Sight Seeing and Excursions
Zanzibar it is rich for its long history of slavery and spices and a centre of trade to Africa. It was once the centre of the slave trade in Africa with a big slave market which is now occupied by the Anglican Church of Christ. The Arab Sultanate introduced the spice plantations and became very famous center for spices The following are among the attractions to be seen in day excursions:
Stone Town Tour & Shopping
Town Market, Slave Market, National Museum of Zanzibar, High Court Building, Slave Chambers, Old German Consulate, Africa House – former English Club, Tip-Tip House, Kelele Square, Old British Consulate, Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, House of Wonders - Current National Museum, Sultan Palace - Palace Museum, Custom House, Old Dispensary, Old Harbor, Livingstone House, Maruhubi Palace-ruins, are among the sights to visit in the Town tour of Zanzibar.
The three – hour guided tour begins and ends at your hotel where you will walk/driven to the city market (opened 1904). Here you will be ale to see and buy tropical fruits and spices. You will also feel the pulse of Zanzibar and hear different dialects being spoken by the people at the market.
From there we proceed to the Anglican Church of Christ, built by Bishop Steers in 1874 on the site of the old slave market. You will see tiny and dingy room where the slaves were kept, before reaching the auction table in the slave market. You will then drive or walk (optional) to National Museum of Zanzibar (opened 1925) to see many interesting relics from the time of the Sultans and the early Explores.
Then a drive along the beach road up to Forodhani Gardens where you will see the Old British Consulate (the house where the body of late Dr. Livingstone was kept and later sent to Britain), the Arab Fort (1700), the House of Wonders (built in 1883). Thereafter a leisure walk through the narrow streets of Stone town - old part of Zanzibar town, where most of the houses date back to more than one hundred and fifty years. In this part of town you will find alot of exotic small bazaars and curio shops. Finally you will be taken to Maruhubi Palace Ruins (1880) via Livingstone House (1866)
Tropical fruits, spices and other rare species of plants are among the different vegetation to be seen in this guided tour. It is not only a tour but a chance to actually experience why Zanzibar is referred to as the “Spice Island”. The four hour guided tour begins with a vist to Kidichi via Kibweni Palace (Sultan Rest House) to view the Persian Baths built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan (first Sultan of Zanzibar) for his wife Princess Shehrzard ( grand daughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia).
At Kizimbani you will visit Spice Farms to see varieties of Spices (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, nut-meg) and others, tropical Fruits (jack fruit, bread bruit, pineapples, bananas, coconut) and other rare plants such as henna bush, the perfume tree, lipstick tree.
This is a full day guided tour that takes you to Nungwi via Mvuleni where you can visit the Ruins of the Portuguese Barracks. At Nungwi you find white sandy beaches to swim and relax. You will also visit a place where traditional Dhows are built. Lunch will be in one of the hotels.
Evening Guided walk – Stone Town -2hrs
This two hours guided walk includes return transfers from hotel to hotel and takes you to a leisurely walk through the narrow streets of the Stone Town where you mingle with almost every eastern race in their diverse attire attending to the many small and exotic bazaars. Sunset is to be found at its best on the balcony of Africa House – formerly The English Club When calling of the prayers the Mosques which are unpretentious by comparison, with minarets and domed places of worship in other Muslim countries, blare through the loudspeakers Visit to the Forodhani Gardens which adorns the House of wonders and the Palace Museum, is a must to see the diverse culture of Zanzibar in its true colours.
Mangapwani Slave Caves ½-Day
Slave Chambers: Built around 1880 from the cave and connected to the seaside 2kms away, the area is surrounded by varieties of indigenous trees such as Breadfruit, Ramboutants and scented shrubs. It was an important transit point for the captured slaves to be sold to the outside world at the time of the abolishment of slavery in 1873. Between 1880-1905, the chamber was being used as a place of concealment of the human cargo pending their disposal.
It was utilized as the hideout by the Arabs for their human cargo ready for shipment. Mangapwani (“Arab Shore”) lies in a district where many Arabs used to live. In the village there is a Police Station, also a large government “Bungalow” which was built by the Arabs who originally owned Prison Island.
This full day guided excursion begins at 09h00 when you are picked up from the hotel and transferred by minibus to the fishing village, - Kizimkazi 40 kilometers away. You will board the dhows and set off in search of the dolphins (95% chances). The species frequently found at bay are spinner and bottlenose dolphins. You will swim with dolphins if they stay close-by to the boat, but is unlikely to be able to touch the dolphins.
You also go on to one of the selected snorkelling locations. Here you will snorkel while accompanied by a snorkelling guide to show points of interest and to assist with beginners. Snorkelling equipment will be provided on hire.
You then move to another island or sand bank for lunch. Lunch is a traditional Zanzibar meal and typically includes a selection of barbecued fish, rice, lentils and fish curry.
Chilled fresh fruit juice, mineral water and bottled soft drinks are available for sale. You will spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing, swimming or snorkeling. Return to Kizimkazi Town and transfer back to your hotel.
Jozani Monkeys Forest
This guided tour of three hours will take you to Jozani Natural forest (it is the only a natural forest in Zanzibar); and home to the rare red Colobus monkeys. The trees and shrubs make several canopies. You will walk through the nature trail of the forest which is a habitat for many species of small animals.
Prison Island Trip
A relaxing day in Zanzibar Channel of the Indian Ocean is achieved when we visit the small isle off the Western Coast of Zanzibar. This half day guided tour takes you to this historical Island which was formerly owned by an Arab and used for the confinement of refractory slaves.
It was bought by General Mathews and the jail which was called Gaol still stands and was built in 1893 and hence the name “PRISON ISLAND” The Island is also home to the GIANT TORTOISE, and you have a chance be to swim, sunbathe and snorkel.