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10 Zanzibar Activities

April 14, 2018

By: Mwajabu Sultan

Discover the best activities  in Zanzibar Island including Zanzibar ,Stone Town Tours,Food and Spices Tour with Traditional Swahili Lunch, Stone Town Walking Tour in Zanzibar

1. Stone Town Tours

Stone town tour in Zanzibar is a private guided half day tour starts from your hotel,, it is 3 hours tour whereby tourists will get opportunity to discover the historical sites and Zanzibar island people together their daily activities. The tour can either commences at the house of wonders or Darajani city Market and covers all the historical sites and monuments. Our guide will take you to the house of wonder which is nowadays known as the National Museum of Zanzibar (rebuilt 1883), the Arab fort which is also known as oldfort, while you are passing along bazaar streets you will ahead towards the Feddie Mercury house, old slave market, fruit market, spice market, etc.. without forgetting the Zanzibar curved doors which are the ones that decorating the stone town.

This City tour is one among the hot day tours in Zanzibar island, it is the only opportunity to discover the historical sites, curio shops, dilapidated buildings, cosmopolitan people shopping

2. Spice Plantation Tour

Spice tour in Zanzibar is a 3 hours guided tour, Tourists will get opportunity to discover a lot of things including Tropical fruits, Spices and harbs, and some of the rarely species of other plants from different vegetation. It is just more than a tour, tourists may get unique experience to prove why Zanzibar is called the Spice Island. Visitors should expect to see the species including Zanzibar's cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamons, curry, pepper, tamarind, ginger, menthol and many other spices and herbs brought by the sultans of Oman across the Indian Ocean. Our guids will give you the detailed descriptions of what the various plants are used for, though not all of them are for food, others used for medicine.

3. Prison Island Tour

Prison island tour in Zanzibar is an half day tour, Prison island is also known as Changuu island, the name "prison island" came after this unique island being used by some sultans of Zanzibar to detain the recalcitrant slaves, about 25 to 30 minutes boat ride (motorised).

While you are on this Island, you will be able to swim, snorkeling and take pictures with giant tortoises, for sure, have a delightful swim, the wonderful snorkeling which will allow you to see the colorful school of tropical fish eg black snaper, orangelined tiggerfish, spotted garfish, barracuda, longfin bannerfish, emperor engelfish, rabbitfish, clown tiggerfish, bluestripe snaper etc.

This day tour will be the best for snorkeling lovers and as well as beach relaxers.. however there are a lot to discover including historical sites and giant tortoises. 

4. Dolphin Tour

Dolphin tour in Zanzibar is an half day Tour which is done at kizimkazi fishing village, south coast of the island, the main attraction in this tour is being able to swim close to the dolphin, for those who are lucky they can even get to play with them for couple of hours, the village is the home to several schools of fish and bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, . which are found just few metres from the beach. kizimkazi is also known for its historical site of the old mosque which was built 12th century ago.

Please understand that this tour is subject to change when weather condition is not fair, If the wheather is not suitable we shall inform you before in order to postpone the tour.. or you may call us in the morning for the reconfirmation of your hotel pickup..

For those who like to do snorkeling, we promise them this is the best opportunity to them, please come with your swim suits and be ready to get wet, masks, swimming glasses and flippers will be provided,

The old mosque of kizimkazi village has great history of Islam and persian world to East African region, therefore, the kizimkazi old mosque has become the famous tourist attraction for locals and internationals.

5. Sunset Dhow Cruise

Sunset dhow cruise in Zanzibar is a wonderful romantic dhow cruise from Stone Town, you will start your journey in a traditional Arabian Dhow. We depart from frodhani garden on the seafront of Stone Town and sailing along the off-shores of the historical and fascinating coast while the sun sinks into the Indian oceanstarting to paint the town with its pastel amazing colours, tourists are taking the sea view passing around house of wonders, palace museum, old dispensary, custom house etc.

the buildings and the historical monuments will tell you why the town is called stone town, our crew will tell you some old swahili tales, on the mid of your journey we shall give to you some snacks (swahili chips, pastries ) and soft drinks, while you soak up the ambiance once enjoyed by Arabian Royalty.

