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Activities at Zanzibar

Zanzibar, “the spice island”, is known for many things from the history of slave trading, beautiful beaches, the well kept Stone Town, the traditional way of living to the famous Queen singer Freddy Mercury. But the mystery of Zanzibar magic is well protected by the Indian Ocean.

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Zanzibar, “the spice island”, is known for many things from the history of slave trading, beautiful beaches, the well kept Stone Town, the traditional way of living to the famous Queen singer Freddy Mercury.

But the mystery of Zanzibar magic is well protected by the Indian Ocean.

 

  • Stone Town Tour

The three - hours guided tour begins and ends up at your hotel where you will walk/driven to the city market that opened in 1904. Here you will be able to see and buy tropical fruits, fresh spices, exotic soap bars, or other traditional “house holding” items. You will also feel the pulse of Zanzibar and hear different dialects being spoken by the people at the market.

From there we proceed to the Anglican Church of Christ built by Bishop Steers in 1874 on the site of old slave market. You will see the room where slaves were kept (slave chambers) before reaching the auction table in the Old slave market. From there you go for the National Museum of Zanzibar that opened 1925, to see many interesting relics from the time of the Sultans and the early explores.

Your guide will also take you for a drive along the beach road up to Forodhani Gardens where you will see the Old British Consulate (the house where the body of late Dr. Living stone was kept and later sent to Britain). Also the Arab Fort built (1700), the House of Wonders (built in 1883) National Museum of Zanzibar, High Court Building, Old German Consulate, Africa House - (former English Club) Tip Tip House, Kelele Square, Old British Consulate, Orphanage Home, Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, House of Wonders (Current National Museum), Sultan Palace (Palace Museum) former French Hotel in Zanzibar, Custom House, Old Dispensary, Old Harbor will be among the topics of this guided tour in Zanzibar. Extend your tour to include a visit to one of Zanzibar's many exotic spice farms.

 

  • Spice Tour

Tropical fruits, spices and other rare plants are among the different vegetation you will be able to see in this guided tour. It is not only a tour but a rare experience to prove out why Zanzibar is referred to as the “Spice Island”.

Get the magical smells and taste the varieties of tropical fruit s and spices as well as seeing the local peoples at their pulse.

 

  • Prison Island

Starting the excursion from your hotel in the morning takes you first to the port, and then with a small boat out to the small island off the western coast of Zanzibar. This historical Island was formerly owned by an Arab and used for the confinement of refractory slaves. It was bought by General Mathews and the jail (goal) which still stands was built in 1893 and hence the name "Prison Island".

There you can see and feed Aldabra’s giant turtles that was owned by the Sultan Said Majid, visit the old slave prison ruins, swim, sunbathing and snorkeling. Today this island has a small bar where you can get refreshments and a beach resort for tourists. Extend your tour to include a visit to one of Zanzibars mystic sandbank islands.

 

  • Sandbanks Islands

Extend your Prison Island trip to include the magic of Pange Island (Sandbank). This nowhere island that twice a day disappear into the crystalline water by high tide, is a relaxing place where you can go snorkeling to uncover the treasures of the Indian Ocean, or just enjoy a delightful lunch with a variety of local fruits, beverages and snacks. We will provide you with the necessary equipment.

 

  • Bush Tour

Coconut Palms, Thatching, Baskets, Weaving, pottery, Grinding Millets, rice, Coconut Rope Making, Coconut Palm Climbing, Local Cuisine Cooking, Zanzibar Aroma and Incense, Construction of local Homes, Bread Making, Spices, Banana Plantations, Seasonal Fruits, Local Koran Schools, Local Traditional Music/Songs and Dancers.

The four-hour guided tour begins and ends at your hotel where you will be driven to FUONI on outskirts of Zanzibar Town. On this tour you will get to know the true culture of the Zanzibari life. At your last stop you will be welcomed by drumbeats with traditional drums and beet. You will enjoy some refreshing fruits of the season and mineral water before you will be challenged to participate in the drum session.

