There are numerous things to explore in Zanzibar, such as Stone Town, which is filled with local market s for spice trades. From there you can see and smell all the wonderful spices that are sold from the streets of Stone Town, and you can also see and feel the essence of the cultural mix of Arabic, Portuguese, Persian, Indian, and Swahili influence amongst the town and the people who inhabit it.
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Stone town tour
This atmospheric and mystical town is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. It was constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.
Stone Town is a very lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living comfortably together. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for cars to pass, you can see mosques, churches and temples side to side.
While you wander around the city, your guide will take you on a historical and cultural journey through the old slave market, Darajani market place, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort and the Sultan’s Palace. Tour also includes lunch in a restaurant or in a local house, if agreed beforehand.
While the tour is only half a day, we recommend you to stay in Stone Town for at least two days to discover many more magnificent wonders. Forodhani Gardens is definitely worth a visit, especially at night when it comes alive as one of the best street food markets in East Africa.
The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are an essential ingredient in a Zanzibari’s everyday life, it is the island’s connection to spices and herbs. Zanzibar and Spice is a romantic entanglement that dates back to the 16th century hence why it’s called the Spice Island.
While there, you shall see how the spices, herbs, and fruits grow and are cultivated. Your tour guide will describe how the crops can be used. You will be smelling and tasting spices, herbs and tropical fruits such as clove, lemongrass, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla, coconuts, papaya, chili, black pepper, jackfruit, cardamom, cassava and oranges. After the tour, you will enjoy a traditional Swahili lunch at the farm or chosen restaurant.
The tour finishes with a stop at a spice stall selling fresh packaged spices (cash only). Here you will buy and carry presents to family and friends.
Jozani Forest is best known for its red colobus monkeys, which are endemic to Zanzibar. About 20 years ago, the monkeys were considered to be in danger of extinction. This trend has since reversed due to the conservation project. There are about 6000 red colobus monkeys residing in Jozani Forest.
After visiting the red colobus, you will walk across to the Pete-Jozani Mangrove Boardwalk. It entwines through coral thicket vegetation, mangrove forests and across a creek. You walk through mangrove forest which is extremely crucial to Zanzibar’s ecosystems, providing a habitat for many lizards, snakes and birdlife as well as preventing the coastal erosion.
Full Day Cruise in Zanzibar
A full day cruise on a traditional dhow boat at the southern coastline of Zanzibar. This magical journey will take you on an exploration of the Indian Ocean from the Fumba fishing village to the Menai Bay conservation area. The day includes snorkeling at a sandbank, swimming, relaxing, exploring the Kwale Island, drinks, and a seafood buffet.
Sandbank: You will get to visit a sandbank, enjoy some fruits and swimming
Snorkeling: The boat will take you to see the beautiful coral reefs of the area
Seafood BBQ: On Kwale island you will enjoy seafood and side dishes and get to see the nature of the island. If you cannot eat seafood – please let us know ahead!
The dhow boat: The cruise will be made with a traditional sailing boat, the dhow.
The tour starts in the morning and can continue until sunset, as you wish. Zanzibar is a tidal area, so things can happen in different order according to the tide. This cruise takes place in the southern tips of Zanzibar.
The island was once used by an Arab slave trader to contain the more troublesome slaves he had brought from the African mainland to prevent their escape before shipping them to the Arabian purchasers, or for auctioning in Zanzibar Island market. The slaves were dumped on the island. It is home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Now it is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of Seychelles.
Visit Lloyd Mathew’s Architecture In 1893, Lloyd Mathews built the prison,See The Giant Tortoises The old prison still remains standing, providing shelter for some of the giant tortoises which can now only be found on this island, and the cells but most of all Snorkeling after the tour there’s a snorkeling option for those who’d like to get wet.
The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favorite hangout for dolphins that come here for the reliable food supply, to nurse their calves, rest and socialize. Several bottle-nose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi all year-round. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic.
Although dolphin-spotting is a popular activity, sightings aren’t guaranteed 100%, and actually managing to swim with dolphins is a rare occurrence, like with other wild animals spotting dolphins require time and patience as they are not confined in a cage or a zoo, they are in their natural environment. Dolphin trips last two to three hours.