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Zanzibar: Stone Town, Spice Tour and Prison Island Day Tour

Zanzibar: Stone Town, Spice Tour and Prison Island Day Tour

Take a walking tour of Stone Town, visit an organic spice farm, and explore the historic Prison Island all in one day on a full-day, guided tour of Zanzibar. Meander through a labyrinth of chaotic alleyways between towering limestone houses, and interact with Aldabra tortoises. Start your day with a walking tour of Stone Town, the oldest part of Zanzibar City. Relive the grander age of this port city as you stroll through the twisting streets and look at former palaces, Sultan’s Palace, and Arab mansions. Get an insight into the tragic history of slave trading. After your walking tour, drive to the plantation and learn why Zanzibar is known as “Spice Island”. Smell, touch, and even taste some of the crops grown on this Island and find out what the spices were originally used for. Finally, take a boat ride offshore to Prison Island, home to large land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles. Get to touch and feed these creatures living in a sanctuary. Also, learn about the island’s historic use as a prison for rebellious slaves in the 1860s.

Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

This private guided half day tour can begin any time from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Meet your well-trained guide and boatman as your board your steam-engine wooden boat. Head to the prestigious island and enjoy the 30-minute journey.  Listen to the history of the island and discover the past centuries through the historical buildings, which have served many purposes over the years including a prison, chapel, and hiding place for slaves after the abolition.  Enjoy a swim or snorkel around the colorful coral rocks and turquoise waters. Play with giant tortoises and you may take photographs with these old precious creatures. If you do not have much experience or confidence in the water, you will be provided with a life jacket. 

Zanzibar: Prison Island and Nakupenda Boat Trip with Lunch

Zanzibar: Prison Island and Nakupenda Boat Trip with Lunch

Experience a packed full-day trip by boat as you head to Prison Island and Nakupenda Sanbdank Beach from Stone Town. Take a tour of the old prison, interact with local tortoises, and enjoy lunch, snorkeling, and more. Board your comfortable boat and set off from the shores of Stone Town. Relax as the boat glides over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, offering stunning views of the coastline. Dock at Prison Island and admire its lush greenery before taking a tour of the prison. Explore the old cells, hear stories about the prisoners, and learn about the island's transformation over the years. Next, get ready for an up-close encounter with giant Aldabra tortoises, some of which are over a century old. Feed and interact with these magnificent creatures. Have some time on the scenic beach at your leisure. Take a swim in the crystal-clear waters or explore the island's nature trails. Head back to the boat for the journey to Nakupenda Sandbank. Once there, step onto the soft, untouched beach and get ready for a picnic lunch. Feast on a delicious spread of local seafood delicacies. After lunch, make use of the snorkeling equipment to explore the vibrant underwater world surrounding the sandbank. Relax on the sand, sunbathe, or engage in water activities like beach volleyball or paddleboarding. End your day with a return to Stone Town on the boat.

Quad Adventures in Zanzibar: Nungwi / Kendwa

Quad Adventures in Zanzibar: Nungwi / Kendwa

First, immerse yourself in the serene beach experience with characters like beautiful waves, warm sunshine, the melodic sound of waves, clear blue water, and birds chirping. It's a tranquil haven that captivates the senses. Next, discover the charming village where joyous locals welcome you with open arms. Engage in their way of life, sharing in their culinary traditions as you participate in cooking activities. Delight in the diverse dishes that showcase the essence of their culture. Finally we make a stop at Kendwa Beach, which is the fourth most beautiful beach in the world. Kendwa Beach is renowned for its pristine white sand, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and stunning sunset views. there we taste some fresh local fruit while enjoying the beautiful scenery . we also observe the arrival of the fishermen and the lively fish market. Price included: *Transfer from your hotel go and back (Nungwi/Kendwa +10km) * Quad CF Moto 520 brand new * Guided QUAD excursions through Zanzibar's beautiful village landscapes. *Fruit and refreshments (fruit juice, soda, water) *High-quality images and video for free

Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

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).

Stonetown: Food Markets and Street Food Walking Tour

Stonetown: Food Markets and Street Food Walking Tour

Take part in a unique 3-hour evening food tour in Stone Town. After hotel pickup, your tour will start at 6:00 PM at Darajani Market, where locals go to buy their fruits and vegetables. Experience the fun hustle and bustle of this busy market and admire the multitude of foods on offer.   Your next stop will be at local restaurant, the best place to watch the sun go down. As you watch the sky change colors, enjoy some soft drinks or local beers made in Tanzania. Afterwards, explore the streets of the city, which has itself been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear stories about the city and see where the locals gather to celebrate events, watch football, or just have tea and play some games. Continue walking to Forodhani Garden, which hosts a popular street food market in the evenings. Try out local foods and drinks like Zanzibar Pizza, urojo soup, shawarma, sugarcane juice, spice tea, coffee, and more.   Your tour will end at 8:00 PM, at which point you’ll be taken back to your hotel.

