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Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

1. Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

Visit an organic spice farm on this 3-hour guided tour to learn about one of Zanzibar’s most popular industries: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, and more. See why the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands".   When you arrive, the spice farm guide will describe how the spices are grown and used as medication and flavor in dishes. See spices like vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and many more. You’ll be able to touch, smell, and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants—you’ve never smelled spices as fresh as these before. Along with these fragrant plants, there will also be some fresh tropical fruits to see and taste.     Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Then, a coconut tree climber will pick some fresh young coconut fruits for you to try. End the trip with lunch at the spice farm and the opportunity to purchase spices from the shop.

Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

2. Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

Begin your private tour in Stone Town, a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Start by exploring the Old Slave Market site and Anglican Church, before strolling through the narrow streets towards the City Market. Marvel at the fresh products and fruits and watch how locals buy and sell anything here. Observe the hustle and bustle of the fish auction. After this, take a sightseeing tour of the main buildings in Stone Town including the Palace Museum and the House of Wonder, which is the largest and tallest building in the town, also known as Bait-al-ajab. Continue on to see the Old Fort, Tippu Tip, and of course, the most famous, Freddie Mercury’s House. Also visit the Peace Memorial and Natural History Museum, amongst other attractions.  Next, learn about one of the main industries in the region: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands". There are many spice farms in Zanzibar and for the next portion of the tour, you will visit a real organic spice farm. When you arrive, the spice farm guide will describe how the spices are grown and used as medication and flavor in dishes. See spices like vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and many more. It will be possible to touch, smell and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants. Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Even more, a coconut tree climber will pick some fresh young coconut fruits for you to try. End the trip with lunch at the spice farm and the opportunity to purchase spices from the shop (cash only).

From Kizimkazi: Nungwi Buggy Tour

3. From Kizimkazi: Nungwi Buggy Tour

Start your day with a convenient hotel pickup before heading to Nungwi. On arrival, have an introductory briefing and receive your bandanas and protective goggles. Then, hop on your 2 seater buggy and let the adventure begin. First, drive through Nungwi's remote areas and discover its non-touristic side. Drive into the jungle and explore the different jungle tracks. Visit some of local houses and learn about different activities and Swahili lifestyles here before heading back.

Stone Town: Private Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Tour

4. Stone Town: Private Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Tour

Take a private guided tour of Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park from Stone Town. After pickup from your Stone Town hotel, start the 35-minute drive to the national park. The 2,500 hectare park contains diverse habitats, including groundwater forest, coral rag forest, mangrove swamps, and salt marshes. Admire the different species of trees and look out for native wildlife, including rare red colobus monkeys. The park is home to many unique animals such as Ader's duiker, Sykes' monkeys, bush babies, over 50 species of butterfly, and 40 species of birds. At the end of your guided tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel in Stone Town.

Stone Town: Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Half-Day Tour

5. Stone Town: Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Half-Day Tour

The 19-square-mile Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park in Tanzania is located on the island of Zanzibar and is the only national park in Zanzibar. Begin your visit with a walk through the natural forest, where the smaller trees and bushes create several sub-canopies under the highest canopy. Walk along the nature trail through the forest, which is an habitat for many animal species including the red colobus monkey, the spotting of which is a top priority for many visitors to the park. The natural forest and the nature walk are just a couple highlights of your day spent in the national park; explore the site with your guide, walk the boardwalk through the mangroves, and discover a turtle rehabilitation center.

Kendwa: 2-hour Dhow Sunset Cruise

6. Kendwa: 2-hour Dhow Sunset Cruise

Experience a great evening and sail on a Dhow through the sunset. Enjoy the dusk on Zanzibar and grab a spot on the boat.  Depart from Kendwa and take advantage of the steady winds that blow along the Swahili Coast. Relax ona journey around the calm waters off Stone Town with refreshments as the sun dips below the horizon, and return back to the beach to finish a perfect day. Enjoy this evening adventure and create beautiful memories of the coast of Kendwa. You and your crew will do a two-hour nearshore cruise that is the perfect way to end the day.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 33 reviews

A fun morning out with Khamis (Thursday) and Juma (Friday) it was fun knowing that. Highly recommended outing... But not with just any old guide. These guys are hilarious and Khamis knows all his fruits in Afrikaans! He even knows what "fokken duur" means (you're welcome for the free information my friend ). You'll also notice that I'm in most of the pictures because Juma is a great photographer. Handed him my phone and had the opportunity to really enjoy myself instead of taking pictures! I had a 4year old randomly latch on to me... Just confirmation that I am in the right line of work!! I was allowed to participate and try out whatever I wanted... Also didn't follow instructions and cut myself on the coconut cutter. Pavarotti Batman grabbed us some coconut from a tree top while performing (wow, the voice ) All I can say is, fresh is better. Literally every smell and flavour I experienced was ou

The tour of the spice farm is great and definitely worth doing. Food was lovelly too. The cooking part is nothing really. I was hoping we would learn something good. But we just watched someone else cook some small thing without any real idea of what was going on.

Great experience and worth the price! Punctual, friendly pick-up service, private tour for two, very funny guide with a lot of knowledge and excellent English. Great lunch, all in all really recommendable, we would do it again in a heartbeat!

Again an awesome trip. The cooking ‍ class was very good and the lunch afterwards was great. The guide was very well educated and gave as great info and explanations.

Tour is great. Wear old shoes if there has been any rain. Hamdu our guide was really good.