ZANZIBAR SPICE TOUR

In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in the tropical climes. Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, swapping spices for tourism, combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the island.

 

Walk through the spice farm with your guide. Touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess which is which, from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots and vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicines and in food and drink.

 

A visit to a spice farm village gives you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea. An optional lunch is available at Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge, a special menu, prepared with the best of the seasonal fruit and spices introduced to you during the tour.

 

Depending on the season you are visiting, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, 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.

 

Advisable

  • Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes and pants.
  • Sun hat and sun cream.

 

Rates are:

Zanzibar Spice Tour

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $55.00 $45.00 $40.00 $35.00 $32.00 $32.00 $32.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$155.00 $90.00 $70.00 $60.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00

STONE TOWN CITY TOUR

Follow the trail of the sultans, slaves and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town. Your guide will tell you about the events that shaped Zanzibar, leading you through the buildings where it all happened, such as the former Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders and the Sultans’ Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort and Dispensary.

 

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. Children play in the streets in the residential areas, mamas sit out and gossip while the men play board games. 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’re a shopaholic, culture vulture or history buff. 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.

 

Advisable

  • Closed walking or hiking shoes.
  • Please dress conservatively when walking through Stone Town.
  • Women should cover their shoulders and wear long skirts or trousers.

 

Rates are:

STONE TOWN CITY TOUR

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $55.00 $45.00 $40.00 $35.00 $32.00 $32.00 $32.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$155.00 $90.00 $70.00 $60.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00

JOZANI FOREST TOUR

In the south of the island, Jozani Forest is a wonder and delight, with tales of Zanzibar leopards, medicinal cures and stunning scenery. Currently under consideration to become Zanzibar’s second World Heritage Site, the Jozani-Chkwa Bay area is a hotspot of biodiversity. The forest is home to a number of endemic species, including the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey.

 

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 search of food. The monkeys have become acclimatized 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. Mangroves play an important role in environmental conservation and as a resource for villagers and community life. Your ranger will explain the different species found in the swamp and their uses.

 

Advisable

  • Comfortable, closed walking or hiking shoes and pants.
  • Please do not feed or touch the monkeys.

 

Rates are:

JOZANI FOREST TOUR

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $86.00 $55.00 $44.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$160.00 $98.00 $75.00 $68.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00

SULTAN PANORAMA TOUR

The Sultan Panorama Tours is ideal for visitors with little time who want to experience a bit of everything Zanzibar has to offer. It’s a full day excursion, starting in Stone Town, covering the history of the sultans, slave trade and invasions that shaped Zanzibar’s history. Your guide will give you a broad overview of the island’s history and current affairs and you’ll pass by many historic sites and visit the Slave Market. A stop at the vibrant Darajani Market helps you to experience city life, with all the hustle and bustle, smells and noise.

 

You’ll be driven to a spice farm, and given the opportunity to taste seasonal spices and fruits as your guide describes their properties and uses. Throughout the tour, you can sample local delicacies and local staple foods. Your next stop is at a local village for a slice of Zanzibari culture and life. Cooking, weaving, building houses and playing with the children, you’ll have chance to see what life is like for Zanzibaris.

 

An informative and action packed day, this tour gives a taste of everything found in all other Zanzibar excursions and is strongly recommended as a first excursion. You’ll finish the excursion with a comprehensive view of Zanzibari life and you’ll be able to plan future excursion based on what you enjoyed the most, choosing the most relevant tour from our standard excursions.

 

Advisable

  • Please dress conservatively when walking through Stone Town, women should cover their shoulders and wear long skirts or trousers.
  • Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes and pants.

