Stone Town Tour
The city of Zanzibar is often referred to as Stone Town because of the coral stone used in the construction of many of the older buildings found along the narrow alleys. No visit to this exciting island is complete without a tour of this historic town. The three-hour guided tour includes the city market, a century-old Anglican Church of Christ, built on the site of the notorious slave trade in 1874; and some of the rooms where slaves were stashed before their sale. The tour also includes the National Museum, Forodhani Gardens, the Arab Fort (circa 1700), and some interesting shops found along the narrow streets and walkways. The tour ends at Livingstone.
Evening Stone Town Tour
As a rainbow of colors bounce off the Indian Ocean whilst the sun sinks into the west, the city of Zanzibar comes alive with the call to prayer from the dozens of mosques. Your guide takes you for a leisurely walk through the narrow streets where you will encounter a variety of cultures in the many shops that come to life in the cool of the night.
After a drive of half an hour from the city center, spend about two hours walking through the nature trails of this tropical rainforest. The guide will point out some of the interesting vegetation, birds, and smaller animals were seen along the route.
For a relaxing break from the city, take a native dhow to Changu Island, nicknamed Prison Island because of its use by Arab Slave traders for the confinement of slaves. A side from 1893 built a garrison that still stands, there is giant tortoise on the island. Take this opportunity to swim, snorkel and sunbathe. A full day trip with lunch can also be arranged.
Mangapwani Beach and Slave Caves
Arriving by vehicle for lunch, a new facility operated by Serena Hotels provides a tasty lunch under a thatched roof overlooking the private cove below. After lunch, stroll along the nature trail to the caves once used by slaves to fetch fresh water for their captors, view local crafts, swim, or relax on the sandy beach. Late afternoon transfer back to your hotel.
Spice Garden Tour
This guided tour begins at the Kibweni Palace (Sultan’s Rest House) to view the Persian Baths built in 1850. then on to Kizimbani to visit the spice plantations where there are a variety of spices such as Cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, and natural cloves. You will also come to across rare plants such as the henna bush, perfume tree, and lipstick tree.
North Coast Beach
Transfer to the white sands of Nungwi where you have the day to swim and relax. Lunch is included from a nearby hotel. Visit a craftsman who constructs local dhows.
East Coast Beach
En route is the opportunity to view Dunga Palace Ruins, the last African palace built before the 18th Century rule by Omani Arabs. At the beach in Pongwe, swim, snorkel or just sunbathe. Includes picnic lunch.