“The Island of Cloves” is now a peaceful & fascinating beach holiday destination. Only 20km from Tanzania’s mainland. The Island’s history pre-dates the 10th century and has always been associated with slave trade. In the late 19th century, Zanzibar – a trading centre became an important and historic stopping off point for ships carrying cloves & ivory. In time the Island adopted the name “The Spice Island”.
Zanzibar has a rich history of ancient civilizations & trade. The Stone Town is the original Swahili Township of the Island with well preserved narrow streets, very few cars; small shops that stock superb curios & locally grown spices, historic buildings & beautiful hand carved doors. A guided walking tour through the area is a must see.
We recommend a stay in the charming Stone Town Hotels which incarnate the best ambiance of this historic Island. There are also outstanding new resorts along the coast.
Zanzibar Stone Town
This tour starts right from your town hotel. You will visit the Town Market (built in 1904).The market is the busiest place in the town and there you will be able to see and buy various types of tropical fruits, spices, fish, meat, etc. You will meet the market people and hear various local dialects spoken by the locals. The town tour will also bring you to the Anglican Church which was built by Bishop Steers in 1874 on the site of the Old Slave Market. Inside the church you will see the cross made of the wood cut from the tree brought from Chitambo where the heart of Dr. Livingstone is buried. You will also visit the Zanzibar Museum, the Old Arab Fort built by Omani Arabs on the site of a Portuguese Chapel in the 18th Century, the House of Wonder built by Sultan Barghash in 1883, and the Livingstone House. During the tour, you will also get an opportunity to walk along the narrow lanes of the oldest part of the STONE TOWN where you can visit various curious shops and see the famous ancient antique Arab doors. The tour ends at the Maruhubi Palace ruins, built by Sultan Sayyid Barghash bin Said who resigned in Zanzibar between 1870-1888.The Palace was built between 1880-1882 for the use of his harem.
Spice tour as the name suggests, takes you to small private farms growing different types of spices and fruits. These include well-known spices such as cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and many others. You will also sample different kinds of exotic tropical fruits - Durian, Zanzibar apple (Tufah), Dlrupes (coconut), Rambutans (lychees) and others. Also to be found are rare plants like henna, perfume tree and lip-stick tree, etc. The spice tour ends up with 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 Princess Shehzad, grand daughter of the famous Fateh Ali the then Shah of Persia. You will then have the opportunity of visiting the Mangapwani Slave Caves.
The Jozani Forest is situated some 35km. South East of Zanzibar Town, and is the only surviving natural forest on UNGUJA ISLAND. A visit to the forest will give you a rare opportunity of seeing the different species of its flora and fauna. THIS FOREST IS A REFUGE OF THE RED COLOBUS MONKEY.
Prison Island - (Changuu Island)
Prison Island (also known as Changuu Island) is an islet situated to the west of Zanzibar Town (about 30 minutes by motor boat). Measuring about half a mile long and one eighth of a mile wide the islet was formerly used by slave owners as a private detention center for errant slaves. It was then bought by General Mathews who constructed a prison then in 1893 (and hence the name Prison Island). It was however never utilized as such but still stands. At the moment, the islet is a small tourist resort where you can relax, sunbathe, swim, snorkel, walk around and see the GIANT TORTOISES. It’s a full day relaxing excursion with lunch served.
Zanzibar East Coast Beach
The south east of Zanzibar is endowed with long, clean and unspoilt white sandy beaches fringed with palm trees. This enjoyable trip will bring you to the most beautiful beaches of the Islands, where you can swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Lunch will be provided on the trip. On the way back you will visit the only natural forest on UNGUJA ISLAND, THE JOZANI FOREST, and natural habitat of the very rare species of THE RED COLOBUS MONKEY.
"Chummy Island Nature Reserve, 6km. south west of Zanzibar Town, is one of the very first marine parks in Tanzania”. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Mbweni Ruins Beach where you will embark on a boat to Chummy Island, lasting approx. 40min. The day is spent snorkeling, walking along a nature trail through the unique coral forest, climbing up the historic lighthouse (for those fit enough) which has 131 steps and was used during the First World War. ENJOY THE SEAFOOD BARBEQUE. Return to Zanzibar Island by late afternoon.
You are transferred to the Menaibay south west of Zanzibar Island, where you board a traditional dhow. It’s about 1 hour’s sailing to the Dolphin Area, where you see Bottelnose and Spinner Dolphins and enjoy superb snorkeling. Have a sea food lunch on a beautiful white sandbar. Return to the main Island and transfer to the Village of Fumba in Stone Town.