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Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

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Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

From US$ 96 per person

Discover the unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences on a private tour of Stone Town and its main sights. Visit a real spice farm where you can see, taste and smell the freshest products before savoring lunch at a local restaurant.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
In front of your hotel.
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover an array of aromas at a real organic spice farm
  • Visit a local food market and observe the live fish auctions
  • See popular sights in Stone Town like the Palace Museum and Old Fort
  • Taste fresh coconuts harvested straight from the tree
Full description
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).
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Private guide
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
  • Hotel transfers (if option selected)
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form

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    Date

    Meeting point

    In front of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Zanzibar at 9AM. One of the representatives will be waiting for you

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Cash

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 13 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5

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    First we went to the spice plantation. When our guide noticed that we were really interested in the island's spices and fruits and asked specific questions, he really blossomed, answered all our questions and let us taste all the fruits. The subsequent lunch with freshly prepared cassava leaves in coconut milk and other local dishes was very tasty and rich. We could have spent hours there and bought organic spices to take home. Stonetown is also worth seeing, our guide showed us the most interesting buildings, walked us through a market and let our driver pick us up at the birthplace of Freddy Mercury. There was also a tour of the former slave market. Just a pity that the palace museum is closed for renovation indefinitely. A quick break at a rooftop bar is highly recommended (we stayed at the Swahili House).

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    October 4, 2021

    Exciting tour through the species-rich garden, fine dining. Unfortunately the spices that are for sale are overpriced and you don't really get the feeling that they are from this plantation. Stone Town is also very exciting, it's a shame that a lot is falling apart. House of Wonder is in ruins.

    January 5, 2021

    The day tour is highly recommended for those who want to know more about the history and culture of Zanzibar. Both the Spice Plantation and the Stone Town guide are really experienced and knowledgeable. Our chauffeur, who took us from the hotel to the first part and then to the second part, was very punctual and drove us around safely.

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    December 1, 2020

    Product ID: 275667