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Excursions from Zanzibar

Excursions from Zanzibar

 

 

 

Aptly known as the island of Spices, Zanzibar is an exotic island with white palm-fringed beaches and secluded coves, your perfect spot for a post or pre safari wind-down. The island’s history is as rich as its culture. For centuries there was intense seaborne trading activity between the Arab world, Asia and Africa, and Zanzibar was at the centre of it all. This was the main centre for slave and spice trade. Zanzibar’s spice plantations still produce more than 50 different spices and fruit and a guided spice tour is a must for any visitor to the island. The rich culture influenced by Arabs, Portuguese, Indians and lastly the British is illustrated admirably by the architecture and urban structure of Stone Town.

Stone Town is a maze of winding streets lined with houses featuring magnificently carved brass-studded doors and hanging balconies. The beaches to the north and east of Zanzibar are some of the best in Africa. They are lined with beach resorts to suit any budget. Palm trees and Arab dhows provide the perfect backdrop to lazy days of eating fresh seafood, exploring laid-back villages and swimming in the warm crystal-blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

 

 

 

 

The tour begins from Stone Town with a cruise in one of the traditional sailing boats which have been used for centuries to carry cargo between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf. The boat ride will give you an insight into the real Zanzibar. Sit back and enjoy the Zanzibar breezes and turquoise waters while sipping a drink accompanied with snacks.

Note: 2 half day Zanzibar excursions may be combined to make full day.

Transfer to Kizimkazi in Menai bay where you board a traditional sail boat (dhow) and head off in search of dolphins. An outboard engine is used for this excursion. Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, that are often sighted on short boat trips from the village. You may be lucky and get to swim and play with the friendly dolphins at close range, what a rewarding experience!

Note: 2 half day Zanzibar excursions may be combined to make full day.

Transfer to Jozani Forest, the largest conservation area in Zanzibar and the only remaining natural mangrove forest on the island. Jozani is renowned for its hairy ape residents, the Red Colobus monkey. Endemic to Zanzibar, visitors come from far and wide to view the highly endangered Red Colobus monkey, now numbering only 1500. Nature lovers can walk through the 100 different towering tree species and marvel at the rich variety of birdlife and other small wildlife that inhabit the cool woodland area.

Note: 2 half day Zanzibar excursions may be combined to make full day.

The original and the best “Safari Blue” is our full day excursion using locally made traditional sailing dhows of between 8 to 10 metres in length. We operate 6 passenger-dhows that are finished to the very high standards and fitted with outboard engines, marine VHF radios, gas inflatable life jackets, sunshade, boarding ladder, waterproof bags and first aid kit.

The excursion begins with a transfer to the fishing village of Fumba, 30 minutes drive from Stone Town. Fumba is an ideal 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. Dolphins are seen on at least 85% of these trips. Later in the morning we will stop on a sandbank where we will set up sunshades and fit snorkelling 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 will give tuition.

 

Since the abolition of the slave trade, spices have been at the heart of Zanzibari enterprise. The sheer variety that grow on the island highlights its 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 spice plantations to see different spices and to learn about their nature and uses, and even taste some of them right on the spot, depending on the season. In addition you can also see medicinal, cosmetic and ornamental plants as well as herbs. Some of the most interesting plants you will see include cloves, nutmeg, rambutan, lipstick, iodine plant, lemon grass, vanilla, henna and shampoo plant.

 

This three and a half hour tour begins with a visit to Zanzibar’s colourful market, alive with the buzz of locals bartering over fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruit, amongst the heady smell of Jack fruit and many other exotic fruits. We will continue 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 altar standing on the exact position of the whipping post. Slavery was abolished in 1873 through a decree passed by the then Sultan of Zanzibar. From here we visit the residence of the late Sultans of Zanzibar, ‘Tipu 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 old Stone Town, the heart of Zanzibar’s vivacious history where there is time for shopping.

Note: 2 half day Zanzibar excursions may be combined to make full day.

This tour consists of a visit to the historic Prison Island with its giant land tortoise.  The island was formerly owned by an Arab and used for confinement of refractory slaves.  It was bought by General Mathews and the jail (goal) which still stands was build in 1893 and hence the name 'Prison Island'.  While on the island you will be able to swim, sunbathe and snorkel.

 

 

 

This tour will take you to one of the earlier capitals of the Island, Kizmkazi, where traces of an Old Shirazi settlement ]may be seen in an enclosure surrounded by a wall near the seashore.  Near the walled enclosure is the oldest mosque on the island where an inscription records that the mosque was built in A. H. 500 (A. D. 1107) by a Sheikh Seyyid Abi Amran, who appears to have been a local ruler.  Out-side the mosque is a well and the graves of Sharifs (descendants of the Prophet). 

On this tour you are transferred by road to Nungwi where you will swim and relax on white sandy beach.  You will visit the village, and a place where traditional dhows are built.  Lunch is included at one of the hotels on the north coast.

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