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Zesty Zanzibar: Food Tour and Cooking Class

Product ID: 48601
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Go beyond the shaker to a spice farm in Zanzibar, and sample the best that the “Spice Island” has to offer. Explore a nearby village, and then head to the home of a local cassava farmer for a Swahili cooking lesson and lunch of freshly-farmed produce.
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Duration 4 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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  • Explore the "Spice Island" of Zanzibar through your senses
  • Indulge your taste buds with samples of fresh tropical fruits and spices at a local spice farm
  • Experience local life and development in a nearby village off the tourist trail
  • Meet a local cassava farmer for a look at African farming techniques and a vegetarian cooking lesson
  • Taste the distinct flavors of Zanzibar at a delicious Swahili lunch
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Experience a culinary love affair with Zanzibar and explore its 100-year relationship to spices on a combined food tour and cooking lesson.

Begin at the source of the island's culinary reputation with a visit to a local spice farm. Taste seasonal samples and learn about the local farming techniques. On top of spicy favorites like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, chili, vanilla, saffron and curry, the island also cultivates pineapples, jackfruits, lemons, limes, oranges, pomelos, durians and coconuts. Benefit from the chance to taste some straight from the tree!

After snacking on a variety of fresh fruits, head over to a nearby farming village for a rare opportunity to explore a local settlement off the tourist route. Experience local life and the development of the island before going to meet a farmer at her small cassava farm. Try your hand at African farming, and then head to the outdoor kitchen for a cooking lesson. Use ingredients fresh from the village and nearby farmland for the vegetarian dish, and discover how to make coconut milk from a fresh coconut.  

End with a tasty Swahili lunch, including the dish you prepared, as well as spiced rice, bananas and local in-season produce. Journey back to Stone Town with a full belly and sense of complete satisfaction. Ask your guide about other off-the-beaten-path adventures in Zanzibar.                                          
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Cooking lesson
What’s Not Included
  • All spices and other produce sold at the farm
  • Tips and gratuities for the guide

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Meeting point

Meet in front of the main entrance to the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

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Important information
Know before you go
• It is recommended to wear modest dress and good walking shoes for the visit to the farm
• Children must be 6 to 11 years old inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour

From US$ 41 per person

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Product ID: 48601