The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which brought the Sultans of Oman and the beginnings of the infamous slave trade. They can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, and a good tour includes opportunities to dazzle the senses with fresh spices. We can arrange for a special Spice Tour with in-depth information not only about spices, but also herbs and a detailed description about their uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. You will be able to learn the traditional natural herbal medicine plants and their uses, herbal creams and beauty products produced of organically grown spices and herbs. After the tour you will be invited for an opulent lunch, where you can taste the spices and fruits you have admired before. This is also the cheapest place to purchase spices and spice oils. The half-day trip includes transport, guide, entrance fees and a superb lunch.
This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace), Dr Livingston’s House and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! The old city Stone Town is also the biggest port. Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from. A guided walk through this colourful and alternating city with tour guide Jumma, who knows funny, but also cruel stories to tell about the life of the old times in Stonetown. The half day trip includes the guide and all entrance fees except for the Palace Museum. This Tour is good to combine with the Spice Tour.
Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet. The island lies just off the Old Stone Town and is home to giant tortoises that were imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkelling, and has a lovely white beach for sunbathing. The island is ideal for a day trip with refreshments available throughout the day. It also has a small restaurant where you can enjoy freshly caught fish. The half-day or day trip includes the boat ride, entrance fees and snorkelling equipment.