ZANZIBAR TOURS FROM 01ST JULY – 31ST DEC 2018
Upon arrival in Zanzibar you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the UNESCO listed Stone Town.
Situated in the Indian Ocean, 36 km off the coastline of mainland Tanzania lies Zanzibar. Zanzibar officially refers to the archipelago that includes Unguja and Pemba, surrounded by about 50 smaller ones. Covering an area of 1464 sq km, Zanzibar is a mainly low lying island, with it’s highest point at 120 meters. Commonly known as the “Spice Island”; famous for spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, peper and others). Spice tours are a popular excursion.
The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.
The historic Stone Town with its narrow winding streets, vivid markets and colorful bazaars makes for an interesting cultural visit.
Zanzibar lies on the east cost of Africa and the Island of Unguja is separated from mainland Tanzania by a shallow channel 37 km across at its narrowest point. It is 73 km from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast and 219 km from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. The capital of Unguja Island is Stone Town; Pemba has three major towns, Wete, Chake Chake and Mkoani.
Stone Town – City tour & shopping- (Half day)
This three & a half-hour tour commence with a visit to Zanzibar’s colorful market. Alive with the buzz of locals bartering fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruit, amongst the heady smell of Jack fruit (and many other exotic fruits) we continue on to the site of the cathedral built in 1874. The cathedral signifies a potent time in Zanzibar’s history and stands on the sight of a past slave market, its high altar standing on the exact site of the whipping post. Slavery was abolished in 1873 through a decree passed by the then current Sultan of Zanzibar. From here we visit the residence of the late Sultans of Zanzibar, ‘Tip Tip House’, the Old Fort, ‘Peoples Palace’ and the House of Wonders’, full of intrigue and vivid history from a bygone era. The tour ends with a stroll through the narrow streets of the old stone town, the heart of Zanzibar’s vivacious history with time for shopping.
Overnight at Stone town hotel – (Bed and Breakfast)
After breakfast proceed to the spice farm for a tour. Lunch on own arrangement. Afternoon at leisure
Since the abolition of the slave trade, spices have been at the heart of Zanzibari enterprise. The sheer variety highlights the Islands strategic location as well as the depth of cultural interaction. Indeed no trip to Zanzibar could be considered complete without a visit to one of our carefully selected spice farms.
This involves visiting the spices growing areas to see different spices and to learn their nature, uses and taste some of them right on the spot depending on the season. In addition it involves visits to the famous spices producing area where you can see medicinal, cosmetics, ornamental plants and herbs. Most of the interesting items are cloves, nut meg, rambutan, lipstick, iodine plant, lemon grass, vanilla, henna, shampoo plant etc.
Our spice tour offers you the opportunity to indulge your senses with a kaleidoscope of smells, tastes and textures. From the punch of a chili to the refreshing succulence of green coconut flesh, we promise that this tour will awaken your senses. It also provides you with the unique opportunity to purchase these exclusive spices straight from the source.
Finally you will visit Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar named Sultan Said
Baragash Bin Said in 1880 which were built especially for housing 99 of his harem.
Sensible shoes and hats are advisable
Overnight at Stone town hotel – (Bed and Breakfast)
Today enjoy full day excursion Safari Blue…
The original and the best “Safari Blue” is a full day excursion using locally made traditional sailing dhows of between 8 to 10 metres in length. We currently operate 12 passenger-carrying dhows that are finished to the very highest standards and fitted with outboard engines, marine VHF radios, gas inflatable life jackets, sunshade, boarding ladder, waterproof bags and first aid kit. We also have public liability and marine insurance.
The excursion starts at the fishing village of Fumba, 30 minutes drive from Stone Town. Fumba is situated in the southwest corner of the island and is an ideal starting point to explore Menai Bay, designated a Conservation Area. The bay has a number of beautiful uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.
On arrival at Fumba, clients are given a briefing on the day and a life jacket demo. We then board the dhows and set off to explore the bay and find the dolphins. We are lucky enough to see dolphins on at least 85% of our trips.
Later in the morning we stop on a sandbank where we set up sunshades and fit the clients with snorkelling equipment. We have a large range of sizes and good quality equipment. Guides, who can safely lead the snorkelling session and show points of interest, accompany the clients. For beginners or those who are not confident swimmers, we have inflatable snorkelling vests and our guides can give tuition.
After snorkelling we offer fresh green coconuts before we move to a desert island for lunch. During the morning our catering boat has gone on ahead to prepare lunch, which is served on teak picnic tables set up beneath the shade of some tamarind trees.
Lunch is a traditional Zanzibari meal and includes a selection of grilled fish, slipper lobster, and squid, and rice, tamarind and coriander sauces. A gastronomic fruit tasting follows with a selection of between 10 to 15 different tropical fruits. Cold drinks are available throughout the day and include mineral water, sodas and beer. Coffee and Amarula liqueur are also served after lunch. Toilets are available on the island.
When the tide allows we visit a beautiful mangrove lagoon where it is possible to swim through the mangrove forest.
We return to Fumba by sail and arrive back at 6 p.m. in time to see the colourful African sunset.
Overnight at Stone town hotel – (Bed and Breakfast) (lunch will be provided during the excursion)
There are no formal changing facilities at Fumba so please wear your swimming things under your clothes. We also advise clients to bring waterproof shoes for boarding the dhows and to bring towels, sunscreen and a spare T-shirt for snorkelling.
Transfer to the Airport for your onward flight