Travel to Zanzibar the tropical Island which evokes dreams of romance and mystery. The reality will not disappoint the traveler who seeking and enlightening and enjoyable holiday experience.
Zanzibar the name include the main island of Unguja and its sister island of Pemba – has for a centuries attracted seafarers and adventurers from around the world. Now it welcome a new generation of explorers – who have come to marvel at the rich heritage, reflected in the architecture and the culture of the people. For this is where Arabia meets Africa.
Visit Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, where the Sultans once ruled. Relax on one of the 25 dazzling white, palm fringed beaches, where the azure waters of the Indian Ocean beckon swimmers, divers, fisherman and sports enthusiasts alike.
Breathe in the fragrant scents of cloves, vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg, and discover why Zanzibar is called “The Spice Islands”.
Explore the forests, with their rare flora and fauna. Or visit some the ancient archeological sites
Spend a few days here after a safari on the mainland or better still, allocate a week or two and immerse yourself in the magic that is Zanzibar.
Stone Town Tour
This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace), Dr Livingstone’s House, High Court, Anglican Cathedral, The Dispensary, St Joseph’s Cathedral, Hamamni Persian Baths, House of wonders, Darajani Bazaar, Arab Fort, Palace Museum, Shakti Temple, Malindi Mosque, Peace Memorial Museum and the Forodhani Gardens it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors. A trip to the site of Sultan Barghash’s harem at Marahubi should also be included to round off an insight into Zanzibar’s fascinating history and vibrant culture. Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from.
This is a four hour guided tour, which starts at Maruhubi Palace Ruins through to Persian baths in Kidichi which was built by Sultan Seyyid Said for his wife Shehrzard, one of the family members of Shah of Persia. You will then proceed to Kizimbani spice plantations where you can see, touch, smell and sometimes taste a wide varietly of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin cloves ylang ylang and a tempting variety of tropical fruits, herbs and ornamental plants and flowers.
Prison island tour
It is a relaxing excursion that takes a half-day on this beautiful island off the Zanzibar Town. The uses of the island have changed overtime. Although it was originally built as a prison it was never used for that purpose. Instead it was later used as quarantine for slaves for the whole of East Africa. The remnants of the buildings are still visible. The island offers a stunning view of the Town especially during the night; there is very beautiful small, sandy beach with marvelous swimming in the crystal waters. The coral reefs surrounding the island provide an opportunity for snorkeling. Here is also the home of the giant tortoise, which is now under strict conservation. A short-guided tour around the island will show all these areas of interest.
Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may also have the special opportunity of being able to swim quite close to the dolphins. We are running this trip in the afternoons to avoid the early crowds of tourists who, in big numbers, can disturb the dolphins. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa and well worth a visit.
This full day excursion brings you close to the most interesting and beautiful natural wonders of a tropical Indian Ocean Bay – the Kwale coral reef – offering an overwhelming abundance of corals and colorful fish. A snorkeling guide will show and explain interesting marine species and will also teach beginners how to snorkel. A short walk into the island’s tropical forest reveals a 500-year-old baobab tree that 70 years ago was bowled down by a storm and the former branches continue to grow like trees themselves on top of the huge laid-down former trunk. Enjoy a short sailing trip on a Ngalawa – a traditional outrigger canoe, carved of a single mango tree – and a swim in a mangrove lagoon.
The Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar island and is home to the rare Red colobus Monkey, which is endemic to Zanzibar. These monkeys are full of character and roam freely. They can also be seen at very close quarters just outside the reserve’s perimeter and are incredibly photogenic. Jozani is home to other species including Skye’s monkeys, small buck and bush pigs. The elusive Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed here at night – perhaps this is why the reserve is only open during the day?! Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.
How to get there
By Daily Flights:
– 20mins from Dar es salaam and
– 1hr 40min from Arusha.
– 1.5 hrs from Dar es Salaam.