The Zanzibar Stone town tours/Excursion starts from wherever the client wants to be picked up
and takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears
to stand still.
One gets a comprehensive view of the Stone Town, it's sand and
stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab/Indian carved
doors and the architecture which helps to make Zanzibar famous.
We then proceed to the main Zanzibar city market which was opened in
1904, where tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and fresh fish
from the island are sold.
Our next stop will be at the Anglican Church of Christ which was
built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the side of the Old Slave
Market. There is a cross in the church which is made of wood
from the tree under which Dr. David Livingstone died. Next to
the Church you will visit the slave chambers, tiny rooms in
which the slaves were kept before being auctioned.
From here we continue our tour to the Sultan's Palace Museum,
House of Wonders (Beit-el-ajaib built in 1883 and bombarded by
the British Fleet in 1886), next to this you can also see the
Old Fort, (built in 1700), moving along the sea front we come to
the Jamituri Gardens where you can spend your evenings leisurely
watching the brilliant sunset while you are enjoying the locally
made dishes. From here we drive you to The Africa House formerly
known as English Club, we then come to Tippu Tip house, (A
notorious slave trader). We round up our tour by taking you to
the museum of Natural History and Peace Memorial Museum.
Zanzibar is also known as "The Island of Spices or simply
Zanzibar is synonymous with spices and the spice trade. A spice
tour is a great way to explore the island and taste the various
spices straight from the ground.
- Sample an array of spices to dazzle the senses
- Explore the Island's incredible beauty
- Purchase spices and oils cheaply
There are a number of tours you can choose from but all tours
take you to the various areas where spices are harvested. You
will have the pleasure of seeing cinnamon trees, nutmeg trees,
vanilla trees and the likes. Smell and taste the various spices
and guess what they are. A detailed description is given about a
variety of spices, and their uses in cooking and cosmetics. The
sheer number of spices produced and their incredible value for
many ailments will fascinate visitors. This is also the cheapest
place to purchase spices and spice oils. Also, witness
harvesters climbing huge trees with no harnesses or protection,
to bring down coconuts for your delight.
A full tour
involves much more than spices and you will also have a chance
to see the iodine plant, heena bush, ylang-ylang, the lipstick
tree, cocoa and coffee trees. The tour also includes a visit to
the Kidichi Persian Baths built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin
Sultan for his Persian wife Princess Sheherezade granddaughter
of the Shah of Persia, you will also visit the Maruhubi Palace
Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar Seyyid Barghash for
his 99 concubines.
Prison Island or Changuu Island is the middle island of the
three visible from the Stone Townanzibar, it takes approximately 30
minutes to get there by boat or a local dhow.
This historical Island was formerly owned by an Arab and used
for the confinement of refractory slaves.
It was bought by General Matthews and the jail which still
stands, was built in 1893 and hence the name Prison Island. It was later used as a quarantine Hospital, it
has a frangipani lined path around the island where the former
patients took their evening walks. Apart from the Prison ruins
you can also see the beautiful peacocks and the enormous giant
tortoises some of which are over a 100 years old. These
tortoises were brought here from Seychelles by Sultan Said in
the 1820's. Efforts are being made to protect the eggs of the
tortoise. The island is a superb scenario for the photographer.
A self walking safari covers the island in 15minutes. On this
little paradise one can also swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just
relax and enjoy the peacefulness that this beautiful island has
Zanzibar's first and only National Park is centred on Jozani
Forest and lies 35kms South-East of Zanzibar Town with an
area of about 1,000 hectares, it is a natural forest where long
ago you could find leopards and antelopes. At present it is the
habitat for the Red Colobus Monkeys (Colobus badius kirkii) and
the Blue Sykes Monkey. The Red Colobus monkey is one of the most
endangered and rarest species in the world, they are very
friendly creatures and love to be photographed and can be viewed
at close quarters by the help of your guide.
You may also get a glimpse of various butterflies, birds and
snakes. Other interesting features suitable for tourist in this
forest include the coastal evergreen bush land, mangrove forest,
saline grassland and ground water forest, though these may
require longer walks to reach.
The Mangrove Boardwalk
About a kilometre south of the National Park centre, the
mangrove boardwalk begins under the shade of an old tamarind
tree. Here you can walk amongst the forest in the sea. The
brackish water that flows through the mangrove is a nursery
ground for hundreds of species of tropical fish, which can be
seen feeding in the shallow waters, whilst crabs and other
molluscs can be observed feasting in the nutrient rich mud.
Perhaps one of the most famous and endearing residents of the
Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park is the Zanzibar Red Colobus
Found only on the main island of Zanzibar, the Zanzibar Red
Colobus is recognised as a separate species (Piliocolobus
kirkii) and is said to be endemic to Zanzibar.
A visit to Zanzibar is not compete without seeing one of the
rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2000 remaining in the
The drive from town to the South takes one hour. On your way
you might get a chance to see the famous Red Colobus Monkeys of
the Jozani Forest. Kizimkazi fishing village is the home of
several schools of the bottle-nosed dolphins, here you are taken
by boat out into the sea to view the dolphins and if lucky will
be able to swim quite close to them as they are very friendly
and playful, Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th Century
Mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa.
This tour starts an hour before sunset, the guests are picked
from their hotels and transferred to thee drop off point at the
sea front, where the guests then board the dhow.
The skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1 km away from the
shore by means of an engine, once out in the sea the engine is
shut off and during a tense moment the skillful crew put up the
sail, when the sail is in favor of the wind, the guest can sit
back and relax enjoying the peacefulness of the ocean, as the
dhow glides through the water, you can watch the wonder of the
fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon (while savoring a
glass of chilled wine) .
This trip leads you through the Mangapwani cave which is a
30minute drive from Zanzibar town, up to 1911 the cave was a
secret hideout from which the slaves were illegally led out to
the sea through a secret passage and then transported by dhow
after the official closure of the Slave Market in June 1873. The
tour then proceeds to Nungwi in the North of Zanzibar which is
an hours drive from the cave. Nungwi has crystal clear waters an
excellent place for diving, snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing.
As Zanzibar is a turtle conservation area you will be able to
see the natural turtle aquarium here.
In this tour we also take you to a site where local villagers
build dhows and boats to date using traditional tools.