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Zanzibar City Tour

Things to do in Zanzibar

Zanzibar City Tour - Half Day

The guided city tour is a great way to experience Zanzibar’s rich cultural heritage a cocktail of Arabs, Indian, Persian and European and a combination with the African tradition.

A visit to the colorful market, the Anglican Cathedral, which stands on the site of one of the last open slave markets in the world, the palace of the late Sultan of Zanzibar; the house of notorious slave-trader ‘Tippu-Tip House'.

Explore the Old Fort and the House of Wonders (the former palace of Sultan Baraghash built in 1883) - all locations rich in antiquity and full of intrigue from the days of long ago. The tour ends with a romantic stroll along the narrow lanes of the Old Stone Town.

 

Other sights just outside the city include the Persian Baths of Kidichi, the Maruhubi Palace Ruins, the Bububu railway and the Mangapwani Slave Caves

Spice Tour - 4 Hours

The spice tour takes you to the spice Isle which is guaranteed to sharpen your senses. Drive through the countryside to visit spice plantations - with an opportunity to pick, smell, taste and savor the tropical fruits and exotic spices. The islands also grow others spices such as nutmeg, lemon grass, black pepper, cardamom and cinnamon, all grown in the spice plantations together with numerous exotic tropical fruits. The visit is usually capped with ginger tea in the afternoon. You may also buy spices and spice oils at very reasonable prices.

Islands Tours- Full Day

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 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 to offer.Grave Island is another well-known destination famous for its beautiful beaches, swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. The island has been reserved as a European cemetery since 1879 and among the graves are those containing the remains of the men killed on HMS Pegasus, sunk in Zanzibar Harbour by the German cruiser Koenigsberg during the First World War. Other islands include Bat Island from which the flying foxes cross the water to Zanzibar every evening to feed on the fruit trees and Snake Island.

Jozani Forest - 4 Hours

Jozani Forest Reserve in Unguja Island is a remnant of natural forest and the last sanctuary in the world for the rare red colobus monkey, which is endemic to Zanzibar. Located in the central eastern region of the island and consists of high forest, swamp forest and evergreen forest. The reserve is also home to other species including Syke's monkeys, bush pigs, nocturnal Zanzibar leopard and two antelope species - the Zanzibar Duiker and Suni. Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative

Mangapwani Slave Caves - 5 hours 

Along a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach lies a hidden cove said to be used for hiding slaves after their export was forbidden in 1873. Enjoy lunch and time to swim or relax on the beach.

Dolphin Extravaganza

From Fumba we proceed by local boats into the waters of the Island in search of the Dolphin. Chances are that you could find a pod and be able to swim with these curious and gentle creatures. Swahili barbecue lunch will be served on a nearby desert island and have time to relax before returning to the mainland.

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