Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.
Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site.Portuguese invasion and control of the Swahili Coast in the late 16th century ended the golden age of the archipelago, although the Omani Arabs returned to power less than a century later. Today, many of the winding streets and high townhouses of old Stone Town remain unchanged and visitors can walk between the sultan’s palace, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fort and gardens, the merchants’ houses, and the Turkish baths of the old city. Day-long spice tours to working plantations offer visitors the chance to observe the cultivation of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that have made the island famous.Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. On the east coast, waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore, and low tide reveals small pools of starfish, small minnows, and
anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun. The port city of Stone Town dominates the west coast, and although the beaches of Mangapwani, where slave caves are visible at low tide and nearby Bububu are less than half an hour’s drive away, a night or two spent on the east or north cost is well worth the extra hour it takes to drive there. That said, the Chole Island Marine Park just off Stone Town – and nearby Prison, Grave, and Snake Islands – make a refreshing day-trip and a good break from exploring the winding passageways of the old city. On the south coast of Zanzibar lies the Menai Bay Conservation Area, a sea turtle protection area for the endangered species that come to breed on the island. Roads to the southeast coast take visitors through the Jozani Forest, home to Zanzibar’s rare Red Colobus monkeys and a number of other primate and small antelope species.
A guided Stone Town tour takes you through winding streets of the old town, where history seems to stand still. Visit the colorful market, slave market site, the Arab fort, House of Wonder, Palace Museum, Tippu-Tippu House and Freddy Mercury House.
British Army prison and quarantine station. Prison Island, also known as CHANGUU ISLAND, is one of the nearest islands from stone town, just 20 minutes by boat. Built as a prison, it was later taken over to be used as a quarantine station by the British Army. Another prison was built to house rebellious slave but had never been used.
The crystal clear water and abundant reefs provide the perfect snorkeling opportunity to see colorful tropical fish. GIANT TORTOISE; The main attractions is the sanctuary of giant tortoises, some of them are over 195 years old. Not indigenous to continental Africa, these tortoises found only on this Island and originally brought over from Aldabra in the Seychelles in an effort of increasing the tortoise's population on Prison Island. The tortoises were rescued from poachers and now enjoy their day under the lush canopy of the Island and munching on delicious greens.
The famous spice producing area in the centre of the Island to explore the tropical plantations that are tribute to the Islands in the past, and one of the Islands most popular excursions. The guide will show you the uses, types of spice from the ancient time to present. You will be guided through the plantations and a local spice farm village where you will encounter medicinal cosmetic and ornamental plants and herbs. Learn about the origins, properties and uses of cloves, nutmeg, rambutan, lemon grass, iodine plant, henna, lipstick, vanilla, ginger, black pepper, the shampoo plants, cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric.
Forget fishing in a modern fishing vessel with the latest in reels and rods and a fighting chair as well! We offer you the unique opportunity to sail out to sea with a Zanzibari fisherman and show you what ‘fishing for a living’ is really all about. Setting sail from one of East Africa’s oldest wafts, the horizon is dotted with ngalawas, local fisher boats with outriggers, heading out to sea with the full mast. We will equip you with simple fishing gear, with what locals are even catching kingfish, yellow fin tuna, barracuda and grouper. A real adventure! The half-day or day trip includes the boat ride, fishing guide, local fishing gear, fruits, and soft drinks.
Once upon a time, the whole of the Zanzibar Island was covered in a rich tapestry of the forest, evergreen thickets, and mangroves, but all that remains now is JOZANI FOREST. It still boasts a rich and eclectic biodiversity that is enjoyed by walking the nature trails. You will be met with many strange and wonderful animals scrambling through the branches and below the canopy. Other than forest, you will see Red colobus monkeys, which are the most famous and lively inhabitants of the forest, a sub-species found only on this Island. They can be seen calmly lazing around or eating and playing in the stunning scenery. Other animals are small antelope and camouflaged chameleons also inhabit the forest.
Enjoy the sunset cruise on a local dhow. The tour starts an hour before the sunset, direct from the hotel and lasts until the sun sets. On the boat, we provide soft drinks and local beers such as Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and Safari beer. We can organize this tour starting from 3people up to 12 people maximum.
Leaving from the fishing village of Fumba, 30 minutes South West from Stone Town to explore Menai Bay and the surrounding coastline. a visitor will experience locally and traditional dhows’ manufacturing. Board the dhows and set sail in search of dolphins. You will stop on a sandbank to snorkel at two different reefs, both offering a variety of pristine marine life. Dolphin spotting, Snorkelling, sailing, seafood, sandbank and so much more. Enjoy delicious snacks before you move on to a deserted Island restaurant for a lunch of traditional Zanzibarian cuisine.
Situated on the Southern- most point of the Island, Kizimkazi fishing village is the perfect location to see dolphins after only a short boat trip from the village. Sailing off the shore affords beautiful vistas of the coastline. In Kizimkazi, Menai Bay you will board a local dhow and set sail in search of the schools of bottle-Nosed and humpback dolphins that populate the waters. Swimming with the dolphins; if you are lucky, you may be able to swim and play with the friendly and lively dolphins at close range, which is an exciting and very rewarding experience.
You will then have the option to choose your desired restaurant for a relaxing Swahili lunch.
We are an experienced tour company that has proved excellence in the tourism industry in Zanzibar. We are introducing Community Tourism, which is a new phenomenon in Zanzibar. We have realized that we need to bring tourists to the real life of local people. Community Tourism is about new levels of relationships between the host country and the visitor, it’s a type of community-based ecotourism that forms of ecotourism that emphasizes the development of local communities and allows local residents to have substantial control over, and involvement in, its development and management, and a major proportion of the benefits remain within the community.
Our main focus is the elders’ people homes, orphanage homes, disables and entrepreneurship groups. These are the most of marginalized groups in the society, groups that have greater challenges. You will gain the experience of seeing not only tourism attractions of Zanzibar but also will get an opportunity to adventure the real life of marginalized people of Zanzibar. We will make sure if there would be beneficiaries from this tourism, all the aids reach the targeted people, there will be no middleman neither urgent, the aid will be from a tourist to a targeted.