 

  • Safari Blue

You will be starting your day with a drive from your hotel to Fumba village, south west of Stone Town. Fumba is the most convenient location for exploring the wildlife, isolated sandbanks and rugged island scenery of the Menai Bay Conservation Area Safari Blue is a full day boat trip in traditional hand built sailing dhows finished to the very highest standards of comfort and safety.

The day includes dolphin watching, guided snorkeling with top quality Cressi-sub equipment, ice cold sodas, mineral water and beer. Lunch is served at our desert island restaurant and includes a delicious Zanzibari seafood lunch with grilled fish and slipper lobster, gastronomic fruit tasting, coffee and Amarula liqueur. Take a swim through the mangrove lagoon forest, a sail in an ngalawa, climb an ancient baobab tree and then finish the day off by returning to Fumba by traditional sail. You will be equipped with necessary equipment.

 

  • Dolphin Tour

Some of the most exciting thing you can do in Zanzibar is to swim with the dolphins. These social creatures enjoy playing together, and if you are lucky you get to join them in their games. From the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which are sighted following a short boat trip from the village.

You have to be early if you want to have a good chance of meeting them. We will provide you with the necessary equipment. After the trip you will be taken back to your hotel. Extend your tour to include a visit to one the nearby Jozeani Forest.

 

  • Jozani Forest

A natural extension of your Dolphin Tour we recommend that you make a day out of it. Combining with Jozeani Forest, (the only a natural forest in Zanzibar); where is home for rare red colobus monkeys. The smaller trees and shrubs make several sub canopies under the highest canopy. You will walk through the nature trail of the forest, which is a habitat for many species of animals.

 

  • Mangapwani Tour

This tour is taking you to Mangapwani - "Arab Shore". Here you will get close to the cruel history of slavery. You will visit the important transit point for the captured slaves. Before they were sold to the outside world they were kept in the slave chambers that you are going to visit. Between 1880 and 1905, the chamber was being used as a place of concealment of the human cargo pending their disposal, but also utilized as the hideout by the Arabs for their human cargo ready for shipment.

During your guided trip you will also be introduced to the local police station and a large government "bungalow" which was built by the Arabs who originally owned Prison Island. You will also see the newly opened Serena Restaurant is nearby the Slave Caves. Here, as everywhere else in Zanzibar you can enjoy the beach for sun bathing or just go for a refreshing swim.

 

  • Chumbe Island Coral Park

The trip in a motorized boat will take you to the secluded island of Chumbe which manages nature a reserve, with forest and marine nature trails, one kilometer of totally protected and untouched reef, a historic lighthouse (built in 1904) and an old mosque.

The biggest attraction of the island is the peaceful and natural environment. You will journey through the special nature trails passing a tunnel of fascinating indigenous undergrowth, listening to birds and small animals going about their uninterrupted business.

More than 40 species of birds have been identified on the island, including the endangered Roseate Tern. Snorkeling in the Reef Sanctuary is amazing; an uninterrupted coral garden stretches right from the shallow beach to a drop-off to about 16 meters deep, teeming with thousands of colorful fish belonging to 370 families, which is among the highest diversity found anywhere along the East African Coast.

Turtles and dolphins regularly visit the reef, and spiny lobsters peed out of their hostels confident that nobody will hunt for them, and you may even seen a huge grouper living only a few meters under the surface on the drop-off.

 

  • Kiting

If you are a beginner or an experienced boarder Zanzibar is the perfect place for your kiting experience. You find perfect conditions both for the once that want to learn, and for the highly experienced once. Shallow waters, sandy bottoms and constant winds are what Zanzibar has to offer. The reef protects the inside and gives amazing waves to surf in.

 

  • Scuba Diving

If you are an experiences diver, or if you always had a dream of taking a scuba diving course, then Zanzibar definitely the place to experience the underwater world by being one of the words best places to dive. The crystal clear tropical waters surrounding the islands of Zanzibar are home to some of the world’s most diverse sea life and colorful reefs.

 

  • We can also Tailor Made your Trip

Other activities:Princess Salme spice tour, cultural tour, sunset cruise, honeymoon cruise, sandbank dinner, dinner cruise, windsurfing, sailing, big game fishing, kayaking, water-skiing and more.

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