11 December 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
Zanzibar

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Spice Tour
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Spice Tour

Spice up your holiday

Since the abolition of the slave trade, spices have been at the heart of Zanzibar's economy. The sheer variety highlights the island's strategic location as well as the depth of its cultural interaction. And no holiday here is complete without a visit to one of the spice farms. On this tour you see the different spices and learn how they are used in cooking, medicine and cosmetics.

From the punch of a chilli to the refreshing succulence of green coconut flesh, this tour will awaken your senses and you can buy exclusive spices straight from the source. Finally you visit the Kidichi Persian Baths that were built by the first Sultan of Zanzibar in 1850 and Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan especially for housing 99 of his harem.

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Stonetown and Spice Tour
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Stonetown and Spice Tour

The spice of life

This full day tour begins with a visit to Zanzibar’s colorful market. Alive with the buzz of locals bartering fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruit, among the heady smell of exotic fruits, you continue on to the cathedral, built in 1874 and standing on the site of a past slave market. Its high altar is on the exact spot where the whipping post stood.

From here stop at the residence of the late Sultans of Zanzibar before having lunch in a Stone Town restuarant. (Not included in cost) In the aftenoon enjoy a visit to a spice plantation and learn about their uses in cooking, medicine and cosmetices and taste some. Finally you stop at the Kidichi Persian Baths that were built by the first Sultan of Zanzibar and Maruhubi Palace Ruins where the third Sultan kept 99 of his harem.

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Prison Island with Giant Tortoises
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Prison Island with Giant Tortoises

Tortoises are a big hit

Prison Island is one of the nearest islands from Stone Town, just 20 minutes by boat. It is also known as Changuu Island. Birds abound and twitchers will find plenty of species to delight them. The island's original use was as a prison and later it was taken over to be used as a quarantine station by the British Army. Another prison was built but never used. Today the island is a great destination for a day trip.

It has some excellent coral formations just offshore where you can go snorkelling. Another main attraction is the giant tortoises which are more than 100 years old. These tortoises are only found on this island and are not indigenous to continental Africa, having been brought here from the Seychelles. Some of the tortoises at Prison Island were rescued from poachers and on this tour you will get to meet them.

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Stone Town - City Tour and Shopping
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Stone Town - City Tour and Shopping

See the slave market

This three and a half-hour tour begins with a visit to Zanzibar’s colourful market. Alive with the buzz of locals bartering fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruit, among the heady smell of exotic fruits, you visit the cathedral which was built in 1874. The cathedral signifies a potent time in Zanzibar’s history and stands on the site 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 you visit the residence of the late Sultans, ‘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 with time for shopping.

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Jozani Forest Tour
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Jozani Forest Tour

Meet the rare Red Monkeys

On this great nature tour you are picked up and taken to Jozani Forest, the largest conservation area in Zanzibar and the only remaining natural mangrove forest on the island. The Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area is renowned for its hairy ape residents, the Red Columbus Monkey, and visitors to the island come from far and wide to see this highly endangered primate.

Owing to large-scale cultivation, firewood collection, harvesting building materials and charcoal and lime making, Zanzibar's forests have been largely depleted, making the Jozani Chwaka Bay conservation area a significant natural landscape. Nature lovers can walk through the 100 different towering tree species and marvel at the rich variety of birds and small animals that inhabit this cool woodland area.

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Sunset Dhow Cruise
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Sunset Dhow Cruise

Sail into the sunset

This tour starts late in the afternoon in Stone Town where you take a ride in one of the traditional sailing boats that have been used for centuries for carrying cargo between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf. This trip will give you an insight into the real Zanzibar and makes a fun excursion for all the family or a romantic adventure for couples.

All the boats have modern safety equipment, sunshade, snorkeling gear and boarding ladder. Sit back and relax, enjoy the Zanzibar breezes and go swimming or snorkeling in the crystal clear turquoise waters. Then, as the sun goes down, relax with a drink accompanied by bite sized snacks as your dhow sails back to port.

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Safari Blue Day Cruise
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Safari Blue Day Cruise

Out of the Blue

The original and the best Safari Blue is a full day excursion using locally made traditional sailing dhows carrying six passengers. The excursion starts at the fishing village of Fumba, 30 minutes drive from Stone Town in the southwest corner of the island and is an ideal spot to explore Menai Bay, which has a number of beautiful uninhabited islands and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.

Later stop on a sandbank for a guided snorkelling trip before enjoying lunch on a desert island on teak picnic tables set up in the shade of some tamarind trees. Lunch is a traditional Zanzibari meal and includes a selection of grilled fish, slipper lobster, squid, and rice, tamarind and coriander sauces followed by a selection of tropical fruits.

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Stone Town and Sunset Dhow Cruise
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Stone Town and Sunset Dhow Cruise

Take a tour and a cruise

This is a combination of the Stone Town tour and a sunset cruise. Begin in the afternoon in Stone Town and visit Zanzibar’s colourful market before stopping at the cathedral which stands on the site of a past slave market, its high altar on the exact spot where the whipping post stood. Then stop at the residence of the late Sultans of Zanzibar before taking a stroll through the narrow streets of the old Stone Town.

Later in the evening you take a ride in one of the traditional sailing boats used for centuries for carrying cargo between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf. The boat ride will give you an insight into the real Zanzibar. Sit back and relax, enjoy the tropical breezes and crystal clear turquoise waters and watch the sun go down while sipping a drink accompanied by snacks.

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Island Hopping Cruise
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Island Hopping Cruise

Hop off to see the islands

This relaxing island hopping excursion departs daily from Forodhani Garden for Prison Island, where you visit the old slave prison ruins and see the Aldabra’s giant tortoise, once owned by the Sultan Said Majid. Then there is time to play with starfish on the beach before setting sail again on a Swahili dhow to Pange Island, on the way enjoying a breakfast with ginger spiced tea, juices, home made bread and tropical fruit.

Isolated Pange Island is covered twice a day by high tide, and is an astonishing white sandbank surrounded by crystalline water, making it the ideal place to relax and go snorkelling to discover some of the treasures of the Indian Ocean. Later a buffet lunch is served on the sandbank featuring Swahili cuisine, Italian cheese, soft drinks and white wine. This island hopping cruise makes a memorable day out.

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