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Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

1. 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).

Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

2. 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.

Stonetown: Food Markets and Street Food Walking Tour

3. 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 Swahili House 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 Night Tour with Live Performance

4. Zanzibar: Stone Town Night Tour with Live Performance

Discover the night life of Stone Town with this private tour. Visit a popular night market, Forodhani Gardens to pair some delicious street food with a cold beer or a soft drink of your choice.  Travel to a venue that is only known to locals where you can tap your foot to some real African music. Follow your guide as you learn more about Zanzibar through its food and music. 

Sunday Organic Food Buffet Lunch of Local Cuisine

5. Sunday Organic Food Buffet Lunch of Local Cuisine

After pickup, head to a local farm where you will be greeted and provided with an introduction to the buffet and the cuisine you will be trying. All products served at the buffet are made and grown on the farm, which includes chicken and eggs. Locally-caught fish is also occasionally on the menu. The fresh organic and local produce is picked when it is ripe and has the highest nutritional value. Seasonal fruit juices, mint flavored water and coconut water are just some of the beverages served. Hang out with others and meet new people while enjoying great food.

Zanzibar: Stone Town Private Food Tour with a Guide

6. Zanzibar: Stone Town Private Food Tour with a Guide

While savouring the local treats, including a proper lunch, you will learn about the Stone Town and the life in Zanzibar. On this Zanzibar food tour you will have local snacks, lunch, see the market place, taste fresh fruit and end up with coffee at the famous Jaw’s Corner. This privat tour gives a great insight into the unique Zanzibar cuisine. While the focus of the tour is in Zanzibar food, it also takes you to the market place, through many historical sites and the daily life of Stone Town. Zanzibar food is very vegetarian and vegan friendly, just let our guide know! For food allergies. You will be visiting: Fish Market Vegetable Market Meat and Chicken Market Home made bites Home made Uroji Mix 2 different local small restaurants Street Cafe

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What people are saying about Zanzibar

The Spice Farm was by far the best part of this tour. The guides were very knowledgeable and funny. They have dozens of different spices and fruits to see and try. The meal cooked for us was amazing too. Really special. The Stone Town was okay but the guide spoke little English (which is fine as it wasn’t his natural language) so it made asking questions difficult. Our transfer was straightforward from our hotel too.

Visit of the typical markets in small alleys with an excellent French-speaking guide, who knows his city very well and which does not spoil anything with a humor in all tests. He gave us a great time! Don't hesitate to ask if you want a French-speaking guide. He is very friendly and always smiling! His name is Basil and he lives in a small town with a funny name: BUBUBU! WELL DONE !

Spice Farm tour was thorough and engaging. Not only did I learn about the different spice plants, but also go to experience traditional Zanzibari cooking with the spices from the farm. Visiting the spice farm was one of the highlights of my trip to Zanzibar. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about spices and their many uses.

The spice farm part was amazing! So interesting and authentic. The stone town part more or less. I would recommend to go to Stown Town by yourselve.

Very much enjoyed the tour and the guide Juma is excellent. He is very kind, informative and knowledgeable.