 

Rates are:

SULTAN PANORAMA TOUR

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $110.00 $90.00 $75.00 $60.00 $55.00 $55.00 $55.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$195.00 $115.00 $92.00 $80.00 $70.00 $70.00 $70.00

 

KIZIMKAZI BOAT TRIP

Take a one hour drive from to Stone Town to Kizimkazi, on Zanzibar’s south coast for a day of dolphin spotting. Kizimkazi is home to large numbers of bottle-nosed and spinner dolphins, beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish. On arrival, you’re given a short safety briefing and the dos and don’ts 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 meters 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. Whether you’re fortunate enough to see dolphins or not, you can enjoy two hours sailing and taking in the sights of the ocean. 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 sea stories about the one that got away.

 

Advisable

  • Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes.
  • Hat and sunscreen

 

Rates are:

KIZIMKAZI BOAT TRIP

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $150.00 $94.00 $68.00 $53.00 $43.00 $43.00 $43.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$194.00 $119.00 $94.00 $85.00 $65.00 $55.00 $55.00

 

 

PRISON ISLAND

Prison Island gets its name from the prison built to condemn Zanzibari citizens to the isolation of the island, looking out at the coast. Previously owned by an Arab to house his rebellious slaves, the prison was never used, and the island is now home to a tortoise sanctuary, prison ruins and hotel.

 

Prison Island is 20 minutes away from Stone Town by boat and has spectacular coral reefs to enjoy while snorkeling. Giant tortoises shuffle through the trees, with the patience that old age brings you. Originally thought to be from the Comoros Islands and Seychelles, some of these tortoises are said to be over 100 years old. Stately and lumbering, the tortoises have even been known to take children on a ride.

 

Lunch is available on the island and then you’re left to your own devices. If you’re feeling active, you can explore one of the hiking trails, snorkel in the crystal clear waters in search of colorful tropical fish darting through the reef or soak up some sun on the powder white beach. Thatched bandas are dotted along the waterfront, available for hire if you wish to stay for the night.

 

The Prison Island excursion is a great companion to a morning city tour. After an eventful morning of walking through the busy streets of Zanzibar, you can enjoy this slow and relaxing island excursion.

 

Advisable

  • Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes.
  • Hat and sunscreen.
  • Please do not feed or touch the tortoises.

 

Rates are:

PRISON ISLAND 

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $60.00 $42.00 $36.00 $32.00 $28.00 $28.00 $28.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$160.00 $98.00 $72.00 $58.00 $52.00 $52.00 $52.00

SAFARI BLUE

A full day excursion on a traditional sailing dhows, Safari Blue starts from Fumba, the perfect starting point to explore Menai Bay, an official Conservation Area. Home to beautiful uninhabited islands, the area is stunning, frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.

 

On arrival at Fumba, clients are given a briefing on Safari Blue 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 snorkeling in the coral reefs, helped by the guides.

 

After snorkeling, you’ll be offered refreshments to whet your appetite before heading to Kwale Island, for lunch under the tamarind trees. Drinks are served throughout the day and lunch is a buffet of grilled fish, lobster, calamari, chicken and rice, with a tasting of tropical fruits.

 

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 but be careful not to tip the boat! Then it’s back to Fumba for around 5:30pm.

 

Advisable

  • Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes for walking over coral.
  • Water resistant bag for cameras and other valuables.
  • Sunscreen and Hat.

 

Rates are:

SAFARI BLUE

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $138.00 $119.00 $100.00 $94.00 $88.00 $88.00 $88.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$238.00 $163.00 $122.00 $113.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00

 

SANDBANK PICNIC

Experience the way Livingstone felt discovering untouched land and sail away with us to sandbanks around the magnificent island of Unguja, Zanzibar. Come on board our traditionally crafted dhows, put your feet up and allow our staff to pamper you as the Sultans of Zanzibar were once upon a time.

 

We set sail to find an untouched sandbank an hour away from Stone Town. Swim in the crystal clear blue water around the sandbank and snorkel to discover a whole new underwater world filled with marine life and corals of brilliant colours. Tables are set out on the golden sand and a five star seafood lunch extravaganza, prepared by the talented chefs from the Zanzibar Serena Inn will await you. After lunch relax on the sandbank listening to the hush of waves lapping against the shore or discover more underwater life around it and listen to stories from our crew about sailing the seven seas.