Zanzibar: Stone Town Guided Tour with Prison Island

Zanzibar: Stone Town Guided Tour with Prison Island

This is a half a day trip where you can visit a historical street constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th century. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Stone Town is a very lively place where you’ll find a combination of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living happily together. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for cars to pass, you can see mosques, churches and temples side to side. While you wonder around the city, your guide will take you on a historical and cultural journey through the old slave market, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, Sultan’s Palace , Darajani market place and Forodhani Gardens . Afterwards we will take a boat from the shores of Stone Town, setting down anchor 5 km away, on the beautiful beach of Prison Island. The prison – which is now owned by a hotel – was built in 1893 and was originally intended to house violent prisoners from the mainland and sick people. You will get the opportunity to visit the tortoise sanctuary, which contains a large colony of giant tortoise imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. The average weight of these creatures is 200 kg, and many of them are said to be over 150 years old. There will be a chance to touch the tortoise and take photos. The island is also a home to a colony of beautiful peacocks. For the rest of the trip, you can either enjoy the marine life as you snorkel around the coral that fringes Prison Island or just relax under the warm glow of the sun, until you head back to Stone Town.

From Zanzibar: Nyerere National Park Game Drive with Lunch

From Zanzibar: Nyerere National Park Game Drive with Lunch

Set off on a day trip from Zanzibar for a game drive in Nyerere National Park. Spot the game reserve's diverse wildlife, including rhinos, hippos, giraffes, elephants, and more. Relax safe in the knowledge that your transportation and food are sorted for the day. After pickup from your hotel, you will be driven to Zanzibar airport, where you will meet your guide for your safari briefing and assistance with check-in. Then, board your flight to Mtemere airstrip, right by the main entrance to Selous Game Reserve/Nyerere National Park. Then, start your safari, keeping your eyes peeled for the diverse wildlife of the Mimbo, including African bush elephants, south-central black rhinos, hippos, lions, African wild dogs, giraffes, zebras, and crocodiles. Take a short break for your safari bush lunch before getting back to the action. Finally, head back to the airstrip to catch your flight back to Zanzibar, where your driver will return you to your hotel. Itinerary: Hotel pickup 6:00 AM-6:30 AM: Flight 6.45 AM: Start safari game drive 1:30 PM: Lunch 3:30 PM: Finish safari game drive 4:15 PM: Fly back to Zanzibar

Zanzibar: North Coast and Turtle Sanctuary Tour

Zanzibar: North Coast and Turtle Sanctuary Tour

The most popular beaches of Zanzibar are in Nungwi. This is mostly because the tides do not have such a huge impact on the beach. But, did you know that Nungwi is also the capital of local dhow manufacturing? Find out all about how these impressive sailing vessels are made and get the chance to see local craftsmen in action. Later, enjoy lunch including one complimentary drink at a local restaurant. After that, experience a real turtle sanctuary. Here, turtles are treated and healed of any illnesses before being released to the ocean. Get the chance to swim with these incredible animals and feed them.  All fees paid here contribute towards turtle welfare and the education of tourists on their impact on the local environment.

Spice Tour, Prison Island and Stone Town Tour

Spice Tour, Prison Island and Stone Town Tour

Spice Farm Your program will start in the morning after breakfast at 9:30 you will be picked up from the hotel to spice farm where you will explore and see different types of spice and how they grow up plus tasting the seasonal fruits then you will be heading to prison island for excursions and then later back to stone town for city tour The Spice Tour is one of the most popular excursions in Zanzibar, the Spice Island. Zanzibar was one of the world’s leading producers of spices such as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Tour takes you to an organic farm with a wide variety of plants around the year. You don’t just see, you also touch, smell, and taste. Spices and herbs were originally introduced to Zanzibar by Portuguese traders in the 16th century, brought from their colonies in South America and India. This tour is a walking tour of a spice farm (shamba). While there, you shall see how the spices, herbs, and fruits grow and are cultivated. Your tour guide will describe how the crops can be used. You will be smelling and tasting spices, herbs, and tropical fruits such as clove, lemongrass, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla, coconuts, papaya, chili, black pepper, jackfruit, cardamom, cassava, and oranges. After the tour, you will enjoy a traditional Swahili lunch at the farm. Here is when you can really taste the different ways of using spices. Prison Island prison island (changuu island) is where the giant tortoises are found relaxing on the beach shrubs, Prison Island Zanzibar: The Aldabra Giant Tortoise sanctuary is a major tourist lure and the oldest tortoise is 200 years old. The turtles are not indigenous and are magisterial creatures, weighing in at an average of 200 kg some are as old as over 100 years. You will enjoy a nature trail, then will do a stone town tour where you can see the historical sites, slave markets, daily markets, narrow streets, and later shopping. Stone Town The historic capital city of Zanzibar is Stone Town, a prominent city with an impressive cultural heritage and history dating back to the 19th century. Zanzibar reflects a mixture of diverse cultural influences from Arabian, Indian, Persian and European cultures, was named a world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 2000.

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We really enjoyed the tour and gained a lot of impressions. At the beginning, the guide explained to us in detail how to drive the quad and he also kept an eye on us during the trip. The other guide who was with us took high-quality photos and videos of our trip with our cell phones. We visited two beautiful beaches and a local village. In the village we were given a friendly welcome and were introduced to the way of life of the villagers. We were given water and fruit along the way and were able to have a good chat with the guides. The lady who welcomed us was also very friendly and explained everything to us. The quad is easy to drive and the tour is recommended.

The tour was one of my highlights. It was a lot of fun and showed us life in Zanzibar and the local villages. The guides were very interested in giving us the best experience and the photos and videos they took were fantastic.

The tour was really fun and our guide Hussein made a lot of effort and looked after us very well.

It was a very nice Trip ! The beaches were wonderfull! Our Guide was great!

The village was the best part of the quad ride 10000%.