After we reach at mtoni marine we shall slowly start to get back and we arrive after sunset, this type of tour can be also organised in nungwi for the clients who are on the north coast.

6. Jozani Forest Tour

Jozani forest tour in Zanzibar is an half day guided tour. The forest is also known as jozani chwaka bay national park. This forest holds the rare Red Colobus Monkeys that can not be seen anywhere else in the world.

Tourists may have to start by visit the natural forest whereby the smaller trees and bushes make several sub-canopies under the highest canopy. however this attraction (natural forest) and the nature walk are just options to our clients.

You may will be also walked through nature trail (nature walk) of the forest, which is an habitat for many animal species and mainly Red Colobus Monkeys. Many of the tourists have much interest with only seeing the red colobus monkeys, and therefore they can spend some time to see this attraction and they can get back to their hotel or ahead to the other day tours if they did book to do so.

7. Sandbank Picnic

Sandbank picnic in Zanzibar is a full day trip, departs in stone town near serena hotel at around 9:00am.. and we shall sail you away to prison island (changuu island) where the gaint tortoises found relaxing on the beach shrubs, after the snorkeling tour around the island we ahead to a sandbank where brilliant birdlife exists. Lunch (sea foods and drinks), relax on the sandbank, swim and listening to the birdlife around you and the skippers daughters lapping against the shore.

In this tour you will discover alot of things. Tourists must come with you the towels and swimming suits, although we are giving out snorkeling gears and even life jackets on request, we shall slowly start to sail back to Stone Town after soaking up the sun, and return back to the Serena Inn by 03:30pm,

This tour starts from 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm.. the trip will be on a sharing traditional dhow.. the sandbank picninc is great for the group tourists, couples, families and inviduals.

8. Safari Blue Trip

Safari Blue Tour in Zanzibar is the Zanzibar number one full day trip, this is a sea adventure safari starts from Fumba fishing village, south west coast of the island, the major attraction is to swim, snorkeling, sea foods and sailing within the traditional dhow, the history of traditional dhow dated back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the ages of the moonson winds and the Arab movements,

we inborad into sailing dhow at 9:00am ahead to sandbank for the realxation, swimming and beach walking,

Tourist will have great time to test the tropical sea foods including octopus, calamari, lobster, shrimps, shark, shell fish, tuna fish, baracuda etc.

snorkeling is also the main activity, whereby tourist will be taken to the coral reef and the areas which are good and have colourful school of fish. after the lunch at kwale island, there will be a short tour to the ancient baobab tree which is said to have more than 200 years now,

on our way back to the Fumba beach we shall again have opportunity to swim into the natural swimming pool near the kwale island,

we normally finish our tour around 4:00pm.

9. Mnemba Atoll snorkeling

Mnemba atoll in Zanzibar Island is full day trip start from nungwi village ahead to the mnemba ialsnd, it is just off the northeast coast of Zanzibar island near Matemwe fishing village. Diving and snorkeling at Mnemba is precious, there are schools of colorful tropical fish, mnemba is the only answer for the divers and those snoorkling lovers.

The main activities on this tour is snorkeling, sea foods and sailing on the traditional dhow.

10. Cultural Tour

Cultural tour in Zanzibar is an half day tour which starts from your hotel, we ahead to the village of Kizimkazi, nungwi or Paje and Jambiani, this tour must be booked and confirmed at least 2 days before so that we get enough time for the preparation and arrangement,

visitors may expect to meet locals and have opportunity to see how they are doing their daily economic and social activities. As most of the villages in Zanzibar island are surrounded by the indian ocean and you must have to see the intermingled Afro-Asian culture and traditional,

In fishing villages women are caltivating seaweeds, searching for oyster-shells, while men are preparing for deep sea fishing, snorkeling and selling from what they gained from the sea,

if you are lucky you may get opportunity to see the wedding ceremonies which are mostly done on Fridays. 

 

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