 

Then sail off to Prison Island. It is now home to a tortoise sanctuary, the prison ruins and a hotel. Watch the giant tortoises shuffle through the trees, with the patience that old age brings.

 

We will slowly sail back to Stone Town, after a day of relaxation and fun.

 

This excursion is suitable for anyone, from those who wish to completely relax to those who want adventure and excitement…Karibu onboard with us for a day!

 

Advisable

  • Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes for walking over coral.
  • Water resistant bag for cameras and other valuables.
  • Sunscreen and Hat.

 

Rates are:

SANDBANK PICNIC

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $92.00 $85.00 $85.00 $85.00 $85.00 $85.00 $85.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$213.00 $144.00 $132.00 $119.00 $113.00 $113.00 $113.00

 

SUNSET DHOW CRUISES

Step onto the deck of our vessels, relax and let us sail you away on a magical sunset cruise to end your day. Our sunset cruises leave Stone Town in the late afternoon to cruise along the coast, slicing through the clear turquoise water.

 

The sounds of the bustle of busy people in Stone Town grow faint in the distance until they seem only in a memory. Musicians take over playing songs of love and loss, as the butler serves canapés and keeps your glass topped up with your choice of a selection of beers, wine and sodas, encouraging you to sink back into the cushions and enjoy the romance of Africa while watching the scenery drift by.

 

On board our dhow we also have a personal guide who will accompany you on your cruise and give you a tour of Stone Town from the water. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about Zanzibar.

 

The blue green of the sea contrasts against the clear blue sky. The sun sets, changing the sky from shades of pinks and blues to magnificent golden colours, as you sail back towards the glimmering lights of Stone Town in the distance, the wind gently blowing you back to shore.

 

Returning to Stone Town in the evening to the shores of Serena Hotel, we guarantee blissful relaxation after hours of luxurious sailing around the beautiful island of Unguja.

 

Advisable

  • Towel and water resistant shoes.

 

Rates are:

SUNSET DHOW CRUISES

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $94.00 $47.00 $47.00 $47.00 $47.00 $47.00 $47.00
From Beach Hotels
East, North and South Coast
$207.00 $107.00 $88.00 $82.00 $75.00 $75.00 $75.00

MNEMBA ATOLL SNORKELING TRIP

Mnemba Atoll is a Marine Conservation Area located in the North-Eastern tip of the Zanzibar Island, relatively sheltered from the winds and currents which has good visibility ranging from 15m – 30m, offering a unique opportunity to both divers and snorkelers. Visitors will interact with the splendid marine mammals in a natural and spontaneous environment. In the morning you will be picked-up at your hotel and transferred to Nungwi where you will board in your private dhow to explore this stunning coral atoll and experience the best of Zanzibar’s underwater world. After snorkeling you will head to a beach on the Zanzibar main island where you will be off red refreshments followed by lunch. Grilled fish, rice, calamari, fruits, soft drinks, mineral water and beer will be served. In the afternoon you can either sunbath; swim or just relax on the beach then later return by dhow to Nungwi where our driver will be ready to transfer you to your hotel.

Advisable
• Swim wear, towel and water resistant bag for cameras and other valuables.
• Sunscreen and Hat

 

Rates are:

MNEMBA ATOLL SNORKELING TRIP

Mnemba Atoll Snorkeling Trip

01 Jan – 31 Dec 23 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
From City Center $525.00 $370.00 $265.00 $230.00 $202.00 $202.00 $202.00
From Beach Hotels
South or South East Coast
$670.00 $432.00 $310.00 $265.00 $216.00 $216.00 $216.00
From Beach Hotels
North or North East Coast
$610.00 $410.00 $285.00 $250.00 $210.00 $210.00 $210.00