KWS06 – Zanzibar Island

This is a 7 day tour including the day you arrive and the day you return home.

Day 1:  Zanzibar Town

Your arrival, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your chosen hotel in town (Serena Inn, Tembo Hotel, Dhow Palace, Emerson and Green, Chavda hotel, Mazson’s hotel, Fisherman’s resort or Mbweni ruins).

Tour to the North

This trip leads you through the Mangapwani cave which is a 30 minute drive from Zanzibar town. Until 1911, the cave was a secret hideout where slaves were illegally led to the sea through a secret passage, before being transported by dhow. This was done 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, snorkelling, 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 using traditional tools.

Sunset Dhow Cruise

This tour starts an hour before sunset, the guests are picked up from their hotels and transferred to the drop off point at the sea front, where the guests then board the dhow.

The dhow Is taken about a kilometre offshore by engine, once out to sea the engine is shut off and the skilful crew effortlessly put up the sail. The guests can then sit back and enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean, as the dhow glides through the water. You can watch the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon, while sipping a glass of chilled wine.

Day 2:  Stone Town and Spice Tour

After breakfast pick up from your hotel for the historical Stone Town tour; then proceed on a Spice tour in the afternoon, return to your hotel.

Stone Town Tour

 

The tour starts from wherever the client wants to be picked up. One gets a comprehensive view of the Stone Town, it’s sand and stone ancient houses, some of them have Arab/Indian carved doors and the architecture which helps to make Zanzibar famous.

We then proceed to the main 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.

Spice Tour

Zanzibar is also known as “The Island of Spices”, whose name evokes a romantic past embalmed in the aroma of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and lemon grass. This tour starts with a drive through a profusion of greenery in the countryside seeing, smelling and tasting a variety of mouth-watering tropical seasonal fruits, some examples are: jack fruit, pineapple, banana, green coconut (madafu), dourian, love apple (matufaa), litche (shoki-shoki), soursop (mabungo) and starfruit (carambola).

Some of the spices: cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric and nutmeg – are as exotic as the flavour. A full tour involves much more than spices and you will also have a chance to see the iodine plant, henna 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 Seyid 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.

Day 3:  Prison Island

After breakfast pick up from your hotel for a Prison Island tour (half or full day tour), and then return to your hotel.

Prison Island Tour

Prison Island or Changuu Island is the middle island of the three visible from the Stone Town, it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by boat. The prison on this island was built in 1893, which 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 15 minutes. On this little paradise one can also swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just relax and enjoy the peacefulness that this beautiful island has to offer.

Jozani Forest Tour

Jozani Forest 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 with 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.

Day 4:  Dolphins

After breakfast pickup from your hotel drive you to the South East of Zanzibar for a Dolphin tour, return to your hotel.

Dolphin tour

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.

Day 5:  The East Coast

After breakfast transfer to one of the hotels on the East Coast (Mnemba Island Lodge, Karafuu Beach Resort or Sultan Palace).

Days 6:  At your leisure

At your leisure at your hotel.

Day 7:  Flight home

Pickup from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.