take you on a nature trail, lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants and tell you about the animals, birds and reptiles that make their home in the various habitats of this tropical rainforest.
Troops of Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys can be found scrambling from branch to branch, in searc h of food. The monkeys have become acclimatised to people and allow you to get close to them to take photographs as they eat, play and jumping from the treetops.
The mangrove boardwalk takes you above the swamp, where, depending on the tide, you can see tropical fish flitting between the mangrove roots and crabs scuttling across the mud
Take a one hour drive from to Stone Town to Kizimkazi, on Zanzibar’s south coast for a day of dolphin spotting .On arrival, you’re given a short safety briefing and the do and don’t when faced with these wild animals. Then, you board a traditional ocean going dhow and set sail on the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins.
You can get as close as 10 to 20 metres away from the dolphins. Sleek and grey, they jack-knife through the water, sometimes showing off with jumps and twists. In the past, some tourists have been lucky enough to swim and snorkel with these magical animals. However, the dolphins aren’t tame, and can be shy and elusive. Although visitors see dolphins on the majority of outings, there are no guarantees. There’s superb snorkeling in the pristine coral reef and swimming in the clear, warm water of the Indian Ocean.
You’ll return to the beach for lunch, where you can swim in the shallower waters and talk to the crew, who can tell you ocean stories about the one that got away.
Sailing Dhow Tour
On arrival at Fumba, clients are given a briefing on Safari sailing and then you board your dhow and you’re off to explore the bay. Dolphins are sighted on approximately 90% of trips. Anchor is dropped at the Kwale sandbank, where sunshades are set up and guests have the chance to go snorkelling in the coral reefs, helped by the guides.
After snorkelling, you’ll be offered refreshments to whet your appetite before heading to Kwale Island, for lunch under the tamarin d trees. After lunch, you can sunbathe, snooze or visit the beautiful mangrove lagoon. Depending on the tide, you may be able to take a swim in the lagoon. For the adventurous, join the crew to sail in an “ngalawa”, a local outrigger canoe.